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2010 NFL Draft: Safety Eric Berry Says He Should Be Taken With Top Pick

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 31:  Safety Eric Berry #14 of the Tennessee Volunteers takes a breather during the Chick-Fil-A Bowl against the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Hokies beat the Volunteers 37-14.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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Old AccountSenior Writer IFebruary 28, 2010

This article is based off information I have heard from NFLFanHouse.com.

 

Since the NFL Combine began early last week, we are hearing more rumors and opinions regarding the number one pick.

Currently it is held by the St. Louis Rams, who finished 1-15 last season.

So far we have heard a few things; the general manager saying all bets are off, and the star player believing they should trade the selection if not sold on one player.

The debate right now is between defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Oklahoma quarterback as to whom the St. Louis Rams will take. If you go off my opinion, I believe the Rams should take Suh to continue building a young defense that can be a force years down the line.

However, is there a chance we are leaving a player out of the mix? I'm talking about safety Eric Berry.

Many experts have him as one of the three top prospects in the draft.

I actually see him as the best overall prospect on the board. He brings a combination of an Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu.

This past season Berry did not see as many passes going his way, knowing his ability to be a ballhawk.

He also brings the hard hitting whenever he is on the field, which really interests many scouts.

When asked as to who should go No. 1, Berry didn't waste any time to say he is the best prospect in this draft, even though he is a defensive back.

"I don't think something like a position should prevent someone from being picked," he said, "but if you wanna go into position, I played almost every position on the field. Under Coach (Monte) Kiffin's scheme, you could say that I played a lot of linebacker ... I play either safety spot ... natural corner."

This does bring up a very interesting point. We have never seen a defensive back go with the first overall pick, as their range is normally within the Top 10.

And I think Berry is an exception to this philosophy. This past year he gained experience in playing in an NFL style defense under Monte Kiffin, where he showed no signs of struggle.

So as the NFL Combine nears its end, the discussion shall continue. Should Eric Berry be considered by the Rams or any other team that may obtain the pick, as the top selection?

He seems to have everything teams want in a top player. He has all the intangibles, and has proved he can succeed in any defensive situation he is put in.

It's time for the Rams to reconsider their options, as it's quite possible Eric Berry might make the most impact out of any of these prospects in the near future.

 

Matt Miselis is an NFL writer for BleacherReport.com. Most of his articles over the next two months will be in depth analysis on the NFL Draft.

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