With the first pick in the draft, the St. Louis Rams select…
Does it really matter? Did it really matter last year with Detroit? The top few picks in the upcoming NFL draft hold an eerily close relation to those of the 2009 lottery. It’s no secret the St. Louis Rams need immediate answers on both sides of the ball, and for all intensive purposes, Ndamukong Suh and Sam Bradford are probably the best two eligible prospects on Defense and Offense respectively.
The Detroit Lions selected quarterback Matthew Stafford with their first overall in 2009. Were they better off for it? Yes. Did they improve drastically? They currently hold the #2 pick in the 2010 draft. With defense on their mind, one can only imagine that the Lions are coaxing the embattled Rams to following in their footsteps: Take the quarterback this year, and come back for the defense next year.
If the Rams do quench the rumors and draft Sam Bradford, and the Lions undoubtedly take Suh, the NFL really wins out. You’ll have two bare-boned organizations taking a major step forward. Bradford proved in his Monday pro-day that his early fall from the projected top picks was a false accusation. He showed no signs of weakness from his major season-ending shoulder injury, and his accuracy and decision-making were next level. He’s far and away the best player at the most important position in this draft, and that makes him a no-brain decision for the ailing Rams.
Suh is a highlight tape superstar. His quickness, strength, and elusiveness have been visually compared to the Reggie Whites, Bruce Smiths, etc…He’s shown impressive maturity through an offseason in which he was much of the focus, and his combine numbers back up his on the field performances. Suh is the best defensive player on the board, and a game changer. If the stars align properly, he’ll be a no-brainer for Detroit with the second pick.