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2011 NFL Draft - Ranking The DTs No. 11 to 25
Ole Miss DT Jerrell Powe
Ole Miss DT Jerrell Powe
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 13, 2011


From a college football perspective, here's the ranking of all the top defensive tackle prospects. ... No. 11 to 25

2011 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Defensive Tackles - No. 11-25


By Pete Fiutak

- 2011 NFL Defensive Tackle Rankings 
- All-Time Greatest Draft - Defensive Tackles

11. Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple 6-4, 315 (Jr.)
While his production mostly came in MAC play, he was ultra-productive and ultra-reliable as the anchor of a very good Temple defense. With his size and bulk, he has the raw mass needed to sit in the middle someone’s line, but he also has the tools and the quickness to get into the backfield and work as a 3-4 end if needed. Now he has to get better and go to work on coming up with more creative moves. He got by on simply having better skills than everyone he was facing, but that’s not going to work at the next level. He needs coaching and needs technique work, and he’ll probably be overdrafted in a strong class of tackles, but the potential and talent are undeniable.
CFN Projection: Second Round

12. Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss 6-2, 335
He should’ve been better. A superstar recruit in 2005 who went through the ringer trying to overcome a slew of issues to finally get academically eligible, he turned out to be good and he was a leader of some talented and productive lines. With the thick body and a good frame, he has a big body with the size to sit on the nose, but he’s not a stick-in-the-mud; he can get into the backfield. He’ll have no problem holding his own against double teams and he never has a issue with his motor. The problem is that he wears down instantly and there’s no chance that he’ll be able to deal with all the complexities of playing in the NFL, but he’ll make it on a team that needs a strong body for the interior.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

13. Kenrick Ellis, Hampton 6-5, 346
A massive, MASSIVE body who blocks out the sun, he’s a true tackle who has the ideal size needed to stuff the interior and hold up when getting slammed by double teams. He’ll have to show he can handle playing against the big boys on a regular basis after beating up players at the lower level, but he was good enough to start out at South Carolina. Booted after a slew of issues with drug tests, he has to prove he has the knucklehead streak kept under wraps and he has to prove that he wants to do all the little things needed to be great. In a draft full of great tackles he might not be worth the time and the patience if drafted too high, but it’s hard to find bodies like his and it’s hard to find players who can be as physical.
CFN Projection: Third Round

14. Ian Williams, Notre Dame 6-1, 319
The talent was always there and the right body and frame were always there to dominate for the Irish, but it took a little while for it all to come together. When it did, he became a terrific player for the front line making things happen from the nose. Extremely tough, he could’ve sat out the second half of the 2010 season hurt after suffering a knee injury, but he worked to come back and finish out the year. While he’ll never get into the backfield and he needs to operate in a phone booth, he should grow into a nice two-down defender who holds up against the run. Forget about him getting into the backfield, and he’s not going to be an anchor, but he’ll stick around and should be a productive part of a rotation.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

15. Terrell McClain, South Florida 6-2, 297
The raw bulk isn’t quite there compared to other good nose tackles, but McClain makes up for it with tremendous strength. Not just a stick-in-the-mud, he has just enough quickness to get into the backfield once in a while and he’ll more than hold his own against the better blockers. The problem is his body. It would be nice if he was a bit bigger with more good weight, and he needs more time sculpting; he’s not going to get better in the weight room considering he’s one of the strongest tackles in the draft. Does he want to be a factor? He’s not known as a fighter and he’s not a jump-through-fire type of killer many might want. The tools are there to think he could be a solid starter, but he was just okay at USF and he has to work to translate his raw strength into more plays.
CFN Projection: Third Round

16. Lawrence Guy, Arizona State 6-4, 305 (Jr.)
The raw tools are there. He has a great frame, he moves extremely well, and he can be moved around wherever needed. His versatility will make him a key backup able to work where needed, but that’s also part of his issue; he’s a tweener. He gets beaten up too much to be a star on the inside, and he’s not enough of a pass rusher to get in the backfield on a regular basis on the outside. Young, he has time to mature into his body and become an effective player who’ll have a long career in a rotation, but he might not be a regular starter.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

17. Cedric Thornton, Southern Arkansas 6-3, 309
While he played at Southern Arkansas, his stats are still eye-popping coming up with a Ndamukong Suh-like 132 tackles, 36.5 tackles for loss, and ten sacks in his last 18 games. That’s the last time he’ll be compared to the Detroit Lion star. Thornton needs a ton of work on his technique after getting by on sheer bulk and shocking quickness. Players with his size and raw skills don’t come around all that often, and someone will be extremely happy to get him, but he’s not a nose tackle and needs to be a 3-technique defender after a year or three of developing. With patience, the upside is tremendous.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

18. Sione Fua, Stanford 6-2, 308
The definition of a mauler, he doesn’t miss plays against the run and he doesn’t get shoved around by anyone. With surprising quickness to go along with his toughness and fighting spirit, he’ll be loved by a coaching staff and might only be scratching the surface on his talent. While he’s strong enough hold his own, he can disappear for stretches and is too easily blocked. He’ll show enough to be the last man on a roster … or the last man cut.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

19. Adrian Taylor, Oklahoma 6-3, 311
Extremely strong and with the right size, the measureables are all there to be a dream of an anchor on the nose. He tries to do the right thing, is extremely coachable, and wants to work to be great. With the tools along with the want-to, he has plenty of upside. The problem is that he might not have any legs left. Had he gotten through his career healthy, the sky would’ve been the limit, but he missed way too much time over the last few years with an Achilles injury knocking him out last year. The tools and attitude are there to give him a long look, and he’ll make a team, but he’ll have a short shelf life.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

20. Colby Whitlock, Texas Tech 6-2, 302
Productive and the key to the Texas Tech line over the last few years, he’s built for the inside with the leverage to hold firm against anyone. The lack of NFL athleticism will limit his potential, and he’ll almost never get into the backfield at the next level. Effort is never a problem and he was consistently good to make some scouts love the film enough to make him a part of the rotation, but he’s not going to be a starter and he’s not going to make a major impact.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

21. Martin Parker, Richmond
22. Ladi Ajiboye, South Carolina
23. Sealver Siliga, Utah
24. John Graves, Virginia Tech
25. Ollie Ogbu, Penn State

- 2011 NFL Defensive Tackle Rankings 
- All-Time Greatest Draft - Defensive Tackles