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    Players review from draft dog.com unless otherwise noted

    Round 1 Ndamukong Suh DT NEBRASKA

    Ndamukong Suh has become the best player in all of college football. The man can do things that no other can. At times, he looks like Superman swatting flies. Don’t pencil him in as the #1 overall pick; put it in permanent marker and laminate it. If the NFL team that has the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft passes up on Suh, it's just because they think their future franchise quarterback is looking them in the face.

    The man is simply incredible. Not a mammoth man like a Terrance Cody, Suh packs a lot of power and natural strength into his 6’ 4” 305 pound frame and, frankly, college lineman are just no match for the force that is Ndamukong Suh. Possessing a fantastic burst and quickness of the snap, Suh is in your backfield before you’ve gotten up in the morning. He regularly beats lineman to the corner on traps and pulls, nullifying the play before it’s really even started.

    And just to mix things up, he simply moves you where he wants to go and tosses you aside with sheer beastly strength. His bull rush is better than that of many NFL linemen.
    He is now a finalist for the Lombardi, Outland, Nagurski and Bednarik awards.

    · Recorded season-high nine tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 TFL and 2 PBU in Big 12 North clinching win over Kansas State last Saturday
    · Earned Lott Trophy Impact Player of the Week for the third time this season—first time in history of award a player has won the award three times in one season
    · Leads team with 65 total tackles, 15 TFL, 10 PBU and 20 QB hurries, while adding 6.5 sacks
    · In position to become first defensive lineman in school history to lead Nebraska in tackles in consecutive seasons
    · Only defensive lineman in the country to rank in the top 100 in pass breakups (Suh is 31st)
    · Behind Suh, Nebraska ranks third nationally in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense and eighth in total defense
    · Nebraska defense leads country in passing TDs allowed (4) and opponent red-zone trips (18)

    An elite athlete, Suh has multiple pass rush moves and can spin either way to get free. His hand punch is like a sledgehammer on concrete, keeping blockers away from his body and allowing him to easily disengage to make tackles. His 5.5 TFL and 3 sacks don’t tell the whole story but Suh opens things up for the rest of the Husker defense, regularly drawing double-teams and pushing the action towards fellow defenders. He is a presence that needs to be accounted for on every snap.

    He is generally quite instinctive and reads plays quickly. He makes linebacker type plays in the box, on the edges and at the sidelines and will hustle down the line and chase the ball all over. Even when fooled, he has the quickness to get back into the action. His athletic ability also lends him to shifting over at times to the edge and would make a prototype 3-4 end as well.

    There is very little to nitpick about Suh. His technique doesn’t always match his physical gifts but that can be corrected with a little bit more attention to detail. Injuries derailed the start of his college career, a torn meniscus suffered in high school forced him to take a medical redshirt after two games in 2005 and knee surgery in spring of 2007 hampered him that year. He will wear down at times but that could be due to his all-out effort and hustle more than poor conditioning.

