2010 NFL Mock Draft: St. Louis Rams

Joe WillettSenior Writer IMarch 15, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: Defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska runs in drills during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 1, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Rams will be in the middle of the debate that has plagued the NFL throughout it's history, and they will be forced to answer the age old question:

Do you build a team through offense or defense?

They will be choosing between Sam Bradford, the Oklahoma product who could be their offensive centerpiece for the next 10 years, and Ndamukong Suh, the Nebraska product who is legendary in Nebraska and is determined to become one across the United States.

The choice will be difficult, but they are in a dilemma that any NFL team would love to have.  Take Suh and get production now, or take Bradford and wait a year?  Defense, or offense?

Only one defensive tackle has ever been drafted first overall and gone on to become a superstar, but drafting a quarterback is no lock either. (JaMarcuss Russell, Ryan Leaf, etc.)

So just what will the St. Louis Rams do with their first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft?

With the first pick, the St. Louis Rams select...Ndamukong Suh of the University of Nebraska

That's right, they go with defense and pick the guy who just might be giving quarterbacks fits for a long time to come.

After whiffing on Chris Long as their pass rusher for the future a few years back, the Rams will look to right their mistake by finding a bonafide defensive lineman to anchor them in the trenches.

Suh is big, he is quick, and he knows how to get to the quarterback.  Having him there to anchor the line will be huge towards the revival of the once-proud franchise that has been diminished to winning just six games the past three seasons.

Who else would make sense?

Of course, there is Sam Bradford, who is the next logical person to be picked by the Rams.  With Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger lighting up scoreboards for the Rams in the past, it is possible that they want to recapture the offensive magic that led them to The Greatest Show on Turf.

They could also go for another Oklahoma product in Gerald McCoy, who has been flying up people's draft boards (okay, so he has only been closing the gap with Suh) and has even surpassed Suh in some people's eyes.  McCoy is the top prospect according to ESPN, and it is possible that the Rams see things the same way.

Now the choice is up to the Lions.  Do they take Russell Okung or Gerald McCoy? Find out when I preview the Detroit Lions on Wednesday.

Also, I would like everybody to know that I will be taking the votes on the polls and creating a Bleacher Report Mock Draft. So make sure to vote in every poll, because your vote counts.

I'm Joe W.


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