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Will Sutton | Defensive Tackle

Team: Arizona State Sun Devils
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 305

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Bears selected Arizona DT Will Sutton with the No. 82 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Sutton (6-foot 1/4, 303) twice was named Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year, finishing his career with 45.5 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks. He played at around 275 pounds as a junior, before bulking up to 315 as a senior, and his stock took a major hit, essentially getting labeled a "fat guy." Sutton dropped down to 297 for his Pro Day but still ran slow (5.37) and looked "pretty average," per's Gil Brandt. At his best, Sutton is a three-technique gap shooter who uses his hands well and stays on his feet against the run. Fri, May 9, 2014 10:27:00 PM

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Date:'s Gil Brandt believes Arizona State DT Will Sutton is a third day pick "at best."

"He showed a strong club in his workout, but other than that he was pretty average," Brandt writes. "This is a guy who some projected as a first-round pick last summer, but after further review he’s probably a third-day pick at best." Rotoworld's Josh Norris is still a big fan of Sutton's, citing his hand use to keep the opposition off balance, but Sutton's balance did take a hit with the added weight.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 04:01:00 PM

In lieu of Arizona State DT Will Sutton's poor Pro Day,'s Gil Brandt pegs him a "third-day pick at best."

"He showed a strong club in his workout, but other than that he was pretty average," a disappointed Brandt observed. Sutton, who weighed 18 pounds less at his Pro Day than he did at the Senior Bowl, appears to have implemented a strategy to cut weight to improve testing speed. He's played better at lower weights, so perhaps he should consider remaining static. Sutton ran a 5.31 forty, a 4.57 short shuttle and a 7.70 3-cone drill at Sun Devils Stadium.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 08:44:00 PM

Arizona State DT Will Sutton weighed in at 297 pounds at the school's pro day.

Sutton was 303 pounds at the NFL Combine and 315 pounds at the Senior Bowl. We understand many will be down on Sutton due to last season's weight gain, but the larger frame impacted Sutton's balance and base more than his quickness. Rotoworld's Josh Norris is still a massive fan of Sutton's game.
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 03:59:00 PM

Arizona State DT Will Sutton was clocked at 5.37 and 5.47 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

You'd hope for better from a diminutive DT prospect who was a 270-pound Tazmanian devil as recently as the 2012 season, but if Sutton has to run forty yards on an NFL field during a game, something has gone terribly wrong. Now 6-foot-1, 303 pounds (after weighing 315 pounds at the Senior Bowl), Sutton projects comfortably into any 4-3 scheme. Rotoworld's Josh Norris is higher on the ASU product than most, calling him a top-20 prospect.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 07:31:00 PM

Arizona State DT Will Sutton weighed in at 303 pounds at the NFL Combine.

Sutton was 6 foot and 3/4 inch and 315 pounds at the Senior Bowl. Many bashed the defensive tackles final season, pointing to added weight for his drop in production. While our own Josh Norris thinks the weight gain impacted Sutton's balance, he still ranks him as a top 20 prospect.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 09:53:00 AM

An NFL GM notes there are serious questions with Arizona State senior DT Will Sutton's character, fitness, and athletic ability.

"He was out of shape this fall and wasn't nearly the same player that he was the year before," the decision maker told's Daniel Jeremiah. Sutton's season has been criticized from start to finish by draft evaluators, but we think the added weight has been used as a crutch more than an actual explanation. The foundation of Sutton's game is not quickness, it his technique, leverage, and hand use. That has not disappeared.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 09:34:00 AM's Daniel Jeremiah wrote that Arizona State senior DT Will Sutton "dominated the UW offensive line with speed and power" in Saturday's 53-24 victory over Washington.

Jeremiah believed Sutton "was looking like a flash in the pan" over the Sun Devils' first six games; the 6-foot-1, 305-pound defensive tackle collected only 2.5 TFL with one sack over the first half of the season. Sutton, while playing at around 270 pounds in 2012, recorded 23.5 TFL and 13.5 sacks. He looked sluggish in the early going this season, but recorded a conference season-high three solo TFL against the Huskies, including one sack. "Sutton has to consistently deliver from here on out to revive his stock in the eyes of NFL evaluators and for ASU to meet its goals," according to Jeremiah.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 07:33:00 PM

Arizona State senior DT Will Sutton "added a lot of bad weight in the offseason," according to's Gil Brandt.

"He was a dominant player for the Sun Devils last year; playing at around 270 pounds, he recorded 23.5 tackles for loss, including 13.5 sacks," Brandt writes. "This year, listed at 305, Sutton has been missing in action; in six games he has just 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack." We don't think Sutton's game is entirely built on quickness, since he wins with hand use hand leverage, but closing speed is certainly part of his success.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 01:05:00 PM's Bucky Brooks spoke with one AFC North personnel executive who believes Arizona State senior DT Will Sutton added bad weight this offseason.

Sutton added around 15 pounds to get over the 300-mark, but scouts apparently believe the defensive tackle "looks sluggish and lacks the explosiveness" that made him so effective last season. Brooks spoke with one NFC West scout who suggested "that Sutton needs to get in better shape and get his motor running to become the difference-maker some envision as a situational interior rusher in the NFL." We think the senior has great leverage which leads to strength, and that wasn't discussed here, but his closing burst certainly helps finish plays in the backfield.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 04:10:00 PM

Arizona State head coach Todd Graham said senior DT Will Sutton will line up at FB in some short-yardage situations.

"We're going to play him at fullback on some short-yardage (situations) and on some Power I sets," Graham said. "He's pretty powerful." Alabama did the same with Jesse Williams in previous seasons, using the lead blocker in misdirection situations as well. We doubt Sutton actually gets to touch the football, but we are happy to see him on the field for extra snaps.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 10:50:00 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline tweeted Arizona State senior DT Will Sutton earned a fifth-round projection from NFL scouts during spring meetings.

We will give the same answer as we did when Sutton received a third- to fifth-round projection from the Draft Advisory Board last winter: Ridiculous. The NFL can be obsessive over height, weight, length, and speed, so the projections do not completely surprise us. We understand Sutton might not reach "elite" status in a lot of these measurements, but he disrupts with hand use, leverage, and closing speed to go along with underrated strength.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 02:00:00 PM

Arizona State senior DT Will Sutton's natural playing weight is 305 lbs, according to head coach Todd Graham.

This is Sutton's current weight, a big change from the 271 pounds he reported to camp at last year. "It was just a natural thing because last year he had some bad weight on him, so he got down to 275 because we knocked the bad weight off him... I think he transitions to the NFL like Warren Sapp. I think he will be a very high draft pick."
Sat, Jul 27, 2013 12:02:00 PM

Arizona State senior DT Will Sutton revealed he received a fifth-round projection from the Draft Advisory Board last winter.

Sutton added that he was shocked, and so are we. Many will get caught up in Sutton's height (which can't be fixed) and weight, although the defensive tackle is reportedly up to 305 pounds. He can certainly disrupt the backfield by shooting gaps, but Sutton's strength in leverage is overlooked. Our own Josh Norris thinks he should be tried as a three down player, but his impact, even in sub-packages, would be greater than normal fifth round selections.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 03:14:00 PM

Arizona State senior DT Will Sutton is up to 305 pounds, according to head coach Todd Graham.

Some will question the weight, since Sutton was listed at 287 pounds last season and appeared to be maxed out. This will carry over into the draft process, as Sutton does not fit the "elite" measurements many consider when evaluating a defensive tackle. We are fine with his height and weight for the type of player he is, and Sutton displays more power than given credit for.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 02:46:00 PM