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2015 NFL DRAFT

William Sutton, DT

School: Arizona State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Corona, CA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 303 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
8392-3
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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

05/12/2014 - When the Bears drafted Ferguson, Sutton figured he'd be going anywhere but Chicago. "But then they got me in the third round so I bet they think that us two can make a good tandem together," Sutton said. "Either he plays nose and I play 3 tech or vice-versa; whatever they want us to play. I feel like us two can come in and really do some damage." Sutton looks like the 3 and Ferguson the nose, initially.

The Bears normally carry nine defensive linemen on the roster, but that could increase to 10 after drafting two tackles early and revamping the entire D-line. Emery last year admitted not providing enough defensive line depth was one of his biggest mistakes, so 10 linemen might be the best way to go. "I think it's real important to us, obviously with what happened to us last year and the depth issue," he said. "To solve that issue, you've got give a little bit in terms of your roster numbers." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 3/82 -- Will Sutton, DT, 6-1, 303, Arizona State...A natural under tackle who will be tried at that spot in the Bears defense, he went from 270 pounds to 309 pounds and now back to 290. As a bigger player, his assignment was occupying blockers. When his weight was down, he was attacking up the field. Sutton finished with 20.5 sacks and 45.5 tackles for loss. He was chosen the Pat Tillman Award winner as Pac-12 defensive player of the year as a junior, when at a lighter weight he made 13 sacks and 23 1/2 tackles for loss. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 83/9. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State, 6-1, 303, 5.36, 2-3...After missing the 2011 season for academic reasons, Sutton's play the next two years made that off-field issue, well, academic. He earned the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year in both 2012 and 2013, a back-to-back feat accomplished previously by only Steve Emtman, a No. 1 overall pick in 1992. Sutton has a compact build that gives him leverage advantage over most NFL offensive linemen. He has a knack of timing the snap and shows an explosive burst to slip through gaps. His father, Mickey, was a defensive back and punter for the Rams, Packers and Bills, 1986-90. Frankly: Has the ability to fill a need and serve as a reliable starter at the minimum and those quick feet he inherited could give him longer career than dad had as a punt returner. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on Chicago's draft radar: DT Will Sutton, Arizona State: For the teams that don't land Donald in the first round, Sutton is one of the "plan B" options for 4-3 defenses looking for a penetrating three-technique later on. He had his best season in 2012 as a junior with 23?? tackles for loss and 13 sacks, earning numerous All-American honors and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Sutton's production dipped as a senior and he appeared to struggle with his added weight, leading to weight fluctuation questions -- he 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. A disappointing senior season hurts his value, making him a bargain in the third round. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 64. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State, 6-1, 315, 4.94, 2-3...After missing the 2011 season for academic reasons, Sutton's play the next two years made that off-field issue, well, academic. He earned the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year in both 2012 and 2013, a back-to-back feat accomplished previously by only Steve Emtman, a No. 1 overall pick in 1992. Sutton Has a compact build that gives him leverage advantage over most NFL offensive linemen. He has a knack of timing the snap and shows an explosive burst to slip through gaps. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/25/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl, Missed Opportunity: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State - Sutton's quickness and power helped him record a tackle for loss early in the game, itself, but in weighing in at a soft 315 pounds at under 6-foot-1 did him no favors with scouts. There is no question that the reigning Defensive Player of the Year possesses talent but his commitment towards reaching his full potential could push him deep into the draft's second day. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl: 10 observations from Monday's South practice...9. Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton didn't have the most impressive weigh-in but he showed off his athleticism with a terrific spin move to beat Arkansas center Travis Swanson (who was playing guard) during one-on-one drills late in practice. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/20/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: SENIOR BOWL WEIGH-IN LOSERS: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: Though he was listed at 265 pounds for much of his career with the Sun Devils, scouts knew that Sutton was in fact much bigger. He gained more weight for his senior season and wasn't as effective in 2013, despite the fact that he was rewarded with the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award. Some of that extra weight was clearly around his middle as Sutton weighed in at 315 pounds at just under 6-1. Worse, his 30 5/8-inch arms were the shortest of any of the defensive tackles measured Monday. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/20/2014 - 2014 SENIOR BOWL, DEFENSIVE LINE: Arrow pointing down: Will Sutton, Arizona State...After an outstanding junior campaign, Sutton had an up-and-down senior season, flashing the same penetrating quickness, but just not consistently. He will need a big week in Mobile to prove to scouts that they're drafting the 2012 version of Sutton, not the tight, streaky player from this past year. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/30/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: ASU DT Will Sutton was selected the Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, although his numbers were down this season. Coaches recognize the disruptive value he provides, and ASU coach Todd Graham raves about Sutton's leadership. The 300-pounder will have lots of sack chances against Texas Tech's pass-happy offense. - The Sports Xchange

