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Lions Select Ndamukong Suh in NFL Draft

Tackle Out Of Nebraska Was 2009 AP Player Of The Year

Tara Miller

FOX 17 News

April 22, 2010

NEW YORK

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The Detroit Lions just beefed up their defense. Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh has been drafted by the Detroit Lions and No. 2 overall.

The Heisman Trophy finalist becomes the first defensive tackle to be drafted among the top two picks in the NFL draft since Oakland took Darrell Russell in 1997.


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The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Suh was the first defensive player to win The Associated Press College Football Player of the Year award since its inception in 1998. He had 4½ sacks against Texas in the Big 12 title game and finished with 12 sacks for the season.

ESPN's Mel Kiper calls Suh, "the most dominating defensive tackle I've seen in 32 years."

Detroit has a lot of needs after becoming the first team in NFL history to lose 30 games in two seasons. Its biggest voids are on defense and drafting Suh seems to make them much tougher in the middle of the line.