2010 NFL Combine - Def. Tackle Analysis
Tennessee DT Dan Williams
Tennessee DT Dan Williams
Posted Mar 5, 2010

Everyone loves Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy, but 30 teams might not have any hope of seeing either one slide. The real value pick might be Dan Williams of Tennessee who should be the next tackle off the board. Take a look at the defensive tackles and their strengths and weaknesses.

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1. Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska 6-4, 307
Post-Combine Skinny: He looked terrific. He did every drills and impressed on every level. The 32 reps on the bench were fantastic, he ripped it in the bad drills, and he showed explosion in everything he did. The 4.98 40 didn't hurt, either. There's no question now that he's a guaranteed top three pick, and many will second-guess if he's not No. 1 overall.
Pre-Combine Rank: 1
Positives: Has all the skills. Big, strong, quick. Can do it all. … Phenomenally productive. Chased down and ate up everything against the run and is a supreme interior pass rusher. … Too quick off the ball. Demands double and triple teaming on every play.
Negatives: It took a little while for the light to go on. Was a disappointment early on in his career and took a while to become a worker. … Some concerns about his knee after suffering a few early injuries. … Used to being able to rag-doll offensive linemen and chase down ball-carriers. Not going to be stronger than everyone else at the next level and will have to get used to being cut.

2. Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma 6-4, 295
Post-Combine Skinny: He was every bit as quick as expected and the 4.96 40 was fast for his size, but for all the good things he did and all the impressive moments he had, the mere 23 reps on the bench were eye-opening. In the race between him and Ndamukong Suh, he slipped a bit because of the bench. Suh was every bit as athletic.
Pre-Combine Rank: 2
Positives: An anchor for his size. Can't be moved off his base. … Tremendous athlete. Too quick through the gap and demands full attention from a blocking scheme. … High quality player and high character guy. The type of player to build an entire defense around.
Negatives: Not huge and isn't going to get much bigger. Likely a one-gap only tackle at the next level. … Underwhelming stats. That's mostly because of the way OU runs its defense (Tommie Harris didn't make a ton of tackles, either), but the hard numbers just aren't there. … Likely has to be in a 4-3 scheme.

3. Dan Williams, Tennessee 6-2, 327
Post-Combine Skinny: It would've been nice if he did a bit more on the bench after lifting 27 times, and the 40, not a big deal, was slow, but he was still good delivering a strong punch in the drills and looking just smooth enough and quick enough to be still in the mix for the No. 3 tackle spot off the board.
Pre-Combine Rank: 3
Positives: An ideal two-gap tackle. Extremely quick and can hold his own as an anchor. … Not a bad pass rusher for his size. Can fit in any scheme. … Can't be moved. Has a strong base and doesn't get shoved around.
Negatives: A bit of a one-year wonder. Didn't blow up until Monte Kiffin took over the defense. … Doesn't fire off the ball. Needs to labor to get into the backfield. … Isn't going to do anything in pursuit.

4. Tyson Alualu, California (DE) 6-3, 295
Post-Combine Skinny: Some team is going to fall in love with the possibilities. He's a bit more of a tackle prospect than an end, but he flew through the cone drill and looked tremendously quick for a tackle. However the 21 reps might keep him outside, but he should be a dream of a 3-4 end with stronger players around him.
Pre-Combine Rank: 4
Positives: A 3-4 end or a 4-3 one-gap tackle. He'll destroy one-on-one blocking and will get into the backfield. … Strong. Not elite strong, but doesn't get pushed around. … Always working and always hustling. Great motor.
Negatives: A bit of a tweener. Not bulky enough to be a sure-thing tackle and might be a better fit on the end. … Not a top athlete. Gets by most of the time on hustle. … Needs to be paired up with a good lineman next to him. Not an anchor.

5. Brian Price, UCLA 6-1, 303
Post-Combine Skinny: An ideal end in a 3-4, he shuffled well and was smooth through the drills. He wasn't all that fast laterally and he ran a 5.13, but he didn't hurt himself in any way with 34 reps on the bench and with just enough quickness to be fine. He looked a little smallish because of his lack of height, but it wasn't that big a problem.
Pre-Combine Rank: 7
Positives: Makes plays. Always active, always working, always making something happen. … A nice interior pass rusher. He can be a regular one or two-gap tackle. … Slippery. Doesn't stay blocked.
Negatives: A bit short and squatty. A bowling ball. … Relied on motor in college but isn't a top athlete. … Not an anchor despite his base. Needs a bigger body next to him.

6. Jared Odrick, Penn State 6-5, 304
Post-Combine Skinny: He moved extremely well for a player of his size and getting under 5 (a 4.98) in the 40 was a big help. The 26 reps on the bench were fine, and he got around well enough to keep his stock high. It was a positive Combine.
Pre-Combine Rank: 5
Positives: Tremendous producer who earned unquestioned respect from his team and opposing coaches. … A strong run stuffer who was the key to some elite run defenses. … Gets a great push into the backfield. Beats up linemen.
Negatives: Not necessarily an interior pass rusher. Doesn't have the quickness to be expected to make a ton of big plays. … A bit of a tweener and might struggle to find a defined role. Not a nose tackle. … Can be erased. Doesn't always need a double team.

