Ndamukong Suh Poised For A Big Season



Ndamukong Suh was trending over the weekend on Yahoo! for his hit on Jake Delhomme that garnered him a 7,500 dollar fine. As the second overall selection in this year’s NFL draft, there is every indication that the Detroit Lions’ brass made the right move. The franchise is building up its stable of high draft picks that are sure to make a major impact during the upcoming season including Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Jahvid Best.

By Patrick Herbert

At six feet four inches and over three hundred pounds, Suh still possesses stellar mobility with his uncanny lateral movement. He can also rush the quarterback simply by running over blockers and pushing them deep in the backfield. This should prove extremely beneficial in the 3-4 defense.

There is less of a learning curve at the defensive end position than some others in the NFL. Teams can waste millions of dollars on top picks while they sit on the bench and learn systems. The Cardinals would certainly like to have the Matt Leinart pick back. Just like in every interview scenario following a selection, I am sure they said he had a tremendous upside with a lot of potential.

He did, in a way.

There was potential to blow his time and money partying and playing beer pong. On the other extreme side when it comes to draft picks, Suh can step in and make an immediate impact on the field.

The 2006 draft produced Mario Williams as the first selection. This product of North Carolina State was not the popular choice for the fans of the Houston Texans. They wanted to see Reggie Bush in their uniform. He was the sexier pick because he was showcased at a powerhouse University and offensive players are usually in the spotlight more.

Williams turned out to be the better pick thus far. He is the team’s all-time leader in sacks with nearly forty and was arguably the best defensive lineman in 2007. This defensive end was a pro bowl player the last two seasons as well. This is evidence that Suh-as a defensive tackle- is the right choice for the Lions.

Matthew Stafford already possesses numerous weapons on the offensive side of the ball:  Best, Burleson, and Calvin Johnson will make life easier with their play making ability. It is of the utmost importance to have fresh legs at the running back position. Fans have seen the precipitous decline of LaDanian Tomlinson’s production. That is why the Chargers feel comfortable moving forward with Ryan Matthews out of Fresno State. Burleson and Johnson provide opportunities for Stafford to pad his stats with their ability to gain yards after the catch.

Kyle Vanden Bosch, defensive end, will make Suh’s transition to Sundays easier. As a fellow alumnus of the University of Nebraska, he can take Suh under his wing and demonstrate the work ethic and routines that have made him a successful veteran. One thing is always certain for the Lions, Jason Hanson will be kicking the ball through the uprights. Another is a very probable outcome: Ndamukong Suh will be a very productive pro defensive lineman who is deserved of the second overall selection.

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