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Will Sutton NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 19:  Defensive tackle Will Sutton #90 of the Arizona State Sun Devils pumps up the crowd during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Sun Devils 31-27.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Ryan LownesFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2014

Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State (HT: 6’0½”,WT: 303 lbs.)

Chicago Bears

Third Round: 82nd Pick

NFL Comparison: Corey Liuget, DT, San Diego Chargers

Combine Weigh-in
HeightWeightArmHand
600430331 1/4"10"
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Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeBench
5.361.7528.5"8'3"7.9324
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Positives

  • Demonstrates good snap anticipation and is very quick to engage.
  • Utilizes active hands and fights to keep his body clean. Able to rip or shed blocks.
  • Good, penetrating tackle that collapses the pocket and makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. Shoots the B-gap and forces opponents to react quickly.
  • Shows the ability to win the leverage battle at the point of attack, can bull-rush blockers and walk them into the backfield.
  • Possesses a low center of gravity and plays with good pad level, making it difficult for blockers to reroute him or stop his momentum.
  • Has an array of techniques to gain entry into the backfield. Flashes a good swim move and has decent lateral agility.
  • Was one of the nation’s most destructive interior forces as a junior playing at a lighter weight. Enjoyed a highly decorated college career.
  • Displays instincts and recognition ability.
  • Looks to be a little more athletic on tape than he appeared to be in shorts at the NFL Scouting Combine. Moves fairly well for his size.
  • Most effective at the 3-technique position, but shows the versatility to kick further inside on obvious passing downs and split double-teams.
  • High-character player, a team leader.
  • May be able to contribute on special teams.

 

Negatives

  • Undersized for an NFL 3-technique at 6’0.5” with short (31.5”) arms.
  • Aggressiveness can be a double-edged sword. While he sometimes disrupts the early stages of a play, he often takes himself out of position to make an impact. Some blockers learned to use his momentum against him.
  • Occasionally appears to focus entirely on beating his man or shooting the gap rather than locating the ball. He has a tendency to drop his eyes and miss tackles.
  • Lacks great balance, is too easily removed from his feet. Spent too much time on the ground both on tape and when I watched him at the Senior Bowl.
  • Not an explosive or dynamic athlete for the position. May not possess the outstanding athleticism required to overcome size deficiencies. Despite dropping some of the bad weight, he was not able to impress at the combine.
  • Buries his head in short-yardage situations and struggles to find the ball-carrier.
  • Lack of length makes him more susceptible to being engulfed by blockers and also inhibits his ability to tackle or trip up ball-carriers.
  • May find himself without a position on a three-man front, could almost appeal exclusively to teams that primarily employ a 4-3 defensive scheme.
Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesTFLSacksFFPD
2009Arizona State173.01.010
2011Arizona State335.52.501
2012Arizona State6323.513.035
2013Arizona State4813.54.004
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Personal Notes

  • 2013 First-Team All-American.
  • 2013 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
  • 2013 First-Team All-Pac-12.
  • 2012 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
  • 2012 First-Team All-American.
  • 2012 First-Team All-Pac-12.
  • Sat out the 2010 season.
  • Father Mickey played defensive back and returned punts for three NFL teams.
  • Communication and Sociology major.

 

Ratings Chart

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Overall

After a junior season in which he was one of the most disruptive defensive forces in college football, Will Sutton failed to replicate his dominance as a senior. With added weight, he lost some of his quickness and was not able to alter games in the same manner.

Regardless, the two-time All-American knows how to get into the backfield and has a fairly diverse game. He projects best as a 3-technique in a four-man front, where his ability to penetrate will be emphasized.

 

Draft Projection: Second-Third Round

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