These are the top defensive tackles that have the characteristics of a 3-4 Nose Tackle.
- Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, USC – Teams that need that massive nose tackle for their 3-4 defenses will be looking for players like Tu’ikolovatu starting on day 3. He is immovable, and is the type of massive body that 3-4 defenses need to control the gaps on either side of him.
- Josh Tupou, Colorado – Massive defensive tackle prospect that has the strength and short space agility to play as the anchor in a 3-4. Maintains his position well due to excellent lower body strength, and does a nice job of controlling the lanes around against the run game.
- Grover Stewart, Albany State – Very active interior defensive lineman, and very productive. Put together a very impressive East West Shrine game against much higher level of competition than he has been used to. Gets in the backfield quickly, but will have a big learning curve. Should be able to be a good rotational player to start his NFL career, and has a high ceiling.
- Josh Augusta, Missouri – Potential 3-4 defensive tackle anchor at the next level. Will be a project at the next level, as he will need to lose some weight and build his body more into that of a tackle that can take on double teams and contain the lanes around him. Not many players coming out of college have his body type, and a 3-4 team should take a chance on him late in the draft and develop him into a nose tackle.
- Jarron Jones, Notre Dame – Extremely strong against the run, with length and initial push that allows him to be disruptive in the pass game. Major injury concerns, and not consistent. Could drop significantly in the draft, but if he can stay healthy, could be a steal.
Comments: None of the top defensive tackles project as a prototypical 3-4 nose tackle. (about 6′-1″ to 6′-4″, 340lbs – 360lbs), but that is rarely the case anyway. A few of the players listed above should be invited to combine and that will further clear up the order of this grouping.