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The Future 40, Prospect 1: Ndamukong Suh Scouting Report

February 1, 2010

An article was released early today previewing what would be a new series here at Bleed Green called The Future 40, and the debut edition is here! The segment will run every other day for the next 2 months as we provide you with in-depth scouting reports of some 2010 NFL Draft prospects, giving you information key to understanding some of the players’ strengths, weaknesses, projected round of selection, possibility of being picked by the Eagles, and much more! And because the Draft is an important event for the entire league, some of the top-ranked players not expected to go to Philadelphia will also be reported on. In fact, that statement regarding the league-wide event and the top players relates a lot to this opening report of The Future 40…what better way to begin a Draft scouting segment than by reporting on the best projected prospect set to enter the Draft, Ndamukong Suh? Without further ado, here is the debut report of The Future 40 series, featuring Nebraska’s Suh as the player of focus:

  • Prospect Name: Ndamukong Suh
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • College: University of Nebraska
  • Height/Weight: 6’4″, 305 pounds
  • Age: 23 years
  • Class Status: Senior

Summary: Considered to be one of the best prospects in the 2010 NFL Draft as well as the most dominant defensive player to enter the Draft in years, Suh has captured the attention of many teams around the league; even those who simply have no need for a lineman. From the moment he stepped foot on the Nebraska Cornhusker’s field as a true freshman, locals and scouts expected to see a top-notch DT. A knee surgery and placement on the medical redshirt list after only 2 games sidelined him for the remainder of his first collegiate campaign, but he was granted an extra year to play in the NCAA because of it. The following year, Suh played in his first full season for Nebraska, recording 19 tackles (8 of them for a loss, which was among the top at the statistic for the team), and 3.5 sacks. In the 2007 season, his sack total dropped to 1, but his amount of tackles and repetitions as a rotational backup both increased. His first major sign of success came the next year, his 3rd full season, in which he became the first Defensive Tackle in team history to lead the club in tackles (76). 19 of them gave the opponent negative yardage, and Suh also managed to boost his sack total to 7.5. His season performance was enough to garner honors for being one of the best players in the Big-12 division, but his biggest display of dominance came this past season as a senior. Besides the fact that he had one of the best defensive games in college history against Texas (he recorded 12 tackles [7 for loss] and 4.5 sacks), he was also named as a final candidate for the best award in NCAA football, the Heisman Trophy. His stats for the year were by far the best in his college career, as he got 12 sacks, 82 total tackles, 10 pass deflections, a trio of blocked kicks, and 26 hurries of opposing Quarterbacks. Because of his ability to single-handedly change a game and perform at a remarkably different level than other players, Suh is without a doubt among the Draft’s top prospects, if notthe best.

Notable Achievements/Awards:

  • Finalist for the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (2009)
  • Player of the Year (2009)
  • All-Big-12 Honors (2008, 2009)
  • MVP of Big-12 Championship game (2009)
  • Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year (2009)
  • Outland Trophy (2009)
  • Chuck Bednarik Award (2009)

Strengths:

  • Utilizes large frame effectively
  • Tremendous work ethic
  • Able to fend off multiple offensive linemen
  • Has surprisingly explosive start from the line
  • Actively collapses opposing passing pockets
  • Contains pure power and quality lower body strength
  • Can break away from blocks/plays to make a pursuit of ball carrier or make a tackle in the open field
  • Has the agility and high effort level to play as a Defensive End in a specific scheme
  • Has very large upside

Weaknesses:

  • Occasionally sways from the role of a consistent pass rusher
  • Lines up in a high defensive stance; sometimes leads to containment from o-line
  • Has some durability questions because of previous knee surgeries and injuries

Projected Round of Selection: 1st round [TOP 3 SELECTIONS]

NFL Player Comparison: Richard Seymour, Oakland Raiders

We hope that everyone enjoyed the debut report for The Future 40 prospect segment, and urge you to keep checking back for more scouting analysis as the series continues all the way up until the Draft! Also, remember that we will happily take and consider requests from our fans for this series! If you or another Eagle fanatic is interested in seeing a certain player be evaluated in The Future 40, be sure to contact us as soon as possible, and we will attempt to include your selected prospect!

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