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NFL Draft: Defensive Tackle Rankings, Part One
11) Bennie Logan (6-2/309)
Logan was a consistent tackle for the LSU defense for the last two seasons where he started in Baton Rouge's on LSU's talented front. He's a thick bodied player with a good get off. Logan is strong at the point of attack and is very good against the run. He does need to improve his play against the pass. Last season he had 45 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks.
12) Everett Dawkins (6-2/292)
Dawkins had a very good pro day, running well and looking impressive in position drills. He's very quick off the ball and shows flashes of excellent penetration. At 292-pounds, Dawkins is not considered a big tackle and that could hurt him in the NFL, working against much bigger and stronger offensive linemen. He looks like he would be a good fit as a three-technique defensive tackle in a 3-4 defense. Dawkins didn't put up big numbers in Tallahassee because FSU rotated so many talented defensive linemen week in and week out.
13) Montori Hughes (6-4/329)
Hughes had 61 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, and five sacks over the past two seasons. He's a big cat that moves well. He ran a 4.85 short shuttle at NFL Combine. At almost 330-pounds, that's moving. He's big and wide and can stalemate double-teams. At times Hughes shows unique athleticism. He's still raw in some areas of technique but with the right coaching and work ethic he will be a real mid-round find.
14) Josh Boyd (6-2/310)
Over the last three seasons Boyd has recorded 18.5 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks. He's still learning how to rush the passer and is more of a run stuffer at this point in his playing career. Boyd has average size but has strength and can move in the box. He can a 4.64 shuttle (NFL Combine) which is pretty darn good for a 310-pounder. He also plays hard and gives good effort.
15) Chris Jones (6-1.5/302)
Jones is a strong and feisty tackle prospect that plays hard and through the whistle. He's quick and disruptive at times. Jones plays with good pad level. Will his size hurt him in the NFL? He was the MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and over the past two seasons he has 33 tackles for a loss and 21 sacks.
16) Jordan Hill (6-1/303)
Hill had 8.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks in 2012. He doesn't have great size or speed for the position but he gets off the ball well and plays with good leverage. Hill's strong and plays with a terrific motor. He can move down the line and make plays.
17) Kwame Geathers (6-5/342)
He's the son of Robert Geathers and the nephew of Jumpy Geathers. He's a huge nose tackle that is strong and tough to move. At his size he can surprise you with his agility at times. This is a player that will be a pure run stuffer in a 3-4 scheme.
18) T.J. Barnes (6-6/369)
Barnes is a massive nose tackle that stunned the scouts at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis where he ran a 5.3 [forty] at 369-pounds. He played all four-years at Georgia Tech but was relegated to back up duties until this past season. This is not a heavy footed tackle. In fact, he played three-technique as well as over the center and is certainly better suited to play nose tackle in a 3-4.
19) Abry Jones (6-3/313)
Jones is a versatile defensive tackle prospect that did a little bit of everything for the Georgia defense. He lined up everywhere but looks best suited to be a 4-3 defensive tackle but should also be able to play end in a 3-4. He's athletic and even dropped in coverage with certain zone blitzes.
20) Nicholas Williams
Williams had an impressive 2012 season and then did well at the NFL Combine. He had 31 tackles and six sacks. In Indy he ran 4.94 [forty] and a 4.65 short shuttle.
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FULL DATABASE OVERALL RANKINGS WILL BE UPDATED from 1-300 on April 24. The current top 300 doesn't parallel the new positional rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft.