DT Rankings 2017 NFL Defensive Tackle Rankings Projected Rounds: 1. Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson: 30 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles, 50 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, 4 quarterback hurries, 4 deflections from pass breakups, and 1 blocked kick/punt Round 1, 2. Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn: 26 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, 44 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries, 2 deflections from pass breakups, 2 blocked kicks/punts, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 defensive touchdown Round 1, 3. Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State: 28 solo tackles, 23 assisted tackles, 51 total tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 7 sacks, 4 blocked kicks/punts, 2 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 deflection from a pass breakup Round 2, 4. Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan: 17 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 39 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, and 5 quarterback hurries Round 2, 5. Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane: 34 solo tackles, 33 assisted tackles, 67 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, and 2 quarterback hurries Round 3, 6. Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa: 29 solo tackles, 26 assisted tackles, 55 total tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, 5 quarterback hurries, and 2 deflections from pass breakups Round 3, 7. Jarron Jones, DT, Notre Dame: 26 solo tackles, 19 assisted tackles, 45 total tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries, 2 blocked kicks/punts, 1 deflection from a pass breakup, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception Round 4, 8. Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida: 16 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles, 31 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, and 3 quarterback hurries Round 4, 9. Charles Walker, DT, Oklahoma: 2 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 7 total tackles, 2 quarterback hurries, 2 tackles for a loss, and 4 deflections from pass breakups Round 4, 10. Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte: 31 solo tackles, 34 assisted tackles, 65 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, and 10 quarterback hurries Round 5, 11. Jake Replogle, DT, Purdue: 31 solo tackles, 14 assisted tackles, 45 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, and 2.5 sacks Round 5, 12. D.J. Jones, DT, Ole Miss: 11 solo tackles, 19 assisted tackles, 30 total tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, 3 quarterback hurries, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 interception Round 5, 13. Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama: 17 solo tackles, 45 assisted tackles, 62 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 4 deflections from pass breakups, and 7 quarterback hurries Round 5, 14. Josh Augusta, DT, Missouri: 15 solo tackles, 8 assisted tackles, 23 total tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, and 1 quarterback hurry Round 5, 15. Josh Tupou, DT, Colorado: 22 solo tackles, 23 assisted tackles, 45 total tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, and 2 sacks Round 5, 16. Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan: 17 solo tackles, 26 assisted tackles, 43 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, 3 quarterback hurries, and 1 deflection from a pass breakup Round 6, 17. Chunky Clements, DT, Illinois: 14 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 36 total tackles, 7 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 quarterback hurry, 1 deflection from a pass breakup, and 1 forced fumble Round 6, 18. Tyrique Jarrett, DT, Pittsburgh: 19 solo tackles, 11 assisted tackles, 30 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, and 1 quarterback hurry Round 7, 19. B.J. Singleton, DT, Houston: 8 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 13 total tackles, and 3 quarterback hurries Round 7, 20. DeAngelo Brown, DT, Louisville: 24 solo tackles, 17 assisted tackles, 41 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 1 quarterback hurry, and 1 deflection from a pass breakup Round 7


2017 NFL Draft: Defensive Tackle Rankings





Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: February 12, 2017.



  1. Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson Projected Round 1st Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 312 lb Carlos Watkins will be the leader of Clemson's defense in 2016. Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd are gone and this natural 3-technique 4-3 defensive tackle is taking over Clemson's defense.


    Carlos Watkins was limited to 3 total tackles against Auburn. His matchup against left guard Alex Kozan was a stale mate.


    Watkins had 1 tackle for a loss and 1 sack in at least 4 different games this season. Watkins only faced one NFL prospect in Kozan when he faced Auburn.


    Watkins was in a stale mate with Kareem Are. Watkins usually ends up in a stale mate when he faces legit competition. Watkins rebounded with a sack and tackle for a loss against Syracuse.


    Clemson suffered their first loss of the season against Pittsburgh. Watkins made plays, but lined up on the opposite side of Dorian Johnson. That led me to believe that Watkins is a second round prospect at the time, but Watkins rebounded in a big way since that defeat.


    Carlos Watkins dominated against Ohio State center Pat Elflein to end the year. His 13.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks make Watkins a nightmare for interior offensive linemen. Watkins showcased the rip and swim moves you want from a defensive tackle in Mobile. Watkins is my top ranked defensive tackle at the moment for this reason.