    ROUND 2 Colt McCoy QB TEXAS

    When you look at McCoy’s track record in college, he has a penchant for winning and knows how to win the big game. McCoy has a ton of confidence and isn’t afraid to try and do what it takes to win the game. He might take a risk every now and then but his risks have paid dividends for the Longhorns and it should pay dividends for the NFL team that drafts him.
    Like his predecessor (Vince Young) McCoy is a very mobile quarterback who isn’t afraid to make a play with his legs either running or throwing on the run. This is something that NFL scouts and coaches desire in quarterbacks because being mobile allows the quarterback to extend the play and create something out of nothing. This is a big plus with McCoy. Being mobile will really help him in the draft.
    McCoy also displays good accuracy on his passes and doesn’t overshoot or under-throw his receiver too often. He makes good decisions in finding the open receiver and taking into account where the defender is. He reads the field very well and can, along with his receiver, find soft spots in the zone and exploit them. If you look at McCoy’s completion percentage (70.16%) it is very good and indicative of the kind of player he is. His interception total (32) might be a little high but if you look at the number of passes that he has thrown over his career at Texas (761) that is pretty low.
    McCoy’s intelligence will allow him to be a success in the NFL. Quarterbacks have to learn complicated offensive systems and McCoy should be able to pick up any system that he is taught making him a desirable prospect. He had to learn a complex system at Texas so he should be able to do it in the NFL.
    The glaring deficiency that McCoy exhibits is his lack of experience. Granted, McCoy is a three year starter and has a lot of regular game and bowl experience but he could possibly forgo his senior season and enter the 2009 NFL Draft. If he does, scouts will look at his missing his senior season as a negative but good workouts and a great combine performance could wipe away any fears that NFL scouts and general managers have about him.
    Arm strength, or lack thereof, is another issue that scouts will have with McCoy. The Texas quarterback appears to favor short to intermediate passes and will, at times, misfire on longer passes (often under throwing) giving away the fact that his arm isn’t as strong as the ideal NFL quarterback might have. This will be a knock on him going into the combine and eventually into the draft. If there is away that McCoy can get his arm stronger, he needs to be working on that now.
    Size is yet another issue that might drop McCoy’s stock a little bit. Although his height is near satisfactory, he is a little light meaning that he might not be able to take the pounding he is sure to get in the NFL. He could add weight but that might affect his mobility which is a great asset. This is perhaps McCoy’s second biggest issue (after his lack of experience) and will be scrutinized heavily by NFL scouts.

    3rd Round Eric Norwood OLB SOuth Carolina (from cdsdraft.com)
    Eric Norwood is the opposite of Lee in that he played 4 years at South Carolina without missing a game. He can play outside linebacker or even defensive end and has been an outstanding player for all 4 of his years at South Carolina.

    4th Round Syd’Quan Thompson CB Cal
    Returning to Cal for his senior season is one of the nation’s best cornerbacks. At only 5’ 9”, 193 lbs. Syd’Quan Thompson is nearly the complete package and should be an early round pick next year as the anchor of someone’s secondary one day.
    A pre-season injury to Tim Mixon forced Thompson into the starting line-up as a redshirt freshman in 2006. The rookie responded with a Sporting News Pac-10 all-freshman selection and Team Rookie MVP honour in starting all 13 games and has yet to look back.

    Owner of 6 INT, 26 PBU and 208 tackles in his career, Thompson has been highly productive en route to earning 1st-Team All-Pac 10 honours in 2008 and being named to the Lott Trophy Watch List for the upcoming season. Thompson has also picked up right where DeSean Jackson left off, racking up 344 punt return yards and a 70-yard TD against Colorado State in 2008.

    After starting every game of his college career, Thompson is the leader of the Cal defence and should earn that distinction in the pros as well. While not real big, he’s about average size for a CB but plays bigger and makes up for his size deficiency with tremendous open-field tackling. Thompson, as evidenced by his high number of tackles, is not afraid to stick his nose in a pile or attack ball carriers.

    He’s physical and fights for the ball against any receiver. His confidence has been building throughout his career, and rightfully so, and he now has that swagger that all great corners need. His natural instincts make him much faster than he may time, though a late 4.4/40 is not out of the question. Displays fluid hips for turning and running and is a very smooth runner all around.
    Thompson has a knack for getting to the football and disrupting receivers, display solid hands for the INT and the awareness to knock it down when he can’t. Even just a finger tip, Thompson gets to a lot of passes. Excellent athleticism and change of direction make him very dangerous with the ball in his hands and he keeps up with nearly all receivers around the field. Last season he showed explosiveness as a returner and could be very good in the pros as well. Manages to make plays in the backfield as well with 13.5 TFL and 2 sacks in his career and could be a real weapon on the corner blitz.

    Thompson has just average size and bigger receivers can get the best of him at times despite the fight in him. Naturally, he’s not super strong but does have good core strength and in the lower body. Thompson may not time the greatest and doesn’t have a great burst to recover when beaten. High tackling totals a result of aggressive play but also gives up passes despite high pass defence numbers. Needs some technique refinement in his back pedal.

