The Lions finally signed the number 2 overall pick in this years draft, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, on Tuesday. His deal is reportedly for four years and worth $68 million and $40 million in guaranteed money, which is only $1.7 million less in guaranteed money then last years top overall pick, quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Only time can tell if Suh is truly worth all of that money but he certainly has quite the resume. Suh had 82 tackles, 12 sacks, 23 tackles for loss, 3 blocked kicks and an interception last year on his way to winning the Associated Press National Player of the Year award, Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year award, Defensive Lineman of the Year award and of course, he was a Heisman finalist.
Suh also showed the world that was capable of playing well in big games as wel. In the Big 12 Championship Game against Texas (who was just four points away from the National Championship), Suh had 4.5 sacks in Nebraska's 13-12 loss.
The 307 lb. lineman looked impressive in his first day of camp. According to multiple media outlets Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Suh passed the mandatory conditioning test with "flying colors" and looked like he was in solid shape.
Suh certainly looks good on paper and has the highlight reel from college to make him deserving of being the second overall pick, potentially even the number one pick if the St. Louis Rams did not need a franchise quarterback, but only time will tell if Suh will be a dominant force in the NFL. With a revamped defensive line, which includes pro-bowl defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and highly regarded defensive tackle Corey Williams, Suh has the tools around him to allow him to succeed.