    Carlos Watkins SWOT Report

    Strengths: Carlos Watkins can rush the passer and stop the run. He reminds me a lot of Aaron Donald with his 312 lbs all being muscle.


    Weaknesses: There are no weaknesses with Watkins. There are a few areas he can improve in, but no specific threat at this time.


    Opportunities: 12. Cleveland Browns, 23. New York Giants, 28. Dallas Cowboys, 31. Atlanta Falcons, and 32. New England Patriots. Carlos Watkins is a first round defensive tackle.


    Threats: I don't think there is a threat to Carlos Watkins at this point. Watkins did well in Mobile and is a first round prospect in my eyes at this point.



    Before 2016

    Watkins had 18 solo tackles, 16 assisted tackles, 34 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, and 3.5 sacks in 2015. Watkins will have to step up with Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd gone.




  2. Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn Projected Round 1st Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 308 lb Montravius Adams has the versatility to play 4-3 defensive tackle, 3-4 left end, or 3-4 nose tackle. Adams is someone to keep an eye on as he enters his senior season at Auburn.


    Montravius Adams had 3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 5 total tackles, and 1 quarterback hurry against Clemson getting by Jay Guillermo, who is Clemson's starting center on tape. Wayne Gallman did well running the football against Auburn, but Adams stepped up in pass rushing situations.


    Adams had 3 quarterback hurries, 1 tackle for a loss, and 1 sack against Texas A&M. Adams did a good job in goal line situations keeping Leonard Fournette out of the end zone when LSU played Auburn. Adams has 8 quarterback hurries in 2016 and has done an excellent job applying pressure on the opposing quarterback.


    Louisiana Monroe was the only game where Adams did not have a quarterback hurry. Adams has 13 quarterback hurries on the season and has done a great job pressuring the opposing quarterback getting at least 1 quarterback hurry in every other game. Adams has improved his rip and swim moves. He's not getting knocked down anymore and looks like a first round pick on tape.


    Montravius Adams SWOT Report

    Strengths: Montravius Adams can rush the passer and stop the run. Adams did a very good job using rip and swim moves in Mobile against opposing offensive linemen.


    Weaknesses: Montravius Adams fatigues at times. Montravius Adams has talent. His biggest concern with me is that he fatigues at times.


    Opportunities: 23. New York Giants, 28. Dallas Cowboys, 31. Atlanta Falcons, 32. New England Patriots, and 33. Cleveland Browns. Unlike Carlos Watkins who I have a first round grade on, Montravius Adams is someone that I have a first to second round grade on.


    Threats: Montravius Adams did well in Mobile. I do not see any specific threats with Adams.



    Before 2016

    Adams had 16 solo tackles, 28 assisted tackles, and 44 total tackles in 2015. Adams didn't have the best stats, but he's very versatile and effective on tape.


    Adams can play in the 0-technique at nose tackle, the 1-technique as a 4-3 nose tackle, the 3-technique at 4-3 defensive tackle, or 5-technique as a 3-4 defensive end. I like Adams block shedding, but he gets knocked down way too often on tape.




  3. Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State Projected Round 2nd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 310 lb Vincent Taylor is going to be a 4-3 defensive tackle in the NFL. Taylor is a junior and may declare for the 2017 NFL Draft with a strong junior season.


    Vincent Taylor did well in Oklahoma State's season opener against Southeastern Louisiana. His 1.5 tackles for a loss and 0.5 sack were impressive.


    Vincent Taylor struggled against Pittsburgh left guard Dorian Johnson. Taylor also had problems with Pittsburgh's right guard, but did have 0.5 tackle for a loss against Pittsburgh. He rebounded against Baylor where he dominated against Kyle Fuller.


    Vincent Taylor abused West Virginia center Tyler Orlosky who had dominated on tape until facing Taylor. Taylor has 6 of his 9.5 tackles for a loss in Oklahoma State's last two games against West Virginia and Kansas State.


    Vincent Taylor lined up as a 3-4 nose tackle against Texas Tech, but he has the body of a 4-3 defensive tackle. Taylor probably has the versatility to play both 4-3 defensive tackle and 3-4 nose tackle. Texas Tech double teamed Taylor and Patrick Mahomes kept his cool under center at quarterback when being pressured by Taylor.


