Did Lovie Find Another “Prototype?”May 30th, 2014
It’s getting extra sweaty and claustrophobic for Da’Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn these days.
With height, length, speed and explosion, defensive end Steven Means earned the “prototype” label from Lovie Smith. Now there’s another young guy in the mix with nearly the exact same measurables as Means.
Undrafted free agent DE signing Chaz Sutton, out of the University of South Carolina, got the biggest cash bonus of any of the Bucs’ rookie free agents. That could mean something, but it’s more interesting that Sutton has the extreme athleticism Lovie covets in his D-linemen, something Bowers and Clayborn don’t seem to possess.
Sutton was just over 6-foot-3 and weighed 245 pounds with a 4.67 40-yard-dash time at his Pro Day. Sutton, of course, was overshadowed by Jadeveon Clowney in college, but he’s an extraordinary athlete in his own right.
Joe caught up to Sutton this week and asked him what Bucs coaches have said they like in his game. “Relentless play, effort, and athleticism,” Sutton responded.
Sutton said he’s really seen how important it is at the pro level to get “everything out of every practice rep” and he’s been proud of “being a sponge” with his opportunity. Sutton also shared his extreme confidence that he can come off the edge effectively in the NFL and even transition to linebacker.
Of course, Sutton is a long shot, (Yes, he’s healthy after a blade in the back) but would Lovie Smith really enter a season without a rookie pass rusher on his roster? That doesn’t happen very often.
Remember, Sutton was one of two undrafted free agents Jason Licht praised on NFL Radio last week.