Scouting Report-I have been scouting players for well over a decade and I can say honestly, I haven't seen 5 defensive tackles who I would consider more of a lock to be a great NFL player than Suh. He's got everything you look for in a defensive lineman who honestly could play nearly any position and in any scheme. He's got outstanding strength and quickness, and the best first step in the nation. I know it sounds like I am gushing about him, and I am. he commands a double team on every play, and in most cases his quick first step, great technique and overwhelming power negates the double. He can chase down backs and quarterbacks alike and is so smart, even when he does get stopped at the line, he uses his length and great hands to knock passes down and even pull in the occasional interception. Another thing that I see in Suh that impresses me is, he knows when to engage a lineman and maintain that, to close a running lane or collapse a pocket and he understands when to disengage and knows how to clear out that lineman. Gun to my head, something negative about Suh, it's his health. He's had some knee injuries and knee surgeries which will scare some teams. His medical checks in the offseason will be huge for him.
Draft Status-In my initial Top 100 I am going to put out in the next few weeks Suh will be my no.1 player. He's been my no.1 player since the start of the season, and he's done nothing to change that and no one has played well enough to pass him. I can't see any scenario where he's going to be drafted any later than 5, and depending on which team is picking where, he could end up the first pick overall.
Final Analysis-Defensive tackles don't get a ton of press, but every week you hear about Suh. And the reason is he's so complete as a player. Lots of great college DT's get notoriety because they take up space and allow others to make plays. Suh gets the press because he's the one making the plays. Even with Gerald McCoy in the draft, who's also a really disruptive player at defensive tackle, I think there's a pretty significant gap between he and Suh in terms of NFL potential.
Reminds me of: Richard Seymour, DT Oakland Raiders. When Seymour was at Georgia he showed the same kinds of things I see in Suh week after week. Once Seymour got to the NFL he showed he was able to be dominant at multiple positions and in multiple scheme and that's Suh all over the place.
Fun Fact-Suh's first name, Ndamukong, which is pronounced EN-DOM-AH-KEN, means "house of spears" in Cameroon. I'm sure some quarterbacks would rather contend with a house of spears than Suh.
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy