2009 NFL Draft
The Top Defensive Tackle Prospects
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2008 NFL Draft Breakdown and Analysis
1. B.J. Raji, Boston College
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 1
Post-Combine Skinny: While he wasn't perfect, he was
surprisingly quick, came up with 33 bench presses, and built on all the
strides he made in a great Senior Bowl performance. He only ran a 5.13,
but he was smooth doing it. He's an athlete who'll only get better if he
can keep his weight in check.
Big space-eater … Tremendously productive with great quickness for his
size …. Destroyed everyone in the Senior Bowl practices … Durable.
ineligible in 2007 … Has to keep weight in check. Could balloon in a
hurry … Character question marks.
2. Peria Jerry, Ole Miss 6-2,
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 3
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't work out, but he was still the talk
of many as the possible No. 2 tackle behind B.J. Raji. He could stand to
get a bit bigger, measuring in at a squatty 299 pounds. He'll need to
prove his weight room strength.
Positives: Owned the
Senior Bowl. Unblockable … Extremely quick for his size … Dominated in
the SEC. Was the star of a fantastic line.
Negatives: Needs to be a bit
more consistent against the run … Can get shoved around a bit … Has to
get bigger to be an NFL anchor.
3. Fili Moala, USC
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 2
Post-Combine Skinny: It wasn't the greatest of workouts, but it was
good enough. He's not going to be a playmaker in the backfield, but it
would've been nice if he appeared to be a bit more comfortable moving
around. The key will be to get stronger. An NFL anchor who doesn't get
to the quarterback has to be able to bench 225 pounds more than 25
Excellent size and frame to keep getting bigger … A true anchor. Held up
well with everyone working around him on an all-timer of a defense …
Will keep moving. Makes blockers work to the whistle.
Negatives: Not a pass rusher.
Not quick enough to get into the backfield … Will be used as a wall.
Won’t be asked to be a star playmaker … Still needs to get bigger.
4. Ziggy Hood, Missouri
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 6
Post-Combine Skinny: "Ziggy" came up with one of the better
Combines of all the tackles. Everyone knew he was strong, but the 34
lifts in the weight room was still impressive. The real shocker came in
the 40 ... the 4.89 was special. Combine the basic skills with his
hustle and he's shooting up the charts.
Always working. A try-hard player who makes plays on hustle … Wants to
be good. Will work to make himself a player … Extremely tough. Can’t get
him off the field.
Not an athlete. He’s not going to get to the quarterback … Not quite
big or bulky enough to be an anchor … A limited upside. He isn’t going
to get much better.
Jarron Gilbert, San Jose State
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 11
Post-Combine Skinny: One
of the stars of the show, Gilbert proved he could be a big end or an
athletic tackle by running a stunning 4.87 and benching the 225 pounds
28 times. He was quick, explosive, and looked like the type of player
who could wreak havoc in a variety of ways.
Positives: An end
who could be a quick tackle, or a tackle who could be a strong end …
Always in the backfield. Always … Got a lot bigger without losing any
to prove he can handle himself on a regular basis against better
competition … Has to find a role. Versatility isn’t necessarily a plus
here unless he finds a role and does one thing well at an NFL level.
6. Ron Brace, Boston College 6-3,
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 5
Post-Combine Skinny: While his teammate, B.J. Raji, remained the
top tackle prospect, Brace showed that he can be just as much of a brick
wall against the run. He checked in at a huge 330 pounds, and he ran a
glacier slow 5.52, but he came up with 32 bench presses.
quick for his size … Can play just about anywhere on the line at any
time. Could be a huge end in a 3-4 … Really tough. Can’t be blocked by
one player on a regular basis.
Negatives: Not a pass rusher despite his athleticism … Weight has to
be held in check. He can’t get any bigger … Concerns about a back
7. Sen’Derrick Marks, Auburn
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 4
Post-Combine Skinny: While he bulked up a bit to be more of a true
tackle than a big end, he struggled to look smooth. He didn't lift, but
he ran a nice 5.03 in the 40. He didn't do enough to up his stock.
Quick enough to be an end, tough enough to play tackle …
Ultra-productive. Was the focus of everyone’s blocking scheme … Can
really, really move.
Might not have a true position. Needs to figure out exactly what he
is … Short. Doesn’t have much room to get any bigger or stronger … Not a
No. 1 DT. Will need someone bigger and stronger next to him.