    Vincent Taylor SWOT Report

    Strengths: Vincent Taylor can rush the passer and stop the run. Taylor is versatile enough to be a 4-3 defensive tackle or a 3-4 nose tackle.


    Weaknesses: Taylor struggles against interior offensive linemen with bigger wingspans. He dominated against Kyle Fuller who had terrible footwork, but struggled when matched up with Pittsburgh left guard Dorian Johnson due to his massive wingspan.


    Opportunities: 33. Cleveland Browns, 55. New York Giants, 57. Houston Texans, 60. Dallas Cowboys, and 64. New England Patriots. Vincent Taylor is a second round defensive tackle.


    Threats: I don't think there is a threat to Vincent Taylor at this point. Oklahoma State's nose tackle shows incredible promise at this point.



    Before 2016

    Vincent Taylor had 30 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, 48 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, and 5 sacks in 2015. Taylor needs to improve on those numbers in 2016.




  4. Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan Projected Round 2nd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-5 297 lb Chris Wormley has the versatility to play 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 4-3 defensive tackle, 3-4 right end, or 3-4 left end. Wormley would be best used as a 4-3 defensive tackle or a 3-4 defensive end in the NFL though.


    Chris Wormley had 1.5 tackles for a loss and 1 sack against Central Florida. Wormley had 1.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks against Penn State. Wormley had 1 tackle for a loss and 1 sack against Wisconsin. Wormley showcased his ability to stop the run at the line of scrimmage against the Wisconsin Badgers on tape.


    Wormley did the same against Michigan State while having 3 of his 4 quarterback hurries of the season against Michigan State.


    Chris Wormley SWOT Report

    Strengths: Chris Wormley can play 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 4-3 defensive tackle, 3-4 right end, or 3-4 left end with his versatility. That versatility will intrigue NFL teams.


    Weaknesses: Chris Wormley needs to get stronger. He's extremely skilled, but needs to showcase more strength on his blocks. Wormley's hight will put him at a disadvantage on blocks because it will be harder for him to lower his pad level at 6-6.


    Opportunities: 33. Cleveland Browns, 46. Baltimore Ravens, 47. Minnesota Vikings, 49. Washington Redskins, and 64. New England Patriots. Chris Wormley is a second round defensive tackle. Since Wormley has more versatility there is a chance he gets drafted ahead of Vince Taylor.


    Threats: Chris Wormley didn't stand out in Mobile. He needs a strong 2017 NFL Combine.



    Before 2016

    Chris Wormley had 25 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, 43 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, and 6.5 sacks in 2015. Wormley knows the 2-technique where you go head to head with guards, 3-technique as an interior pass rusher, or the 4-technique where you lines up against an offensive tackle, 5-technique where you line up as a 3-4 defensive end, 6-technique or 7-technique as a 4-3 left end, 8-technique as a third defensive end near a tight end, or the 9-technqiue as a 4-3 right end.




  5. Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane Projected Round 3rd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-0 296 lb Tanzel Smart will be a senior in 2016. Smart may be a sleeper, but he's also a project to an extent.


    Tanzel Smart had 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 4 total tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, and a 1 sack against Wake Forest. Smart got double teamed and triple teamed in 2015 when facing a Memphis interior offensive line that tried to protect Paxton Lynch. Keep an eye on Smart moving forward in 2016.


    Smart continues to get double teamed and triple teamed yet his production still is at a high level. Tanzel Smart has 26 solo tackles, 30 assisted tackles, 56 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss and 4 sacks in 2016. Smart is playing like a first round pick on tape, but his problem is he's not facing strong competition.


    Tanzel Smart SWOT Report

    Strengths: Tanzel Smart has the quick hands and quick feet to be a 4-3 defensive tackle. Smart is instinctive when it comes to rushing the quarterback and stopping the run.


    Weaknesses: Tanzel Smart's lack of frame really limits him. I still see him as a starter, but Smart may get inserted into a backup role at first.


    Opportunities: 65. Cleveland Browns, 71. Los Angeles Chargers, 72. Carolina Panthers, 78. Minnesota Vikings, and 85. Detroit Lions. Tanzel Smart may be a future starter. The lack of size hurts him even though I loved his mean streak when he faced off with LSU center Ethan Pocic in Mobile.


