Early Draft Rankings: Defensive Tackles

The Vikings would like to find a star defensive tackle to plug in alongside Chris Hovan, and this year's rookie crop is deep at that position. Here we rank 100 of the top DT prospects in April's draft.

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EARLY DEFENSIVE TACKLES RANKINGS
Draft ratings are never a perfect science, even for NFL teams that dedicate departments and year-round scouts to the important job of grading college players and trying to decide how their skills will transfer to the NFL. Here are Viking Update writer and draft fan Kevin Brown's early ratings for the 2003 class.
Under the height column, the first digit represents feet, the next two digits represent inches and the last digit represents how many eighths of an inch (so 6034 equals 6 feet, 3 and 4/8 inches).
GRADE DESCRIPTION ROUND
9.00
8.00
7.00
6.50
6.00
5.90
5.80
5.70
5.60
5.50
5.40
5.30
5.20
5.10
5.00
4.50
4.00
3.00
Once-in-a-lifetime player.
Perennial All-Pro player.
Potential All-Pro as a rookie.
Immediate starter as a rookie (except QB).
1st-round pick; should start by 2004.
Early 2nd-round pick.
2nd-round pick.
2nd-round pick.
3rd round pick.
3rd round pick.
4th-round pick.
5th-round pick.
6th-round pick.
7th-round pick.
Priority free-agent.
Free-agent who could make a team.
Worth bringing to training camp.
Possible camp player.
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1
1
1
1
2
2
3
3
3
4
5
6
7
FA
FA
FA
FA
NAME
COLLEGE
HT.
WT.
40
GR.
Kennedy, Jimmy
Joseph, William
Long, Rein
Robertson, Dewayne
Peterson, Kenny
Williams, Kevin
Sullivan, Johnathan
Brayton, Tyler
Johnson, Jarrett
Eason, Nick
King, Kenny
Leonard, Matt
Scott, Ian
Moore, Rashad
Cole, Colin
Walters, Matt
Martin, Terrance
Riley, Bernard
Warren, Ty
LaFavor, Tron
Manning, Eric
Sharpe, Montique
Klecko, Dan
Moore, Langston
Upchurch, David
Womble, Jeff
Love, Tim
Jones, Rayshun
Smith, Garrett
Kelley, Ethan
Malone, James
Holmes, Clarence
Sape, Lauvale
Gassen, Bill
Turntine, John
Clanton, Jon
Thompson, Young
Wright, Keith
Lazarus, Shawn
Mounga, Tonga
Black, Floyd
Reese, Tank
Kendrick, Edward
Nickson, Marvin
Idonije, Israel
Lohr, Jason
Franklin, Aubrayo
Brown, LaWaylon
Harden, Cedric
Freeman, Trey
Stewart, Jason
Attieh, Roy
Hayes, Marc
Lee, James
Hall, Jerrick
Smoot, Greg
Geter, Jason
Davis, Jason
Butler, Ivan
Booker, Dante
Sperling, LeBryan
Savelio, Bryan
Terry, Ryan
Moten, Travis
Croy, Lute
White, Corey
Smith, Shaun
Williams, Davern
Jurineack, Tavares
Rayburn, Sam
Wyatt, Robert
Walls, Greg
Hilliard, Cedric
Adams, Anthony
Benford, Tony
Thompson, David
McKay, Miguel
Lowe, Keeshan
Walker, Damian
Nash, Kahlil
Ivy, Mario
Hammer, Bobby
Solomon, Crieghton
Hegwer, Cory
Boose, Eric
Sopoaga, Isaak
Nwangwu, Daniel
Washington, Orlando
Dawson, Bryon
Bradley, Jonathan
McIver, Chris
Sack, Robert
Falbo, Anthony
Kelley, Bryce
Blair, Ja'Waren
Weivoda, Mark
Colter, Curt
Yelverton, Justin
Gaspar, Ricky
Johnson, Gary
Stevenson, Kevin
Campbell, Darrell
Brooks, Jermaine
Penn State
Miami (Fla.)
Washington State
Kentucky
Ohio State
Oklahoma State
Georgia
Colorado
Alabama
Clemson
Alabama
Stanford
Florida
Tennessee
Iowa
Miami (Fla.)
North Carolina State
Southern California
Texas A&M
Florida
Oregon State
Wake Forest
Temple
South Carolina
West Virginia
Florida State
Harding
Southern Mississippi
Utah
Baylor
Alabama-Birmingham
Army
Utah
South Dakota
Texas Christian
Nebraska
Arizona
Missouri
Michigan
Southern Utah
Harding
Kansas State
Tennessee
Alabama-Birmingham
Manitoba (Canada)
Nebraska
Tennessee
Oklahoma State
Murray State
Stanford
Fresno State
Kent State
Rhode Island
Oregon State
North Carolina State
Connecticut
Carson-Newman
West Virginia
North Carolina A&T
Auburn
Furman
Florida
Miami (Ohio)
Nebraska-Omaha
Southern Methodist
Kansas State
South Carolina
Troy State
South Florida
Tulsa
Texas Tech
South Florida
Notre Dame
Penn State
Florida State
Ohio State
Texas
Louisville
Bowie State
Mississippi State
Southern Illinois
Boise State
East Central Oklahoma
Chadron
Idaho State
Hawaii
California
Marshall
Louisiana State
Arkansas State
North Texas
Temple
Northern Illinois
Washburn
East Carolina
Idaho State
Montana
Towson
Linfield
Georgia Tech
Baylor
Notre Dame
Arkansas
6044
6040
6045
6020
6025
6042
6030
6055
6025
6026
6025
6026
6030
6027
6011
6040
6026
6015
6040
6016
6006
6022
5116
6005
6030
6014
6020
6016
6024
6015
6015
6021
6015
5110
6010
6013
6015
6012
6032
6030
6034
5105
6040
6050
6053
6010
6014
6040
6022
6030
6004
6010
5116
6047
6020
6024
6022
6040
6012
6030
6020
6020
6012
6022
6020
6012
6030
6030
6023
6026
6020
6003
6012
5110
6024
6040
6010
6010
6022
6024
6020
6016
6020
6020
6022
6022
6014
6020
6020
6010
6010
6020
6030
6014
6052
6020
6020
6000
6030
6010
6014
6040
6027
318
287
288
316
293
301
305
271
286
295
278
293
305
322
315
273
292
315
298
288
293
308
276
297
283
293
318
285
296
316
286
272
288
290
277
290
315
285
289
305
302
285
270
270
294
282
190
305
309
295
285
306
310
311
286
276
305
288
300
277
286
288
337
343
309
285
302
301
265
300
321
288
293
290
282
287
275
297
280
284
255
266
340
285
277
313
291
262
296
282
254
270
283
275
271
295
295
300
305
290
284
293
303
4.97-5.20
4.88-4.95
4.90-5.15
5.00-5.12
4.80-4.90
4.85-5.14
5.00-5.08
4.84-4.96
4.82-4.94
4.79-5.14
4.77-4.99
4.94-5.15
4.96-5.10
5.00-5.10
5.00-5.32
4.74-5.20
4.82-5.15
4.95-5.25
4.83-5.15
4.72-5.19
4.82-5.15
4.91-5.01
4.95-5.12
4.95-5.28
4.98-5.16
5.00-5.06
5.14-5.32
4.95-5.03
5.04-5.29
5.08-5.20
4.92-5.15
4.90-4.93
5.10-5.25
5.10
4.78-4.87
4.83-4.95
5.08-5.20
4.90-4.95
5.04-5.15
5.05
5.18-5.22
4.73-4.95
4.80
5.05
4.90-5.05
4.95-5.20
5.00-5.20
5.05-5.20
5.20-5.22
5.30-5.32
4.93
5.13-5.28
5.15-5.35
5.10
4.93
5.05
5.23-5.29
4.85-4.95
4.95-5.05
4.93
5.27
5.28
5.40
5.41
5.41
4.95-5.10
4.95-5.16
4.97-5.37
5.02-5.05
5.08-5.18
5.19-5.30

