2006 Draft: Defensive Tackle Profiles Part I

With numerous deficiencies on both sides of the ball, the Chiefs need three starters from the 2006 draft. Out of all of their needs, the most critical is some sort of playmaker on the defensive line. This is a continuation of our five-part series in which we evaluate the top 20 defensive line prospects in this year's draft.

DT Broderick Bunkley

Florida St.

6'3" 300lbs

From an athletic and fundamentals standpoint, Broderick Bunkley was the most impressive defensive lineman I saw in college football last season. He is everything you look for in a "three technique" defensive tackle and is one of the players I consider to be a "can't miss" prospect in this years draft. He'll at least be the NFL's next LaRoi Glover if not the next John Randle.

At 300 pounds, Bunkley's body is as chiseled a statue as you'll find. In addition to his superior strength, he also plays with great leverage and does a nice job of getting underneath the offensive lineman's pads. He plays so low that it is surprising when you find out that he's 6'3" tall, on film you would think he's 5'10" or 5'11".

Whether it's a run or a pass Bunkley is one of those players that can consistently beat the player in front of him and stop the play in the backfield. In 2005 he was the nation's best interior defensive lineman when it came to plays behind the line of scrimmage. He finished the year with 25 tackles for losses and nine sacks.

There are a few 3-4 teams out there that would like to use Bunkley as a nose tackle or a defensive end. In either case it would be a monumental waste of his ability. Bunkley belongs in a 4-3 defense where he can penetrate a single gap and rush the passer.

Bunkley is the eighth rated player on Warpaint Illustrated's value board.

Comparable Player: St. Louis's LaRoi Glover or former Viking John Randle.





DT Haloti Ngata

Oregon

6'5" 338lbs

The focal point for any offense competing against Oregon during the past two seasons has been trying to contain Haloti Ngata. Over that two-year period he has amassed 107 tackles, 17.5 tackles for losses, and 6.5 sacks. Those are incredible numbers for a player who's been double-teamed on every play throughout his entire career. Since most teams can't afford that luxury in the NFL it could mean Ngata will be an even more productive player on the pro level than he was in college.

Ngata initially stands out as a run stuffer who makes it almost impossible to run up the middle. The extent of his game transcends that of your typical two-gap run stuffer. For a 340-pound player Ngata is amazingly light on his feet and has a very high motor for a player his size. It isn't unusual to see him run up and down the line of scrimmage and make plays outside of the tackle box. Even when teams try to run to the outside and seal him off with double or triple teams he can break through and collapse the C gap.

Although he never produced a lot of sacks in college, Ngata was responsible for a lot of quarterback pressures. If he wasn't collapsing the pocket himself (which he usually was) he was freeing up other players along the defensive line to make plays of their own.

On film it is awe-inspiring at times to see how easily he can toss his opponents aside. His upper body strength is up there with anyone else in the country and his lower body strength is likely at the top (His 37 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press is no small feat for a player with his arm length). Players that possess this type of raw power are extremely rare.

When it comes to fundamentals Ngata has room for improvement. Due to his height he has a difficult time keeping his pad level low. It isn't uncommon to see him completely upright after three or four steps. With that being said, he is so unbelievably strong and balanced that his athleticism will usually allow him to overcome imperfections in his techniques.

There is little debate over whether Ngata will enter the NFL and make an immediate impact. What's scary is that he's still a long way from reaching his potential. Once his fundamentals catch up with his talent he'll be celebrated as one of the top defenders in the NFL.

Ngata is ninth rated player on Warpaint Illustrated's value board.

Comparable Player: Jacksonville's John Henderson





DT Kyle Williams

L.S.U.

6'2" 300lbs

As one of the most underrated players in this year's draft, Kyle Williams will surely shock a lot of unsuspecting NFL fans as a rookie year. He's one of the more relentless players in the draft class and has all of the physical tools to make an immediate impact for his new team. Although he's been overshadowed by teammate Claude Wroten, Williams is the better of the two players.

Williams is a strong technician that possesses a powerful lower body and good explosion. After he's fired out he's consistent in staying low and gaining leverage on his opponent. Once he's under the pads of the offensive lineman he does a nice job of keeping his hips underneath him while driving up and through the would-be blocker.

Beyond his technique, Williams is one of those players that continually moves his feet, plays to the whistle and never gives up on a play. His pure tenacity alone is responsible for half of the tackles he makes. You'll never see him out-worked or out-hustled and he'll chase down ball carriers to make tackles all over the field. This also carries over to his ability as a pass rusher when you see him ripping, clubbin, and spinning through blocks. He's as tenacious of a player as you'll find.

Williams is Warpaint Illustrated's 32nd ranked player and carries a mid first round grade.

Comparable Player: Tampa Bay's Anthony McFarland





DT Gabe Watson

Michigan

6'4" 331lbs

When it comes to pure God-given talent, Gabe Watson is the best defensive player in the draft. He not only has the size and power to consistently stuff the run, but he also possesses the athleticism to rush the passer. He can disrupt everything an offense wants to do simply by deciding he's going to make their lives miserable that day. Unfortunately, Watson doesn't always play to his potential and seemingly "turns it on" only when he's good and ready to. He's extremely talented, yet equally lackadaisical.

Watson is reminiscent of former Raider, Chief, Bronco and Jet Chester McGlockton. Like McGlockton, Watson is the type of player that has enough talent to take over a game by himself. Seeing him actually do it is a rarity. Watson's lack of effort became so bad at the start of his senior season that his coaches at Michigan resorted to benching him for the entire first quarter against Notre Dame. How often do you see that happen to an All-Conference player?

Even with the concerns over his work ethic, Watson is worth the risk of a second round pick. If the right coaching staff is able to reach him they'll have an instantaneous pro bowler on their roster.

Watson is the 47th rated player on Warpaint Illustrated's value board and carries an early second round grade.

Comparable Player: Carolina's Kris Jenkins or former Chief/Raider Chester McGlockton.

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