12/26/2013 - CBSSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: DT - Will Sutton, Sr., Arizona State: Quick, powerful and intense, Sutton's ability to wreak havoc up the middle led to his earning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors after each of the past two seasons -- joining former Washington defensive tackle Steve Emtman (1990-91) as the only two-time winner in conference history. Like Donald, Sutton (6-foot, 305 pounds) lacks the frame scouts would prefer at the position but he'll earn a much higher draft-day grade than the fifth round projection he reportedly earned a year ago from the NFL Advisory Committee. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/03/2013 - 2013 PAC-12 PAT TILLMAN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Will Sutton, DE, Arizona State...Sutton, a redshirt senior from Corona, Calif., earns the honor for the second-consecutive year, making him just the second player in Conference history to earn defensive player of the year accolades twice in his career, the other being former Washington defensive tackle Steve Emtman, who won the award in 1990 and 1991.

He anchored a Sun Devil defense that was third in the Conference in total defense (351.0 yards per game), was tied for second in sacks (36 total sacks) and led the Conference in forced turnovers (30). Sutton lead an aggressive defense that has forced one turnover in 26-consecutive games, which is good for third in the country among FBS schools for longest-active streak. On the year, Sutton recorded 10.5 tackles for loss for 38 yards, three sacks and an interception that sealed a win over UCLA to clinch the Pac-12 South Division title and earn the Sun Devil's first Pac-12 Football Championship game berth. - Pac-12 football

12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Will Sutton, Sr., Arizona State (2)...Sutton is only the second two-time defensive player of the year honoree in Pac-12 history. The consensus All-American joins Washington's Steve Emtman as a two-time recipient of the highest conference defensive honor named after the late ASU linebacker Pat Tillman. Despite facing double teams nearly every snap this season, Sutton has record 42 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, a fumble recovery, three passes defensed and an interception to seal the come-from-behind victory on the road at Utah. - Arizona State football

11/10/2013 - Near the end of an exhausting game, 305-pound Will Sutton admitted he didn't rush the quarterback hard because he was trying to catch his breath. The decision Anderson worked out OK for the All-America defensive lineman. Sutton was in the right place to reach up and grab the first interception of his career. The pick snuffed Utah's last chance for an upset and secured No. 23 Arizona State's 20-19 comeback victory Saturday.

Sutton said Utah quarterback Travis Wilson said was looking the other way, so I kind of drifted over there. I put my hands up and the ball just ended up in my hands. Everybody was more excited than me. I was still just trying to catch my breath.'' No one was more thrilled than Sun Devil quarterback Taylor Kelly, who couldn't generate much offense until two fourth-quarter touchdown drives. ''That's what our offense does. We kept fighting through adversity. Guys were coaching each other and keeping guys up. We weren't going to quit,'' said Kelly, who ran for a touchdown and threw for another in the final period. But it took Sutton's interception at the line of scrimmage with 1:01 left at the Utah 25 to clinch the win. ''I just came back to the sideline with a giant smile on my face, knowing we just sealed the deal. We got away,'' Sutton said. - AP Sports

10/08/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 6 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: DT Will Sutton, Arizona State...The 2012 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Sutton has struggled to match his production and impact from a year ago. He has started all five games for Arizona State so far this season, recording 16 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack. Last year through five contests, Sutton had 34 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and six sacks - a big difference that can't be overlooked. A player's ability can't be felt strictly by the statsheet, but the fact is, Sutton simply hasn't had the same type of impact in 2013 compared to previous years. And he was quiet again on Saturday night in the loss to Notre Dame.

Sutton had a few splash plays where he was able to penetrate and put pressure on the quarterback, but, for the most part, he was neutralized by single blockers. Sutton is a fiery kid with an active, energetic play style, but he has added weight since last season and doesn't display the same quickness or explosion. He still shows the same effort on the field, but will need to prove that he can still be effective as an interior pass rusher with the added weight. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/16/2013 - Bigger not necessarily better for Arizona State DT Will Sutton...Against traditional pocket passers, edge rushers are critical. Against athletic quarterbacks, however, interior pass rushers are perhaps even more important than their higher profile teammates. Defenses want to keep mobile quarterbacks in the pocket. As such, rather than relentlessly charging upfield (as they would against slow-footed passers), defensive ends must rush with some caution, as they often have containment responsibilities against scrambling threats. With the ends keeping the outside gates closed, defensive tackles capable of defeating blocks can wreak havoc in the middle. To warrant the early round pick that his production calls for, however, Sutton will have to get back to his playmaking ways... and quickly. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/16/2013 - Bigger not necessarily better for Arizona State DT Will Sutton...Against the run Sutton frequently lunged off the snap, essentially selling out to penetrate gaps and create piles. In doing so, he was often off-balance and in poor position to re-direct when ball-carriers were nearby. He was the obvious focus of Wisconsin's pass protection, drawing double-teams frequently. Sutton's initial quickness made him a threat to split them but his short arms and questionable conditioning kept him playing patty-cake at the line of scrimmage more often than he's grown used to during his career.

