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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Alameda Ta'amu To The Saint Louis Rams

SB Nation's Detroit Lions blog, Pride of Detroit is currently conducting a comprehensive community mock draft run by its readers. Former Washington Husky Alameda Ta'amu was chosen by the St. Louis Rams at No. 39 overall in the second round.

As I mentioned in the No. 33 pick write-up, the new front office and coaching staff make predicting the picks for the Rams a difficult task. The one thing we do know about the new coach, Jeff Fisher, is he values a strong defense and in particular places high value on dominant line play. With 2/3 of the picks in the first two rounds, they are making great strides to build from the lines out. So with the 39th pick, it's a pleasure to bring in the imposing Alameda Ta'amu, a defensive tackle of Washington.

The defensive tackle is considered right now to be a second to third round pick. ESPN's Mel Kiper pegged Ta'amu as a third round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a tweet last week.

The defensive tackle is projected to play nose guard in the NFL with his strengths being his size and athleticism. A recent scouting report by the Sporting News noted Ta'amu's competitive nature and drive to have an impact on every single snap.

Other teams that have been talked about as possible destinations for Ta'amu include the Pittsburgh Steelers, the San Francisco 49ers, the Indianapolis Colts and the San Diego Chargers. Some consider Ta'amu the draft's top nose tackle prospect, meaning he will be an asset to any team running a 3-4 defensive scheme.

To discuss how good Ta'amu was as a Husky, check out UW Dawg Pound. To learn more about mock drafts in general, head to Mocking the Draft.