Dallas Cowboys DE Prospect: Chaz Sutton

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Continuing my ongoing series, (“The Guys No One Is Talking About”), I move on to another defensive end prospect. Chaz Sutton is what I refer to as one of the “Hungry Guys”. Being in the shadow of Jadeveon Clowney, Melvin Ingram and Devin Taylor for a few seasons, he has always been referred to as the “other” DE.

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Chaz Sutton wasn’t born with the “PURE” natural athletic ability of guys like Jadeveon Clowney. He had to work hard, then fight and claw his way up through the ranks to earn a starting role on a USC defense that was loaded with talent. When he finally got a starting job in 2013, it was obvious he had a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. I expect him to enter the NFL with the same attitude. I will take a hungry player over the guy who had everything come natural every time.

Chaz Sutton 6Chaz Sutton, DE
Height | Weight: 6-4   263
College: USC
40 time: 4.63
Grade: 85 | Round: 2-3

Official Gamecocks Team Bio
Fifth-year defensive end and one of the leaders of the defense… one of only four scholarship seniors on the roster.. expected to replace Devin Taylor as the starting defensive end opposite Jadeveon Clowney… has played in 37 games over the past four seasons, logging a pair of starts… has 6.0 career sacks… earned the Outstanding Weight Room award for the defense at the 2013 Garnet & Black Spring Game.

Chaz Sutton 22012: Saw action in all 13 games, making one start… logged 25 total tackles including 21 solos… credited with 7.0 tackles for loss including 5.0 sacks, second on the squad… forced a pair of fumbles… notched a sack in the season-opening win at Vanderbilt… had a six-yard sack against UAB… credited with 2.0 tackles for loss including a 10-yard sack and forced a fumble in the win over Missouri… forced a fumble at Kentucky… had a 10-yard sack against Georgia… had a five-yard tackle for loss at Florida… notched an 11-yard sack and two tackles for loss against Arkansas.

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  • Film Study
  • Chaz Sutton is built like a brick outhouse and hits like a Mack truck. His long thick frame is very well proportioned and tone. He has elite power and boasts a 375 lb power clean (USC record). Has the ability to rush from the edge, or collapse a pocket on the inside. Good work ethic and a natural leader.
  • Chaz Sutton is a quick twitch player and very versatile. He has taken snaps at the one and three technique as well as both defensive end spots. He has quick feet, a good spin move, elite lateral agility, Elite closing speed, powerful legs  and good balance. This is to be expected because he played both ways in high school. He saw some time at running back on offense.
  • Chaz Sutton has a chip on his shoulder and brings some nasty to the game with him. He plays with an attitude and is a relentless pass rusher. He has strong violent hands and uses them like clubs. He does a nice job of fighting his way through traffic and gets the most out of his long arms. He usually wins the hand to hand combat and sheds blocks with ease. When engaged, he has the upper body strength to just push guys off.
  • Chaz Sutton has elite power at the point and good pop. He has elite speed off of the edge and can play sideline to sideline. He takes good angles in pursuit and is a technically sound tackler who always wraps up and follows through. He is solid against the run. He has good instincts and read react skills. He has a nose for the football.
  • Despite being slow off of the snap at times, Chaz Sutton has an explosive first step. He boasts a brutal bull rush and has been known to plant much bigger guards on their back side. He can play with his hand on the ground or standing up. There were questions about his endurance because he was a reserve player for so long, but he has proven he is a 3 down player. He has a very strong motor and never gives up on the play.

Chaz Sutton is a good fit for a Tampa 2 defense that relies on speed and a good pass rush. His versatility would give Rob Marinelli the ability to move him around and create mismatches. The only reason I didn’t put him at the bottom of the 1st round is because of his lack of experience as a starter (one season at USC). He needs to improve his technique and learn some more pass rush moves. Anyone who projected him as a 7th round to undrafted free agent is either off of their damn rocker or under the influence of controlled substances. That, or they only focused on Clowney when watching the USC tape.