    His tackling prowess and ability to play the ball in the air makes Thompson a prospect with a very high ceiling and could lead to him to play safety if the opportunity or need arose. Unless he has a terrible season or gets injured, there is no doubt that Thompson will be a first round pick come next April. Oddly, Thompson seems to have played in relative obscurity in the Pac-10, leading many to wonder how hyped he would be in the SEC or Big-12. Expect that to change, soon. I’d say by October 3rd. (Hint: USC comes to town.)
    Syd’Quan Thompson Update:

    Back-to-back blowout losses by Cal have dropped the stock of many Cal players, including Thompson. While not entirely to blame for Cal’s struggles stopping the pass, anytime a team struggles that badly, a defensive back takes a hit. Thompson has actually played pretty well, with 26 tackles and 5 PBU. But he hasn’t recorded an INT yet this year and the spot opposite him has been picked on mercilessly. While Oregon racked up 288 passing yards and 3 TD in the 42-3 thumping, 148 of those yards and all 3 TD came from TE Ed Dickson.

    5th Round Dekota Watson OLB FSU
    5th Round Brandon Lang DE Troy
    6th Round Kyle McCarthy S Notre Dame
    7th Round Tony Washington OT Abilene Chrisitian
    7th Round Doug Worthington DE Ohio State

    Defense, Defense, Defense, Defense will bring this team back to GLORY....

    Go Rams
    Last edited by Dominating D; -01-09-2010, 12:14 PM.

  • #2
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    Beautiful. Love it.
    Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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    • #3
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      McCoy is going to be a bust and would be a terrible selection in the second round. System QB, weak arm.

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      • #4
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        don't you think a wr would be a need at some point? other than that very nice

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        • #5
          Re: Dominating D 7 round Rams mock draft

          Well thought out and I like your players... but I do feel we will need more than 2 picks on the offensive side of the ball this year.


          No one can know if Colt will be a bust or not but he has way more positives than negatives in my book. I'm working on a mock myself and it is hard to let him go by if he is still there in the second.

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          • #6
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            It didn't take much of a hit by Dareus to bring the size/durability concerns about Mccoy to the fore.

            As a Cal fan, I have a lot of love for Thompson; super football-smart & quick but I don't know that he fits with Spags' idea of a corner at that size; every potentially successful NFL player is fast & plays smart/studies; it's the ones who can take the beating who generally thrive longterm.There's a little too much Tye Hill bust-potential there for my liking.

            Overall, I totally agree with the defensive approach.

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            • #7
              Re: Dominating D 7 round Rams mock draft

              Originally posted by Azul e Oro View Post
              It didn't take much of a hit by Dareus to bring the size/durability concerns about Mccoy to the fore.
              I'm no doctor but I don't think it had anything to do with his size or durability. He has taken plenty of hits harder than that this year.

              It was just a fluke play. More of a how he was hit than how hard he was hit in my opinion.

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by Rambunctious View Post
                I'm no doctor but I don't think it had anything to do with his size or durability. He has taken plenty of hits harder than that this year.

                It was just a fluke play. More of a how he was hit than how hard he was hit in my opinion.
                Maybe so. I'd agree that it looked like a fluke but I've had enough of seeing a Rams QB go down on "fluke' hits that better-built NFL QBs withstand every Sunday.

                I have to admit that the questions about all these top QB options make me nervous. I'd rather have a good bet for immediate productivity at DE/TE/RB/OLB in the second than a QB who will need a lot of development in other areas even if the durability/size/arm worries are unfounded.

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                  I dont care what a CB can do if hes under 6'. Tye Hill was supposed to be a great corner and he couldnt cover anything cuz they would just throw high on him and it was a completion at least, I think grab Suh then the rest of D get from FA. Id spend the rest of the draft on the O cuz its freakin horrible.
                  Last edited by dave626; -01-09-2010, 05:00 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Dominating D 7 round Rams mock draft

                    Good mock, but I think there's too many defensive picks. Only two offensive picks with 9 picks? 1 offensive pick before round 7?

                    It is a fact our defense is a better unit than our offense. Our defense is closer to being a competent unit than our offense, so IMO, at least half of our picks should be on the offense, unless for some reason some defensive player drops and would be steal in that particular round.

