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Ravens' Suggs An Elite Outside LB

Although's Pat Kirwan ranked Baltimore Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs low on the ranks of pass rushers, he certainly considers him one of the elite outside linebackers in the league. That disparity from position to performance might make one shake his (or her) head, as the skills required to be a premier OLB include the aforementioned rushing the passer. At the same time, there are those who excel in either stuffing the run and those who are known for pressuring the QB.

Here in Baltimore, fans think that T-Sizzle is quite adept at both skills, as his 11 sacks in 2010 proved that the 4.5 in 2009 were just a fluke. Suggs is also fast enough to turn the outside rushers inside and fast enough to catch running backs behind the line of scrimmage as well as any in the NFL. In a story on Football News Now, Kirwan
honored him with a place in Group A with Kansas City’s Tamba Hali, Pittsburgh’s James Harrison, Green Bay’s Clay Matthews and DeMarcus Ware from the Dallas Cowboys.

Ironically, Kirwan said Terrell's poor sack total in 2009 put him in a low group as a pass rusher, yet states in his OLB rankings that

"...he had 11 sacks and 68 total tackles, while playing without the complementary player on the opposite side that Harrison has (with LaMarr Woodley). Suggs has 10 sacks in his last seven postseason games."