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  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I watched him before, and there were a lot of times, where I was impressed by him more so than Clowney. There were a lot of chances in the game, when Sutton helped take off pressure from Clowney. Sutton is mean and nasty. Probably in my opinion a 70-80 tackle kind of guy, who can get you about 8 sacks a season. Maybe a more powerful and bigger Spencer. Who won’t be a star like Hageman or Ealy, but he will be very valuable to the team as a whole. Bill Bates wasn’t a big time stud, but everyone loved that guy.

    • He is still raw and hasn’t even touched his potential. With NFL coaching he will develop in to a solid pass rusher

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    As we get closer and closer to the draft, Ealy is appearing more and more on the Cowboys mock drafts. A lot better than those giving us Louis Nix and Haha Clinton Dix. I really doubt we go Nix, he definitely isn’t a fit, for Rod’s system. He wants quicker guys.

  • californy

    The player sounds good especially if we can get him later in the draft. I would like to get some good Mauling OG and use them in goal line situation to help against any movement along the DL. Most DL also played OL at some point of their football career. I believe in having good DL would help the Offensive line improve their game as well. The OL needs to be challenge as much as they can.

    • I hope he could be gotten late, but I think after the combine and proday/ team visits he will go fairly early. He hasn’t even tapped in to his potential yet

  • californy

    I need to start looking at College Wrestler as DL prospect, I knew in the past the nFL had some good one. The last one I do recall was Lorenzo Neal FB

    • Belichick likes wrestlers on the OL

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        Roddy White was a wrestler previously, and was considered have one of the best get offs in the NFL, because of this.

        • I agree Randy white was in to mma and jujiitsu which really helped him in football

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            I was talking about Roddy White Falcons receiver. But that guy Randy wasn’t too bad. LOL.

          • I know who roddy white is lol

          • Rob Norvell

            YOU DONT KNOW!!!!

          • Al

            I am willing to bet she forgot more than you know about football. Keep it friendly here. No personal attacks please.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            Yeah what Al said this isn’t DC.com.

          • Al

            We wont tolerate that shit here

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            LOL.

          • Al

            he had to push it so I poofed him permanently: No one is going to harass my niece on here.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    What’s his NFL comparison?

    • if you are referring to Eathyn I would say Atkins.

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        I was referring to Sutton. He may not have one.

        • I would say he is close to John Abraham or Justin tuck

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I wonder if Rubin will be traded, I seriously want him, he is a DT who averages over 50 tackles a season. He would be a perfect fit here, in my mind. Probably costs us a 3rd rounder though. But hey, could be worth it. We suck at drafting anyway.

    • I wanted Rubin last year

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        Rumor has it, that he would be traded, but I guess he didn’t have any takers.

        • I would have been one

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            Me too, if Jerry were smart, and I said “if”, he would see how much he would have to give up, I personally give up my 3rd rounder for him. Gives you more production than a rookie. And he isn’t even in his prime yet, probably reaches it at about this year or next year.

          • the prob is they are looking more for athleticism in this system than size

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Hageman, Manaleuna, and Sutton. Sounds ok.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Been asking around, about Eathyn Manaleuna, most guys have him going in the 6th round, some have him in the fifth. Talked to a Pats guy, he has him as a fourth rounder. So it could be safe to take him a little later.

    • His stock may take off after the combine pro days and team visits as well

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I heard the Texans really like Gabe Jackson. They already have a good line, with Jackson pairing up with Duane Brown and Meyers, they could be better than they already are.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    You said Scott Linehan is somewhat of a QB guru. Does that mean that we probably go QB at some point in the draft.

    • Stephen said they wont rule out drafting a QB: that tells me they have concerns about Romos back issues

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        I don’t like Stephen Jones either, but at least he isn’t as delusional as his father. He knows how bad the team is right now. He criticized the team earlier in the season, and he basically slapped his dad in the face when he said “there are no such things as moral victories in the NFL”.

