Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 9/1/09: #1 DT, #1/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 1
2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rec: 1-2-2-1; 39 Sol-76 TT, 16 TFL, 7.5 SK, 2 INT, 3 PBU, 6 QBH, 1 FF, 2 BLK; Second team All-Big 12. In 2008. First Nebraska defensive lineman to lead the team in tackles since 1973. His 19 tackles for loss were the eighth-best total in school history. His play helped Nebraska finish second in the Big 12 in total defense at 349.8 yards per game, an improvement of 126 yards per game from the 2007 campaign. Intercepted a pair of passes and returned both of them for touchdowns, including a dramatic game-clinching score in the regular-season finale against Colorado. He had a career game against Kansas (12 tackles, 4 TFL, 2.5 sacks) that earned him Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors. Became a fixture as a fullback in short-yardage situations late in the season, and against the Jayhawks he showed his athletic ability when he caught a two-yard touchdown pass. Showed no ill effects from knee surgery that kept him out of spring practice. His sack and tackle for loss numbers led the team. His 5.8 tackles per game led all Big 12 defensive linemen. 2007: 12 GP; 11 GS; 22 Sol-34 TT, 6 TFL, 1 SK, 2 PBU, 4 QBH, 1 BLK; Had knee surgery in early March will sideline him for the spring season. Played a key role in NUís 20-17 win at Wake Forest, recording two tackles for loss - one forced Wake to kick a field goal and the other helping result in a game-saving interception in the fourth quarter. 2006: 14 GP; 0 GS; 12 Sol-19 TT, 8 TFL, 3.5 SK, 1 INT, 2 QBH, 1 FF; Among the team leaders in both tackles for loss and sacks. He also saw time on special teams as a blocker on the place-kicking unit. 2005: 2 GP; 0 GS; 0 Sol-1 TT; Suh was one of a school-record 13 true freshmen to see action in 2005. He played in the first two games and had an assisted tackle against Wake Forest before missing the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery to fix torn meniscus suffered his senior year in high school playing basketball. Personal: Suhís mother, Bernadette, is from Jamaica, while his father, Michael, hails from Cameroon. In the Ngema tribe in Cameroon, Ndamukong means "House of Spears."
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