William Sutton, DT

School: Arizona State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Corona, CA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 303 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.363.001.8224 28 1/28'3"4.827.93

Player Overview

A three-star DT recruit, Sutton committed to Arizona State over Washington and was inserted into the DL rotation as a true freshman, starting a pair of games. Days before the 2010 season, he was notified that he was academically ineligible and was forced to take a redshirt year.

Sutton returned in 2011 as a sophomore and became full-time starter, starting 38 games the past three seasons. He had his best season in 2012 as a junior with 23.5 tackles for loss and 13.0 sacks, earning numerous All-American honors and the conference Defensive POY award.

Sutton?s production dipped as a senior and he appeared to struggle with his added weight ? needs to keep his pounds under control and find a consistent playing weight in the 295-305 range.

He has a sudden first step to attack gaps and catch blockers off balance with the motor and hand use making him a pesky interior presence, but he will push himself too hard and take some plays off ? skill-set to be added to a rotation from day one as a penetrating 3-technique.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Balanced, compact frame with a fluid lower body?bursts off the snap with very good first step acceleration to attack gaps and live in the backfield ? often the first DL to move off the snap?smooth lateral quickness and initial momentum?wins with leverage and proper hand use to get under the pads of blockers and collapse the pocket.

Good hustle and tracking speed with top closing burst?ferocious demeanor and fiery competitor?explosive tackler and his switch rarely turns off on the field?pays attention to his mechanics and technique ? heady player?good recognition skills to quickly locate?NFL bloodlines ? father, Mickey, played DB for five seasons in the NFL?tough and plays through pain?productive starting resume (40 career starts) with 45.5 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks over his career ? 2012 All-American and Pac-12 Defensive POY.

WEAKNESSES: Shorter arms and stature and top heavy with thin legs?extreme weight fluctuation and needs to find a steady playing weight ? added some bad weight in the off-season prior to his senior year?only average functional strength and won?t bully blockers?lacks ideal hand strength and needs to consistently finish when he makes contact with the ballcarrier?doesn?t consistently have a plan and will be shut down if he doesn?t win off the snap.

Overaggressive temperament and will take false steps or overrun plays?needs to keep his aggressive under control to not wear himself out ? will take some plays off due to his high motor?several bumps and bruises in college due to constant double-teams, missing some playing time in 2012 with a right knee sprain?admitted laziness allowed him to be academically ineligible in 2010, forcing him to redshirt.

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05/12/2014 - It's apparent the Bears still believe the defensive line can make the deep secondary and not the other way around. Taking a pair of defensive tackles -- Will Sutton of Arizona State and Ego Ferguson of LSU -- instead of a safety in the second round showed this much. "You have to have players who are capable of controlling the run on the inside," Emery said. "The front determines the game, in terms of controlling the run and putting pressure on the passer and that's why we went defensive tackle back-to-back in the second and third rounds.

"I believe we were 32nd on average rush and 32nd against the run. So, everything we've done is to get as many tough, physical players up to this point, on this team, that can help us accomplish those goals - to stop the run and apply pressure on the passer." Third-round pick Sutton bulked up to 309 pounds for his senior year, after playing around 270 as a junior. He needed the weight for a role that had him taking on multiple blockers, but Emery said he wants the three-technique tackle at "285-295." Sutton is already down to 290, so he's in the right range. - The Sports Xchange



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