    Threats: Tanzel Smart was okay, but didn't stand out in Mobile. He needs a strong 2017 NFL Combine in order to avoid falling into day 3 territory.



    Before 2016

    Tanzel Smart is a natural 4-3 defensive tackle that had 42 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles, 62 total tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, and 2 sacks in 2015. Smart gave Memphis problems on tape in Tulane's game against Memphis. Paxton Lynch was able to get some passes off, but it required Memphis to double team Tanzel Smart to make him obsolete.


    Smart is a 3-technique player in the NFL. Smart has incredible block shedding, but needs to develop rip and swim moves. Smart also struggles against double teams.




  6. Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa Projected Round 3rd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-2 309 lb Jaleel Johnson has the ideal size to start at 4-3 defensive tackle. He needs to step up in 2016 with a breakout season.


    Jaleel Johnson has 6.5 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks so far in 2016. Johnson hasn't faced any NFL prospects on the interior offensive line yet despite his impressive start.


    Jaleel Johnson had 2 tackles for a loss and 1 sack against Michigan. Johnson abused Michigan center Mason Cole on tape and now has 8.5 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks following Iowa's upset win over Michigan.


    Jaleel Johnson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jaleel Johnson has good foot speed for a defensive tackle. Johnson can be an effective pass rusher and run stuffer.


    Weaknesses: Jaleel Johnson fatigues sometimes. That's my only real concern on tape.


    Opportunities: 65. Cleveland Browns, 78. Minnesota Vikings, 85. Detroit Lions, 87. New York Giants, and 95. Atlanta Falcons. Jaleel Johnson has the potential to develop into a future starter. He needs to fatigue less, but the potential is there.


    Threats: Jaleel Johnson has the foot speed. He fatigued in Mobile and has an inconsistent motor.



    Before 2016

    Jaleel Johnson only had 5 tackles for a loss in 2015. Johnson has been a subpar replacement for Carl Davis at defensive tackle.




  7. Jarron Jones, DT, Notre Dame Projected Round 4th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-5 315 lb Jarron Jones enters his senior season at Notre Dame. Jones did not play in 2015.


    Jarron Jones has 8.5 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries, and 1 forced fumble. Jones had a 1 tackle for a loss and 1 sack when he got by Stanford guard Johnny Caspers on tape. Jones got by Miami FL guard Kc Mcdermott. Jones has boosted his stock with his game against Miami FL where he had 6 tackles for a loss against the Hurricanes.


    Jarron Jones SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jarron Jones has long arms. His ability to rush the passer makes him a threat for any opposing center when lining up in the 0-technique.


    Weaknesses: Jarron Jones has durability issues. Scouts question Jones work ethic plus Notre Dame's coaches had to spend additional time with him in the offseason.


    Opportunities: Washington would be a good opportunity for Jarron Jones in the fourth round. Washington has two fourth round picks.


    Threats: Jarron Jones did not get an invite to Mobile. That only validates why teams had concerns about his work ethic and lack of consistency.



    Before 2016

    Jarron Jones did not play in 2015. Jones has not played since 2014 when he had a foot injury against Louisville. Jones needs to stay healthy in 2016.




  8. Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida Projected Round 4th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-2 314 lb Caleb Brantley enters his junior season. Brantley could declare with a big season in 2016.


    Caleb Brantley only had 1 solo tackle in Florida's season opener. Brantley needs to have a better game against Kentucky.


    Caleb Brantley has developed an explosive first step on tape. Some had Brantley going in the first round with his improved pass rushing. He's effective at defensive tackle and projects to be a 4-3 defensive tackle in the NFL.


    Brantley had a dominant game on tape against Missouri. Brantley still needs to do more on tape to be noticed.


    Caleb Brantley SWOT Report

    Strengths: Caleb Brantley has tremendous speed off the edge. He plays like he's NFL ready. Once Brantley wraps you up he is going to knock your ass to the ground. Brantley can engage and disengage blocks. Brantley is a natural at stopping the run and rushing the passer.


    Weaknesses: Caleb Brantley has a lot of qualities that you look for in an NFL defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense. Brantley's inconsistent production is the only thing keeping him from being a first round prospect.


