DT WILL SUTTON, ARIZONA ST.

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6’1” – 288 lbs. – 5.00e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: 17 – 3.0 – 1.0, 1 FF
2010: Redshirt
2011: 33 – 5.5 – 2.5, 1 PD
2012: 63 – 23.5 – 12.0, 1 QBH, 3 FF, 5 PD

OVERVIEW:

Appeared in all twelve games as a true freshman, starting two. Redshirted in 2010. Started twelve of the thirteen games he appeared in as a redshirt sophomore in 2011, a role he has reprised since, earning first-team All-Pac 12 honors in 2012; was also named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

STRENGTHS:

•    Had one of the most productive defensive tackle seasons ever in 2012.
•    Throughout the game, plays with a nasty, physical on-field demeanor.
•    High-motor player whose effort leads to involvement in plenty of plays.
•    Uses the swim move with great effectiveness to discard blockers.
•    Turns his lack of height into an advantage by getting good leverage.
•    Closes on the quarterback well with an outstanding burst for a tackle.
•    Does a nice job of making tackles in the run game due to block-shedding.
•    Consistently remembers to get his hands up and try to bat passes.
•    Has lined up all over the line in college, including at defensive end.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Best season came at 267 pounds in 2012, considered well undersized.
•    Production dropped off as a senior when he tried to add more bulk.
•    Probably restricted to being an undersized three-technique tackle.
•    Doesn’t have a particularly impressive bull-rush to drive defenders back.
•    Anchor is lacking, gets pushed back a couple of yards fairly often.
•    A little bit slow off the line of scrimmage, usually behind teammates.

SUMMARY:

Sutton’s playmaking ability, particularly his tremendous junior season, makes him impossible to overlook as a prospect. He looks well-conditioned, plays with plenty of effort and aggressiveness, sheds blocks effectively, and generally wreaks havoc more often than not on passing downs. However, he has struggled to replicate his production at a sufficient weight, creating concerns about whether his game will translate to the next level. While he may always be a bit undersized, his disruptiveness should not be overlooked by teams seeking a three-technique tackle for an even front. RD 2-3

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