Grading the Defensive Tackles

Florida State has always produced excellent defensive tackle prospects. Last year Darnell Dockett was drafted in the 3rd round by Arizona and he now starts and stars from the Cardinals. This past weekend, Seminole Travis Johnson was drafted in the 1st round (16th overall) by the Houston Texans. This upcoming season, the Seminoles won't be rebuilding across the defensive front but rather reloading.


This spring, it looked like there will be no drop off up front at the defensive tackle position despite the graduation of Travis Johnson and with Broderick Bunkley sitting out rehabbing from ankle surgery.

Josh Newberg- Aaron Jones and Emmanuel Dunbar really made strides this spring, much of that is due to coach Haggins. Coach does not let these two get away with anything, because he knows how good they can be. As of now, I would say Dunbar is slightly ahead of Jones but I'm sure both will see plenty of action this year.

Andre Fluellen is another guy that will see a lot of playing time this coming season. He had a great spring and will add depth to solidify the tackle position.

Dave Peters-True Junior Clifton Dickson could be the next Seminole defensive tackle drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. The 6-foot-4 and 300 pound junior dominated this spring. The former Miami (Fla.) Northwestern standout lived in the Seminole offensive backfield. He's blessed with size, power, quickness and amazing athletic ability. The Territory has actually witnessed the 300-pounder do a back flip.

Redshirt sophomore Andre Fluellen has improved a tremendous amount since he first walked onto campus as a true freshman. He has gotten much stronger and quicker. This spring he has shown that he can be counted on as a solid contributor and a possible starter. Fluellen is a high character player that's blessed with outstanding work-ethic.

True Fresham Emmaunel Dunbar showed this spring why schools like Oklahoma and Florida State were on his trail during the recruiting process. The 6-foot-5 and 285 pound standout used his quickness to record several tackles for a loss this spring. With some hard work in the weight room in the off-season, he should be a solid contributor in the fall.

Aaron Jones struggled early on mainly because he was working himself back into shape. The last couple of scrimmages he showed signs why the Seminoles and Canes battled for his services to the end. In high school, he never was pushed back off of the line of scrimmage.

Senior Broderick Bunkley sat out spring drills rehabbing from ankle surgery. Last year, he missed most of the season with ankle troubles and we won't know what type of impact he'll have until fall practices.

True Freshman Callahan Bright will join his Seminole teammates this fall. The Scout.com five-star prospect has the body and skills to get into the Florida State rotation early. Many experts compare his skills and playing style to Warren Sapp.

Defensive tackle grade- B
After losing Travis Johnson to the NFL, the tackle position for Florida State has reloaded once again this season. There are a few future stars that look to be following in Johnson's footsteps. We see Clifton Dickson as the guy that will step in and be a monster in the middle this year. Emanuel Dunbar and Aaron Jones will be a terrific duo in the years to come. Although the offensive line was beat up this spring, Dickson showed what he is capable of doing. Not only does he stuff the run but he is quick and has great footwork that reminds me of Warren Sapp. His strength up the middle will be a nice complement with the speed of Wimbley on the outside.

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