8. Terrance Taylor, Michigan
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 8
Post-Combine Skinny: He checked in at a smaller than expected 306
pounds on a 6-0 frame, but the squatty Wolverine was the star of the
weight room show benching the 225 pounds 37 times. He did his off-season
work to get ready for this, and it showed.
Put him in the middle of the line and let him eat up space … A pure nose
tackle who could be an anchor … Tough and respected leader.
Negatives: Didn’t improve.
Didn’t grow into anything special as a senior … Short and squatty. Not
huge, even at 320 pounds … Has to keep weight in check. A bit doughy.
9. Vance Walker, Georgia Tech
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 9
Post-Combine Skinny: He wasn't as athletic as expected. While the
29 reps on the bench might not seem all that impressive, it was a great
lift for a player with 35" arms. He was slow in the 40 and didn't move
quite as well as he does on the field.
quickness for a tackle … Always moving. Great in pursuit … Very good at
shedding blocks and making things happen.
Negatives: He’ll have to find
the right fit … Not bulky. Can’t be used as a nose tackle for extended
stretches … Doesn’t have room to get much bigger.
10. Alex Magee,
Purdue 6-3, 298
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 10
Post-Combine Skinny: Somewhat quietly, Magee came up with a
nice all-around workout. He moved well, cam up with 30 reps, and ran a
nice 5.07 in the 40. He didn't boost his stock like some others did, but
he solidified his place in the third round.
Positives: Can play end or
tackle … Ideal for a 3-4 scheme … Will be way too quick for many NFL
interior offensive linemen.
Negatives: Needs work on his technique … Doesn’t always play up to
his size and talent … Will get pushed around when focused on.
Myron Pryor, Kentucky
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 12
Post-Combine Skinny: Call
it a spotty workout. Everyone seems to love Pryor for being such a force
in SEC play, and he was able to run a solid 5.05, but he didn't lift and
he wasn't quite as smooth as expected. He'll make his money on the tape
of his 2008 season.
Excellent veteran who saw it all in SEC play … A playmaker. A disruptive
force … Really tough and really quick against the run.
Negatives: Short. Might be
limited in where he can be put … Not quite strong enough to be a true
NFL anchor … Won’t do too much to get into the backfield at the next
12. Roy Miller, Texas
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 15
Post-Combine Skinny: He
did exactly what he needed to do. For a prospect who's bread will be
buttered on his strength and his ability to hold up on the inside, the
36 reps in the weight room was key. He was smooth enough to look like
more than a brick wall and he ran relatively well.
Vastly underrated producer because he wasn’t as flashy as others on the
Longhorn line … Tough. Wants to eat up the run … Willing to do anything.
A football player.
A try-hard type without the raw skills to be a star … Not quick.
Will have to be used as a run stopper … Will be erased at times by big,
athletic NFL blockers.
13. Ricky-Jean Francois, LSU
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 7
Post-Combine Skinny: While he didn't run, the 25 times he lifted
isn't good enough for a player known for his strength against the run.
His strength is more functional than weight room.
He has “it.” The skills are there to be special … Extremely strong and
did it without maximizing his potential … Massive upside as a pass
rusher or as an anchor against the run.
Negatives: Superstar high
school prospect who never lived up to the hype … Major character and
maturity issues … Has all the skills, but doesn’t use them all and
doesn’t have a great motor.
14. George Hypolite, Colorado
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 13
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't At
Ultra-productive considering he didn’t get much help … A leader. The
Buff defense worked around him. The unquestioned main man … Very quick,
big. Barely 6-1 and won’t get too much bigger … Not quite strong enough
to make up for his size … Not an elite athlete.
Scott, Clemson 6-4, 312
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 14
Post-Combine Skinny: He
did a good job. He lifted well (29 times), ran better (a 4.95), and
looked every bit like the type of prospect who could hang around a line
for a decade. If his conditioning is a question, he came through strong
Positives: Looks the part. Has
the size, frame, and skills to be special … Can’t be blocked by just one
player on a regular basis … Polished. Ready to step in and produce.
Negatives: Does he really want
to be a star? … Doesn’t necessarily have the high motor and needs to be
more fit … While he was good in college, he never quite put it all
16. Darryl Richard, Georgia Tech 6-3,
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 16
Known for his strength as a player, the 17 reps on the bench was a major
negative. He's not known for his speed and quickness, so he has to show
he can do something well at the NFL level.
