With all due respect to Ndamukong Suh, the Detroit Lions might be better off if he is a St. Louis Ram in April of 2010.
No one is debating his talent level. The boy named Suh deserves to be the number one pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. In fact, if he "fell" to number two overall, the Detroit Lions would be foolish not to take him.
However, if the Rams select Suh, the Detroit Lions might be better off.
At the top of the 2010 NFL Draft order, Cleveland, Washington, Seattle, and Buffalo are in possible need of a quarterback. San Francisco sits in the middle of the first with two picks. Any of those teams could want to move ahead of the pack.
If the Detroit Lions can come out of the 2010 Draft with two first round picks or a first round pick in 2011—not to mention numerous middle to late round picks—the Lions would be in a much better situation.
Consider this...the Detroit Lions are able to trade the number two pick to San Francisco for both first rounders.
Would the Lions be better off with only Gerald McCoy or Terrence Cody and Carlos Dunlap? (*insert mid-first round picks of your choosing*)
Would the Lions be better off with only Russell Okung or Joe Haden and Greg Hardy?
Both Russell Okung and Gerald McCoy are solid prospects and worthy of top picks but neither is worth two quality starters at much needed positions. Add in an extra possible third or fourth rounder and the Lions could be talking three starters on a talent starved team instead of one.
At worst case scenario—for those most cynical Lions fans out there—Detroit has three chances to make a solid pick instead of one gigantic bust.
So, Lions fans, between now and April, salivate over Ndamukong Suh. The Lions would be well off with him starting in the middle of the defense for the next 12 years.
But, in the back of your mind, remember that the best possible scenario might be Suh dominating the NFC West for those twelve years and the Lions front office taking advantage.
The 2010 NFL Draft will not fix the Detroit Lions...one player, even Ndamukong Suh, will not fix the Detroit Lions.
For the 2010 NFL Draft to benefit the Detroit Lions the most, Ndamukong Suh will end up a member of the St. Louis Rams.
Michael Schottey is a Detroit Lions Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and the producer and host of The Average Joe Sports Show on 860AM KNUJ (New Ulm, MN). He is also an NFL Analyst and Senior Writer for DraftTek.com. Follow Him on Twitter.