Bears 3rd-round pick could prove a steal

If Will Sutton can keep weight down he can be explosive player with quickness off ball that allows him to be disruptive

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Tribune reporters Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell discuss Bears' new DTs Ego Ferguson, Will Sutton

During the third round of the NFL draft, the Bears went back to the defensive front once again to pick up Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton.

As a junior, Sutton was a very productive inside defender (13 sacks) at 285 pounds because of the speed he displayed off the ball. This allowed him to penetrate the line of scrimmage versus the run game and work vertically up the field to attack the pocket.

However, Sutton added weight as a senior (320 pounds) and his production dropped (four sacks). That affected his first step off the ball and his conditioning level took a hit on the film I watched.

Back at the Senior Bowl, Sutton flashed at times, but I thought overall he had an up-and-down week when compared to burst off the ball and the production Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald showed on the practice field.

If Sutton can play around 285-290 pounds, he does project as an ideal fit at the 3-technique tackle in the Bears defense.

That's where he can showcase his speed, athleticism and provide the interior rush that is so crucial to the success of this scheme in both the base and nickel sub packages.

This type of production would give Emery and the Bears tremendous value in the third round of the draft to land a pass rushing talent at defensive tackle.

And I would have no problem calling Sutton a "steal" on Day 2 of the draft if he can display the talent from his junior season that allowed the defensive tackle to collapse the pocket and live in the backfield.

Special contributor Matt Bowen spent seven seasons in the NFL as a strong safety. He covers the NFL for Bleacher Report.

Twitter @MattBowen41

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