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.
Scouting Report: Da’Shawn Hand 2018 NFL Mock Draft School: Alabama Position: Defensive Tackle Class: Senior Height: 6-4 Weight: 280 lbs Projected Draft Round: 1-3 Scouting Report: Even at 280 lbs., he was a […]
Scouting Report: Da’Ron Payne 2018 NFL Mock Draft School: Alabama Position: Defensive Tackle Class: Junior Height: 6-2 Weight: 319 lbs Projected Draft Round: 1-2 Scouting Report: Elite defensive tackle that utilizes exceptional technique […]