When the Detroit Lions selected Ndamukong Suh with the 2nd overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, many of us felt like kids on Christmas morning. We knew the kind of intensity and big game capabilities that Suh would bring from Nebraska, but I don’t think any of us imagined the resounding effect he would have on the NFL after just one season. His presence on the field demands the attention of entire opposing offensive lines, which often have to double team him. His tenacious demeanor and explosive drive make him a force that makes any quarterback uneasy about every single snap, ask Jake Delhomme. Because of Suh, the Lions have what looks to be one of the best front four in all of football for the upcoming season.
Not only did Suh record double digit sacks last year, the first DT to do so since Warren Sapp in 2006, but he did it in dominating fashion. He was second in tackles amongst DT’s and was one of only three with a score. Add an interception for a cherry on top. He did all of this to run away with defensive ROY honors. Kyle Vanden Bosch, who was brought in before last year to lead the defense, has helped mentor the young giant. Teaching him to harness his aggression and focus to become more disciplined and hard working, KVB has been a critical piece to Suh’s development. Sprinkle some Cliff Avril and Corey Williams in and you have the makings of an offensive line’s worst nightmare. Now with Nick Fairley, the first round draft pick out of Auburn, in the fold; the Lions will create matchup problems and will be able to plug and play with ease to grind down opponents.
With Suh progressively getting better, there is no doubt in my mind that he will be the best DT in the NFL this year. If we have the best DT in the NFL bolstering our defensive line, it is only going to make the players around him better. We have already seen his intensity and strength on display throughout this preseason as he man-handled Andy Dalton and the Cleveland Browns and helped to absolutely dominate Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. If this is anything of what is to come for the season, we are in for a treat. I can already hear the collective “Suh!” chant filling Ford Field, however don’t be surprised if by the end of the year those chants turn into “MVP”.