    Opportunities: Caleb Brantley would do well on any 4-3 team. Both the Oakland Raiders and the New England Patriots could draft Brantley and do well with him.


    Threats: Caleb Brantley needs a strong NFL Combine. Without a strong 2017 NFL Combine Brantley will remain in the day 3 territory, but with a strong 2017 NFL Combine, Brantley could become a day 2 prospect that gets drafted in the second or third round.



    Before 2016

    Caleb Brantley had 8 solo tackles, 21 assisted tackles, 29 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, and 3 sacks in 2015. Brnatley needs to execute more solo tackles in 2016.




  9. Charles Walker, DT, Oklahoma Projected Round 4th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-2 304 lb Charles Walker is a junior redshirt at Oklahoma. He's a rotational defensive tackle at Oklahoma, and that will probably be his role in the NFL unless he returns to school for his senior year in 2017. Right now I feel like Walker may declare, but it depends on what he does in 2016.


    Charles Walker kept commanding double teams against Houston. Walker still made plays on tape despite getting double teamed. Walker struggled against Ohio State. Pat Elflein had his number on tape.


    Charles Walker got injured after the Ohio State game. Walker has missed a few games with injuries.


    Charles Walker SWOT Report

    Strengths: Charles Walker has the upper body strength to disrupt opposing offensive lines. Walker can be effective when healthy.


    Weaknesses: Charles Walker has durability issues. Walker also has isues with his work ethic yet he's still a top 10 defensive tackle in the 2017 NFL Draft.


    Opportunities: Charles Walker would do well on any 4-3 team. Both the Oakland Raiders and the New England Patriots could draft Walker and do well with him.


    Threats: Charles Walker needs a strong NFL Combine. Without a strong 2017 NFL Combine Brantley will remain in the day 3 territory, but with a strong 2017 NFL Combine, Walker could become a day 2 prospect that gets drafted in the second or third round.



    Before 2016

    Charles Walker played in all 12 games as a rotational defensive tackle. He had 10 tackles for a loss in those games in 2015 and looks like a natural rotational defensive tackle that can play in the 3-technique in the NFL.




  10. Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-2 304 lb Larry Ogunjobi had a huge 2016 season. Larry Ogunjobi had 31 solo tackles, 34 assisted tackles, 65 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, and 10 quarterback hurries in 2016.


    Larry Ogunjobi SWOT Report

    Strengths: Larry Ogunjobi has powerful hands and a high football IQ. Obunjobi can use his hands to club offensive linemen and get separation on blocks.


    Weaknesses: Ogunjobi has a very average build for an offensive lineman. Guards with long arms will have an advantage against Ogunjobi.


    Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on Larry Ogunjobi. Ogunjobi did well in the Senior Bowl though so he could move up.


    Threats: There are not any threats with Larry Ogunjobi. He has a chance to move up in the 2017 NFL Draft.



    Before 2016

    Larry Ogunjobi had 14.5 tackles for a loss in 2015. Ogunjobi's best game on tape came against Georgia State.




  11. Jake Replogle, DT, Purdue Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 289 lb Jake Replogle is a terrific run stuffer. He was only 275 lbs heading into 2015 before a breakout junior season.


    Jake Replogle had 6 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, and 8 total tackles in Purdue's season opener. Replogle is a solid defensive tackle.


    Replogle has struggled since Purdue's season opener. Replogle looks like a day 3 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft at this point.


    Jake Replogle SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jake Replogle has powerful hands and a high football IQ. Jake Replogle has long arms as well.


    Weaknesses: Jake Replogle needs to add more muscle. Getting stronger is one thing Replogle needs to do.


    Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on Jake Replogle. There are a lot of teams that will need defensive tackles in the fifth round and Replogle is a day 3 pick regardless of what he does throughout the draft process.


    Threats: Not getting an invite to the 2017 NFL Combine will hurt Jake Replogle's stock more than anything else. It's paramount for Replogle to get an invite to this years combine.



    Before 2016

    Jake Replogle had 34 solo tackles, 26 assisted tackles, 60 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, and 2 sacks in 2015.


    Replogle has a variety of rip and swim moves that you like to see on tape. He is still trying to learn more about techniques defensive linemen can play in as he develops.




  12. D.J. Jones, DT, Ole Miss Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-0 321 lb D.J. Jones played in every game in 2015. Jones only had 3 starts though so you can argue he's sort of raw or rough around the edges.


