By Liz Mullen, Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal
|Suh Inks Representation Deal
With Maximum Sports Management
Maximum Sports Management has signed former Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh
, the consensus No. 1 NFL Draft prospect, for representation for his playing contract work. Roosevelt Barnes
, veteran NFL player agent and Maximum partner, confirmed the information today. "We signed him late last night," said Barnes, who co-owns the NFL player rep firm Maximum with agent Eugene Parker
. "It is very exciting to represent one of the best, if not the best, defensive players to come out in the last 10 years." Suh is ranked No. 1 on most NFL Draft analysts' boards, including that of ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
and Web site nfldraftscout.com
. Barnes said he will serve as Suh's lead agent, but Parker will assist in his representation.
Despite his rankings on various mock drafts, Barnes said Suh is not taking his draft status for granted and has been training hard in preparation for the NFL Combine. "He is going to blow the Combine up," Barnes said. "He is not a hard worker; he is a relentless worker." Barnes and Parker have not represented a No. 1 NFL Draft pick before, but have represented many top five NFL Draft picks over the years and are regarded as skillful contract negotiators.