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Ryan Van Bibber

Ryan Van Bibber has been the editor of Turf Show Times since 2006.

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No matter how desirable the first overall pick in the 2010, as a fan, I hate to see the St. Louis Rams suffer another loss, especially at the hands of the 49ers. Nevertheless, that seems like a foregone conclusion and something I've grown accustomed to in recent years.

If there is a salve that can ease the ache of losing a 15th game, it is the chance to draft a player like DT Ndamukong Suh. The Rams need talent; pick a position and they need talent there. However, the strategy of rebuilding along the interior first took a big step forward with the addition of OT Jason Smith last year, and adding a DT like Suh this year should go a long way toward completing that process on the defensive side of the ball. The Nebraska defensive tackle would instantly upgrade the Rams front seven and make them a more competitive team for 2010, immediately. Fans need that, even if the team will still be a season or two away from being a legitimate contender for the division.

There's also the outside chance the Suh is the kind of player teams would be willing to trade up to get, giving the Rams the option of getting some picks in what could be the deepest draft in years. That might be a less popular option than taking a player sure to be a Pro Bowl regular, but for a team with so many needs it is something that GM Billy Devaney would certainly have to consider.

And then there's always the OCD angle for looking at it. The Rams have had the second pick in the draft for two years in a row, maybe the number one pick is just the stroke of luck they need. After all, the last time St. Louis had the first pick, they drafted Orlando Pace and won a Super Bowl two years later.

By Ryan Van Bibber  |  January 2, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  | Category:  St. Louis Rams Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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A number one pick is not the answer unless the question was how can the Rams waste the most money? They should instead find some other gullible team and parlay as many 2nd, 3rd and 4th round picks as possible as they can get for their first round selection. The Rams need help at all the skill positions and the bench positions too, so why spend $80+ million on one guy? I don't think it is fair to compare the 2010 Rams with the greatest show on turf era ones and Orlando Pace was not the addition that made the most difference, they got Marshall Faulk for like a 4th round pick in a trade and Dick Vermeil. Oh and of course Kyle Boller or whoever they start next year is not Kurt Warner revisited. Just saying that the Rams are not one DT away from winning and that number one draft picks are not guarantee of success, just less salary cap.

Posted by: ozpunk | January 2, 2010 3:00 PM

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