    D.J. Jones had 1 solo tackle, 3 assisted tackles, 4 total tackles, and 2 quarterback hurries against Florida State. Jones did well for a big man.


    D.J. Jones struggled against Alabama. Jones looks like a day 3 pick at this point.


    D.J. Jones SWOT Report

    Strengths: D.J. Jones has long arms. Can be used as a 4-3 defensive tackle or a 3-4 nose tackle.


    Weaknesses: D.J. Jones struggles with double teams. That is one thing that limits his potential.


    Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on D.J. Jones. There are a lot of teams that will need defensive tackles in the fifth round and Jones is a day 3 pick regardless of what he does throughout the draft process.


    Threats: D.J. Jones only experience in front of NFL Scouts was in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Jones did not play in the 2017 East West Shrine Game or the 2017 Senior Bowl.



    Before 2016

    Jones had 23 solo tackles, 17 assisted tackles, 40 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, and 4 sacks in 2015. Jones has the versatility to play both 4-3 defensive tackle and 3-4 nose tackle.


    Jones can play two different techniques in the NFL. Jones can play either the 0-technique or the 3-technique in the NFL.




  13. Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 312 lb Dalvin Tomlinson will finally get to start as a senior in 2016. Tomlinson was mainly a backup to A'Shawn Robinson in 2015.


    Dalvin Tomlinson had 1 solo tackle in Alabama's win over USC. Tomlinson had a very minor role in this win over USC. Tomlinson has done more each week though as his role expanded on Alabama's defensive line.


    Dalvin Tomlinson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Dalvin Tomlinson played well enough in 2016 to get a invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl. Was smart enough to get into Harvard, but chose to play football at Alabama.


    Weaknesses: Dalvin Tomlinson only has one year of expereience as a starter. Outside of that lack of experience he's a pretty complete defensive tackle.


    Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on Dalvin Tomlinson. There are a lot of teams that will need defensive tackles in the fifth round and Tomlinson is a day 3 pick regardless of what he does throughout the draft process.


    Threats: I don't think their are any threats with Dalvin Tomlinson. In fact a strong 2017 NFL Combine may get Tomlinson into the day 2 conversation.



    Before 2016

    Dalvin Tomlinson was a subsitute in 2015. Tomlinson will have a chance to possibly start in 2016.




  14. Josh Augusta, DT, Missouri Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 337 lb Josh Agusta has the versatility to play 4-3 defensive tackle, 3-4 left end, or 3-4 nose tackle. Augusta is someone to keep an eye on at Missouri this season.


    Josh Augusta had 2 solo tackles and a tackle for a loss against West Virginia. Augusta had great tape against Florida, but you would like to see him do more on tape.


    Josh Augusta SWOT Report

    Strengths: His mass causes lots of problems for opposing guards. His versatility is another asset.


    Weaknesses: Doesn't display functional quickness consistently enough. Augusta needs to lose some weight and impress at the 2017 NFL Combine.


    Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on Josh Augusta. There are a lot of teams that will need defensive tackles in the fifth round and Augusta is a day 3 pick regardless of what he does throughout the draft process. Having the versatility to play 4-3 defensive tackle and 3-4 nose tackle.


    Threats: Not getting an invite to the 2017 NFL Combine is the biggest threat to Augusta at this point. Augusta just needs to show he can consistently display functional quickness.



    Before 2016

    Augusta had 17 solo tackles, 10 assisted tackles, and 27 total tackles in 2015. Augusta needs to improve his production and gets pushed back the line of scrimmage quite a bit, but he is the best nose tackle at this point. Augusta only knows the 0-technique. That's why he gets pushed back so frequently when facing offensive linemen.




  15. Josh Tupou, DT, Colorado Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 325 lb Josh Tupou enters his senior season at Colorado. Tuopu redshirted in 2015 after violating team rules. Hopefully he returns and can stay healthy.


    Josh Tupou had 1 solo tackle, 2 assisted tackles, and 3 total tackles against Colorado State. He didn't do as much as you would have liked him to do.


    Josh Tupou only faced one NFL prospect in Damien Mama. Tupou struggled in that game despite dominating against Michigan. Tupou looks like the top 3-4 nose tackle at this point, but none of the nose tackles are playing like day 2 picks at this point.


