ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The last time the St. Louis Rams had the No. 1 pick of the draft, they traded up for the rights to select future seven-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Pace.
A decade later, they're on the verge of getting a top pick they truly deserve. Just lose one more time to the San Francisco 49ers in the season finale on Sunday, set a franchise record for futility at 1-15, and the lowly franchise will be on the clock for months instead of minutes.
It's a spotlight they'll try their best to avoid, even if it costs them a shot at Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh.
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