7. Terrence Cody, Alabama 6-4, 354
Post-Combine Skinny: You know what you're getting. He's very big and very fat, and he doesn't move all that well with a 20.5" vertical, a 7'6" broad jump, and a 5.64 40, but he competed. However, he didn't lift. He could stand to lose weight, but that's going to be his issue for the rest of his life.
Pre-Combine Rank: 6
Positives: The textbook definition of an anchor. Plug him in the middle and work around him. … Eats up the run. Will engulf ball carriers on the inside. … Not a bad interior pass rusher on push alone. If he gets leverage, say goodnight.
Negatives: Fat. Is a bacon-double cheeseburger away from blowing up. … Might need the right scheme to fit his skills. In a 4-3 there must be a more athletic tackle next to him. … Not quick. He won't move three feet off his base.

8. Lamarr Houston, Texas 6-3, 305
Post-Combine Skinny: He helped himself immeasurably. The 305-pound size was good, and the workout was fantastic with a 4.85 40, 30 reps on the bench, and a tremendous 33.5" vertical. The 9'6" broad jump and the speed and quickness around the drills were impressive. Someone will have specific ideas for him.
Pre-Combine Rank: 10
Positives: Great base and can't be moved. … If he gets leverage, he'll throw a blocker into the backfield. … A decent athlete who can play inside in any scheme.
Negatives: Didn't quite produce as much as everyone expected. Fine, but not special career. … Not slippery. Once blocked he stays blocked. … Not creative. No pass rushing moves.

9. Cam Thomas, North Carolina 6-4, 330
Post-Combine Skinny: He did enough to make everyone want to see more. The 330-pound size and the lateral movement were enough to have someone thinking about plugging him in as a space-eater on the inside. He wasn't fast and the 31 reps were fine, but it's all about his bulk. He'll plug up someone's line.
Pre-Combine Rank: 14
Positives: Big. Wide, bulky, and tough to get around. … An anchor in every way. Could make for a whale of a backup nose tackle. … Doesn't appear overweight. He's big, but it's not all bad weight.
Negatives: Not going to move. The plays he makes in the backfield will be on strength. … Long-time veteran for UNC but didn't get much attention. Was fine, not special. … Had ankle problems midway through his career and struggled to shake them.

10. Geno Atkins, Georgia 6-1, 293
Post-Combine Skinny: He measured a bit short at just 6-1, and he was smallish, but everything else about his workout was fantastic. The explosion in his legs popped out with a 9'9" broad jump, and he came up with a 33" vertical, but he really made a name for himself on the bench with a solid 34 reps and in the 40 with an end-like 4.75.
Pre-Combine Rank: 13
Positives: Active. Quick to make things happen and moves as well as any tackle in the draft. … A pure one-gap defender. Might be too fast off the ball for many guards. … High character. Works hard and is reliable.
Negatives: Smallish. Not bulky. … Needs to have a big butt next to him and can't be an anchor in any way. … Short. Just over six-feet tall.

11. D'Anthony Smith, Louisiana Tech 6-2, 304
Post-Combine Skinny: It would've been nice if he had run and worked out more, but he measured big and needs to come up with a great individual workout to get up in the first three rounds. He's still a question mark, but an intriguing question mark.
Pre-Combine Rank: 8
Positives: Excellent all-around tackle. Quick into the backfield. … Can be a 3-4 end or a 4-3 tackle. … Was always on the field. Held up well despite being the focus of every opposing blocking scheme.
Negatives: A few technique issues. Was successful by simply being more athletic than just about everyone else up front. … Needs a bit more of a motor. When he was on, he was special. Wasn't always on. … Not an anchor. Can't be used on the nose.

12. Arthur Jones, Syracuse 6-3, 301
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't work out but he measured the right size. He was a good-looking 301 pounds and it'll be interesting to see what he can do on the move.
Pre-Combine Rank: 9
Positives: Underappreciated star who toiled on a bad team. Never gave up and was the one everyone worked around. … Strong. Great against the run and can shove some people around. … Decent size. If he gets any stronger he'll be a fantastic two-gap defender.
Negatives: Not a pass rusher. If he's not stuffing the run, he's not useful in the NFL. … Needs to be in a phone booth. … Durability a bit of a concern. Wore down as a senior.

13. Torrell Troup, UCF 6-3, 314
Post-Combine Skinny: He did a nice job as a mid-level tackle prospect. He checked in at a beefy 314 pounds, and he moved relatively well and surprised with nice lateral movement. The 34 reps on the bench were great and he came up with a good 5.1 in the 40. It was a good workout.
Pre-Combine Rank: 27
Positives: Strong and physical. An anchor who can be plugged in on the nose. … Can swallow up the double team without a problem. … Always working. Hustle and effort never a problem.
Negatives: Not quick. Not going to be much of a pass rusher. … Not fast off the ball. Will have a tough time getting into the blocker. … Needs to play in a phone booth. Isn't going to move much.

