The Chicago Bears made a concerted effort to upgrade the defensive line in free agency and that effort has continued into the draft. After selecting LSU DT Ego Ferguson in Round 2, GM Phil Emery followed by taking Arizona State DT Will Sutton in the third round.
Sutton (6-1, 280) is an undersized 3-technique defensive tackle. He's quick off the ball and has very active hands. His production in college was top tier, earning him Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors the past two seasons.
He started 40 of 51 career collegiate games, accumulating 20.5 sacks and 45.5 tackles for loss.
Sutton was an extremely disruptive defender in college, particularly his junior season. Yet he chose to put on weight his senior year, ballooning to more than 320 pounds. His production dropped off, which caused a lot of concern amongst NFL teams.
Yet Sutton consistently dropped weight this offseason and at his pro day recently, he weighed in at 296 pounds. Sutton said after being drafted he's now down to 290 pounds.
If Sutton can repeat his 2012 season at the next level (13.0 sacks, 23.5 stops for loss) he'll go down as a draft-day steal in the third round.
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