    Josh Tupou did much better against Stanford guard Johnny Caspers. Tupou is still the top 3-4 nose tackle based on the tape I've seen.


    Josh Tupou SWOT Report

    Strengths: Josh Tupou has good upper body strength. Is versatile enough to play 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 nose tackle.


    Weaknesses: Doesn't display functional quickness consistently enough. Tupou plays too heavy.


    Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on Josh Tupou. There are a lot of teams that will need defensive tackles in the fifth round and Tupou is a day 3 pick regardless of what he does throughout the draft process. Having the versatility to play 4-3 defensive tackle and 3-4 nose tackle helps him.


    Threats: Not getting an invite to the 2017 NFL Combine is the biggest threat to Tupou at this point. Tupou just needs to show he can consistently display functional quickness.



    Before 2016

    Josh Tupou had 26 solo tackles, 16 assisted tackles, 42 total tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, and 3 sacks in 2014. Tupou did not play in 2015 for violating team rules.




  16. Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan Projected Round 6th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-2 299 lb Ryan Glasgow played next to Chris Wormley and Willie Mitchell on Michigan's defensive line in 2015. Mitchell is gone so Glasgow should have a bigger role in 2016.


    Ryan Glasgow has done well next to Chris Wormley. Glasgow has 5 tackles for a loss so far in 2016.


    Ryan Glasgow SWOT Report

    Strengths: Ryan Glasgow is very muscular. Is versatile enough to play 4-3 defensive tackle, 3-4 right end, or 3-4 left end. Won a block against Ryan Ramczyk.


    Weaknesses: Doesn't display functional quickness consistently enough. Glasgow needs to add more muscle and gain more weight.


    Opportunities: I have a sixth round grade on Ryan Glasgow. There are a lot of teams that will need defensive tackles in the sixth round and Glasgow is a day 3 pick regardless of what he does throughout the draft process. Having the versatility to play 4-3 defensive tackle and 3-4 defensive end helps him.


    Threats: Not getting an invite to the 2017 NFL Combine is the biggest threat to Glasgow at this point. Glasgow just needs to show he can consistently display functional quickness and get stronger.



    Before 2016

    Ryan Glasgow is the younger brother of Graham Glasgow a 2016 NFL Draft prospect that played center at Michigan in 2015. Ryan Glasgow only had 13 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 25 total tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, and 1 sack in 2015.




  17. Chunky Clements, DT, Illinois Projected Round 3rd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 290 lb Chunky Clements made plays on the Fighting Illini defensive line in 2015. With Jihad Ward gone, Clements will have to step up in 2016.


    Chunky Clements had a strong performance in the opener for Illinois. Clements had 1 sack and 1 tackle for a loss in the season opener for Illinois.


    Chunky Clements had some good blocks against Lucas Crowley and Caleb Peterson on tape in Illinois's loss to North Carolina. Clements needs to do more if he wants to move up draft boards.


    Chunky Clements humiliated Michigan State guard Brian Allen. Winning that one-on-one battle helped Illinois defeat Michigan State 31-27.


    Chunky Clements SWOT Report

    Strengths: Chunky Clements has the rip and swim moves you want in a defensive tackle on tape. Clements did well against guards that were NFL prospects.


    Weaknesses: Chunky Clements has no motor. That's the biggest reason he's a late round pick.


    Opportunities: I have a sixth round grade on Chunky Clements. There are a lot of teams that will need defensive tackles in the sixth round and Clements is a day 3 pick regardless of what he does throughout the draft process.


    Threats: Chunky Clements did not get an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl. Clements only had 7 tackles for a loss in 2016 after having 11.5 in 2016 so regressing this season hurt him as well.



    Before 2016

    Chunky Clements had 16 solo tackles, 19 solo tackles, 35 total tackles, and 11.5 tackles for a loss in 2015. Clements can play 3-technique at 4-3 defensive tackle or 5-technique at 3-4 defensive end.




  18. Tyrique Jarrett, DT, Pittsburgh Projected Round 7th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 335 lb Tyrique Jarrett has the size to be a 3-4 nose tackle. Jarrett is a pure 3-4 nose tackle.


