NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Ndamukong Suh

Posted on January 26, 2010 by Matt Elder

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
6′4, 302lbs

(#1 Prospect , #1 Defensive Prospect, #1 Defensive Tackle)

Suh does what we haven’t seen a defensive tackle do since Tommie Harris or Warren Sapp were in college. He completely takes over football games and has the ability to dictate how the opposing offense is going to operate based almost solely about how he looks early in the game.

His combination of explosiveness and strength are unparalleled in this class among his tackle peers. He has the power to completely bull rush a 320-pound guard and knock him down backwards while at the same time he can take on two blockers and hold up at the point of attack.

Then you have his first step off the ball, where if he times it right can lead to completely shooting the gap and blowing up plays in the backfield before they even start. He’s the only defensive tackle prospect I’ve ever scouted who can completely change a game all by himself. His ability to play the one, three, and five techniques is unheard of today and he could even move outside in a 3-4 alignment and work as a defensive end.

As far as technique and moves go, Suh possesses a full compliment a bull rush, spin move, rip, and a swim move. He uses them all effectively and varies it so he is continually unpredictable and keeps guards on their heels.

Suh also is very good in pursuit, when playing the run game he will hold up his blocker at the point of attack and then slide down the line to make a play on the ball carrier. He also has the ability to eat up screen and shuffle passes that are designed to be effective in the middle of the field.
Suh is my top prospect without question and it’s not easy finding any negatives with his game but there are a few. He has a tendency to play high when he gets tired in a game and when doing so he can disappear for stretches.

Also if he doesn’t fire off first and get into the line he can be pushed back at the point of attack by a double team.

But the biggest question is about Suh’s knee. He’s had multiple injuries and surgeries and that’s never good for a 300-plus pound man.

Finally for Suh just like any other college prospect it’s about consistency. He has to show the consistency that he’ll play just as hard on snap one as he does on the final play despite being tired and beaten up from constant double teams—and he’ll get plenty at the next level.

How he fits the Bills:

Suh fits the Bills because they have a huge need for a playmaking defensive lineman. How many times can one team try and find the next Bruce Smith before they say screw it, and try a different position?

I have been grading draft prospects for over 10 years and I’ve never graded a defensive player as high as Suh. His ability to dictate what the offense can and can’t do is something I’ve never never seen a college lineman do more impressively than Suh.

If Buffalo could get that then regardless of what scheme of defense they implement, it won’t matter because all Suh does is make plays. In fact he even comes in on goal line plays to be a William Perry style fullback and make no mistake about it; he will hit you just as hard on offense.

There’s not a team in the NFL that could not use Suh, and the Bills would be well on their way back to glory with him as their defensive stalwart.

To get Suh though the Bills will have to trade up to the #1 pick as I don’t see any way he falls below that. So being a perennial Pro Bowler in Orchard Park is a very unlikely scenario.

Projection: Top 5 Pick

2006: 19 Tackles, 7 TFL, 3.5 Sacks, 1 QBH, 1 FF, 1 INT
2007: 34 Tackles, 6 TFL, 1 Sacks, 4 QBH, 2 PBU. 1 Block
2008: 76 Tackles, 16.5 TFL, 7.5 Sacks, 6 QBH, 1 FF, 2 INT, 3 PBU, 2 Blocks
2009: 70 Tackles, 17.5 TFL, 7.5 Sacks, 17 QBH, 1 FF, 1 INT, 10 PBU, 3 Blocks
Career: 199 Tackles, 37 TFL, 19.5 Sacks, 28 QBH, 3 FF, 4 INT, 15 PBU, 6 Blocks

(Matt Elder is our resident draft expert.  Over the next three months he’ll be profiling countless amounts of NFL prospects and how they may-or may not fit into the Buffalo Bills plans)

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