2010 NFL Draft: Rams and Bucs Wheeling and Dealing Over Ndamukong Suh?

Ray TannockSenior Analyst IFebruary 20, 2010

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 30:  Ndamukong Suh #93 of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers rushes to the line of scrimmage 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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The St. Louis Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are throwing around what could go down in history as the dumbest deal in NFL history, according to Scout.com.

Or would it be?

It is being reported that both the Bucs and the Rams are exploring a mind boggling deal that would send QB Josh Johnson, the No.3 overall pick and a third overall pick to the Rams in return for the number one overall selection.

It is then speculated that the Bucs would draft highly touted Ndamukong Suh, and the Rams would continue to strive for anything but excellence.

OK, let’s draft an insanely talented defensive tackle and forget about upgrading our mediocre offensive weapons. Forget about the lack of depth at the receiver position—and lack of talent—forget about an aging ground game that was sub-par even as a committee, and while we’re at it let’s pay no attention to the quarterback problem going on that still has yet to be resolved.

After all, a defensive tackle will solve all of that for Tampa Bay, right?

But wait, what about St. Louis’ willingness to even entertain such a dubious offer? What about the team that was dead set on taking Suh no less than a fort night ago?

The Rams think that Josh Johnson has Michael Vick like qualities in his athleticism. Well that’s great, if I can run a 4.0 in the 40 can I be the next starting wide out at 5’6”?

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Johnson has enough talent to make it in the NFL, but he was nearly incapable of playing comfortably out of the pocket last year, took all his quality snaps out of the gun, and has a lot of work to do before he should be compared to Mike Vick.

In addition, Johnson going from Tampa to St. Louis would be a downgrade in protection, so how is it this kid would ever get a shot to learn a totally new system, let alone better himself as a pro QB?

One can make an argument that the deal makes some sense for the Bucs, but that’s if the Bucs have a backup plan already installed for the quarterback dilemma that would rear its ugly head after the proposed exodus of Johnson.

One could also make an argument that the Rams would make out better, with two quality picks and another 50/50 QB to add to the mix, but that would be a curious argument at best.

In reality, the best argument is the more obvious ones: some deals are better left on the table.


Ray Tannock is also a writer/editor for Fantasyknuckleheads.com