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2014 NFL mock draft: Gabe Jackson to St. Louis Rams at No. 44

The Rams are still in the process of trying to revamp their offensive line, and could look to the guard position as early as Round 2 in the 2014 NFL Draft as a result.

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For more than a year now, the St. Louis Rams have been in the process of retooling their offensive line. That process continued this spring when they capitalized on a failed Oakland physical to re-sign starting guard Rodger Saffold -- but he needs a starting counterpart inside, and Ryan Van Bibber of Turf Show Times has a candidate in mind.

Team Player Pos. Ht Wt Class
44. Rams Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State OG 6'3 336 SR

"The Rams made a smart move in free agency to hang onto Rodger Saffold, who exceeded expectations once the team moved him to guard last season. That’s one starting guard, but they desperately need another one, especially since they’re leaning on a weak trio of centers led by the oft-injured Scott Wells. Jackson’s exactly the type of blocker they need in the middle, tenacious and capable of plying his trade on the second level."

Dan Kadar, SB Nation's NFL Draft analyst, has some thoughts and opinions to share on the Rams' mock draft pick of Jackson:

Jackson is the good, safe choice for the Rams. He's a stout and powerful run blocker who can open holes for Zac Stacy. That's a good thing if the Rams want to limit the attempts of Sam Bradford (and/or like in this mock draft, Johnny Manziel). Jackson is sort of like this draft's version of Larry Warford. He doesn't demand a lot of fanfare and his hype in the pre-draft process has been minimal. But on the field, Jackson stands out in the same ways Warford did for the Lions last season.

NFL Mock Draft

Next up in the mock draft: Sean Yuille of Pride of Detroit, picking for the Detroit Lions.

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
12 Louis Nix III DT Notre Dame 6'2 326
35 Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State 6'3 251
38 Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech 6'5 265
39 Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee 6'6 336
41 Scott Crichton DE Oregon State 6'3 273

2014 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

Rams picks

Rd # Team Player Pos. College
1 2 St. Louis Rams Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
1 13 St. Louis Rams Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix S Alabama
2 44 St. Louis Rams Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State