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.
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.
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.
2012: 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.
- 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 legsÂ 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.