    Tyrique Jarrett had 4 solo tackles against Villanova. Jarrett commanded double teams and triple teams against Penn State and opened things up for Pittsburgh's defensive line. Jarrett was excellent on tape against Penn State, but has struggled since.


    Jarrett dominated against Virginia Tech despite being triple teamed, but he was on crutches in the second half against Virginia Tech. Kc McDermott and Nick Linder double teamed Jarrett when Pittsburgh faced Miami plus Jarrett was playing injured in that game. Jarrett was inactive against Clemson.


    Tyrique Jarrett SWOT Report

    Strengths: Tyrique Jarrett commanded double teams at times in 2016. This opened things up for Ejuan Price at defensive end. Has good rip and swim moves. Very powerful blocker.


    Weaknesses: Durability issues and injuries affected his senior season. Jarrett needs to stay healthy if he gets drafted.


    Opportunities: I have a seventh round grade on Tyrique Jarrett. Jarrett should get drafted, but will have to rely on dominating at Pittsburgh's Pro Day.


    Threats: Not playing in the 2017 East West Shrine game or the 2017 Senior Bowl really hurt him. Being the only Pitt Panther without an NFL Combine invite at this point puts the seventh round prospect in jeopardy of being drafted.



    Before 2016

    Jarrett had 14 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 19 total tackles, 7 tackles for a loss, and 2 sacks. Jarrett may be raw, but he has the ideal size to be a 3-4 nose tackle in the NFL.




  19. B.J. Singleton, DT, Houston Projected Round 7th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 314 lb B.J. Singleton got double teamed 13 times in 2015. Singleton led Houston's defense in double teams in 2015.


    B.J. Singleton had 2 quarterback hurries against Oklahoma. Singleton got double teamed the entire game so that's sort of impressive.


    Singleton continues to get double teamed and triple teamed. Singleton looks like a late-round pick at this point.


    B.J. Singleton SWOT Report

    Strengths: B.J. Singleton commanded double teams at times in 2016. Singleton has good lower body strength. This allowed him to win some double teams.


    Weaknesses: This space eater has small hands. While Singleton has the size to be a 4-3 defensive tackle or a 3-4 nose tackle he displays awful foot speed.


    Opportunities: I have a seventh round grade on B.J. Singleton. Singleton had a window of opportunity to impress at the 2017 East West Shrine Game. He didn't cease it.


    Threats: B.J. Shelton could get drafted at some point on day 3. He's also a guy who looks like a rotational defensive tackle that may end up being a guy who gets cut in training camp though.



    Before 2016

    B.J. Singleton had 11 solo tackles, 9 assisted tackles, and 20 total tackles. Singleton can play in the 0-technique as a 3-4 nose tackle, the 1-technique as a 4-3 nose tackle, or the 3-technique as a 4-3 defensive tackle.




  20. DeAngelo Brown, DT, Louisville Projected Round 7th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-1 317 lb DeAngelo Brown really stepped up in 2016 without Sheldon Rankins. Brown had 24 solo tackles, 17 assisted tackles, 41 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 1 quarterback hurry, and 1 deflection from a pass breakup in 2016. Brown had excellent games against Florida State, Wake Forest, Boston College, and LSU.


    DeAngelo Brown SWOT Report

    Strengths: Very good at holding at the point of attack. Has an extremely high football IQ and dominated without Sheldon Rankins. A positionally disciplined defensive tackle that can diagnose plays quickly. Can play 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 nose tackle with his versatility.


    Weaknesses: Has average burst for a defensive tackle. His lack of arm length causes him to lose one-on-one battles against guards. Inconsistent performances with dominant games against Florida State, Wake Forest, Boston College, and LSU while struggling against Clemson, North Carolina State, and Houston.


    Opportunities: I have a seventh round grade on DeAngelo Brown. He did just enough on tape to stand out. Brown is projected to do 40-reps on the bench press at the 2017 NFL Combine. If Brown can exceed 40 reps his stock will skyrocket.


    Threats: DeAngelo Brown played in the East West Shrine game, but not the Senior Bowl. He has violent hands though and could be a sleeper to keep an eye on.



    Before 2016

    DeAngelo Brown had 6.5 tackles for a loss and 2 sacks next to Sheldon Rankins in 2015. Rankins has yet to have a season where he stayed fully healthy.







Comment Box is loading comments...