Next Ndamukong Suh: Michigan Wolverines Mike Martin? Possibly?

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Detroit Lions DL Ndamukong Suh was fined $20,000 by the NFL Wednesday for a hit on Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton, Suh’s third fine of this sort in the past year. He was obviously upset, tweeting before practice: “$20,000REALLY???!!!!!!… #NFL #BIGFAIL”

The reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year grabbed the Bengals rookie ginger-haired quarterback after he released the ball, and threw him to the turf in the first quarter of Friday’s preseason game. Suh was penalized for unnecessary roughness.

Infractions aside, Suh is a beast among beasts, and the search is on for NFL teams to find the next game-changing DL in his mold. How about Jared Crick, who’s tearing it up for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Suh’s alma mater? Well, Crick is a dominating player in his own right; but he’s not like Suh. We’ll explore this more in a future post.

But we may have found another Suh.

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Ndamukong Suh, being “Ndominating” in otherwise Bleak Lions Season

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Let’s get this out of the way now. Ndamukong Suh has the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award wrapped up. No one else is even close. He’s been one of the few bright spots in a long Detroit Lions season. (Although by Lions standards, this is a much better season than usual- only three of their ten losses have been by nine or more points).

At six-feet-four and 305 pounds, Suh possesses stellar mobility with his uncanny lateral movement on a straight line rush. He runs through the entire play and over blockers pushing them deep into the backfield. In Detroit’s 3-4 defense, he’s produced 8 sacks (tied with former Purdue Boilermakers DE Cliff Avril for the team lead) and 40 solo tackles in 2010.

And his “ndominating play” has often been the subject of controversy this season. He was asked about it at Cowboys Stadium during the Nike Football Media Summit last week.

By Paul M. Banks

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