2013 NFL Pre-Combine
DT Rankings - No. 11 to 25
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CFN Pre-Combine DT Rankings, Top Ten
11. Everett Dawkins, Florida State 6-2, 288 (Jr.) Proj. 4
Positives: Doesn’t stay blocked. Finds ways to shed and anticipates the double team well. … Athletic. He moves extremely well and is quick off the ball. Fires out well and doesn’t let blockers get their hands on him. … Always moving. Decent motor and has to rely on hustle at the next level.
Negatives: Just not that big. He’s going to have a hard time staying up around 300 pounds. He doesn’t really have the frame to handle more bulk. … Never really exploded because of injuries. Always seemed dinged up and beaten up. … Needs a ton of technique work. Doesn’t get low enough for a tackle of his size.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? A good chance worth taking, if he stays healthy he’ll be a good pass rusher in the rotation. However, he’s probably not going to be a top starter.
12. Kwame Geathers, Georgia 6-5, 350 (Jr.) Proj. 5
Positives: MASSIVE. Brings a ton of weight on a huge body, but it’s not bad. He doesn’t look too blubby – handles himself well. … Takes up the interior against the run. When he’s on, forget about running up the middle. … Good lineage. Comes from a strong football playing family. Knows what he’s supposed to do.
Negatives: Sloppy and inconsistent. If he does everything right, the play is over. He never seems to do the same thing twice. … Hasn’t had to be the full-time guy. He might be a one or two down defender as part of a rotation. … Not quick. Stick him on the nose. That’s it.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’ll be in a rotation over the center for the next ten years.
13. Josh Boyd, Mississippi State 6-4, 312 Proj. 5
Positives: Extremely active. Never takes a play off with a high-octane motor. Makes up for issues by sheer hustle – coaches will love him. … Quick off the ball. His hustle combined with his moves gets him in on plenty of plays. … Great at getting into the backfield. Works his way into plays.
Negatives: Doesn’t have the right body. He’s doing his best having bulked up a bit, but he’s still a bit thin for the position. … Can get pushed around. Stronger blockers get their hands on him and start shoving. … Average athleticism. He’s not going to be quicker than anyone in the NFL on the move. Not fast.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’ll be around for a while because he’ll make sure he doesn’t get cut – hustle goes a long way in training camps. He’s one of the better pass rushing tackles projected to go in the mid-rounds.
14. Montori Hughes, UT Martin 6-4, 328 Proj. 4
Positives: Huge with an NFL body type. Looks the part with bulk, frame and raw size. … Quick and finds ways to get to the runner. Swallows people up and good in pursuit. … When he’s on, he destroys his man. Handles double teams without a problem.
Negatives: The former Tennessee Vol was booted out of school. Had various violations of team rules forcing him to resurrect his career at the lower level. … Gets blocked way too easily for a player of his size. Doesn’t shed well enough. … Major work ethic questions. Does he want to be great? He needs a fire lit under him all the time.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? The biggest boom or bust pick of all the defensive tackles. The upside is limitless; he could be a steal if the light goes on. It’s a huge if.
15. Jordan Hill, Penn State 6-0, 295 Proj. 5
Positives: Simply a good football player. Forgetting about the concerns and the body type, he makes plays and is better on the field than he is in shorts. … Quick off the ball. Gets into his man instantly and is great at getting the advantage. … Terrific technique makes up for several issues. Always working and does things the right way.
Negatives: Not big enough. Has a short, squatty build and gets shoved too much. … Not an end. He’s only a tackle, but he doesn’t have the raw size to become a key starter. … Not quick enough in pursuit to make up for his lack of size. Basically, he doesn’t have the raw tools.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? Just doesn’t have what’s needed to be a good starter, but he’s a good enough ball player to be a reliable backup.
16. Akeem Spence, Illinois 6-1, 305 Proj. 4
Positives: Hits and plays hard. He’s able to mix it up and he packs a punch when he gets to the ball-carrier. … A strong veteran who knows what he’s doing. Can play right out of the box. … Productive. Always around the action and good at getting into the backfield.
Negatives: Gets blocked way too easily. Get two men on him and it’s over. … Not bulky enough. He can be taken out by the bigger interior linemen and gets pushed around without much of a problem. … Needs to get functionally stronger. He can’t add much weight to his frame.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? Good enough upside to be used in a 4-3 scheme. He can’t sit on the nose.
17. Cory Grissom, USF 6-1, 313 Proj. 5
Positives: Can’t get knocked off his base. He’s short, squatty and gets great leverage. … Nice repertoire of moves. Gets around well and gets creative. … Athletic for his size. He can move relatively well and isn’t just going to be a block of granite.
Negatives: Banged up. The big question mark after always being hurt throughout his career. … Not a pass rusher. He’s good at getting around laterally, but isn’t going to get
up field. … Has to keep the motor running, Disappears at times.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? A spot starter who’ll be a good part of the rotation against the run.
18. Stacy McGee, Oklahoma 6-4, 315 Proj. 6
Positives: The prototype look. He’s big with a great frame and looks out of central casting. … Great quickness and athleticism. Gets around well and can be used in a variety of ways. He can be a key swing backup. … Good range with enough quickness off the ball to be used as an end.
Negatives: Never lived up to his potential or his tools. He was supposed to be the next great OU tackle coming out of high school, and it didn’t happen. … Disappeared way too often. He never stepped up and took the job by the horns. … Doesn’t play up to his size. Doesn’t play strong enough against the run.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’ll stick around a roster as a reserve who’ll be used to fill in the gaps.
19. Anthony McCloud, Florida State 6-3, 309 Proj. 6
Positives: A great frame and good size for the interior. Tough to get through and around. … Strong. Holds up extremely well against the run and doesn’t lose his ground. … Built like a 3-4 end and can be used in a variety of ways. He can get behind the line.
Negatives: Not a pass rusher. He’s a run stopper who’ll almost never get into the backfield. … Has to get the win off the ball. If he has to move and if he doesn’t get the blocker shoved early, he’s in trouble. … Needs to transform his body a bit. Not exactly built for the NFL.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’ll be a good backup who can be used on the nose or on the outside in the right scheme. He’ll be a pass rusher.
20. Anthony Rashad White, Michigan State 6-2, 330 Proj. FREE AGENT
Positives: A big guy who’s built to sit in the middle of the line and not move. He’s a true anchor who can work on the nose. … Insane strength. Great lower body and terrific base that’s tough to move. … Works for plays. He’ll get to the ball on want-to and doesn’t dog it.
Negatives: Needs to transform his body. He needed to get to around 310 in good weight and has to get involved with a strength and conditioning coach and crank things up a few notches. … Not a pass rusher. He’s just going to be a run stopper. … Not quick enough. He’s going to have a hard time chasing anyone down.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’ll be a decent backup run stopper who’ll never see third down.
21. Aaron Tipoti, California 6-1, 275Proj. FREE AGENT
22. Joe Vellano, Maryland 6-1, 300Proj. FREE AGENT
23. Jared Smith, New Hampshire 6-3, 302 Proj. 7
24. Jarmarkus McFarland, Oklahoma 6-2, 295 Proj. 6
25. T.J. Barnes, Georgia Tech 6-0, 345 Proj. 6
CFN Pre-Combine DT Rankings, Top Ten