Chaz Sutton NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Darren PageFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2014

Aug 29, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Chaz Sutton (90) on the sidelines against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the fourth quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Chaz Sutton, DE, South Carolina (HT: 6’5” WT: 263 lbs)



NFL Comparison: George Selvie, DE, Dallas Cowboys


  • Naturally explosive athlete with fine acceleration and foot quickness. 
  • Obvious athletic talent when he has space to work with. 
  • Has heavy hands to jolt blockers if he can land them properly. 
  • Flashes raw power at the point of attack to physically overwhelm opponents. 
  • Has experience and has shown effectiveness being moved to the interior and rushing on passing downs. 
  • Splits gaps from the interior by getting skinny in tight spaces and utilizes an effective swim move. 
  • Will pinch down run plays when left to be kicked out by a guard. 
  • Has shown ability to spin off blocks and get back into plays when he gets wrong-sided by a block. 
  • Can close in pursuit with significant acceleration. 
  • Delivers big hits when he gets home as a rusher or arrives at the football. 
  • Nowhere near a finished product, tons of room for growth.



  • Production was often a product of the scheme and not of his own doing. 
  • Plays with poor balance and ends up on the ground too often. 
  • Consistently comes off the ball with high pads and allows blockers to gain leverage. 
  • Drops his head into contact and does a poor job locating the football from there. 
  • Doesn’t diagnose plays quickly and is not an assignment-sound defender. 
  • Will not fire his hands to control blocks or create space, hand usage very underdeveloped. 
  • Pass-rush attempts lack any obvious rhyme or reason. 
  • Doesn’t press the corner as a speed-rusher and cannot flatten out with any flexibility. 
  • Lacks a significant repertoire of pass-rush moves and doesn’t instinctively read blockers. 
  • Struggles to generate power from lower half and anchor, can be moved by a tight end. 
  • Gets moved off the ball or rooted out of run play entirely too often. 
  • Struggles to disengage from blocks and make plays on ball carriers, locked up too easily. 
  • Complete liability as a run defender in short-yardage situations. 
  • Plays with an undisciplined, chaotic style that leads to highly inconsistent performances. 
  • Never played a high snap count in college.
Collegiate Statistics
2009South Carolina100000
2010South Carolina511011
2011South Carolina133.50000
2012South Carolina2575210
2013South Carolina328.53200


Personal Notes

  • Spent first year out of high school at Fork Union Military Academy. 
  • 4-star prospect as a recruit, sixth-ranked weak-side defensive end by Rivals
  • Granted a medical redshirt as a true freshman after suffering a hamstring injury. 
  • Entered his senior season with only a pair of starts under his belt.


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Chaz Sutton entered his senior season with some buzz after making a number of splash plays as a junior. He finally got a chance at a starting spot when Devin Taylor graduated, only Sutton didn’t take the next step. In fact, his inadequacies were more thoroughly exposed.

For a player so athletically inclined, Sutton comes up astronomically short in a lot of areas. His pad level, hand usage and overall technique are brutal. For those reasons, he’s very ineffective against the run. 

The only way South Carolina got consistent play from him was when it bumped him inside as a rusher and let him beat interior pass-blockers with pure speed and athleticism. Unfortunately, it won’t work that way on Sundays.

Draft Projection: 7th Round-UDFA