To Ndamukong Suh: Thanks buddy, you made the right choice
In response to my arrogant co-blogger :), I’ve decided to debunk the myths circulating around the merits of Suh’s recent decision to withdrawal his name from the NFL draft to play his senior season for the Huskers. I will address the 3 reasons Nathan posted below and let our intelligent audience decide for themselves:
1.) He would NOT have been a guaranteed first round draft pick. This proves my point that he was projected to be drafted somewhere between the 25th and the 31st pick if he would have entered the 2008 NFL Draft.
2.) & 3.) If it is all about the Benjamins, then Suh made a wise choice in staying. The contract for last year’s 25th overall pick (which is what Suh was generously projected to be if he left early) was worth $9.7 million with $ 7 million of that being guaranteed money. The contract for last year’s 2nd (which is what Suh is generously projected to be next year) overall pick was worth $56.5 million and $ 29 million of that was guaranteed. So, if this does go to plan, he will earn himself $46.8 million with $ 22 million of that being guaranteed just by staying in college one more year. Plus, he’s got an insurance policy to protect him financially against injuries his senior year.
In essence you can look at it his way, instead of grinding through his rookie NFL season for less money and no degree, he’s essentially enjoying his senior year of college (with wonderful tutelage by the Pelini brothers), getting a degree, and earning himself almost $50 million dollars along the way.
Seems like a good choice to me.