He was briefly sidelined twice, coming off the field upset after a particularly aggressive double-team in the second quarter and limping off in the third quarter after taking a strong hit just above his knee. While he showed his selflessness by excitedly congratulating teammates as they made big plays, Sutton was clearly frustrated in this game. Sutton is legitimately talented. Further, he and other undersized defensive tackles are entering the NFL at a time in which they'll be more valued than perhaps ever before. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/16/2013 - Bigger not necessarily better for Arizona State DT Will Sutton...With dual-threat quarterbacks all the rage in the NFL, some teams are re-prioritizing the traits they're looking for in defensive tackles. While 6-4, 330-pound monsters with the feet and balance of a ballerina will always be the preference, shorter, lighter defenders are becoming increasingly valuable for their ability to penetrate gaps and make big plays behind the line of scrimmage.

That fact gave Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton quite an opportunity to impress scouts Saturday night against the Wisconsin Badgers. With NCAA-best seven offensive linemen drafted into the NFL over the past three years, Wisconsin would provide the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Year with the caliber of competition that NFL talent evaluators would appreciate. Unfortunately, the preseason All-American was largely ineffective against the Badgers, raising questions about how effective he'll be in the NFL at his current size. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/16/2013 - Bigger not necessarily better for Arizona State DT Will Sutton...According to the official Sun Devils' website, Sutton played last year at 267 pounds. At that weight, he recorded an eye-popping 23.5 tackles for loss including 13.5 sacks to beat out 2013 first round picks Dion Jordan, Star Lotulelei and Datone Jones to earn all-conference honors. Likely due to the belief that he needed to be bigger to earn a high selection in the 2014 draft, Sutton gained considerable weight in the offseason. Arizona State lists him nearly 40 pounds heavier now (305). While scouts might appreciate his more traditional weight, they won't like what the expanded waist line did to Sutton's stat-line, as the only official contribution he made Saturday night was a single tackle recorded yards downfield in the final four minutes of the game.

Despite the additional weight, Sutton's remains remarkably quick off the snap. Alternating between left and right defensive tackle and occasionally splitting double-teams, Sutton was a frequent visitor to the Wisconsin backfield. Savvy blocking by the Badgers, however, tricked Sutton into turning his athleticism into a disadvantage. When the quick-twitch defensive tackle beat them through a gap, Wisconsin blockers simply turned with him, aiding his progress into the backfield and creating a hole into which Badgers' runners could slip through. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Will Sutton, a returning consensus All-American, is going to right in the middle of the action as ASU tries to stop Wisconsin's powerful rushing attack. Sutton, who is playing at more than 300 pounds this season, has two tackles and recovered a fumble in the opener. "I think it is pretty hard to run at Will or away from him," coach Todd Graham said. "It doesn't matter to me either way. We are going to do things to put him a position to make plays." - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 24. William Sutton, DT, Arizona State (6-1, 288): Sutton is smaller than scouts would prefer but uses his natural leverage advantage well, slicing through gaps to terrorize opponents. Sutton led the Pac-12 in both tackles for loss (23??) and sacks (13) in 2012 and was voted the conference's most dominant defensive lineman -- over Star Lotulelei, among others. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/05/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Will Sutton is aiming for back-to-back All-American awards. He is stronger and bigger (at about 310 pounds) this season after making 23.5 tackles for loss, including 13 sacks last season. As long as he retains his quickness, he'll be an even more difficult load to handle this season. "Will Sutton is a lot better than last year," Graham said. - The Sports Xchange

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 25. DT Will Sutton, Arizona State (6-1, 288, 4.79) -- Sutton is undeniably smaller than scouts would prefer, but he uses his natural leverage advantage well, slicing through gaps to terrorize opponents. Sutton led the Pac-12 in both tackles for loss (23.5) and sacks (13) in 2012 and was voted the conference's most dominant defensive lineman -- over Star Lotulelei, among others. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/27/2013 - GRADING CBSSPORTS.COM'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM AS NFL PROSPECTS: DT Will Sutton, Arizona State (6-1, 288, Jr.)...A quick, penetrating interior pass rusher, Sutton doesn't have ideal NFL size or measureables, but his burst off the snap to weasel his way into the backfield is something that scouts won't ignore. His size doesn't scream first round pick, but it's tough to argue with the production (23.5 TFL in 2012). - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: DT Will Sutton surprised many when he decided to come back for his senior season after an All-America junior campaign. Look for him to get bigger and stronger, while retaining his quickness, after a season in which he had 23.5 tackles for loss, including 13 sacks. - The Sports Xchange

