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2013 NFL Draft - Defensive Tackles No. 11-25
Posted Apr 17, 2013

From a college football perspective, the analysis of the top defensive tackle prospects.

2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings

DTs - No. 11 to 25

By Pete Fiutak
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- 2013 Defensive Tackle Rankings
11. Kwame Geathers, Georgia (Jr.) 6-5, 342
Really, REALLY big, he’s a massive human being who can sit in the middle of a line and gum everything up. He takes up a ton of space and makes himself bigger with a long frame and decent enough lateral quickness to slide over and make a stop. Keeping his weight in check is going to be a huge problem with the potential crank up another 20 pounds of bad blubber if he relaxed for ten minutes, but more than anything else he has to work on doing everything right every play. He gets shoved around way too much for a player of his size and has never had to be conditioned enough to be a full-time interior defender. He’ll never get to the quarterback and he might only be good for about 20 plays a game, but players of his size and ability are rare.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

12. Montori Hughes, UT Martin 6-4, 329
Possibly the biggest mid-round boom-or-bust pick in the entire draft, the former Tennessee Vol was booted out of school after a slew of team violations, but he managed to turn his career back around with one good year at the lower level. Massive, he has a NFL nose tackle body with the ability eat ball-carriers alive in the interior and the quickness to make things happen on the move. Strong enough to take on the double team, and physical against the run, the talent and tools are there, but he has to hit the weights and has to learn how to get out of his blocks. If he gets with the right coaching staff and conditioning coach the upside is limitless and he could be a major steal, but he has to show he’s ready to handle being a pro.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

13. Jordan Hill, Penn State 6-1, 303
While he doesn’t have the right body type or the right frame, he’s simply a very good, very sound football player who makes things happen in the interior. Quick off the ball, he gets into his man instantly and hold up well at the point of attack. Able to shed, get leverage and sidestep his way into plays, he has marvelous technique to make up for his main issues. However, there’s a hard ceiling considering his lack of size and strength – he’s just not big enough or athletic enough to star. Even with all the problems he’ll be a sound, functional spot starter and a nice part of a defensive interior.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

14. Nicholas Williams, Samford 6-3, 309
A fun prospect who could quickly become a fan favorite, he’s big, he’s fast and he’s still working his way into his body and his talent. Still learning the subtle nuances, the former basketball player doesn’t have any technique and has no creativity whatsoever when it comes to his moves, but he’s one of the most athletic tackles in the draft with the desire and fire to go along with the talent. It’s going to take a few years with the right coaching staff, but he’s an easy chance on greatness with rare skills and a limitless upside as both an interior pass rusher and run stopper for any style of defense.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

15. Cory Grissom, USF 6-1, 306
There isn’t any flash to his game whatsoever as a pure run stopper on the nose, and he’s never going to come up with any big stats, but he’s a brick wall against the run with the athleticism to move around and come up with big stops here and there. He’ll step up and take on two blockers without an issue, and he has the right frame and body to occupy the interior, but he has to get and stay healthy. Banged up throughout his career, he was never really right on a regular basis and he’ll never get through a full season healthy. Not a pass rusher and without any creativity to get behind the line, he’s a pure run stopper who might not be dependable enough considering his past medical issues. However, he could be a nice part of a rotation as long as he’s not asked to carry a line.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

16. Everett Dawkins, Florida State (Jr.) 6-2, 292
While he’s too small and doesn’t have the raw bulk or strength to hold up against the run on a regular basis, he’s slippery and doesn’t stay blocked as a potentially decent interior pass rusher. While he has to load up on his strength and conditioning, when he’s on, he’s extremely quick off the ball and doesn’t let blockers get their hands on him – he’s always moving with a decent hustle and motor. His weight is always going to be an issue as a linebacker-sized guy with lots of packed on weight, and he never really exploded like he should’ve in college thanks to a slew of dings. If he can stay healthy he could be a nice playmaker into the backfield if he can get his body right and work on the finer points of his technique.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

17. Akeem Spence, Illinois (Jr.) 6-1, 307
A superstar prep prospect who never quite lived up to his immense potential, he came up with a decent career with excellent production getting around the ball on a regular basis and turning into a playmaker against the run. A smart, strong veteran, he knows how to handle himself in the interior with tremendous weight room strength and the quickness to be a pass rusher. However, considering his tools he gets blocked and shoved around way too easily. He doesn’t have the raw bulk and lacks the look of an NFL starter. There’s upside as a decent, steady starter on a line full of size. As long as he doesn’t have to be any sort of an anchor, he’ll produce.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

