Scouting Report: Ndamukong Suh

Written by Will Spencer on January 10, 2010

Ndamukong Suh

Position: DT School: Nebraska
Height: 6’3 7/8" Weight: 307 lbs
Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.04

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

Top 3 Pick

Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 6
Speed 8 8
Quickness/Agility 10 10
Strength/Explosion 10 10
Athletic Ability 8 8
Durability 8 7
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 6
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 10

Defensive Line Specific Categories


Max. Value


Run Stopping 8 8
Pass Rushing 8 8
Awareness 8 7.5
Hand Placement 8 7.5

Explanation of Player Grading System


This category could just say “everything” and it would be accurate. Suh is an amazing player with equal abilities to defend the run and rush the passer. Suh was even used to drop into coverage at times with Nebraska, further showing his rare athletic ability. A very disruptive force in the middle, Suh can tie up blockers, plug holes, and force the runner to bounce to the outside. It is rare that an offensive line can block Suh one on one, yet he can consistently beat double teams. He’ll be able to play the 5 technique (3-4 DE) and the 3 technique (4-3 DT) equally as well, making him a versatile selection on draft day. Suh is effective at collapsing the pocket as well as shooting through gaps. Flows well to the ball when the runner moves laterally. Gets off blocks effectively to make the tackle in the trenches. Never seems to get tired. Suh was also utilized as a FB in short yardage situations.


This is a hard category to evaluate with Suh. While he has room for improvement in his play, he has little to no weaknesses as a player. As with most college players, Suh needs to develop his awareness, which only comes with experience. Suh could also continue to develop his hand placement, and can over-pursue the play at times.


Pronounced “En-dom-ah-ken Sue,” it is down right difficult to find anything wrong with his play. Suh is an absolute monster in the middle of the defensive line. He has the quickness/size/strength and versatility to play a 5 or a 3 technique at the next level. Suh is a once in a decade type player that just seems to get better every time he’s on the field. Suh has the ability to take over games and dictate and offenses play calling. The only way Suh isn’t the first pick in the draft is if the St. Louis Rams decide that getting a franchise quarterback is more important. Some may like Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy better, but all you need to do is watch Suh play against Missouri and Texas in his senior season. That will change your mind. Suh absolutely dominated in those games and dictated the play calling by both teams.


Suh started in 2008-2009, played in 12 games with 11 starts in 2007 and played in all 14 games as a redshirt freshman in 2006. Suh received a medical redshirt in his true freshman season (2005).

Awards and Honors

2009: Consensus first team All-American. Bednarik Award winner (best defensive player). Rotary Lombardi Award winner (best down lineman). Bronko Nagurski Award winner (best defensive player). Outland Trophy winner (best interior lineman). Associated Press Player of the Year. Heisman Trophy finalist.
2008: All-Big 12 First team.
2007: n/a
2006: n/a
2005: n/a


Construction management major at Nebraska.


Received a medical redshirt in 2005 after season ending knee surgery. Had another knee surgery in 2007 that limited some of his play time.

Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 82 47 35 12 0 1 0
2008 76 39 37 7 0 2 2
2007 34 20 14 1 0 0 0
2006 19 12 7 3 0 1 0
2005 1 0 1 0 0 0 0

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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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