2010 NFL Draft: Is Ndamukong Suh the Best DT Since Warren Sapp?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IApril 21, 2010

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 30:  Ndamukong Suh #93 of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers looks on during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl against University of Arizona Wildcats on December 30, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Cornhuskers defeated the Wildcats 33-0. (Photo By Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh is one of the most highly touted defensive tackles to enter the NFL draft since the days of Warren Sapp.

Now this could be debatable, since Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy is rated higher on many draft boards than Suh, but Suh's disruptive statistics like sacks and tackles for loss far outweigh McCoy's.

Suh had 24 sacks and 56 tackles for loss in his career, whereas McCoy had 14 sacks and 33 tackles for loss.

Getting back to the point, Suh's name has been mentioned far more than McCoy or any other defensive tackle since Sapp.

Defensive tackles have been a favorite of teams in the first round, especially since Sapp arrived on the scene as the No. 12 overall pick out of the University of Miami to Tampa Bay in the 1995 NFL Draft.

Sapp was one of the most decorated defensive lineman to ever enter the NFL having been an All-American selection and winning practically every top defensive lineman award that the NCAA had to offer.

Having one of the most decorated careers in the NFL as a defensive lineman, Sapp had his signature moves after sacking opposing quarterbacks, he was a four-time All-Pro, seven-time Pro Bowler and won Super Bowl XXXVII.

After Sapp entered the NFL and years passed, there were few other defensive tackles who couldn't come close to the Sapp's collegiate accomplishments.

Not B.J. Raji, not Gerard Warren, not John Henderson, not Glenn Dorsey and not even Corey Simon

Now there is a true competitor to Sapp's stature in Suh.

Suh had also won almost every possible defensive lineman award the NCAA can hand out, he was an All-American and a Heisman Trophy finalist. Something that Sapp was not.

Will Suh be as good as, or have a career like Sapp had?

Only time will tell, but if history repeats itself in Suh, then the indications are very good.

Whichever team picks Suh at the top of the first round will get one heck of a player for many years to come.


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