Thursday, March 27, 2003
Updated: April 2, 10:21 AM ET
Suggs appeared frustrated and nervous
By Len Pasquarelli
While the performance isn't likely to drop him out of the top 10 for next month's draft, Arizona State defensive end and sack terror Terrell Suggs had what most scouts acknowledge as a disappointing workout Wednesday. Suggs auditioned for nearly 100 talent evaluators in his on-campus session.The NCAA record-holder for most sacks in a season, Suggs was sluggish in his first full-scale offseason exposure, and at various times in the workout, he appeared both frustrated and nervous. In fact, Suggs woke up at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, apparently over-anxious about the audition. Suggs checked in at 6-feet-3 3/8 and 257 pounds. That is the same height he was at the combine sessions in Indianapolis last month, but his weight had dropped by five pounds. That is key for Suggs, who wants to be able to play in the 260- to 265-pound range in the NFL. The highly regarded end ran two 40-yard sprints, and was timed at 4.82-4.86 in the first and 4.77-4.85 in the second, according to scouts in attendance. He had a 32 ½-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot standing long jump. His times at 10 yards were not available, and those could be critical, because many scouts use those times more as a barometer for defensive ends. "You still have to look at the kid's body of work for his career and, let's face it, he was just hell on wheels as a pass rusher in college," said a scout from one AFC South franchise. "Did he help himself? No, it's not like he moved himself up into position to be considered for the top (overall) pick. But he isn't going to fall too far." Suggs, who won't even turn 21 until midway through his rookie season, had 24 sacks in 2002 and 44 during his three seasons with the Sun Devils. He also had 65 ½ tackles for losses, a school record. There is a chance that Suggs will run another set of 40's in coming weeks, to afford scouts one last impression before the draft.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.