By Kip Earlywine
Weight: 305 lbs.
Unofficial 40: 5.00
-Very good hand use, disengages with extreme ease
-Has a knack for batting down passes
-Incredible 2009 production
-Is often totally unblockable, even by double teams
-Good combination of size/athleticism/effort
-Leader on the field
-Isn't super fast and probably has average quickness.
-Some knee injuries in his past
-Kind of a tweener
-Is stood up easily (plays with high leverage)
-Relies on brute strength to shed blockers more than skill
"Suh is maybe the most dominating defensive tackle I've seen in 32 years of doing this."
-Mel Kiper jr.
Suh is a monster who doesn't even seem to be slowed much by opposing offensive linemen. What might be the most unnerving thing about watching him is how he makes every dominating play look so effortless. Its almost as if he glides without resistance into the backfield almost at full speed, even when double teamed. If Suh stays healthy, he'll be at least an above average DT at the NFL level.
There are some worries with Suh. One is that he's a bit of an injury risk. Whoever takes him will have to worry about the chance that he could become the next Glen Dorsey. Another problem is that because he's so strong and dominant, he's never really had to develop pass rush moves and against elite NFL competition, its conceivable that he could be slowed down quite a bit. Finally, Suh is versatile, but that is also kind of a weakness. He's not a prototypical 4-3 pass rusher DT (doesn't have a lot of quickness or pass rush moves- his methods look like that of an elite pass rushing 1 tech). The problem with him being a 1 tech is that his leverage is pretty bad. Its not every day you see a DT dominate with such a high stance and lack of leverage, and in the NFL, he might not be able to continue doing that as well as he had been in college. Suh could play a 5 tech 3-4 DE pretty nicely, but ~$70 million is a lot to pay a 3-4 DE. Suh can play a lot of positions, but isn't really a perfect situation for any of them either.
Still, Brandon Mebane fell to the 3rd round because he was considered a tweener type, and the Seahawks turned him into an elite pass rushing 1 tech. Whoever drafts Suh, I'm sure they'll find a great use for him somewhere. If he stays healthy, he could continue to be a breathtakingly dominant force at the pro level. And unfortunately, he'll probably give Max Unger and the rest of us nightmares for the next 8 years.