House of Spears: Why Ndamukong Suh Will Be Worth $60 Million
Suh-nami, Suh-perman. Suh-bmarine, House of Spears. The most dominate force in college football last year has finally agreed to a contract with the Lions.
The details? Five years, $60 million with $40 million in guaranteed money. The contract may sound ridiculous considering that Ndamukong will be the highest paid defensive tackle in the NFL despite having not played a snap yet.
Don't worry Detroit fans. Suh is the real deal.
The primary reason that Ndamukong was so dominant was not because he would just eat up space and plug up holes. No, Ndamukong is as good a pass rusher as any, despite playing the run-stop oriented position he does.
Unlike Terrence "Cheeseburger" Cody from Baltimore, who just clogs up the line in the same way that cholesterol clogs up his arteries, Ndamukong will actually break through the line and pursue the quarterback.
Just ask Colt McCoy.
Ndamukong alone dominated the Texas offensive line in the Big 12 Championship Game, getting to Colt on four separate occasions. He had 12 sacks on the season, a truly incredible number for someone playing his position.
These sack numbers and his overall pass rushing ability are in part due to his great acceleration, which allows him to pursue the quarterback and hit him like a freight train (yeah, I watched the Sports Science Special too) after he breaks free from his blocks. His explosion off the snap combined with his elite pursuit skills create a defensive tackle that can—and will—be dominant.
There is a knock, however.
The main argument against Suh is that in the pros, he won't be able to rely solely on his strength to get past offensive guards. They say he has no moves. Which may be true.
At the moment.
One thing that they don't give him enough credit for is his footwork. Suh has great footwork, footwork that he can use to aid him in learning more moves and avoiding predictability with the offensive linemen.
Detroit fans, you can expect big things from the former Husker. He may not be a dominant force in his first year, as he still must acclimate to the professional levels of speed and strength, but give him two years, and Ford Field will be erupting with "SUUUUUUHHHHHHH."
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