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Will Sutton | Defensive Lineman

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 303
College: Arizona State
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Bears DC Vic Fangio said he prefers big players on his defensive line.
That is bad news for second-year DT Will Sutton. "Only" 6-foot, 303 pounds, Sutton is not big enough to play nose tackle and does not have the skill set to be a two-gap lineman. After playing 465 snaps as a rookie, Sutton will see his role greatly diminished this season. May 23 - 10:17 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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ESPN Bears reporter Mike Wright doesn't believe second-year DT Will Sutton is a scheme fit for DC Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense.

Sutton was the 82nd pick in last May's draft. Wright writes that Sutton "looked like a bust" as a rookie, and would "definitely be out of place in a three-man front." We agree. Sutton was billed as a gap-shooting three-technique coming out of Arizona State. At 6'0/303, he's too small to play in the 3-4.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 9:25 AM

Bears signed third-round DT Will Sutton to a four-year contract.

And the Bears are the first team to have their draft class signed. Sutton (6-foot 1/4, 303) needs to get his weight back down to where he can play effectively, but he should be in the mix for snaps at three-technique right away.
Thu, May 15, 2014 09:53:00 AM

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 NFL.com'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. The Bears needed help in the defensive trenches.
Fri, May 9, 2014 10:25:00 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt is projecting Arizona State DT Will Sutton as a "third-day pick at best" after an underwhelming Pro Day.

Sutton continues to cut weight -- he weighed 315 at the Senior Bowl, 303 at the Combine, and 297 at his Pro Day -- but still managed a 5.31 forty at his latest workout, and looked "pretty average" in drills, per Brandt. As recently as the 2013 offseason, Sutton was widely projected as a first-round pick.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 06:18:00 PM

Arizona State DT Will Sutton clocked forty times of 5.37 and 5.47 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

At 6-foot, 303, the times are a bit disappointing, though the ten-yard split is a better indicator of future defensive line success. It's incredibly rare that D-Linemen have to run forty yards in a straight line in game settings. A favorite of Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris, Sutton's weight fluctuated wildly over the course of his college career. He played in the 270s in 2012. He's a 4-3 scheme prospect, capable of playing the "one" or "three" technique.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 11:59:00 AM

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