2010 NFL Draft: Why the St. Louis Rams Would Be Crazy Not To Take Ndamukong Suh

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2010

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 30:  Ndamukong Suh #93 of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers looks on during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl against University of Arizona Wildcats 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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Your grandmother could tell you that the most important player on a football team is the quarterback, and she would be right.

So if the St. Louis Rams are trying to build a legitimate contender in this league, they should draft a QB, right?

Not this year.

Whether they draft Sam Bradford, Ndamukong Suh, Jimmy Clausen, or Gerald McCoy, is there anybody who seriously thinks the Rams can contend next season?

Because I sure don't.

So why in a draft, where clearly the best player is Ndamukong Suh, would you even consider Sam Bradford?

The simple reason for that is because he is a QB.

If the Rams had some playmakers on offense, a better offensive line, a better defense and most of all a shot at contending, I would pick Bradford too. But let's face reality: they're not going anywhere next season.

So then why not just go with Ndamukong Suh, the best guy who could be the absolute beast in the middle that any dominant defense would require.

If you could bring Suh into a defense that already includes promising youngsters such as James Laurinaitis and Chris Long, Suh could eat up blockers to help them out big time. Suh would immediately elevate the play of every player on the defense by getting a push up front and causing havoc in the middle.

Suh is a dominant force in the middle that rarely comes around in today's game.

The defensive tackle is just as valuable to a defense as a QB is to an offense. You don't want to take my word for it? Just take a look at this undeniable example. 

Did anybody else notice the decline in Tennessee's defense this season? They went from the seventh ranked defense in the NFL to the 28th ranked defense. You can thank the departure of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth for that, who the defense looked lost without for a good part of last season.

While Bradford may be the so-called "Franchise QB", there seems to be one in nearly every draft. I promise you there is not a Ndamukong Suh in every draft, and there may not be one that comes around again for a while.

The Rams will most likely have a top-five pick next season, which they could always use to bring in a franchise QB. But there won't be a Ndamukong Suh in next year's draft, and if the Rams decide to pass on Suh, they may just regret it for the next 20 years.

They say football is won and lost in the trenches. St. Louis, if you draft Ndamukong Suh, never again will you lose a battle in the trenches.