2010 NFL Draft: No Question, St. Louis Has To Take Ndamukong Suh

James WilliamsonSenior Writer IFebruary 18, 2010

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 30:  Ndamukong Suh #93 and Head Coach Bo Pelini of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers look on after their team's 33-0 victory against the University of Arizona Wildcats during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, on December 30, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Cornhuskers defeated the Wildcats 33-0. (Photo By Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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According to most mock drafts, the top two picks are both defensive tackles from the Big 12 conference.

Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska, and Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma are being watched like specimens under a microscope for the upcoming NFL Draft.

Some have McCoy ranked over Suh, but I have to disagree with them because every neuron of my football analytical brain is stating that Suh is not only the best player in the draft, but he can be the best player in the National Football League at his position.

Those are strong words yes, but very few players stun me and when I watched Suh, I was rendered motionless in awe of this young man.

Here's a guy who is 6'4, 302 pounds, and runs a 5.02 forty time. That's a real physical specimen right there.

But what amazes me about him is his upper body strength. He has these big arms that just manipulate the offensive linemen in front of him.

He reminds me of Reggie White. Could play either end or tackle and still make an offensive line's life a prison sentence.

Incredible motor. He just keeps moving his body at a high level every snap he's in, and what makes it even more amazing was he played for Nebraska when Nebraska's offense was inconsistent to anemic at lot of times.

He isn't a guy who has had the priviledge of staying on the bench for multiple sets of downs whereas McCoy has had Oklahoma's offense helping him out and even without Sam Bradford at quarterback, that offense still is better than Nebraska's.

The NCAA's rankings in total offense featured Oklahoma just outside the top 20 at number 21; whereas the Cornhuskers of Nebraska were ranked 72nd.

Nebraska also ranked 2nd with Texas in total sacks while Oklahoma tied for 7th with UCF and Middle Tennessee.

Suh personally accounted for 12 of the 44 sacks Nebraska had while Gerald McCoy had only six.

Suh also had 47 solo tackles and 35 assists to McCoy's 25 solo tackles and 7 assists.

Now you could say McCoy was being doubled blocked more, but if you look at the film, so is Suh.

Yet, he breaks out of those blocks and makes the plays. McCoy's a great player no question, but there is something about Ndamukong Suh that makes me believe he will be remember as more than a Heisman candidate with a name that is hard to pronounce.

What I really like about Suh is his hands. He instinctively knows when to put his hands up to deflect the pass and has intercepted four passes as a defensive tackle.

He'd be a perfect candidate to play the Zone Blitz where he fakes rushing, drops into coverage over the middle and just snatch the ball once the quarterback throws it.

I have not seen any film of McCoy putting his hands up to deflect the pass. If you have, please send me a clip, because I haven't seen it.

The Rams should grab Suh because two years ago, they drafted defensive end, Chris Long, 2nd overall in the draft. Long has been pretty good, but not the beast he was in college or like his father Howie, who is a Hall of Fame defensive end.

Put Suh next to Long on the line and who knows what will happen. The entire side of the line facing them would be thinking, 'Lord. Give me strength!'

The head coach of the Rams is Steve Spagnuolo, and he is a very great defensive mind. He was the guy who coached the Giants defense in the upset victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

He's a perfect candidate to teach Suh the intricacies of the NFL. He could take Suh and make the NFC West's offensive linemen wish they'd be traded.

Suh comes from a good family and has a great work ethic with a mother who will push him to succeed along with the coach. A great talent with great motivation is the best football player always.

Another point on Suh vs. McCoy is that when their teams faced Texas against Colt McCoy, they both had very good games, but if you watch Suh's performance, it was like no one could have physically stopped him from getting Colt McCoy.

He went up against a lineman, and I saw him push the guy out of the way with one arm, it was surreal.

McCoy played good, but he didn't astound me like Suh did.

Ndamukong Suh will take your breath away. Gerald McCoy will take your breath away, but you'll get it back.

No question. Rams, draft this young man on the double.


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