2010 NFL Mock Draft: Ndamukong Suh or Jimmy Clausen, Who Would You Take?

Tim HealeyContributor IJanuary 5, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 5: Ndamukong Suh #93 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers stands on the field during Big 12 Football Championship game against the Texas Longhorns at Cowboys Stadium on December 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It won't be too much longer before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell tells the St. Louis Rams they are on the clock with the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

At that point, the team will have a choice to make—should it select Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh or Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen?

The Rams need help at the quarterback position, but 1-15 teams have a lot of needs.

It tends to work out that way.

So adding Clausen—the Golden Domer with the golden arm—might not be enough. Perhaps the Rams will decide that no matter how talented a quarterback is, the need on the line is greater.

Of course, Suh's presence alone won't be enough to get the Rams back to the Super Bowl, either. But a case could be made that a top lineman or defense might actually make more of an impact than a top quarterback.

Both Clausen and Suh appear to be NFL-ready. Clausen was under the tutelage of former NFL offensive coordinator Charlie Weis during his time at Notre Dame, and the Irish did run a pro-style offense.

As far as Suh, well, his prodigious talent should help him acclimate to the next level quickly.

So it really depends on the Rams. Can they live with Kyle Boller or a free-agent retread at QB if Suh is able to create havoc on defense? Or are they better off with Clausen, a potential franchise quarterback who could lead them to success in the long term? Are both choices fail-safe? Or is one pick less likely to fail than the other?

The Rams have until April to settle on an answer.