As the list of future NFL players who will not participate in next week’s Combine continues to grow, word came down late Wednesday that one of the marquee invitees is set to get it on.
Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will participate in all Combine workouts, according to ESPN.com.
“He’s in the best shape of his life and he wants to (demonstrate) that to people,” agent Roosevelt Barnes told ESPN. “There’s no reason [not to work out].”
Regarded by many as the best player in the 2010 draft class, Suh is coming off an impressive 2009 campaign that saw him take home the Outland Trophy, Lombardi Award, Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Award, as well as being named the Associated Press player of the year.
The 6’4”, 302-pound Suh recorded 82 tackles (47 solo) and 12 sacks for the 10-4 Cornhuskers last season.
The St. Louis Rams own the first pick in the 2010 draft and early speculation has already linked them to Suh, as well as Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and quarterback Sam Bradford.
Let’s turn things over to NFP Director of College Scouting Wes Bunting for his take on Ndamukong Suh:
Ndamukong Suh: No. 93, DT, 6-4, 302
The Associated Press’ Player of the Year, Suh displays an impressive combination of power and grace in the run game. He has the ability to consistently shed opposing linemen at the point of attack. Possesses a powerful set of arms and hands to get into blocks. He does a great job getting his hands inside and fighting his way toward the football. Exhibits superior lower-body strength and displays exquisite awareness, dropping his base once he realizes the play is right at him to anchor inside. Has done a much better job keeping his pad level down against the run game this year. At times, it still gets high, but Suh consistently coils up and gets leverage off the snap.
Does a great job getting inside the body of opposing linemen and controlling their blocks on contact. Displays a very quick set of hands. He’s consistently able to win hand battles at the point of attack. Even when he initially gets knocked off the ball, it’s his hands that allow him to slip the block and get after the play. Exhibits good first-step explosion and has the ability to shoot gaps inside, but he needs to do a better job keeping his pad level down once he gains a step on his man. But he’s at his best once he gets into an opposing lineman and is able to use his combination of power and quickness to disengage. Does a great job as a push/pull threat. He quickly gets into blockers and either pulls the rug out from under them or simply overwhelms them into the backfield.
Showcasing impressive body control in the pass game, Suh possesses a wide variety of pass rush moves in his arsenal (club, arm-over, spin). He times up the snap count well and is consistently one of the first defensive linemen moving off the ball. Displaying a powerful punch on contact, he does a nice job keeping his base low when working his way through a double-team. Is very sudden when he gets an opposing lineman on his heels and shows an ability to consistently shed blocks. A dominant college defensive lineman, Suh has the ability to create mismatches inside at the next level.