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  • In case the Rams get the first pick, let me say this now for the record.

    We must all fight against those who will inevitably try to pick apart Ndamukong Suh as a prospect.

    It happens EVERY year. There are players who, in November/December, are viewed as premium prospects who... for no reason other than the availablity of a platform for every yokel on the planet with a opionion... are nitpicked to the point where they become UNDERvalued.

    For example, last year, Michael Oher was viewed as a top 10 pick throughout the NCAA season. Then, a the season ended and the "evaluation" period began, people began to question him (mainly regarding subjective criteria). As a result, he ends up as the 22nd pick in the draft (only to play like an early first rounder as a rookie).

    Who knows how or why it will happen to Suh. Maybe he'll weigh in at 295 instead of 300. Maybe he'll run the 40 slightly slower than expected. Maybe someone will hyper-focus on some aspect of his personality or past. But, mark my words, there will be people who will try to argue that he's not worthy of the first pick in the draft.

    If you've watched him play, you know better. If you look at his stats (which are OFF THE CHART for a DT), you know better.

    Ndamukong Suh is the best prospect in the draft.

    He will still be the best prospect in the draft in April.

    Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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    Re: In case the Rams get the first pick, let me say this now for the record.

    On the bright side, it seems Laurinaitis was one of those as well. Seemed like he went from "top 10" to "top 15" to "1st round" without playing a single game. Maybe because he had been on the national radar for a couple years by that point? Hopefully we are able to snag a good prospect that slips to the top of the 2nd again this year.

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    • #3
      Re: In case the Rams get the first pick, let me say this now for the record.

      Yea but what about his cone drill time? What if he doesn't bench press more than say McCoy? What about his Pro Day times? Don't you know those are weighted more than what someone does on the field?

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      • #4
        Re: In case the Rams get the first pick, let me say this now for the record.

        i think with Laurinaitis (and perhaps other prospects in the past) writers got fed up of writing how good he is..sports and news writers in general love nothing more than to put their name to a scoop and tell as many people as possible that we heard it off them first and well..Laurinaitis was "scooped" 3 years before the draft..it wouldnt shock me if he was good enough to play in the NFL when in high school. i mean come on guys.. we all have probably wrestled or play fought with our dads,uncles etc when we were lil bitty boys ...imagine being a lil bitty boy living in the same house as Animal..having two uncles who were also WWF wrestlers..they must have physically toughened him up from an earlier age than atleast 99% of us were roughed up...kinda like those young boys who were developed at an early age to eventually become Spartans in ancient Greece.
        Curry became the big story because yes he was indeed a great prospect..but coming from Wake Forest..somewhere before i believe was most famous for producing Pro Golfers than Pro Football players..it was a big story that gained more momentum than it possibly should have.


        as for Suh he`s a newer,fresher story from the standpoint of what sports writers care about most than Laurinaitis was at this point and they will run with him for a while now then they will undoubtedly try to bring his rising star down and lower his amazing potential to closer than other players currently below him in the rankings..(i think Derrick Morgan could be that player they will big up next..Gerald McCoy could close the gap at some point and maybe Bryant if he has a good combine..)
        but theres very few things at the combine that i care about when goin` in the higher rounds of the draft...i think personally the combine is more useful when used to find gems in the rough in the latter rounds..the kind of players who dont get much if any Big game TV etc..exposure.
        the top prospects will have already proven themselves to be good,great,not so great etc...prospects by then in what really matters..game time!
        Last edited by Ramblin` Ram; -12-18-2009, 12:49 PM.

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        • #5
          Re: In case the Rams get the first pick, let me say this now for the record.

          Exactly.

          Here are the only numbers you'll ever need to know about Suh.

          2009 (playing in the Big 12 at the DT position):

          13 games
          82 tackles
          23 tackles for loss
          12 sacks
          1 interception
          10 pass break-ups
          3 blocked kicks
          1 forced fumble
          26 QB hurries

          The guy is a BEAST.

