Rookie Watch: Suh already dominant
Heading into the 2010 draft, I saw DT Ndamukong Suh as the best player available regardless of position. He has lived up to those expectations. In fact, he has surpassed them.
Rarely do defensive tackles enter the league and make such a big impact right away. It is seldom discussed, but this is one of the hardest positions to become accustomed to at this level. The men blocking are much stronger and far more technically sound. Everything happens much faster in very tight quarters and reading the blocking schemes is much more difficult to do so quickly. But none of that has slowed down this marvelous player. And, like all rookie defensive tackles, he should only improve as he further refines his recognition skills.
As a run defender right now, Suh is only average, but he still demands a lot of attention from opposing blocking schemes. As a pass-rusher, he is out of this world. Suh dominated the Redskins' offensive line in Week 8. At this time next year, it wouldn't be a surprise if Suh were mentioned with the likes of Kevin Williams and Haloti Ngata as one of the best defensive tackles in the game. He sure looks like the Defensive Rookie of the Year to me.
|Ranking||Player, position (draft position)||Last week|
|Sam Bradford, Rams QB (first round, No. 1)
St. Louis played it close to the vest and Bradford moved the chains and didn't make the big mistake. It was enough to secure the victory. That's good football in this league.
|Ndamukong Suh, Lions DT (first round, No. 2)
Suh made big plays repeatedly in the Lions' win over Washington. Few defensive tackles can bring it like Suh as a pass-rusher.
|Mike Williams, Buccaneers WR (fourth round, No. 101)
Fluid, strong and explosive, Williams is already a very good route runner. And he is excellent after the catch. He did injure his ankle in Week 8. Fellow Bucs rookie WR Arrelious Benn is also starting to emerge.
|Dez Bryant, Cowboys WR (first round, No. 24)
The Cowboys are finished, but Bryant (seven catches for 84 yards against Jacksonville) is just getting started.
|Tony Moeaki, Chiefs TE (third round, No. 93)
Moeaki was the go-to guy for Matt Cassel in overtime, but his biggest contributions came in helping pave the way for Kansas City's fantastic run game. He is a total tight end.
|Devin McCourty, Patriots CB (first round, No. 27)
McCourty really stood out against the Vikings. Although this is his first appearance in the top 10, McCourty has been quite good all season.
|Earl Thomas, Seahawks FS (first round, No. 14)
It was the Oakland run game that beat Seattle, and the Seahawks were overwhelmed with injuries on both lines. But Thomas didn't make an impact in the loss.
|Jahvid Best, Lions RB (first round, No. 30)
It looks more and more like Best is not an every-down back. His finest contributions came as a receiver in Detroit's victory over the Redskins. He is in danger of falling out of the top 10.
|Dexter McCluster, Chiefs WR/RB (second round, No. 36);
McCluster (ankle) was inactive in Week 8 and while Kansas City did win, it might have been a little easier with this multipurpose threat.
|Brandon Spikes, Patriots ILB (second round, No. 62)
One of four rookie defenders starting for the Pats, Spikes isn't an every-down player, but he is already one of the better run-defending linebackers in the league. Spikes is an old-school Mike.
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