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Why the St. Louis Rams Won't Draft Ndamukong Suh

ST. LOUIS - JANUARY 3:  Center Eric Heitmann #66 of the San Francisco 49ers gets ready to hike the ball during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on January 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The 49ers beat the Rams 28-6.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Stewart WillardContributor IFebruary 17, 2010

The very thought of the St. Louis Rams not drafting Ndamukong Suh would have most NFL General Managers laughing their head off and the average St. Louis Rams fan into fits of John McEnnroe-like outrage

But come April 22, the world will be shocked at Billy Devaney's decision.

The Rams aren't historically great drafters, especially when it comes to linemen. Bill Duvaney is known for taking who he thinks is the most talented, not who the media thinks he should take.

But who, other than Suh, might Devaney possibly take as the No.1 draft pick in 2010?

Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

Widely regarded as the No. 2 overall prospect as well as the No. 2 Defensive Tackle prospect, the 21-year-old boasts 297 lbs. at 6'4".

In his three year career at Oklahoma, he amassed 77 tackles, 14 sacks, four deflected passes, and one interception, in the 2009 BCS Championship game against Florida.

Unlike Suh, who utilizes only the bull rush, McCoy frequently uses the bull rush, swim move and spin move. Suh plays more on instinct while McCoy plays on intelligence and coaching.

The Rams can't exactly go wrong with either defensive tackle and only time will tell which will be a better choice.

Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

Even after sitting out most of the 2009 season, Sam Bradford is atop most people's quarterback draft boards. The senior quarterback from Oklahoma collected 7,841 passing yards, 86 touchdowns and only 16 interceptions in 2007 and 2008.

When people describe the perfect quarterback, you think of a fast throwing motion, very strong arm, laser accuracy and impeccable intelligence. Sam Bradford fits that mold perfectly.

The Rams aren't likely to take Bradford with the No. 1 pick, even though that isn't out of the realm of possibility. In a more likely scenario, trading down with Kansas City, Miami, or Denver could land them a few more later round picks as well as a pick high enough to snag Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen.

Should Suh not be taken with the No. 1 overall pick, it will be a good day to be a Detroit Lions fan.

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