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                    • #11
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                      Thanks for the feedback.

                      I realize some feel that McCoy is a questionable pick and would rather see a WR. This team has plenty of quality WR who need experience and a full camp to show what they can do in this offense. Adding another youthful talented WR IMHO is not what this team needs.

                      I also believe in building the strength up. The Defense is a few players away from being asset to this team. Once the players are in place then the focus can change to the offensive side.

                      Go Rams

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                      • #12
                        Re: Dominating D 7 round Rams mock draft

                        Its great!

                        but lol defense defense defense?

                        Honestly i think our D is better than our Offense right now

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                        • #13
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                          You draft like your name says you will. I like it fills alot of major wholes, except one that is definately in our top 3 which is WR. Get a WR through the trade or Free agency and this would be really good.

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                            Re: Dominating D 7 round Rams mock draft

                            Originally posted by 39thebeast View Post
                            You draft like your name says you will. I like it fills alot of major wholes, except one that is definately in our top 3 which is WR. Get a WR through the trade or Free agency and this would be really good.
                            i disagree, while i think finding a number one is a concern, i think it is perhaps the LEAST concern we have besides getting a backup for jackson. Both concerns, but not one of our more pressing ones.

                            Why? With the return of big speedy Laurent Robinson, Avery, Gibson, Burton, Amendola, and the evaluation of a promising Brooks Foster, i think you have to address our other needs first. First concern is Quarterback but you must make sure you do not reach just because you need one (ala picking clausen with the first pick). There will be QBs in later rounds or considering waiting another year (when some of these needs will be alleviated) to get your QB.

                            I think Ogbonnaya can be a good back-up, this is based off of what ive seen of him in college and his small performance in the last game of the season. This will be updated based on what i see of him in training camp.


                            always get the BPA who fills a need as well.
                            Last edited by Bralidore(RAMMODE); -01-10-2010, 04:34 PM.

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                              Re: Dominating D 7 round Rams mock draft

                              out of curiosity i looked up Eric Norwood as this mock draft's mention of him isnt the first time ive heard of him. To put him in perspective
                              YouTube - Eric Norwood profile

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                              • The Optimistic Lamb
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                                I love AvengerRam's mock draft, I really do. But it got me thinkin' about any alternatives there may be in each round. And this is what I came up with. Some of it may seem to be reaching, but given that the Rams pick at the top of every round, we should have multiple opportunities to pick some "left-overs".





                                1) Ndamakong Suh DT:

                                Despite being doubled teamed, Suh finished the 2009 regular season with 83 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He is so dominant that he batted 10 passes and blocked 3 kicks. Blah, blah, blah…


                                2) Colt McCoy QB:

                                The second round is really a crap shoot. But not much can compete with a future franchise QB, a position the Rams sorely need. McCoy may not start right away, but he should be ready sooner rather than later. McCoy has thrown for 3,521 yards and 27 touchdowns while completing 70.6 percent of his passes in 2009, and helping Texas average nearly 41 pts per game. Has set a NCAA record in 2008 with a 76.7% completion percentage. Plays in a spread offense, I know. But hell, who doesn’t?


                                3) Toby Gerhart HB:

                                Jackson’s compressed disc’s are a sign of wear. And it’s only going to get worse. We boast a run first offense, so to me keeping Jackson healthy and fresh is the key. Gerhart is 6-1 and 235 lbs and is projected as a mid to late second rounder. But I think we could grab him at the top of the third. He could definitely shoulder much of the burden for Jackson by taking the 3rd down short yard conversions. And with a scary Jackson/Gerhart duo, we’ll make teams pay for stacking the box.


