CUTigers' Top 25 in '13: No. 12

After looking at a former defensive tackle, it's time to take a look at a few current defensive tackles on our list. Up next is D.J. Reader.

CUTigers continues the list of the 25 players we think will have the most productive seasons in 2013.

No. 12

DT D.J. Reader, Sophomore
Listed as a three-star guard by in 2012, Reader was recruited to Clemson to play defensive tackle. He also played on the Tigers' baseball team as a freshman.

The Resume

Reader didn't make any starts last season, but he did appear in every game, logging at least 10 snaps in 11 of them. He finished with 40 tackles and three quarterback pressures.

His size is significant but his footwork truly sets him apart from other 300 pounders. That could enable him to earn a surprising number of snaps, and possibly even a few starts by the time the season comes to a close.

Moving Forward

The 6-foot-3, 300-plus sophomore exited spring practice as the No. 2 behind Josh Watson. That's after Reader missed a few practices because of baseball games. Look for Reader to see an increase in playing time this fall.

Brent Venables wants his defensive tackles to collapse the pocket, preventing the quarterback from stepping into his throws. Reader could be a big part of that this season.

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14. Josh Watson
15. Tyler Shatley
16. Charone Peake
17. Bashaud Breeland
18. Ryan Norton
19. Corey Crawford
20. Mackensie Alexander
21. Robert Smith
22. Jordan Leggett
23. Quandon Christian
24. David Beasley
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