2012 NFL Combine - Defensive Tackles
Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy
Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy
Posted Feb 22, 2012

Pre-Combine quick looks at the defensive tackles invited to Indy.

2012 NFL Pre-Combine

Top Ten DT Rankings

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- 2012 CFN Pre-Combine DT Rankings. No. 11 to 25
- 2012 CFN Pre-Combine DE Rankings  
- 2012 CFN Pre-Combine DE Rankings. No. 11 to 25
1. Michael Brockers, LSU (Soph.) 6-6. 300 Proj. 1
Positives: Was a star at the highest of levels. Was a dominator in the SEC wars and the anchor of one of the nation's best run defenses. … Has the size. Is tall, has a great frame, and is strong enough to hold his own. … Can work as a nose tackle from time to time and could dominate as a three-technique.

Negatives: Needs to prove he can do it for more than one year. A new superstar who came on last year. … Not a great interior pass rusher. Not going to put up big numbers in the backfield. … Still developing. This could be a positive, but he still hasn't rounded out his game.

2. Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State 6-4, 295 Proj. 1
Positives: Potentially one of the best interior pass rushers in the draft. Extremely quick off the ball and can get into the backfield in a hiccup. … Smooth. Could work as a 3-4 end without a problem. … Strong. Holds his own on the inside and doesn't get shoved around.

Negatives: Not all that creative when it comes to his moves. Needs to develop a bit more of a repertoire. … Not huge. Has decent size, but not really a nose tackle. … Could stand to get a big stronger. More of an athletic player than a rock against the run.

3. Brandon Thompson, Clemson 6-2, 311 Proj. 2
Positives: Really strong at holding up on the inside. Doesn't get pushed. … Moves well for his size. He's built a bit like a bowling ball, but he's smooth. … Can work in a variety of schemes. He's for everyone.

Negatives: Doesn't have a great frame. Is 6-2 and carries more than 300 pounds with no room to get any bigger with good weight. … Not an interior pass rusher and won't get to an NFL quarterback. … Quick when making plays against the run, but not at getting into the backfield.

4. Jerel Worthy, Michigan State (Jr.) 6-3, 305 Proj. 2
Positives: Has all the raw tools to be a Pro Bowler. Nice base and great size. … When he's on, he can explode off the ball and can take over a game. … Plays strong. Can push people around and isn't afraid to get physical.

Negatives: The upside is there to be the best tackle in the draft, but does he want it? He disappeared way too often and wasn't always consistent. … Might need to get in better shape. He seemed to tire late in some games and didn't produce as much as he should've in the fourth quarter. … Not really an NFL nose tackle. He's strong, but he'll need to work with a good tackle next to him.

5. Dontari Poe, Memphis (Jr.) 6-3, 335 Proj. 2
Positives: HUGE. A true interior presence with great size and bulk. He eats up runners. … Quick for his size. He might not be a pass rusher, but he moves well. … Possibly the best true anchor in the draft. Everything can work around him.

Negatives: While he's athletic for his size, he won't get to the quarterback. … Needs to find the killer attitude. If he has the fire to go along with his ability, he could become a dominant star. … Can he last a full four quarters for a full season? Conditioning will be a bit of a question mark if he stays around the same weight.

6. Devon Still, Penn State 6-5, 307 Proj. 1
Positives: Terrific size and frame. Prototype for a three-technique tackle. … Gets off the ball in a hurry. Can blow past slowish interior linemen. … When he's on, he's a game-changer and might not have reached a ceiling. He has the upside to get even better.

Negatives: Went bye-bye in key parts of last season. Made plays, but not enough impact ones down the stretch. … Has to keep the motor running. He's so good when he's on that it becomes shocking when he's not making big things happen. … Can be erased. Doesn't handle the double team all that well.

7. Mike Martin, Michigan 6-1, 307 Proj. 4
Positives: To paraphrase Rudy, if you could put his heart in the bodies of some of these other prospects … Never, ever takes a play off. Relentless and wears down blockers. … Quick off the ball. Moves well and is tremendously active.

Negatives: Just doesn't have the right frame. He bulked up to get to over 300 pounds, but that's it. … While he's a fighter, he can be taken out. … Not really a pass rusher. He'll make more plays on hustle than on talent.

8. Kendall Reyes, Connecticut 6-4, 300 Proj. 3
Positives: Great character guy. Known for being a top leader and the type of player an entire defense can be worked around. He's who you want anchoring your defense. … Just quick enough to work as a 4-3 tackle or work on the nose from time to time. … Nice frame. Tall and carries his weight well.

Negatives: Not really strong when focused on. Can be taken out. … Can get shoved a bit. Not always consistent technique. … Not really an end. He's not an NFL pass rusher.

9. Josh Chapman, Alabama 6-1, 316 Proj. 2
Positives: Huge. A great base and doesn't get pushed around. Built like a true anchor. … Can gets around. Good in pursuit and nice when he has to get down the line. .. .A true run stuffer. Tough as nails and holds up well.

Negatives: Not a pass rusher. He's not a statue, but he's not going to get to the quarterback. … Knee concerns. Wasn't able to play in the Senior Bowl, but fought through the problem over the second half of the season. … Doesn't have a great frame. This is it body-wise, and he needs to make sure he doesn't add any more bad weight.

10. Billy Winn, Boise State 6-3, 296 Proj. 2
Positives: A terrific run defender who finds ways to make plays. He might not exactly seem the part, but he gets it done. … Athletic. Moves well and is great laterally. … A good pass rushing prospect. If he finds the drive, he'll find a niche.

Negatives: The motor isn't always on. He needs to become a killer. … Not going to push anyone around. A finesse defender. … Not for every line. He's a pure three-technique. That's it.
- 2012 CFN Pre-Combine DT Rankings. No. 11 to 25
- 2012 CFN Pre-Combine DE Rankings  
- 2012 CFN Pre-Combine DE Rankings. No. 11 to 25