- Height: 6-4
- Weight: 300
Coming out of high school, Ndamukong Suh (pronounced En-dom-ah-ken Soo) was regarded as the top recruit in the state of Oregon. Over the last four years, his knack for making plays has turned him into perhaps the best pro prospect in the entire country.
Explosiveness: Shoots into the gap quickly to make a play in the backfield. Generally, very effective at anticipating the snap count, but he occasionally jumps offsides as a result.
Pass Rush: Together with his long arms, Suh consistently demonstrates excellent use of hands to keep opponent at bay or to get the strong punch into the chest of blocker. Shows the ability to toss linemen aside with a club move. Very productive pass rusher (7.5 sacks last year/12 sacks this year). Possesses excellent balance due to his superior footwork and agility, thus making him extremely tough to take to the ground. Suh is aware enough to bat down passes at the line of scrimmage if he knows he won’t make it to the quarterback, and has shown a knack for plucking the ball out of the air with his good hands. Can get a good push and will slip between the double team. Because of his immense strength, Suh mainly gets by with only power moves. But he flashes an effective swim move to keep blockers guessing.
Run Defense: Moves down the line and sifts through blockers effectively. In goalline situations, plays low and can plug the center of the line. With his excellent quickness, he regularly penetrates into the backfield to make the tackle or force the ball carrier to bounce outside. Occasionally won’t get pads low enough, presumably when he is anticipating the cut block. When this happens, Suh will lose his anchor against the run. Lacks the natural girth of a true nose tackle and I struggle to see him putting on much more weight. Although he should be a good 3-technique undertackle, Suh could be a great penetrating end in a 3-4 front, similar to a Richard Seymour.
Strength: Superior functional strength, especially in his lower body and core. As noted before, Suh can throw blockers to the side once he locks onto them. Can push the double team back enough to affect opposing quarterbacks.
Agility: In his youth, Suh was an accomplished soccer player, which undoubtedly helped him maintain strong balance and footwork. Of all of his traits, the Nebraska defensive tackle is said to have incredible agility for a man his side. His athleticism is reminiscent of Minnesota Viking DT Kevin Williams.
Football I.Q: Very good play regonition skills. Quick to sniff out screens. Awareness in passing situations is one of his strongest suits, where he shows the instincts to drop back slightly into zone coverage to make a play on the ball.
Tackling: Due to his agility, Suh is an accomplished tackler in space. Led the team in tackles last season with a total of 76. Will drive through ball carrier and has the explosiveness to put some pop into his tackles. Often is able to make one-armed tackles while fighting off blocker with other hand.
Durability: Has struggled with knee issues especially in his first two seasons. But has had no major issues in 2009.
Possibly interested NFL teams:
- Tampa Bay
- Kansas City