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Doug Farrar

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Rams ready to Suh

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If there's one team that would benefit from a Week 17 loss above any other, it's the St. Louis Rams. At 1-14, they're in line for the first pick in the 2010 draft, and the Detroit Lions are currently up for second at 2-13. Based on strength of schedule and the fact that the Rams' one win this season is over the Lions, St. Louis would have that first pick if they lose to the San Francisco 49ers. And if they have the first overall pick, the Rams will be able to take the best player in college football by an absolutely crushing margin -- Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

In his senior year alone, Suh amassed 93 pre-bowl tackles, with 23 for loss and 12 sacks. Attaining those numbers as an interior defensive lineman, and being double- or triple-teamed on just about every play, tells you how amazing Suh was in 2009. You want more than stats? Go back and watch the Big 12 Championship, when Suh completely ravaged Texas' offensive line and sacked Colt McCoy 4.5 times. Suh has been compared to Warren Sapp and Richard Seymour, but I go back a bit when I look for an NFL comp. Suh's combination of strength, speed and intensity reminds me of Joe Greene, who was quite possibly the best defensive tackle ever to play the game. That's the kind of player Suh can be, and when I wrote about him a few weeks ago at Football Outsiders, I just couldn't believe what I was seeing.

Both teams in line for Suh know how much a great defensive tackle can make a difference. Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo was part of the Giants' Super Bowl-winning staff in 2007, and he saw the way that Justin Tuck tore New England's line apart. Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz used to be Tennessee's defensive coordinator, and he enjoyed the benefit of having Albert Haynesworth anchoring his line. Both teams have holes through their rosters, but the dropoff from Suh to everyone else in this draft from an instant difference-making perspective seems so great, it's worth a Week 17 loss to get him.

By Doug Farrar  |  January 1, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  | Category:  Doug Farrar , St. Louis Rams Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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