Lions Draft Talk: Ndamukong Suh

Despite speculation that they could trade for Albert Haynesworth or select Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung, the Lions took Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with the second overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

This is just one man’s opinion, but I think when people look back to evaluate this draft, Suh will be regarded as the best player. I realize I’m not going out on a limb with that statement, but it’s almost comical that some media members had the Lions selecting Gerald McCoy over Suh at this pick. If anything, I have to believe that Detroit would have taken Okung before it took McCoy over Suh.

Suh was incredible this past season for the Cornhuskers. He racked up 12 sacks, 85 tackles and 24 tackles for loss, which almost matched McCoy’s entire resume at Oklahoma. This isn’t to say that McCoy is a bad player – on the contrary, he’s a solid prospect. But Suh was the best defensive player in the nation last year. He’s strong, powerful and incredibly athletic. He’s more of a bull-rusher than a true pass-rusher, but Jim Schwartz should work wonders with him in Detroit.

The Lions were wise not to over think this pick. He was the best player in the draft and fits well next to Corey Williams on the interior of their defensive line. I can’t wait to see what Schwartz can do with him next season and kudos to GM Martin Mayhew for once again adding the best prospect at his position, following the picks of Matthew Stafford, Louis Delmas and Brandon Pettigrew last season. (Of course, it’s not hard to add the best prospect at his position when you pick No. 1 and No. 2, but let’s not dwell on the obvious.)


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