The depth of this years Defensive Tackles is one of the best in years, theres a possibility that five of them all go in the first round and two of them could be off the board when Tampa Bay announces their first overall pick.
While the talent is very good at the top, the level of depth is also great. It will be possible to find a high impact players in even later rounds, this might be the best year for DTs that I have ever had the pleasure to watch. Here are my rakings of the 2010 Defensive Tackles:
1: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
Pros: Suh has good size for an interior lineman. Has superb agility and quickness of the snap which together with his excellent size/strength ratio allows him to get into the backfield on a consistent basis. Has excellent hand placement and understands how to use them effectively. Rarely out of position in run defense and makes an incredible amounts of stops near or behind the LOS. Is very quick and agile when rushing the passer.
Is a very smart and disciplined DT, that will sniff out the screens regularly and gets his hands up to deflect passes if he fails to get to the QB. Off the chart production despite being the most double teamed lineman in Div-1 Football. Extremely versatile, can play in both the 4-3 and 3-4 at several spots.
Cons: Needs to to a better time with leverage at times. Played in the Big-12 were O-Lineman are smaller than in the NFL due to the spread offenses used. Has had a serious knee injury that required surgery.
2: Gerald McCoy*, Oklahoma
Pros: Solid size. Very good run defender that can also get after the QB. Does a very good job with leverage and hand placement in run defense and always keeps his head up locating the football. Is very diciplined and is rarely out of position going up field. Has the ability to get off the snap quickly and split blockers as well as shed linemen with passrushing moves. Has the speed to chase the QB down outside the pocket. Is very versatile as he can excel in both the 3-4 and the 4-3. Has very solid production in college even though he was double teamed on nearly every play. Is a vocal leader that will get his D motivated.
Cons: Doesnt posses the elite quickness you see in passrushing DTs. Could use some extra muscle going into the NFL. Disappeared at times in college. Played mostly against spread O-Lineman.
3: Dan Williams, Tennessee
Pros: Big run stuffer. Very strong at the point of attack and can take on double teams consistantly. Is very good at locating the football and has the lateral agility to move quickly from gap to gap stopping the runner. Is a very good tackler who uses his size well when he brings down ballcarriers. Has a pretty good bullrush and also knows how to disengage from blockers with rip and swim move. Does a good job of collapsing the pocket up front in passing situations, giving the QB less room to step up. Has the ability to play the nose in both the 3-4 and the 4-3.
Cons: Doesnt have the speed or the explosion to be much of a presence when rushing the passer at the next level and has to prove he can get after the QB to stay on the field all three downs. Tends to give up at when engaged by double teams on passing downs. There’s rumors about questionable work ethics.
4. Jared Odrick, Penn State
Pros: Tall penetrating tackle. Does a good job with levarage in the run game desoite his size. Has the ability to use his long arms to get off blockers and locate the ball. Is a very solid tackler and uses his range well covering a lot of ground when he stops the run. Gets skinny and splits double teams a lot and has a variety of passrushing moves in his repetoire. Is a smart defender that can deflect a lot of passes from the line of scrimmage when he doesnt get top the QB. Has the versatility to play in the 3-4 as well as the 4-3.
Cons: Doesnt have the elite explosion of the snap. Struggles a bit with his COD. Doesnt have the lateral agility to slip blockers when engaged with stronger linemen. Does not have the elite speed to chase down the QB when the pocket breaks down. Theres some rumors about poor work ethic and questionable charachter.
5: Brian Price*, UCLA
Pros: Prototypical 4-3 UT. Is very explosive off the snap and is always the first on his D-Line to initiate contact. Has the ability to get into the backfield in a hurry, to either blow up the run or get to the QB. Is very good at using his leverage to hold the ground and to close lanes, has a low centre of gravity that he uses to his advantage. Is surprisingly strong.
Uses mostly his lateral agility to split linemen, but knows how to use his hands to disengage and has a very good rip move. Has the speed to chase down QBs for the sack. Has a motor that never stops and will keep coming the entire game.
Cons: Doesnt have the elite size for a tackle. Can struggle a bit when hes engaged and has to hold his ground in the run game consistently. Needs to do a better job finishing plays as he is missing some tackles in the backfield. Doesnt seem to posses elite balance as he prone to falling down going past a lineman. Limited to a 4-3 UT.
6: Lamarr Houston, Texas
7: Tyson Alualu, California
8: Terrence Cody, Alabama
9: Linval Joseph, East Carolina
10: Cam Thomas, North Carolina
11: Arthur Jones, Syracuse
12: Geno Atkins, Georgia
13: Torrell Troup, UCF
14: Mike Neal, Purdue
15: Jeff Owens, Georgia