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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
04/30/14 - DT Ndamukong Suh was a no-show for the Lions' voluntary minicamp this week and the two weeks of conditioning that preceded it. Suh is in the final year of his rookie contract and the Lions are presently trying to negotiate a long-term extension. Head coach Jim Caldwell has been in contact with Suh and was not blindsided by his absence.
"The rules are what they say they are - it's voluntary," he said. "Obviously, from a coaching standpoint, we do this for a living so we'd like every minute of every player every day, just to get our system in place. But he's a very thoughtful individual and he has life extremely planned out."
The team leaders seemed more bothered about answering questions about it than they were about Suh's absence.
"Look, we're not distracted by Suh," said middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch. "I think the media makes it bigger than it is. We know what (Suh) can do and he'll be here when he gets here and he'll be prepared to play."
Said center Dominic Raiola: "He'll be here. This is voluntary. He will be here when he's here. We'd love to have him here, but he will be here when he is here."
12/18/13 - DT Ndamukong Suh said Wednesday that part of the Lions' problems has been the defensive line. He said it hasn't been "disruptive" enough, which is why the team isn't forcing many turnovers.
12/04/13 - DT Ndamukong Suh, who was credited with six quarterback pressures against Green Bay, has 27.5 career sacks. He needs two more to pass Shaun Rogers (29) as the franchise leader among defensive tackles.
11/20/13 - DT Ndamukong Suh was shut out on the stat sheet Sunday. He had no tackles, sacks or hits. But according to ProFootballFocus.com, he did have four quarterback pressures.
11/18/13 - DT Ndamukong Suh did not register a tackle, sack or a quarterback hit. He was shut out.