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          • #6
            Re: In case the Rams get the first pick, let me say this now for the record.

            I think our coaching staff is better than that. I think they'll do the right thing and pick Suh, assuming we have the 1st pick.

            With JL, we got lucky. He certainly is a 1st round talent and because of these dumb ratings, we were lucky enough to snag him. Let's hope the same happens with some prospects this year too, but first things first: pick Suh.
            Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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            • #7
              Re: In case the Rams get the first pick, let me say this now for the record.

              Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
              Exactly.

              Here are the only numbers you'll ever need to know about Suh.

              2009 (playing in the Big 12 at the DT position):

              13 games
              82 tackles
              23 tackles for loss
              12 sacks
              1 interception
              10 pass break-ups
              3 blocked kicks
              1 forced fumble
              26 QB hurries

              The guy is a BEAST.
              Looking at that stat line you would think he was 3-4 OLB. Those stats are so good it doesn't even make sense.

              If I'm Billy D I'm as soon as the zeroes hit the clock the last game. I'm saying the Rams are of the clock we want Suh, and we have already begun negotiations. We are going to focus on the 33rd pick and FA have a good day.

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              • #8
                Re: In case the Rams get the first pick, let me say this now for the record.

                The scary part is that we could actually screw this pick up. To me it's a no brainer. But, I will have a few restless nights between now and the draft worrying that we won't take Suh.

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                • #9
                  Re: In case the Rams get the first pick, let me say this now for the record.

                  Originally posted by 39thebeast View Post
                  Looking at that stat line you would think he was 3-4 OLB. Those stats are so good it doesn't even make sense.

                  If I'm Billy D I'm as soon as the zeroes hit the clock the last game. I'm saying the Rams are of the clock we want Suh, and we have already begun negotiations. We are going to focus on the 33rd pick and FA have a good day.
                  Exactly. I couldn't have said it better. The shop better start producing jerseys!

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                  • #10
                    Re: In case the Rams get the first pick, let me say this now for the record.

                    Scenario: Roger Goodell steps up onto the podium and says, "With the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, the St. Louis Rams select......Tim "The Cry Baby" Tebow?!"

                    And then among scarce places around the nation, Tampa Bay fans are quietly jumping for joy.



                    Please don't screw this pick up Billy Devaney.

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                    • #11
                      Re: In case the Rams get the first pick, let me say this now for the record.

                      Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
                      We must all fight against those who will inevitably try to pick apart Ndamukong Suh as a prospect.

                      It happens EVERY year. There are players who, in November/December, are viewed as premium prospects who... for no reason other than the availablity of a platform for every yokel on the planet with a opionion... are nitpicked to the point where they become UNDERvalued.

                      For example, last year, Michael Oher was viewed as a top 10 pick throughout the NCAA season. Then, a the season ended and the "evaluation" period began, people began to question him (mainly regarding subjective criteria). As a result, he ends up as the 22nd pick in the draft (only to play like an early first rounder as a rookie).

                      Who knows how or why it will happen to Suh. Maybe he'll weigh in at 295 instead of 300. Maybe he'll run the 40 slightly slower than expected. Maybe someone will hyper-focus on some aspect of his personality or past. But, mark my words, there will be people who will try to argue that he's not worthy of the first pick in the draft.

                      If you've watched him play, you know better. If you look at his stats (which are OFF THE CHART for a DT), you know better.

                      Ndamukong Suh is the best prospect in the draft.

                      He will still be the best prospect in the draft in April.

                      Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
                      Haven't thought about this yet but yes very good post and yes everyone will try and disect him and find something ba...maybe that his name is hard to spell so don't draft him? lol

                      Originally posted by 39thebeast View Post

                      If I'm Billy D I'm as soon as the zeroes hit the clock the last game. I'm saying the Rams are of the clock we want Suh, and we have already begun negotiations. We are going to focus on the 33rd pick and FA have a good day.
                      AMEN to this

                      Originally posted by RockinRam View Post
                      Scenario: Roger Goodell steps up onto the podium and says, "With the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, the St. Louis Rams select......Tim "The Cry Baby" Tebow?!"

