Ndamukong Suh an Easy Pick: St. Louis Rams Should Draft the Defensive Lineman

Patrick ClarkContributor IDecember 23, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 5: Ndamukong Suh #93 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers stands on the field during Big 12 Football Championship game against the Texas Longhorns at Cowboys Stadium on December 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Not that it should be an issue, but the St. Louis Rams shouldn't go do something foolish, like winning one of their next two games.

The Buccaneers just did St. Louis a huge favor by beating the Seattle Seahawks, a team that twice failed to trick Steve Spagnuolo and the Rams into beating them.

St. Louis now has a clear path to the first overall pick in the 2010 draft and it better make the best of it.

The Rams have about 75 holes to fill on a 53-man roster. Outside of Steven Jackson, there's just not a whole lot going right in the Gateway to the West.

So what should the Rams do?

Jimmy Clausen? Colt McCoy? Tim Tebow?

No. No. Obviously not—unless you just want to completely screw with the Jaguars.

Take Ndamukong Suh.

Quarterbacks are sexy picks, hanging out in biker bars, sporting tattoos, and playing a mean bass. Linemen are the picks you can take home to show Mom. 

Speed is the biggest difference between college and pro football. New QBs struggle to adapt to smaller windows through which they can throw the ball and have difficulty making quick passes under pressure.

I don't see the wheels on offensive linemen giving Suh major problems.

Linemen are more immune to the NFL's speed factor, and a guy like Suh is certainly big enough to compete at a high level in the pros.

Quarterbacks take time, and if you misfire on one, you can set your franchise back half a decade. See Russell, Jamarcus; Carr, David; Couch, Tim; cetera, et.

Usually, fans don't like linemen. Usually, fans don't know who linemen are and can't reel off fancy stats and figures about them, which is why they boo when their teams "waste" high, first-round picks on the Mario Williamses instead of the Reggie Bushes. Usually, linemen aren't sexy. Usually, linemen don't sell. Usually, chicks dig the deep ball.

That's what makes Suh so special. 

Fans like Suh. Fans know who Suh is and can tell you about how he owned the Texas Longhorns in the Big XII title game. They can tell you he led his team in tackles, which is why fans will cheer when Roger Goodell calls his name instead of Mark Ingram's. Suh is the football version of Olivia Wilde walking out of a sauna in a thin white towel. Suh sells. Chicks dig the run stopper?

With Suh, you have the rarest of opportunities: a high profile defensive lineman.

How many defensive tackles have been named AP Player of the Year? Oh right, none. In fact, not a single defensive player of any kind has been awarded that title.

This should be one of the easiest picks of all-time.