18. T.J. Barnes, Georgia Tech 6-6, 365
There are several big-bodied run stuffers in the draft, and then there’s Barnes, who has a massive frame and manages to carry 370+ pounds and still produce. There’s no moving him anywhere, and while he’ll never hit a quarterback and he won’t be able to last more than 20 plays a game, he’ll eat up everything in the interior and should be extremely dependable after doing a nice job of holding up in college. Even though his size is a plus, he needs to get into better overall shape and could be far more effective at around 350 pounds or even lower. There’s still plenty of upside and he’s still a work in progress, but what you see is what you get to gum things up.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

19. Stacy McGee, Oklahoma 6-4, 315
With the prototype look and size, he should be a sensational interior presence against the run, but he has never been able to live up to his immense potential and terrific tools with spotty production and not enough production. He doesn’t play up to his size and he’s not nearly as strong as he should be against the run, and while he’s a quick athlete who gets around well, he needs to be far more consistent and find a role he can play. Otherwise he’ll bounce around as a decent swing backup for several spots.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

20. Quinton Dial, Alabama 6-5, 318
Huge with NFL size, strength and toughness he knows exactly how to handle himself against the run with just enough want-to to get into the backfield from time to time and occasionally get to the quarterback. However, he’s never going to be an interior pass rusher on a consistent basis and he needs to stick on the inside of the line and occupy blockers to be effective. The tools and body are too impressive to not get a long look as a possible starter in a 3-4 scheme, but he’ll make his money as a key backup who holds firm on running downs and stuffs everything up against the power teams.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

21. Chris Jones, Bowling Green 6-2, 302
Supremely productive with elite weight room strength, he was a terror in MAC backfields as a pass rusher and playmaker behind the line. The Bowling Green defense was the best in the league, and it all started with him making everything happen up front. While he’s not an elite athlete, he’s quick off the ball and ragdolls his man out of the way to make a play. However, his workout strength doesn’t match up to his on-field play, getting erased by bigger, bulkier blockers who beat him to the punch. He’ll always bring an honest day’s work and he’ll be the type of backup coaches love to throw into the mix to keep the energy going, but he doesn’t have NFL skills to be a regular starter.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

22. Damion Square, Alabama 6-2, 293
There’s almost no big upside and he should have a short shelf life thanks to a banged up and balky knee, but he’s a good leader and a tough guy for the interior who can become a good backup for just about any style. Not really a pass rusher, he holds up well against the run and moves just enough to be used on the outside on running downs. There isn’t anything special about his game and he’s not big enough to be a starter, but he’ll fight to make plays and will do whatever is needed for a defense as a key swing backup.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

23. Josh Boyd, Mississippi State 6-3, 310
Extremely active for his size, he’s a 3-4 interior lineman who’s quick off the ball with a 100 mile-per-hour motor and the hustle to make plays happen. Strong and with the ability to work his way into the backfield on a regular basis, he has a nice array of skills to work in a rotation and find ways to produce. The body type isn’t quite right and he gets shoved around too easily against the power blockers, and he’s not athletic enough to be a pass rusher, but he should make a roster. Players who work like he does tend to stick in a camp, but he needs to get in slightly better shape to handle the pro rigors.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

24. Jared Smith, New Hampshire 6-3, 302
Very smart and very active, Smith managed to do a little bit of everything at the lower level with excellent athleticism and good enough strength to hold up against the power running teams. Phenomenal in offseason workouts, he’ll rip apart a weight room and showed good feet and quickness in the short drills. However, the tools don’t always translate to the field, doing a great job in the FCS but not quite blowing things up like he should’ve. He needs to get the motor running all the time and he has to prove he can handle the better competition, but the ability is there to be a decent backup for several spots.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

25. Anthony Rashad White, Michigan State 6-3, 330
A very big, strong interior presence who did a great job of being a main man to work around for a top run defense. Insanely strong, he has the power to hold up against a double team with a great lower body and a terrific base that’s tough to move. Now he needs to transform his body with at least 20 pounds of bad weight ready to drop. While he’s not quick enough to be a pass rusher, he could find a spot on a roster on sheer mass.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

- 2013 Defensive Tackle Rankings