2010 NFL Mock Draft, Fans' Picks Edition: No. 1 - St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams have many needs. This is no secret and it's obviously part of the reason they sit atop the NFL Draft, after having put together a 1-15 season. One of their big needs is the most important position in all of team sports, but do they have to take a quarterback with the first overall pick -- just because they need one? Many analysts believe they will take Sam Bradford from Oklahoma first, though many of those same analysts believe he's not the best player in the draft. Really, the Rams have needs about everywhere except running back, so if they don't take a quarterback, they'll be looking at the best player available.
Which direction should they go? What say you vis a vis the Rams' selection. Bradford, to fill the quarterback hole -- or do you like Jimmy Clausen better? Do they go with one of the stud defensive tackles to anchor the defensive line? What about Eric Berry -- assuming the Rams let restricted free agent O.J. Atogwe walk?
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Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma - Wowed scouts, media and even his former college coach at his pro day workout in Norman. Bradford would likely have been unanimous No. 1 prospect in this draft had he not sustained the shoulder injury during the 2009 NCAA season, so now that he's shown he's made a full recovery, why not him? He appears to possess every tool necessary to be a successful NFL quarterback.
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska - In Suh, the Rams could be getting the kind of disruptive force in the interior line that will make every other player on the defense better. He's explosive, consistent, strong and can completely knock an opposing offense off kilter.
Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma - He's not as explosive as Suh, but McCoy is a better interior pass rusher and is also projected as a perennial Pro Bowler. This could be the route to take, as only the Chiefs and Jaguars recorded less sacks than the Rams did last season.
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame - There are some, like ESPN's Mel Kiper (and his hair), who believe Clausen is a better prospect than Bradford. We've established the rationale for taking a quarterback, so do you like Clausen better than Bradford for the Rams?
Eric Berry, S, Tennessee - Berry won't be picked by the Rams unless myriad unrealistic things happen leading up to the draft. But should the Rams let Atogwe walk and grab a player many feel can end up being the best professional player in this draft class? Players like Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu would have made awesome top picks in the past.