                                4) Riley Cooper WR:

                                The “diamond in the rough” pick. Cooper’s potential cannot be determined from looking at his stats. But if you watch him, you’ll notice he has the rare combination of size, coordination, and raw speed. The Rams should love that he is 6’3’’ and 215 lbs. He has been clocked at faster than 4.40 in the 40-yard dash, but his real speed is probably somewhere in the high 4.4s. Cooper is tough, physical, and fundamentally sound as they come. Hopefully he stays overlooked…


                                5) Dekoda Watson OLB:

                                What the Rams need at the OLB spot is a little bit of intensity. Watson is a reliable tackler who plays bigger than he is. And like Laurinaitis, he is smart enough to play coverage which seems to be a must for Spag’s defense. Watson will be passed up because of his weight, 225 lbs. But he is 6’2” and that tells me another 10-15 lbs of muscle would be nothing for a professional athlete to add. There are many good LB’s in this draft so it is likely that he will be available at the top of the fifth round.


                                6) OL depth

                                7) OL depth...
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                              • The Optimistic Lamb
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                                Looking for criticism. Lots and lots of criticism.


                                1) Ndamakong Suh DT:

                                Despite being doubled teamed, Suh finished the 2009 regular season with 83 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He is so dominant that he batted 10 passes and blocked 3 kicks. Blah, blah, blah…


                                2) Colt McCoy QB:

                                The second round is really a crap shoot. But not much can compete with a future franchise QB, a position the Rams sorely need. McCoy may not start right away, but he should be ready sooner rather than later. McCoy has thrown for 3,521 yards and 27 touchdowns while completing 70.6 percent of his passes in 2009, and helping Texas average nearly 41 pts per game. Has set a NCAA record in 2008 with a 76.7% completion percentage. Plays in a spread offense, I know. But hell, who doesn’t?


                                3) Toby Gerhart HB:

                                Jackson’s compressed disc’s are a sign of wear. And it’s only going to get worse. We boast a run first offense, so to me keeping Jackson healthy and fresh is the key. Gerhart is 6-1 and 235 lbs and is projected as a mid to late second rounder. But I think we could grab him at the top of the third. He could definitely shoulder much of the burden for Jackson by taking the 3rd down short yard conversions. And with a scary Jackson/Gerhart duo, we’ll make teams pay for stacking the box...


                                4) Riley Cooper WR:

                                The “diamond in the rough” pick. Cooper’s potential cannot be determined from looking at his stats. But if you watch him, you’ll notice he has the rare combination of size, coordination, and raw speed. The Rams should love that he is 6’3’’ and 215 lbs. He has been clocked at faster than 4.40 in the 40-yard dash, but his real speed is probably somewhere in the high 4.4s. Cooper is tough, physical, and fundamentally sound. Hopefully he stays overlooked.


                                5) Dekoda Watson OLB:

                                What the Rams need at the OLB spot is a little bit of intensity. Watson is a reliable tackler who plays bigger than he is. And like Laurinaitis, he is smart enough to play coverage which seems to be a must for Spag’s defense. Watson will be passed up because of his weight, 225 lbs. But he is 6’2” and that tells me another 10-15 lbs of muscle would be nothing for a professional athlete to add. There are many good LB’s in this draft so it is likely that he will be available at the top of the fifth round.


                                6) OL depth

                                7) OL depth
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                              • Harry S. Truman
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                                - Chase Blackburn
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                                - He's a steady tackler, not much of a pass rusher, but he's consistent all around otherwise. On top of things, he's got a good work ethic, and is familiar with a Spagnulo run defense. At 26, he's still got some upside yet.

                                - Leigh Bodden
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                                He reminds me a large amount of Dwayne Bowe (and not just because both went to LSU). Bowe has quietly had a very good start to his career...
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                                Previous Next Round 1, Pick 1: Ndamukong Suh, DT, NebraskaSlide 2 of 11

                                I have waited to make the Rams NFL mock draft because yesterday was the last day for underclassmen to declare for the draft. So now that we know pretty much all the players who will enter, there will be no guessing if a player will stay or leave.

                                Plus if you are a Rams fan, like myself, then this is our Super Bowl! I waited all year to see who we would get in the draft. Now let's look at what the Rams really need.

                                Rams Needs:
                                Quarterback- Marc Bulger is past his prime and gets hurt too often. Boller and Null aren't exactly what you call franchise quarterbacks. They can take a risk here because they may have a chance at Jake Locker next year.

