2010 NFL Draft Player Profile: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

Highly regarded as the best player in this year’s NFL draft class, Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will be one of the most talked about players for the next couple of months.

Suh became the first defensive player to be named the AP’s College Football Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. He has drawn comparisons to former NFL players Reggie White and Warren Sapp, as well as the Vikings’ Kevin Williams.

Strengths: Where do you start? Suh was a dominant force for the interior of Nebraska’s defensive line in 2009, making plays as both a pass rusher and a run stopper. He’s one of those rare players that can have an impact on a play or in a game without showing up on the stat sheet. He consistently collapses the pocket, uses his hands well to get off blocks, has light fight and a ton of quickness for a defensive tackle. He also plays with great intensity, displays good lower-body strength and can drive offensive lineman off the ball with his power.

Weaknesses: He doesn’t have massive bulk and therefore isn’t a space-eater. He also suffered a knee injury that required surgery in 2005, then another knee injury that limited him in the spring of 2007. However, he played in 25 consecutive games over the past two seasons and therefore, questions about his durability have been shelved. While such a thing doesn’t exist, Suh is virtually a perfect prospect.

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Ndamukong Suh wins Lombardi Award

Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is recognized by many as the best NFL prospect in college football. He’s been invited to attend the Heisman Trophy in New York as a finalist, despite the fact that he’s a defensive player. Meanwhile, he’s getting other prestigious awards.

Ndamukong Suh picked up another honor Wednesday night, taking home the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation’s top lineman.

But in this week of picking up trophies, he took some time away from the celebration to apologize to fellow Lombardi Award finalist Jerry Hughes of TCU for not knocking off Texas in the Big 12 Championship game on Saturday.

Suh was chasing Colt McCoy with seconds left in the game and he threw the ball away as the clock ticked to zero. But a review ruled there was a second remaining and the Longhorns kicked a field goal for the 13-12 win.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper currently has Suh at the top of his Big Board for the 2010 NFL Draft and Scouts, Inc. has him rated as the third best draft prospect.

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