Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dominating Suh

The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Ndamukong Suh dominated the Arizona Wildcats 33-0 in the Holiday Bowl. The Nebraska defense held the Wildcats to 108 total yards, in what could only be called an embarrassing display from Arizona.

As for Suh he had 3 tackles, one for loss and a roughing the passer penalty, the only time he touched the QB all night. In fairness Arizona did not really attempt to run up the middle or do much more on this night. Suh was rarely moved backwards and stays in his lane and then will shed the blocker to make a play. On this night I thought he was far from dominating and on a few plays did not hustle to the end. In fairness to Suh Arizona was not exactly going to go looking for him.

I agree that Suh can be dominating and is one of the best players in college football. During the Holiday Bowl Suh played both tackle positions, defensive end a few times, and even played on offense in the Red Zone. Suh is definitely one of the strongest players in college football but make no mistake Nebraska has some very good players on defense besides him. On this night the hype from ESPN about Suh was a bit much. Suh had two total tackles for most of the game and ESPN showed replays of both tackles numerous times.

I stick by my previous statements that I would NEVER draft a DT in the first round especially the top of the first round. To give a DT 60-70 million dollars I think is just a mistake. A great DT will have around 40 tackles for a season and rarely do they dominate a game in the NFL. Remember that Suh will not be playing against any 19 or 20 year old centers and guards in the NFL. There will be plenty of players in the NFL that can block Suh and teams can also game plan for him better than in college. Albert Haynesworth hands down the best DT in the NFL was given 100 million dollars to play for the Washington Redskins. Due to injury Haynesworth has only played in 12 games this season. The Redskins are 20th in rushing defense and have a record of 4-11 on the season. Do not expect miracles if the Rams draft Ndamukong Suh. Remember the Redskins also have rookie DE Brian Orakpo who has 11 QB sacks on the season and the Redskins are still 20th in points allowed. My last fact is Clifton Ryan has more tackles in 2009 than Albert Haynesworth. I just believe at this point in time the Rams have to get some help on offense and for Steven Jackson. I believe the Rams should go for some playmakers with their top picks in the 2010 NFL Draft.

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