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: Tennessee Position: Defensive Tackle Class: Junior Height: 6-3 Weight: 325 lbs Projected Draft Round: 2-5 Scouting Report: Space eating, 2 gap defensive tackle. Has the ability anchor a defensive line, […]