NFL Draft Spotlight: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

by Cory J. Bonini on April 21, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Arguably the consensus No. 1 overall prospect in the 2010 NFL Draft, Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (pronounced En-dom-ah-ken Soo) is coming off one of the most dominant seasons for anyone at his position in NCAA history. In 2009, he racked up 82 total tackles and 12.0 sacks. Demonstrating his athleticism, Suh intercepted two passes in 2008 and returned both for touchdowns. 

Strengths

  • Explosive and athletic: Suh blasts off the snap with extreme quickness. This enables him to easily collapse pockets and penetrate backfields.
  • Powerful, muscular frame: Well-defined at 6-foot-4, 307 pounds
  • Intelligent and of good character
  • Strong work ethic
  • Awareness: Reads plays well and sniffs out screen passes.
  • Pass-rushing skills are top-notch
  • Impressive tackling ability - has a nose for the ball
  • Lateral strength and mobility
    Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska Cornhuskers
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  • Strong against the run
  • Versatile - can play in both 4-3 and 3-4 alignments

Weaknesses

  • One year of dominant performance
  • Several knee surgeries

Expected draft placement

Suh looks like a can't-miss prospect. Defensive linemen are generally safer than, say, a quarterback, at the top end of a draft. Multiple knee surgeries could scare off a team, but he experienced an upward growth in production throughout his collegiate career.

Expect the senior be drafted as high as the first overall pick (St. Louis Rams) and as low as No. 3 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). The Detroit Lions at No. 2 seem to be Suh's most likely landing spot if the Rams choose a quarterback, which we expect them to do.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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