SELECTED BY HOUSTON , ROUND 1, PICK 10, OVERALL PICK 10
LB | (0-0, 262) | Arizona State | COLLEGE STATS
By Pro Football WeeklyNotes: Raised in rough neighborhood on South Side of Chicago. Parade All-America running back in high school, when he led the state with 297 carries for 2,274 yards and 26 touchdowns. Also played basketball and ran track. Named Pacific-10 Freshman of the Year in 2000, posting 48 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. All-Pac-10 in '01, when he recorded 42-18-10. All-American in '02, when he led the nation in sacks with 24 and won the Lombardi Trophy. Ended his junior year with 69 tackles, including 29½ for loss, an interception and three passes broken up. Is only 20 years old. Left for the NFL after his junior season.Positives: Very good athlete and an explosive pass rusher with great speed off the edge. Can get off the line of scrimmage like a shot. Has great pass-rush instincts and can fly. Runs like a deer when he is chasing the quarterback. Figures to get bigger and better as he matures and gets older. Goes 110 mph, has a non-stop motor and is relentless when rushing the passer. Can drop into coverage. Backside pursuit is outstanding. Can adjust and has good change-of-direction skills. Broke sack record despite constant double- and triple-teams. Would be best-suited as a pass-rush linebacker in a 3-4 or a pass-rush specialist in a 4-3, but he has a world of natural ability.Negatives: Immature, slightly undersized defensive end who lacks experience at linebacker. Is a one-trick pony who just wants to rush the passer and shows no passion for playing the run and doing the dirty work. Has limited experience dropping into coverage and will freeze on play-action fake at times.Summary: Big-time pass rusher who needs to improve in all other areas. If he is successful adding weight without losing speed, Suggs could play every down as a rush defensive end. He's not Julius Peppers, but Suggs but is a more complete Dwight Freeney, and may be most similar to Simeon Rice, including a nearly identical personality.* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.