If I read the stat line of 60 tackles, 9 sacks, 3 passes defended, 1 INT, 1 fumble forced, 1 fumble recovered, and 1 TD you would think I was talking about a badass defensive end. If you thought this then A) you didn’t read the title and B) you are incorrect. This is the stat line of Ndamukong Suh, a rookie defensive tackle playing for Detroit who has established himself as one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. Coming into the NFL as the 2nd overall pick put some pretty lofty expectations on his shoulders, but he met or exceeded every one of them. Since 2001, only 3 DTs have ever posted more sacks in a season than Suh: Warren Sapp, Rod Coleman, and Kevin Williams (none of them posted more in their rookie seasons). As far as toughness, he’s added an edge and a fierceness to Detroit’s defense that has been lacking for some time now. I doubt any player will ever think about crossing Suh. While it’s easy to marvel at his individual accomplishments, he’s helped turn around one of the NFL’s worst defenses. Detroit has gone from the worst defense in the NFL in terms of yards allowed to 22nd. In terms of scoring, Detroit once again was the worst in 2009 and is ranked 19th overall this season. If that’s not enough, Detroit went from 29th in the NFL in sacks with 26 to to 5th in the NFL with a whopping 44. Now it’d be foolish to say this was solely because of Suh; the NFL is one of the greatest team sports in the world. However, to say he played a massive role in revitalizing Detroit’s defense would be 100% truthful. Devin McCourty has had a great rookie season himself, but the Patriots have always had a legitimate defense. Not only that, New England’s pass defense went from 12th in in the NFL in 2009 to 29th overall. The fact that Suh has done so much at the defensive tackle position on what was considered one of the worst defenses in the NFL should be what gives him the defensive rookie of the year award.