Positives: Rock steady.
Lunchpail type who’ll work well next to a top tackle … Gets moving. Will
find ways to get to the ball on hustle … Strong. Holds up well. Great
athleticism … Not fast or particularly quick … he won’t get into the
backfield on a regular basis.
17. Marlon Favorite, LSU
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 17
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't At
Always moving. Fights to get into the backfield … A leader. Good
character … Will work to make himself better.
Negatives: Never quite lived
up to his immense prep hype … Doesn’t have room to get any bigger in a
positive way … Didn’t produce enough despite having an NFL line around
18. Corvey Irvin, Georgia 6-3,
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 18
He needed to come in and give the scouts something to get excited about,
and he didn't. He wasn't smooth and he only came up with 24 reps.
However, the 5.0 in the 40 was a nice surprise considering he's not
considered much of an athlete.
Positives: NFL body …
Excellent upside with the potential to be a steady starter … Good mover.
Decent at working his way into the backfield.
Negatives: Isn’t a closer. Not
an elite athlete … Won’t get to the quarterback at the NFL level …
Struggles at shedding blocks.
19. Demonte Bolden, Tennessee
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 19
Everyone knows he can move, and he showed it off with a good 5.01 in the
40 and he was smooth. However, he didn't lift and he appeared to look
like he still needs to hit the weights.
Very quick, very athletic … Has room to get much bigger and much
stronger … Big-time upside. If he can add bulk and keep his athleticism,
big enough yet … Always trying to make big plays, and that’s not always
a good thing. Needs to make more of the routine plays … Needs technique
work to be a regular NFL tackle.
20. Terrance Knighton, Temple
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 20
Post-Combine Skinny: The
Owl came in big; he did his work to beef up and it showed. Even so, he
was surprisingly quick, jumped well, and did enough to make some noise
as a possible sleeper.
Great NFL body with upside to get bigger … Good producer. Good veteran
leader … Nice athleticism. Will get moving and will make plays.
Negatives: Needs to find a
home. He’s not a true NFL tackle … Has to work on doing more to get into
the backfield against top interior linemen … Not strong enough to
overpower an NFL guard.
21. John Gill, Northwestern
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 21
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't At
Positives: Great size. A
true-space eater on the inside … Productive. Found ways to make plays in
all phases … Decent burst. Will get into the backfield.
Negatives: Not all that
athletic even with his stats … Doesn’t have special NFL skills outside
of his size … Not much upside.
22. Clinton McDonald, Memphis
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 22
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't At
Great interior pass rusher … Too quick for most interior linemen. Fast
... Good leader. Was the main man for the Tiger defense … Very tough.
Negatives: Size. Simply
doesn’t have the bulk … Puffed up linebacker at tackle. Not necessarily
an end … Will have to be a specialist.
Ra’Shon Harris, Oregon
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 24
Harris came in leaner and more athletic, running well, moving fine, and
coming up with a strong 4.99 in the 40. The 28 reps, considering he's
known more for his athleticism, was good enough. It's going to take a
scouting department to do a little work, and a coaching staff to use a
little motivation, but Harris could be a steal on the second day.
Big body with great upside … Strong. Tough shove around against power
blockers … Anchor potential.
Negatives: Needs to show he wants to be an NFL player …
Not an every down defender. Doesn’t always to full tilt … Has to prove
it. Had one good year.
24. Sammie Lee Hill, Stillman
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 23
It's all about his size. He ran a not that bad 5.15, but the 27 reps on
the bench wasn't all that impressive. He's got the bulk, and now he has
to show he can use it in a positive way.
Positives: HUGE … Very big and
shockingly mobile for his size … Really strong. Looks like he should’ve
been playing for a big-time school.
Negatives: Obvious competition
question marks … Will need a lot of technique work. A LOT … Needs to get
moving more. Might need a fire lit under him.
25. Adrian Grady, Louisville
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 25
Considering he's known for his quickness for his size, the 5.23 40 was
way slow. He was lumbering and wasn't quite as big as some of the other
prospects. The 31 reps were solid.
Good size and quickness .. Will always get moving to make plays …
Productive when healthy. If he was 100% throughout his career, he’d be a
first day pick.
Health. Was rarely a full strength … Not enough of a pass rusher …
Doesn’t necessarily look the part. Not a prototype.