4.89-5.27
4.92-5.37
4.78-4.85
5.08-5.20
4.78
5.22
4.85-4.88
5.03-5.34
4.75
4.89
5.35
4.79-4.90
4.95-5.14
4.98-5.15
4.95
4.95
5.15
4.85-5.00
4.85
4.93
4.95
4.95
5.05
5.15
5.15
5.15
5.35
4.93-5.05
5.05-5.10
5.06-5.38
4.88-5.34
6.50
6.25
6.25
6.25
6.00
6.00
6.00
5.90
5.75
5.60
5.50
5.50
5.50
5.50
5.50
5.45
5.30
5.30
5.25
5.20
5.12
5.10
5.10
5.10
5.10
5.10
5.10
5.00
5.00
5.00
4.99
4.95
4.95
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.80
4.80
4.70
4.70
4.60
4.50
4.50
4.50
4.50
4.50
4.50
4.50
4.50
4.40
4.40
4.40
4.25
4.20
4.20
4.20
4.10
4.10
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
3.95
3.95
3.90
3.90
3.80
3.80
3.80
3.80
3.70
3.70
3.70
3.70
3.70
3.70
3.60
3.60
3.60
3.60
3.50
3.50
3.50
3.50
3.50
3.50
3.50
3.50
3.50
3.50
3.50
3.50
0.00

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