08/12/2013 - TOP ARIZONA STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. DT Will Sutton (6-0, 280, 4.84)...He returned as a starter in 2011, was more effective than his rather pedestrian numbers indicate (33 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks) but was hardly a game-changing presence. As such, despite his eye-popping 2012 campaign, Sutton elected to return to ASU for a fifth season. The son of former NFL defensive back and punt returner Mickey Sutton, the Sun Devil defensive tackle is remarkably light on his feet, showing the ability to split gaps and close quickly on the ball-carrier. Sutton's height serves him well, at times, as it gives him a natural leverage advantage to hold up to bigger opponents. He can, however, get stymied at the point of attack when blockers are able to get into his chest, which is yet another reason why he'll likely be one of the more heavily debated defenders this year for scouts. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/12/2013 - TOP ARIZONA STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. DT Will Sutton (6-0, 280, 4.84)...While undeniably shorter and lighter than scouts prefer, Sutton's instincts, athleticism and hustle made him virtually unblockable in 2012. And after a spring that earned rave reviews from Graham and his coaching staff, the expectations are that the ASU defender is saving his best for his last season in Tempe. Despite earning the focus of every opponent's blocking scheme, Sutton registered 63 tackles, including 23.5 for loss and 13 sacks in a breakout junior campaign that saw him earn consensus All-American honors. Sutton's quickness teased early in his career. He started the first game of his career and played in 12 games as a true freshman, collecting 17 tackles, including three for loss. Rather than take the next step in 2010, however, Sutton failed to make the cut academically and missed the entire season. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: DT Will Sutton, Arizona State...Sutton, a 2012 consensus All-American, earned Walter Camp Second Team All-American honors this past season. This latest nod, along with the Lombardi, Outland, Nagurski, Maxwell and Bednarik awards, marks his sixth 2013 preseason award watch list.

He posted 63 tackles, including 23.5 for loss and 13 sacks this past season en route to receiving the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year award and the prestigious Morris Trophy, as well as the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Defensive MVP. He finished his junior year ranked second in the nation in 1.92 tackles for loss per game and third nationally with 1.08 sacks per game. - Arizona State football

07/16/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: DT Will Sutton, Arizona State...Sutton, who became ASU's 18th Consensus All-American in 2012, posted 63 tackles, including 23.5 for loss and 13 sacks this past season. He was also the recipient of the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year award and the prestigious Morris Trophy, as well as the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Defensive MVP. He finished his junior year ranked second in the nation in 1.92 tackles for loss per game and third nationally with 1.08 sacks per game. - Arizona State football

07/15/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: DT Will Sutton, Arizona State...Sutton became ASU's 18th Consensus All-American in 2012. He was also the recipient of the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year award and the prestigious Morris Trophy, as well as the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Defensive MVP. He finished his junior year ranked second in the nation in 1.92 tackles for loss per game and third nationally with 1.08 sacks per game. - Arizona State football

07/15/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: Will Sutton, Arizona State, DT...Sutton became ASU's 18th Consensus All-American in 2012 after he posted 63 tackles, including 23.5 for loss and 13 sacks. He was also the recipient of the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year award and the prestigious Morris Trophy, as well as the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Defensive MVP. He finished his junior year ranked second in the nation in 1.92 tackles for loss per game and third nationally with 1.08 sacks per game. - Arizona State football

07/15/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Will Sutton, Arizona State, DL...Sutton became ASU's 18th Consensus All-American in 2012 after he posted 63 tackles, including 23.5 for loss and 13 sacks. He was also the recipient of the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year award and the prestigious Morris Trophy, as well as the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Defensive MVP. He finished his junior year ranked second in the nation in 1.92 tackles for loss per game and third nationally with 1.08 sacks per game. Sutton also served as the official starter for the 9th Annual Pat's Run Kids Run this past April and was named a finalist for the Outstanding Student-Athlete NCAA award. - Arizona State football

07/15/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: DT Will Sutton, Arizona State...Sutton, who is one of just six defensive players, including four defensive tackles, on the Maxwell Award Watch List, became ASU's 18th Consensus All-American in 2012. He was also the recipient of the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year award and the prestigious Morris Trophy, as well as the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Defensive MVP. He finished his junior year ranked second in the nation in 1.92 tackles for loss per game and third nationally with 1.08 sacks per game. - Arizona State football

 
Player News
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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