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Draft Scout Will Sutton News
12/18/14 - DT Will Sutton missed Thursday's practice due to illness and is day to day.
05/12/14 - It's apparent the Bears still believe the defensive line can make the deep secondary and not the other way around. Taking a pair of defensive tackles -- Will Sutton of Arizona State and Ego Ferguson of LSU -- instead of a safety in the second round showed this much. "You have to have players who are capable of controlling the run on the inside," Emery said. "The front determines the game, in terms of controlling the run and putting pressure on the passer and that's why we went defensive tackle back-to-back in the second and third rounds.
"I believe we were 32nd on average rush and 32nd against the run. So, everything we've done is to get as many tough, physical players up to this point, on this team, that can help us accomplish those goals - to stop the run and apply pressure on the passer." Third-round pick Sutton bulked up to 309 pounds for his senior year, after playing around 270 as a junior. He needed the weight for a role that had him taking on multiple blockers, but Emery said he wants the three-technique tackle at "285-295." Sutton is already down to 290, so he's in the right range. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - When the Bears drafted Ferguson, Sutton figured he'd be going anywhere but Chicago. "But then they got me in the third round so I bet they think that us two can make a good tandem together," Sutton said. "Either he plays nose and I play 3 tech or vice-versa; whatever they want us to play. I feel like us two can come in and really do some damage." Sutton looks like the 3 and Ferguson the nose, initially.
The Bears normally carry nine defensive linemen on the roster, but that could increase to 10 after drafting two tackles early and revamping the entire D-line. Emery last year admitted not providing enough defensive line depth was one of his biggest mistakes, so 10 linemen might be the best way to go. "I think it's real important to us, obviously with what happened to us last year and the depth issue," he said. "To solve that issue, you've got give a little bit in terms of your roster numbers." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 3/82 -- Will Sutton, DT, 6-1, 303, Arizona State...A natural under tackle who will be tried at that spot in the Bears defense, he went from 270 pounds to 309 pounds and now back to 290. As a bigger player, his assignment was occupying blockers. When his weight was down, he was attacking up the field. Sutton finished with 20.5 sacks and 45.5 tackles for loss. He was chosen the Pat Tillman Award winner as Pac-12 defensive player of the year as a junior, when at a lighter weight he made 13 sacks and 23 1/2 tackles for loss. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 83/9. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State, 6-1, 303, 5.36, 2-3...After missing the 2011 season for academic reasons, Sutton's play the next two years made that off-field issue, well, academic. He earned the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year in both 2012 and 2013, a back-to-back feat accomplished previously by only Steve Emtman, a No. 1 overall pick in 1992. Sutton has a compact build that gives him leverage advantage over most NFL offensive linemen. He has a knack of timing the snap and shows an explosive burst to slip through gaps. His father, Mickey, was a defensive back and punter for the Rams, Packers and Bills, 1986-90. Frankly: Has the ability to fill a need and serve as a reliable starter at the minimum and those quick feet he inherited could give him longer career than dad had as a punt returner. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com