It seems to me that lately some usuallly smart people in our community are so very scared of busting on our first overall pick that they are considering to argue for not taking the best player in the draft. The truth is that there is risk in drafting at any position and that if a 20 year old Reggie White became available, these same people would voice the same concerns. In addition many “busts” go on to have productive NFL careers once they get away from the team that originally drafted them and into a better situation.
Guarding yourself against a bust isn’t going to save you any pain. Picking the less hyped player isn’t going to net you a better player. The best you can do is pick the player with the best track record and avoid potential over production. Suh’s college production is better than Dorsey’s, Robertson’s, Kennedy’s, or even (gasp) Sapp’s. He is nothing like Dan Wilkinson, who hardly had any stats to speak of (except for out this world combine numbers) . Suh earned his hype with hard aggressive play and great technique (despite perceptions by some that he is raw). BTW, you couldn’t mismanage Glenn Dorsey more than the Chiefs are. He is now playing end in a 3-4.
In the end, all that matters is how much he helps the defense. Russell Maryland was rarely heard of again after being drafted 1st overall by the Cowboys. He did his job and anchored a Dallas defense that won 3 superbowls. Suh, with coaching by Spags and Co. will have make everyone better. Suh is a strong, quick, and he is a fighter. Be happy to get him. And as far as having massive shoes to fill, Lujuan Ramsey hasn’t exactly blown our minds away with his disruptive play. Suh, bust or not, will look great just because of the lack of talent at that spot.