Will Sutton – Defensive Line
There is a lot to like about Sutton. He is an every down player and is extremely productive. He is a fifth year senior from Corona, California and has been a starter for three seasons. He missed the 2010 season. Sutton lines up all over the defensive line. He mostly plays as a 3 or 4 technique but he has also line up on the nose and as a 5 technique player. He is an active and makes a lot of plays. If there is a negative, it’s his height. He is listed at being 6’1 – 305. I agree with the 6’1 but he looks a little heavier. He has long arms, and that can help make up for his lack of height. He has very good initial quickness and quick hands. He shows the ability to control his opponent with his hands and can shed quickly. He plays with strength and power and never gives ground. He is a quick penetrator who can not only disrupt plays but can also make the play. With his long arms and power, he can 2 gap his opponent or play in a 1 gap scheme and shoot the gap. While he doesn’t have long speed (5.1 play speed), he is very quick for 5-10 yards and shows pursuit ability. He shows excellent pass rush skills for an inside lineman. He had 13 sacks in 2012 and has 16.5 total sacks since the beginning of the 2011 season. What we are seeing now is that he is constantly double teamed on passing downs. As a pass rusher, his initial quickness is very good, but he knows how to use his hands and can both bull rush and use moves, He is good with counter moves.
The player that he would compare to from last year is Bennie Logan, the Eagles 3rd round pick in 2013 from LSU. Sutton is about the same size but is more athletic than Logan and gets more production as a pass rusher. At 6’1, people may say he is a nose tackle, but I really think that he would be better off as a 3 technique on a 4-man front. He can play DE in a 3-4, but he lacks the desired height for that position. His productivity says he should go very high, but I feel he would be drafted somewhere between the 45th and 60th pick. He has starter traits, but you wish he was taller.