The girthy nose tackle pumped out 52-reps on the bench at the Air Force pro day, breaking the all time Combine record of 49 which was just recently set by Oregon State’s Stephen Paea.
Sumner is gifted powerlifter as well who has marks of 900+ pounds on the squat, 600+ pounds on the bench, dead lifts over 800 pounds and hang cleans 400+ pounds. All mind blowing numbers.
However, I got my first look at the guy on the football field yesterday and here are my thoughts…
Possesses some natural bend to his game when asked to coil up into this stance. Displays an above-average first step off the ball for his size, can gain leverage on contact and has a powerful lower half when working the bull rush. Can downright dominate at the point of attack when need be and overwhelm blockers into the backfield. Demonstrates better ball awareness than I expected and does possess some closing range in pursuit.
However, is a stiff, linear athlete. Doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher. Is raw technically, too often leads with his head, doesn’t maximize his length and lacks ideal hand placement initially into contact Allows himself to get upright too easily, especially in the face of a double, but is just so physically powerful he can get away with it at the small-school level.
Overall, the intriguing strength numbers have helped, gaining Sumner some additional attention during the post season. He’s a naturally strong kid who when he keeps his base down can consistently overwhelm and work his way into the backfield. However, he’s stiff, a limited as a pass rusher and simply plays too high when asked to anchor.
Me personally, I wouldn’t give him a draftable grade. I see him more as a size free agent who I wouldn’t mind having in camp. However, with the lack of ideal talent at the nose tackle position this year and the potential of being unable to sign free agents after the draft, I do think Sumner at least gave himself a shot at a draft pick late come April."
Positive: Powerful and underrated nose tackle prospect who shows a good degree of athleticism on the field. Bends his knees, plays with terrific pad level, and gets underneath opponents. Adequate first step off the snap, displays the ability to easily bull rush opponents off the ball, and collapses the pocket. Consistently doubled in the middle the line. Moves well on the field, fluid if asked to twist or stunt, and has the ability to get around blockers besides run over them. Rarely off his feet, shows the ability to change direction, and works hard.
Negative: Must develop more moves with his hands and use them better to protect himself. Struggles to regain balance off the initial block. More of a space eater in the middle rather than a defensive lineman who makes a lot of plays on the ball.
Analysis: Sumner is an impressive physical specimen and a great combination of power and athleticism. Always playing with good football technique, he has definite potential at the next level and should get looks by a 3-4 team in the late rounds."
'07: 33 total tackles, 7 TFLs, 6.5 sacks.
'09: 33-7-4, along with 2 hurries and a FR.
'10: 32-6.5-.5, along with 2 FRs, and 3 blocked kicks.
Also ran the ball occasionally in SY or goal line. Career rushing mark: 26-38-3.
Strengths: Freakishly strong pure nose. Has squatted 1000 pounds. Has done 50 reps at 225, with a 635 bench max. 425 hang clean. Plays with good leverage. Can stone the double team at this level. Pro size. Quicker than you might think. Very consistent and reliable. Will earn his money.
Weaknesses: Short arms. No versatility. A little overaged. Maxed out. May be too tightly wound. Despite his straight line speed, will not be much of a pass rush threat at the next level.
Projection: Priority UDFA who will be a tough cut for a 3-4 team."