                      And then among scarce places around the nation, Tampa Bay fans are quietly jumping for joy.



                      Please don't screw this pick up Billy Devaney.
                      I don't think he's this stupid but if he is I will fly to St. Louis and camp out infront of his house for a months time and scream at the top of my lungs "Suh, Suh Suh"..

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                      • #12
                        Re: In case the Rams get the first pick, let me say this now for the record.

                        My only worry is that Tampa Bay will sneak him away from us by being just that little bit worse than we are!!

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                        • #13
                          Re: In case the Rams get the first pick, let me say this now for the record.

                          Recommendation, start a poll over this. Also, have a moderator simply make it against forum policy to talk poorly of Suh. I think this is actually a brilliant idea. Any unsporting comments regarding Suh should be immediately removed for "Slander and Liable"

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                          • MauiRam
                            Rams could find a tonic at top of draft ..
                            by MauiRam
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                            In this, their unfortunate season of imperfection, the Rams get no breaks. Whatever can go wrong usually does go wrong.

                            On Monday afternoon, Steve Spagnuolo had just finished running through the injury report from the Rams latest defeat when he paused for a moment to stare at the slip of paper that was chock full of names and assorted bumps and bruises.

                            "Wow this thing really is pretty long," he said, only half-joking.

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                            Oh, to be so lucky. The Rams haven't been in that exclusive neighborhood in nearly a decade. Way over here on the darker side of the NFL, the imperfect Rams the worst team in pro football at 1-12 just ponder more creative ways to suffer.

                            And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it does.

                            A swine flu mini-epidemic just swept through Rams Park.

                            Practice was canceled Thursday when a half-dozen players or so came to work suffering from swine flu symptoms.

                            You can't make this stuff up.

                            Q: Who where the only Rams players who didn't get the swine flu? MORE
                            A: The wide receivers. They haven't caught anything all year.

                            On Thursday afternoon, the only thing the Rams coach could do was laugh about the crazy circumstances. When someone asked him if he was worried that he might not have enough healthy players to suit up for Sunday's game with Houston, Spags chuckled. "I will be out there," he said. "Don't even send me down that direction."

                            This wretched season just keeps getting more curious, and I just happen to love it. Stop me if you've heard this before, but I have found the silver lining in this dark, dark cloud. At this point for the 1-12 Rams, losing is definitely a very good thing. If they're going to be bad, you might as well aim to be the worst team in the NFL, because losing does have its rewards.

                            If you're going to be this historically bad, the silver lining is knowing that there is a stud future Pro Bowl game-changing defensive tackle waiting for the Rams if they get the first pick in next spring's NFL draft and if they're only smart enough to take him.

                            Sometimes you get star-crossed when you are a bad team, and that is what has happened to the Rams the last few years. They get just bad enough to be near the top of the draft, but then they get stuck with having to draft a player with the second overall pick who isn't really a drop-dead, game-changing automatic stud.

                            This year, they...
                            -12-18-2009, 08:42 AM
                          • eldfan
                            Rams could find a tonic at top of draft
                            by eldfan
                            Rams could find a tonic at top of draft

                            Sports Columnist Bryan Burwell
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                            In this, their unfortunate season of imperfection, the Rams get no breaks. Whatever can go wrong usually does go wrong.

                            On Monday afternoon, Steve Spagnuolo had just finished running through the injury report from the Rams latest defeat when he paused for a moment to stare at the slip of paper that was chock full of names and assorted bumps and bruises.

                            "Wow this thing really is pretty long," he said, only half-joking.

                            There are other places in the pro football universe, like Indianapolis and New Orleans, where they contemplate the ramifications of trying to get through their schedule unblemished. Every NFL talking head, talk-show host and ex-player and coach has an opinion about the value of chasing a perfect season.

