Photo of Will Sutton
Drafted By: Bears
  • Round 3
  • Pick 18
  • Overall 82

Combine Results

Grade
5.28 ?
  • 5.36 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 24 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 28.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 99.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.93 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.82 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Sutton, when effective, is a 303-pound three-technique. Bears fans know they need help on defense. First and foremost, they have to stop the run this year." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 1/4" Arm Length
  • 303LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

His father, Mickey, was a defensive back/punt returner with the Rams, Packers and Bills from 1986-1990. Will prepped in California. Saw action in 12 games (two starts) as a true freshman in 2009, recording 17 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack with one forced fumble. Was academically ineligible in 2010. In his return to the gridiron in 2011, he appeared in all 13 games (12 starts) and had 33 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks with one pass batted. In 2012, tallied 64 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks with five passes batted and three forced fumbles in 12 games (11 starts). Missed one game with a toe injury. Started all 14 games in 2013 and had 48 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and four sacks with three passes batted and one interception. Back-to-back Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Team captain.

Analysis

Strengths

Very good athlete. Good body control and balance. Feels blocking pressure and finds the ball quickly. Effective spin move. Shoots gaps and makes plays behind the line. Flattens down the line and can range to the sideline. Strong tackler and athletic enough to string down backs in space. Outstanding career sack production (20.5) from the interior.

Weaknesses

Short. Questionable competitiveness and desire. Motor runs hot and cold. Will disappear for stretches. Has some underachiever traits, and work ethic has a lot of area for improvement. Average strength at the point of attack. Can be turned and rooted out of the hole by the double team. Can improve hand use and develop more of a pass-rush arsenal. Poor timed speed.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

Bulked up and added a lot of bad weight as a senior, negating his initial burst and diminishing his production, yet still showed good quickness off the ball. Played at a more natural weight and was noticeably a step quicker in 2012. Fits best as an under tackle in an even front and would be best playing close to 290 pounds. Would benefit tremendously from a disciplined nutrition regimen.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
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.

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