Suggs got 23, Dallas cornerback Terence Newman 15, Green Bay linebacker Nick Barnett 6, Minnesota defensive tackle Kevin Williams 3, and New England safety Eugene Wilson 1. Wilson played collegiately at Illinois.
Suggs, the 10th overall pick in April's draft, had been considered by the Bears with the fourth pick in the draft before GM Jerry Angelo traded down from the slot for the 13th and 22nd overall choices, which yielded Michael Haynes and Rex Grossman. Suggs finished with 12 sacks out of a 3-4 alignment in which he often served as an end. As a backup, he finished tied for seventh in the NFL in sacks, ahead of such stars as Jevon Kearse and Dwight Freeney. Suggs is the second Ravens linebacker to win the award; Peter Boulware got it in 1997.