UDFA Profile: SAF Nick Sukay – Penn State

Nick Sukay will make the short move from Happy Valley to Buffalo, NY to see if he can't crack the SAF rotation. Photo: US Presswire

The Bills have apparently really zeroed in on a potential depth issue with their back line as they signed three SAF’s as UDFA and another couple via try-out invites. For a group who many were pleasantly surprised with last year its clear that the Bills feel like they can be even better.

Nick Sukay is brought in from Penn State where he was a highly heralded recruit. He never quite became the prospect the Nittany Lion fans were hoping for when Sukay was signed but he’s still an aggressive defender who knows how to tackle. He made his mark on special teams this year when on homecoming (v. Illinois) he went down to cover the opening kick off and ended up causing a fumble. Sukay attacks the ball carrier and has been known to deliver some nice blows over the course of his career in Happy Valley.

For what Sukay possesses in tackling fundamentals he sometimes lacks when asked to stay back in coverage. Sukay’s instincts when the ball is in the air are only average and when you consider that he’s a former WR that’s not good. His has a tendency to bite when the QB looks him off a route and that has made him a liability at times. His hips are at times too stiff for him play man coverage against most slot WR’s or TE’s. He also doesn’t have great top end speed. He started to show signs of getting better this year before his injury. The key may be to play him as your deepest safety and allow him to worry less about a receiver getting behind him.

At this point he’s a potential ST ace who must proves he’s fully recovered from his torn pectoral muscle that he suffered near the beginning of the season.

Measurements: 6010, 215 lbs.

Testing: 1.68 10 Yd, 2.74 20 Yd, 4.68 40, 21 Bench, 32″ Vertical, 9’06″ Broad, 4.18 Shuttle, 6.95 3 Cone

Stats:

2011-66 Tackles, 0.5 TFL, 3 INT, 8 PBU, 1 FF

Career-136 Tackles, 0.5 TFL, 8 INT, 19 PBU, 2 FF

Previous Profiles:

SAF Delano Howell-Stanford

SAF Ian Wild-Mercyhurst

QB Aaron Corp-Richmond

P Shawn Powell-FSU

Tags: Nick Sukay, Penn State, SAF

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