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Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh -- The Lions found their franchise quarterback last year in Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick. They found the lynchpin of their defense this year in Suh, the No. 2 overall pick. After years of making poor picks in the top 10, the Lions seem to have nailed it for the second straight draft, landing the most dominant player in college football. With two other new acquisitions -- Williams and end Kyle Vanden Bosch -- Suh turns the defensive line from a weakness into a strength.
A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 1/2 -- Ndamukong Suh, DT, 6-4, 307, Nebraska: Widely considered the best player in the draft, Suh can stop the run and rush the passer. The Lions added a difference-maker in the middle of a defense that has ranked last three years in a row. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Ndamukong Suh News
12/29/14 - The NFL suspended All-Pro DT Ndamukong Suh for one game without pay for stepping on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' injured left calf. NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks imposed the suspension and sent a letter to Suh outlining the reasoning behind the ruling.
"You did not respond in the manner of someone who had lost his balance and accidentally contacted another player who was lying on the ground," Hanks wrote. "This illegal contact, specifically the second step and push off with your left foot, clearly could have been avoided.
"You unnecessarily stepped on your opponent's unprotected leg as he lay on the ground unable to protect himself."
Suh will appeal the suspension to former player Ted Cottrell, who is jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association to rule on appeals of on-field incidents, and Suh can have his appeal process expedited with a decision as early as Tuesday.
History suggests Suh's suspension will likely be upheld, but Cottrell did overturn a one-game suspension for former Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed in 2012, reducing his punishment to a $50,000 fine for a third helmet-to-helmet hit in three years.
12/15/14 - DT Ndamukong Suh played 59 of 69 snaps despite being ill during the week.
12/14/14 - DT Ndamukong Suh made four tackles, including a sack, in what may have been his last home game as a Lion. Suh will become a free agent after the season, and he could receive a record-setting contract for a defensive player. He has a career-high 18 tackles for loss with two regular-season games remaining, and his ability to draw double teams is a key reason why the Lions lead the NFL in rushing defense.
12/10/14 - DT Ndamukong Suh could be playing his final home game at Ford Field on Sunday. The second-overall pick in 2010, Suh said he hasn't thought about Sunday potentially being his last time playing at his home stadium for the past five years. And after talking about the possibility, Suh said it's not up to him whether or not he's in Detroit next year.
"No clue," he said when asked if Sunday will be his final home game with the Lions. "It's not my decision."
Pressed on where he expects to play next year, Suh deflected to his agent Jimmy Sexton.
"Go speak to Jimmy about that if you really want an answer to that question," he said.
Does that mean Sexton will decide Suh's team next year?
"It'll be Jimmy's decision, so we'll go with that," Suh said.
The Lions could make the decision to franchise Suh, though that would cost nearly $27 million, so the choice will most likely be on Suh or, apparently, his agent. And on the open market, he'd likely become the highest paid defensive player in the NFL because his $64.5 million rookie contract gives him enormous leverage after two All-Pro seasons and likely a third this year.
11/09/14 - DT Ndamukong Suh imposed his will throughout the game while making four tackles. He had three tackles for loss in the first half, including a sack, though his 15-yard face mask penalty late in the second led to a Miami field goal. He added a fumble recovery in the second half. "He has power, speed, he's smart and you see all that come into play out there," coach Jim Caldwell said.