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Suggs set an NCAA record with 24 sacks in his senior season at Arizona State, but ran a 4.84 40-yard dash and had just 19 bench press reps and a 33-inch vertical jump. Thought to be a top-5 pick, he fell to the Ravens at No. 10 and paid immediate dividends, winning Defensive Rookie of the Year after setting a franchise record with 12 sacks to go along with six forced fumbles.
From The Sun’s analysis on Suggs after the 2003 draft:
Strengths: Explosive first step. Tremendous quickness coming from the outside. Relentless in pursuit and has exceptional pass rush ability. Great instincts and is agile enough to drop in pass coverage.
Weaknesses: May be a "tweener" (not big enough for defensive line, not fast enough for linebacker). Ran a slow 40-yard dash. Needs to improve against the run.
“I didn’t do as good as I want. … Some teams might grade me down, [but] in my opinion football speed and track speed are totally two different things. Just look at me playing football. I can play football,” Suggs told USA Today in 2003.
The six-time Pro Bowl selections speak for themselves.