2013 Preseason Player Rankings - Def. Tackles
Florida State DT Tim Jernigan
Florida State DT Tim Jernigan
Posted Aug 9, 2013

CFN's Top 30 Players of 2013 By Position - Defensive Tackles

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 1. Will Sutton, Sr. Arizona State
Sutton had the kind of junior season that makes NFL scouts sit up and take notice. Except Sutton decided not to parlay his All-American campaign into NFL riches … yet. In a surprise move, the 6-1, 288-pound package of perpetual energy opted in January to return to Tempe for his final season as a Sun Devil. Sutton erupted into a game-changer in 2012, racking up 63 tackles, Pac-12 highs with 23.5 stops for loss and 13 sacks, five passes defended and three forced fumbles. The double-team magnet creates mismatches with his speed, strength and lateral quickness. Sutton plays with tremendous effort and a great motor, schooling opposing guards and centers with his technique and moves. Think young Warren Sapp, with one more season to challenge as college football's most dominant and feared defensive player.

2. Timmy Jernigan, Jr. Florida State
It's time for Jernigan to get on the tarmac. Even as a reserve off the bench, No. 8 made his presence felt by parlaying 45 tackles and eight stops for loss into honorable mention All-ACC. Now that his minutes are about to increase markedly, few doubt he'll deliver a season that attracts undivided attention from NFL scouts. Jernigan explodes off the snap, and plays with shocking range and suddenness for a 6-2, 292-pounder, which is exactly what the ‘Noles need as they rebuild up front.

3. Aaron Donald, Sr. Pitt
For one final year, the Panthers will look for the frenetic Donald to provide the spark up front. While only 6-0 and 275 pounds, he's lightning quick off the snap, often too fast for opposing linemen to handle. He also has the long arms of a much taller player, allowing him to shoot the gap with explosive swim moves. After elevating from Second Team All-Big East in 2011 to First Team All-Big East a year ago, Donald is excited to be bringing his brand of chaos and disruption to the ACC. Even double-teams couldn't prevent the senior from amassing 64 tackles, a league-best 18.5 tackles for loss and five sacks in 2012.

4. Louis Nix, Sr. Notre Dame
Stephon Tuitt might be the flashiest player up front, but senior Louis Nix is the key to the defensive front. While he's listed at 6-3 and 326 pounds, that's very, very generous with the ability to balloon up if he's not careful. A huge-bodied run stuffer, he's the textbook definition of an anchor with the ability to get into the backfield as well as hold up against the stronger running teams – the Alabama game aside – finishing with 50 tackles with two sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss. A power player, he could also see a little time as a blocking fullback in power packages.

5. Dominique Easley, Sr. Florida
Easley will be tried out at tackle after making 26 tackles with a team-leading four sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. At 6-2 and 283 pounds he's smaller than Floyd and is more of a 3-4 end than a true tackle, but he's quick off the ball and fully back from a torn ACL suffered late in 2011. He finds ways to get behind the line.

6. Calvin Barnett, Sr. Oklahoma State
7. Anthony Johnson, Jr. LSU
8. Nikita Whitlock, Sr. Wake Forest
9. Ra'Shede Hageman, Sr. Minnesota
10. Kelcy Quarles, Jr. South Carolina
11. Bruce Gaston, Sr. Purdue
12. (DE) Ed Stinson, Sr. Alabama
13. Deandre Coleman, Sr. California
14. Daniel McCullers, Sr. Tennessee
15. Travis Raciti, Jr. San Jose State
16. Danny Shelton, Jr. Washington
17. Jordan Phillips, Soph. Oklahoma
18. Malcom Brown, Soph. Texas
19. Chucky Hunter, Jr. TCU
20. Tyeler Davison, Jr. Fresno State
21. Roosevelt Nix, Sr. Kent State
22. Khyri Thornton, Sr. Southern Miss
23. Justin Ellis, Sr. Louisiana Tech
24. Ryan Carrethers, Sr. Arkansas State
25. Donte Rumph, Sr. Kentucky
26. Beau Allen, Sr. Wisconsin
27. Maurice Couch, Sr. Tennessee
28. DaQuan Jones, Sr. Penn State
29. Marquel Combs, Jr. Kansas
30. D.J. Yendrey, Sr. Texas State