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  • 4.75 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.94 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.32 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5'8" Height
  • 211LBS. Weight


Ohio's "Mr. Football" as a high school senior, Sutton started his Northwestern career by earning Freshman All-American honors with 1,476 rushing and 396 receiving yards. After hitting exactly 1,000 yards as an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2006, his career hit some road bumps due to two serious injuries (ankle in 2007, broken wrist in 2008). But his play when healthy in 2008 (890 rushing, 305 receiving yards, eight touchdowns) kept alive his hopes of being drafted sometime early Sunday afternoon. Had an arm span of 31 1/2 inches and a hand span of 9 1/2 inches at the combine.



Positives: Very tough, productive back when healthy. Low center of gravity, bouncing and spinning off tacklers to maintain his balance. Runs tougher than you'd expect for his size, lowering his pads or shoulder and churning his legs between the tackles and making extra yardage after the catch. Aggressive blocker who likes to hit blitzers and twisting defensive ends with a shoulder. Excellent receiver, looks natural catching the ball out of the backfield on screens, wheel, jerk and circle routes. Negatives: Has improved his overall build over the years but is still a bit undersized. Usually runs out of a spread offense but showed he can follow a fullback on occasion. More quick than fast, Sutton does not have breakaway speed in the open field. Lacks great foot speed, and takes time to change direction or make a cut. Not a short-yardage back. Whiffs on blocks in the backfield and does not have the size and strength to sustain. His cut blocks in pass protection are not very effective. Durability in question after missing significant time the past two seasons, although he showed toughness returning for (and playing well in) the 2008 Alamo Bowl.
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.