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        That back thing is a huge concern. I would take either Garrapollo or Fales in the draft, if they fell to the 3rd. However, Garrapollo has the quicker release and the stronger arm. Fales is just more accurate. Either can play in the west coast offense.

      • amann

        i check with insiders romo will 1oo% start next season

  • Lionone1

    This guy has some nastiness to him 🙂 Cowboys need some of that.

    • I agree

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        Charles Haley anyone, he brought some nastiness. I still think he was an awesome player and everything, it just isn’t right that he got in the ring of honor before guys like Harvey Martin and even Erik Williams. I understand Williams at least, but Harvey come one man.

      • David Vick

        Hey girl, you got your first round pick in yet? 🙂 (bigDIndiana)

        • Gabriel Carrasco

          She has Hageman and Ealy as her top choices in the first round.

        • So far it’s who Gabe said, I have a lot of players to study still

          • David Vick

            I’m almost hoping the Cards try to jump Miami, both needing OLine, to try to get a tackle as a trading partner. Be a good trading spot. Probably still several to pick from there that would help us…more picks since our cap sux big time. I would like Jernigan or Ealy at 17 if they are still there.

          • More picks would be great. I am on board with Ealy or Hageman in the 1st.

        • Hi Big D nice to see you again

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Darren Woodson and Aikman don’t like what is going on in Dallas and both took jabs at Jones. Just keep them coming. Even cockroaches die at some point. Not wishing death on Jones, just for him to go away.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    If you can give up a 3rd and next year’s 4th for Rubin I do it. Seems like a lot but not really. We don’t do well in the 4th anyway. Plus if you can get the draft to be like this then you will have a playoff ready team
    1st Kony Ealy
    2nd Gabe Jackson
    3rd Rubin
    4th Max Bullough
    5th Eathyn Manaleuna
    7th Chaz Sutton
    7th JC Copeland
    7th Bene Beniwekere

    • not bad if they fall that far. No way I see Sutton a 7th round pick

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        I really do think we need a FB, there are some FB that are better than Copeland like the guy from Illinois and Auburn, but Copeland would probably be a more realistic option for the Cowboys, because they apparently want a bigger guy who can catch and run. Copeland can do that, plus block, but he isn’t better at that than the guys I mentioned.

        • This offense works much better with a FB

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            Exactly, FB are still important, especially if you still want to run the ball, plus with Copeland, you have the option of using him like the Panthers use Tolbert.

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        Plenty of other guys in the 7th round too.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I like how there are other things that you guys right about on this site, like even the guy who writes about the Packers. Rather read things on here, than read crap on NFL.com

    • Al

      I am glad you like what we do: Her goal is to eventually cover all 32 teams and branch out in to all other sports like ESPN. This site isn’t even a year old yet, and what we have accomplished is amazing. We got press passes for the Cowboys before any of the older bigger sites. Cas does a great job.

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        Cas and every writer here does. You guys really know about the teams you cover and how to evaluate talent. I hope the best for everyone writing on DC.com

        • Al

          Thank you

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Jadeveon Clowney is incredibly overrated, getting tired of people suggesting we give up our picks for him. Isn’t worth it, incredibly lazy, and his technique is incredibly raw. Hopefully Manziel goes before our pick, so other guys slip.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    “If I play someone outside my division, then maybe I’ll attack a weakness,’’ Irvin said. “But if I’m playing someone within a division I want to attack your strengths because I’m not just trying to beat you, I’m trying to break you because I’ve got to see you more than once a year.’’ These are Michael Irvin’s words, we don’t have guys like this in Dallas anymore, Jason Garrett sure doesn’t.

  • Lionone1

    This guy Sutton just got cut from Tampa bay. Including Tanney. You think he is still worth Dallas picking up, with their DE needs?