Pros: Has good quickness and strength. Uses a good first step to get leverage vs. the run at the point of attack. Does a good job getting off blocks at the point of attack. Does a good job making stops in the backfield but can also make plays in pursuit and has good closing burst to chase down ballcarriers or hit the quarterback. Has a good bull rush when he lines up over the center, but also has a really good swim and slap move. Does a good job fighting off and through double teams. Has good hands use to beat blockers and slip blocks. Will bat down passes and athletic enough to pluck a pass out of the air when he fills throwing lanes. Has a good motor and works well in space, able to make tackles in the open field.
Cons: Not a dominant pass rusher because he lacks a killer instinct as a pass rsuher. Will seemingly take plays off, looking to sit back and bat down passes rather than working to get to the quarterback.
Overview: He plays mostly the nose in Nebraska's 4-man front, but can also play the 3-technique as well as working as an end in a 3-man front. Has the frame really that could support another 15 or so pounds of bulk and still really not lose a beat. Works as a lead blocker in short-yardage situations and is effective there. He was so dominant that he had to be double teamed almost every player because he beat even the top quality blockers when he worked one on one.
NFL Forecast: Suh is a run stopper first, and a pass rusher second. But you see flashes of dominant pass rushing potential, but he seemingly doesn't seem all that interested in that. I think it's because he is allowing his teammates (whom he apparently is very fond of) to get opportunities to make plays. Because honestly if he went 100% every snap, then he probably would have ended up with two or three times as many sacks as he did this past year. He'll fit best in a 4-3 at the nose tackle position, but can also play the under tackle/3-technique, as well as would be a good fit as a DE in a 3-4 scheme. Because he was so dominant a player in college, many think he'll come into the league right away and be a very good player. Most defensive tackles don't. I think Suh will come in and be a solid player, but I don't think he'll quite live up to his potential right away. His technique is good for a college player, but I think his coaches are going to have to make sure he doesn't take plays off like he did at Nebraska. But playing in a rotation rather than practically every snap like he did this past year should help there. He's a player that I'd draft to solidify my run defense, but a bonus will be if he ever does develop that killer instinct as a pass rusher. I think he'll average 3-5 sacks each year, but has the potential to get 8-10 in a given year, particularly if he goes to a team that already has talent up front.
ATL Forecast: Suh would be a great fit in Atlanta because he can play both tackle positions and excel at either. He'd be a starter right away since he'd be an upgrade over Peria Jerry, which would allow Jerry to be more effective coming off the bench more on passing downs. Suh's presence would likely give the Falcons one of the best defensive lines, and at the very least to match the Vikings as having the best interior pairs in the league. He would be a great fit in Atlanta and within two years would probably be a Pro Bowler.
Value: Suh is as talented a defensive prospect as you may see in a generation. He's not great at just one thing, but great at most things. He is well worth the No. 1 pick, and a definitely franchise-caliber player to take in the first three picks.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
POINT OF ATTACK: 5.0
PASS RUSH: 3.5
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