Defensive tackle is a position that has increased in value to NFL teams the last few years. Teams discovered that no matter what scheme an offense is running, there is no easy way to combat against interior pressure. 3-4 defenses always need the true “nose tackle,” and they are easy to identify in the draft. They are the largest defensive tackles, can cover both gaps around them, and are difficult to move. They are rarely asked to get to the quarterback and are the anchor of the defense. 4-3 defenses use defensive tackles in different ways, as some teams value one gap, penetrating tackles, and others value run stopping anchors that allow the ends and linebackers to get to the quarterback. The real prize is when you can find a defensive tackle that can do both.
The Goods: School: Colorado Position: DT Class: Senior Height: 6-3 Weight: 362 lbs Projected Draft Round: 5-7 Quick Quote: “Statistics don’t tell the whole story with Tupou. While not particularly nimble, Tupou offers at least average […]
The Goods: School: Michigan Position: DT Class: Senior Height: 6-3 Weight: 299 lbs Projected Draft Round: 2-3 Quick Quote: “Glasgow’s consistently defeated one-on one blocks, and opponents haven’t been able to move him off the […]
The Goods: School: Washington Position: DT Class: Junior Height: 6-1 Weight: 321 lbs Projected Draft Round: 1-2 Quick Quote: “He’s not tall, but his frame allows him to eat up space and take on blockers, […]
The Goods: School: USC Position: WR Class: Senior Height: 6-1 Weight: 350 lbs Projected Draft Round: 4-6 Quick Quote: “The Utah Utes transfer won’t provide much in terms of a pass rush but when he maintains his […]
The Goods: School: Auburn Position: DT Class: Senior Height: 6-3 Weight: 309 lbs Projected Draft Round: 3-5 Quick Quote: “If he can consistently produce as a run defender what we saw in his performance […]