                            Oh, to be so lucky. The Rams haven't been in that exclusive neighborhood in nearly a decade. Way over here on the darker side of the NFL, the imperfect Rams the worst team in pro football at 1-12 just ponder more creative ways to suffer.

                            And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it does.

                            A swine flu mini-epidemic just swept through Rams Park.

                            Practice was canceled Thursday when a half-dozen players or so came to work suffering from swine flu symptoms.

                            You can't make this stuff up.

                            Q: Who where the only Rams players who didn't get the swine flu?

                            A: The wide receivers. They haven't caught anything all year.

                            On Thursday afternoon, the only thing the Rams coach could do was laugh about the crazy circumstances. When someone asked him if he was worried that he might not have enough healthy players to suit up for Sunday's game with Houston, Spags chuckled. "I will be out there," he said. "Don't even send me down that direction."

                            This wretched season just keeps getting more curious, and I just happen to love it. Stop me if you've heard this before, but I have found the silver lining in this dark, dark cloud. At this point for the 1-12 Rams, losing is definitely a very good thing. If they're going to be bad, you might as well aim to be the worst team in the NFL, because losing does have its rewards.

                            If you're going to be this historically bad, the silver lining is knowing that there is a stud future Pro Bowl game-changing defensive tackle waiting for the Rams if they get the first pick in next spring's NFL draft and if they're only smart enough to take him.

                            Sometimes you get star-crossed when you are a bad team, and that is what has happened to the Rams the last few years. They get just bad enough to be near the top of the draft, but then they get stuck with having to draft a player with the second overall...
                            -12-18-2009, 06:16 AM
                          • eldfan
                            A scout's perspective
                            by eldfan
                            A scout's perspective
                            by CaliRamMan on Feb 22, 2010 10:17 PM CST 0 comments

                            A good read from a former scout, Daniel Jeremiah. He breaks down several questions, especially ones that have been flying all over the place on this site. When discussing the best overall player in the draft, check out what he has to say about Mr. Suh:

                            I think he can play anywhere. That’s what I like so much about him. He could play inside at nose, he could be a 3-technique, he could play end if you needed him too. If you wanted to get real big on first down, you could line him up at end and have a monster end. I think his versatility fits into any defense.

                            Where does he rank the big guy:

                            He’s the best interior defensive lineman I have graded in six years. Last year, I was in Cleveland and we were going to have a top five pick and I went all over the country to do all the top players and he was my top player assuming he would have came out last year. He was my top player in last year’s draft.

                            What do you hve to say about Sam Bradford?

                            The only thing that would deter me from (Suh) that is if Sam Bradford checked out 100 percent healthy and your doctors were OK with durability concerns and you feel like he fits perfectly with what you do. Because if you don’t have a quarterback, that has to weigh into it. But that’s the only other option.

                            I liked Bradford because of the accuracy. In terms of where he would have gone with those other guys, I think he would very much have been in the discussion with Stafford and Sanchez and been a for sure top 10 pick and maybe threatened to be the first pick.

                            How about Mr. Clausen?

                            I need to do more (tape watching) on him. I’ve seen like two games. I need to see more. I need to watch some more tape on him. The problem I have on him is that his completion percentage is really high so a lot of times people confuse that with accuracy. But a lot of times, his ball placement was off, he puts the ball on the wrong shoulder. His footwork, he needs to clean that up, definitely.

                            I always love to read what scouts have to say. They rarely have an agenda and can be straight when giving an assessment of a prospect. Not to mention, they see things that the average Joe just doesn't think to look for. They look beyond the numbers! Here you go if you wanna read on for yourself:

                            The official site of the St. Louis Rams - Blog - 2009
                            -02-23-2010, 07:28 AM
                          • AvengerRam_old
                            If the Rams stay at pick #1, there are really only 4 candidates.
                            by AvengerRam_old
                            If the Rams don't trade down from the first pick in the draft, their choice really comes down to four players.

