It’s all but a foregone conclusion that the Rams will draft Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh with the No. 1 overall pick. Suh is the best and most qualified player in the draft, so he is the obvious top selection.
Who goes No. 2 is less certain.
Lions G.M. Martin Mayhew appears to be debating over Oklahoma State left tackle Russell Okung and Oklahoma University defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. McCoy is the popular pick in mock drafts, but was significantly less productive than Suh. And Okung surrendered just one sack all season. He allowed a mere two quarterback hurries as a senior.
McCoy’s loss of Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2009 (McCoy won in 2008) to Suh shouldn’t severely affect his draft stock. It’s clear that Suh is the best player coming from the national ranks. The real issue for Mayhew is whether McCoy is No. 2.