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Defense is top priority in 2010 NFL Draft

Posted on: February 10, 2010

With the Super Bowl over and New Orleans rejoicing, it is now time to turn our focus to the future stars of the NFL and the 2010 NFL Draft. The top 10 has usually focused on the big offensive threats such as quarterbacks and running backs, but this year, all of the top picks will mainly be on the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska

The top projected pick in this years draft looks to be defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska who will most likely end up at St. Louis. Although this is a smart pick defensively, it does not make the people of St. Louis very happy. The fans are not very happy that the team has focused on defense three of the past four years with thre results less than pleasing. One fan wrote into a St. Louis newspaper and made the comment that the Saints depended too much on Marc Bulger and passed on franchise quarterbacks such as Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez that could have been a big boost for the city and the team. All I have to say is that the Rams would be missing out on one of the best defensive tackles to come along in a long time by passing up on him in the draft. Ndamukong Suh has the potential to be explosive and consistent and a player that the Rams could make a franchise player and build a strong defense around. Suh may not be that one in a million quarterback the fans are looking for, but there are not many options for quarterbacks this year that can be the savior they are hoping for.

The Sooner's Defensive Tackle Gerald McCoy

The second potential pick in the draft is Gerald McCoy. McCoy is another defensive tackle who is from Oklahoma. McCoy led the Sooners this year with six sacks and 32 total tackles. Oklahoma was to be a bright star in this years BCS race, but an injury to Sam Bradford early in the season put Oklahoma on many people’s back radars which in turn left many players struggling for NFL attention. This was not the case for McCoy who has excelled his past three years at Oklahoma and will be looking to make a strong start in the NFL. McCoy is thought to be undersized which can be an issue for most teams but what is a redeeming quality in him is his quickness. His main goal once he gets to the NFL should be to first put on more weight and to secondly maintain that quickness. Although the Detroit Lions have the second pick this year, McCoy might not be staying in the birthplace of Motown very long. His size is thought to be a strength of Tampa Bay who may trade some picks to acquire McCoy.

That is just a preview of what is to come with the 2010 NFL Draft. Look for more entries soon about why offense is not a key this year and why only one quarterback may be taken in the first round. What happened to Jimmy Clausen?

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