                            The Frontrunner: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
                            I call Suh the frontrunner because he is the player that most people consider the best prospect in the draft. While I obviously don't have any inside information from the Rams, I certainly can see a coach like Steve Spagnuolo, who built a champion defense on the strength of the D line, favoring Suh.

                            The Dark-Horse Candidate: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
                            While he is currently overshadowed by Suh, he is still considered a top 3-5 pick. If Suh slides during the evaluation period, while McCoy shines, he could rise to the top.

                            The Cult Favorite: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
                            Those who like Clausen really like him. In my opinion, his size is potentially an issue, and I'll be curious how he is reported as comporting himself in interviews. That said... QBs can rise quickly in the eyes of scouts, coaches and personnel guys. Just ask Mark Sanchez.

                            The Forgotten Candidate: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
                            Bradford may have been the first pick in the 2009 draft had he come out. Now he stands as the poster child for those who advocate early departures from college. Still, if he passes all the tests he'll be put through in the next few months, teams could fall in love again with his 2008 game tapes.

                            There are other top prospects who I really don't think the Rams would take No. 1 overall. I have Derrick Morgan rated #2 on my draft board, but I really don't see the Rams passing on Suh (or McCoy) to take him. Eric Berry and Joe Haden are A list DBs who will both go in the top 10 selections, but again, not to the Rams at No. 1. The Rams may like C.J. Spiller (as do I), but they can't afford to take a RB at No. 1 unless they trade Jackson, which isn't likely to happen. Finally, Dez Bryant, though a top WR prospect, does not appear to be a guy who would go that high.

                            So, in my book... its one of these four players or a trade down (which I don't expect to happen).

                            Anyone think there are more than four candidates?
                            -01-18-2010, 04:45 PM
                          • AvengerRam_old
                            Most Important Drills, Tests and Inteviews for Draft Crop
                            by AvengerRam_old
                            Here are the drills, tests and interviews that I think will have the biggest impact on the first round of the draft:

                            Height Measurement: Jimmy Clausen
                            I am convinced that he is not nearly as tall as he is listed (6'3). I'd guess that he's not much taller than 6'0. Fair or not, the difference of two inches can mean quite a bit for a QB in the first round.

                            Weight Measurement: Ndamukong Suh
                            The only number that I think could make some people question whether Suh's talents will translate to the NFL is his weight. If he's above 290, he'll be fine. If he were to weigh in at 285, some might question if he can hold up at DT.

                            40 Yard Dash: Dez Bryant
                            If Dez Bryant runs the 40 in 4.55 or less, he'll likely be a top 10 pick. If he runs in 4.45 or less, he could be a top 5 pick. If he runs in the 4.6s, he might not even be the first WR taken.

                            Bench Press: Gerald McCoy
                            If he really wows the scouts on the bench, it might cause some to consider him to be a prospect on par with Suh. Of course, if Suh outperforms him in strength tests, then he'll clearly be considered a level below.

                            Physical Exam: Sam Bradford
                            Had he come out in 2009, Bradford would have been selected in the top 10, and might have even been the first pick. Now, he has a huge question mark on his right shoulder. Throwing drills will tell a lot, but teams are really going to want to hear what the doctors have to say.

                            Throwing Drills: Colt McCoy
                            Scouts want to like McCoy. He has some great qualities, and a stellar career at Texas (which will be completed tonight). The question is, can he make "all the throws" that an NFL QB needs to make. Honorable mention in this category is Tim Tebow.

                            Interview: Carlos Dunlap
                            Dunlap was on his way to a Top 15 rating before he got into trouble with the law. Teams have to be concerned about off the field misconduct these days, particulatly with first round picks. If he comes accross as humble and contrite, teams will forgive his transgression and look at this talent.
                            -01-07-2010, 09:29 AM
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