                                Backup Running Back- Steven Jackson is the best player the Rams have, but he can't play every down. A running back isn't a huge need, but the Rams need a decent backup. Last year the three backup running backs combined for 228 yards the entire season.

                                Wide Receiver(s)- Donnie Avery can be pretty good, but besides him the Rams have no depth. Their number two receiver is Danny Amendola, who they got primarily to return kicks.

                                Cornerback- The Rams were 25th in passing defense, and their corners didn't get an interception the entire year. They need some help here.

                                Defensive Tackle- A strong defensive tackle will toughen up the line and stop the power run game. It will also take some pressure off of Chris Long.

                                Outside Line Backer- James Laurinaitis was a great pick, now they have two more backers to go.

                                They can also use offensive linemen or a tight end, but these are the biggest needs the Rams have. I spent a lot of time on this so let's take a look at the first pick!

                                Round 1, Pick 1: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

                                Rams should play it safe here by taking arguably the best player in the draft.

                                Quarterbacks are hit and miss and Rams should look to strengthen up their defensive line. Suh is a quick 305 pound monster that teams can build a defense around. Anyone who saw the Big 12 Championship game knows that Suh is one of the best players in the country. Suh anchored Nebraska's defense and should translate his success into the NFL.

                                Strengths: Very quick for his size and uses his hands well. Has good technique and can read plays very well. An amazing playmaker who can always find the football and make big plays.

                                Weaknesses: Can struggle with a double team and can be inconsistent. Also has had some knee injuries in the past.

                                Awards:
                                2009 AP Player of the Year
                                2009 Heisman Finalist
                                2009 Consensus First Team All-American
                                Two Time First Team All-Big 12
                                2009 Big 12 Defensive Player...
                                -01-19-2010, 09:59 AM
                              • eldfan
                                2010 NFL Draft: The St. Louis Rams Are On The Clock
                                by eldfan
                                by Eddie Garrison Eddie Garrison
                                Featured Columnist

                                Written on February 12, 2010


                                The St. Louis Rams had a season in 2009 I am sure they would rather soon forget. Finishing it out with a 1-15 record, the Rams have the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

                                The lone win coming at the expense of the Detroit Lions, who we will get to in another piece as they have the second overall pick in this year's draft.

                                But for now, we will keep our focus on the Rams.

                                The gateway city to the west gave up the second most points in the league last year allowing teams to score 436 points on them while only managing to score 175 points for themselves, a league low.

                                Though the Rams are in utter disarray and needing help on both sides of the ball, this year's draft seems to be lined with defensive talent and I believe that is where St. Louis will attempt to rebuild their team.

                                So let’s see what options the Rams may be eyeing in the top three rounds come April.

                                First Round: Ndamukong Suh—Nebraska

                                There is not much that has not been said about the 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle from Nebraska, but we'll give it a go anyway.

                                Suh is surprisingly agile and quick on his feet for a man this size. His great athletic ability allows him to fire off the ball quickly and get into the backfield to either disrupt the play or get a hit on the quarterback.

                                He actually started his career at Nebraska lined up over center as a nose tackle. He has experience firing off the ball low and using his size to take the advantage over a center or guard.

                                Suh also shows great vision of the field and awareness in the running game. He posses the size to disrupt zone blocking schemes and is very smooth at getting away from cut blocks.

                                He actually led the Cornhuskers last year in tackles, a rare feat for someone at defensive end. He has the needed athleticism to chase down and make open-field tackles as well.

                                Suh presents the Rams with something they can build their defense around much like the Texans did with Mario Williams a few years back. He is the best pick for them and worthy of the No. 1 overall pick.

                                Second Round: Everson Griffen—Southern California

                                Keeping the defensive theme going here in the second round, I believe the Rams will take a good long look at Everson Griffen, a defensive tackle from USC.

                                The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Griffen is much like Suh in that he moves very well for a man of his build. He moves nimbly and quickly in the trenches and moves down the line on runs away from his side low and with force.

                                He avoids cut blocks very easily with his hip movement and the way he runs light on his feet.

                                Against the run he is a very imposing force as he is extremely hard to move and sheds...
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