14. Earl Mitchell, Arizona 6-2, 296
Post-Combine Skinny: There wasn't a real buzz about him, but he came up with a fantastic workout with a 4.7 in the 40 on a 296-pound frame. The 25 reps weren't that great, but they were better than Gerald McCoy, and he moved well in the drills.
Pre-Combine Rank: 16
Positives: Athletic for his size. Gets into the backfield without much of an issue. … Can be used anywhere on the line. Is more than capable of playing a big end when needed. … Made himself good and keeps on working. Effort isn't a problem.
Negatives: A bit raw. Still a work in progress and could be more consistent. … Not polished with his techniques. Gets by on hard work and athleticism. … Not really a big-time run defender. Not an anchor.

15. Corey Peters, Kentucky 6-3, 300
Post-Combine Skinny: He punched well in the bag drills and showed good lateral movement for a player of his size. The 5.02 40 was just good enough to get by, and he moved well with good fluidity. On the down side, he didn't lift.
Pre-Combine Rank: 18
Positives: Very productive and very good for a long time. Improved throughout his career. … Nice athlete for his size. Moves around like a far smaller player. … Smart. Knows what he's doing, doesn't make a lot of mistakes, and is the type of player who can be plugged in at several spots.
Negatives: Needs to be more creative. Got by on a few moves. … Tread on the tires. Held up reasonably well, but was beaten up by the SEC. … Not slippery. When he's blocked, he stays blocked.

16. Jeff Owens, Georgia 6-1, 304
Post-Combine Skinny: He was short, he was a bit beefy in places, and he looked like a barrel-chested inside defender, but it all came together in a phenomenal run on the bench-press with a whopping 44 reps, or five more than the next best tackle lift. He moved well, too, with a 5.00 40 and decent quickness. It was a good raw-skill workout that should help him become a part of someone's nose tackle rotation.
Pre-Combine Rank: 28
Positives: A strong bull. Stout and can't be moved. … Potentially a great backup nose tackle. Can be fantastic with limited work. … Want-to never a problem. Will be ready to go the second he's needed and will always bring the effort.
Negatives: A knee. He struggled two years ago with a knee injury and wasn't quite the same. … Not a pass rusher. Doesn't have the quick burst. … Mediocre athlete. He makes things happen by hustling but doesn't have the raw tools.

17. Mike Neal, Purdue 6-3, 294
Post-Combine Skinny: AN undersized tackle prospect, he needed to be athletic and strong for his size, and he was. He ran well with one of the best 40s of the tackles, a 4.86, and he came up with 31 reps on the bench. He'll work well as a one-gap tackle and did a lot to help himself by showing off the raw skills.
Pre-Combine Rank: 15
Positives: A good interior pass rusher. Did a great job of getting around the quarterback. … Was terrific at times in offseason workouts. Impressed with every practice. … Moves well. Always working and always hustling. Makes things happen.
Negatives: Smallish and limited to the scheme. One-gap only. … Not an elite athlete. Produces by trying hard and hustling. … Not quite strong enough to be a 3-4 end.

18. Vince Oghobaase, Duke 6-5, 303
Post-Combine Skinny: He wasn't fast with a glacier slow 5.43, and the 27 reps on the bench didn't make up for it. On the plus side, he has long arms, measuring more than 35". Lumbering a bit in the drills didn't help, and now he's nothing more than a cog on the inside, not an anchor.
Pre-Combine Rank: 11
Positives: Held up despite getting beaten on as the main man up front for the Duke D. … Good base. Tough and strong. … Nice combination of size and strength. The basics are there.
Negatives: Didn't really progress as much as expected. Was a big-time recruit for Duke and was good, but not phenomenal. … Banged up. Fought through injuries, but has tread on the tired. … Not much of a pass rusher.

19. Boo Robinson, Wake Forest
Not Invited To The Combine

20. Andre Neblett, Temple
Not Invited To The Combine

21. John Fletcher, Wyoming (DE)
Not Invited To The Combine

22. Brandon Deadrick, Alabama (DE) 6-4, 314
Post-Combine Skinny: Measured huge and long looking like a possible rock of a 3-4 end. He didn't do much to show he can be much of a pass rusher, and he didn't lift.
Pre-Combine Rank: 20
Positives: Eats up the run. Takes out everything that comes his way. … Finally grew into his job. It took a while, but he became dependable. … Big. Doesn't get moved around.
Negatives: Not a pass rusher in any way. Doesn't get off the ball well. … Character issues early in his career with a variety of missteps. … Needs to be in a phone booth. No shiftiness.

23. Jay Ross, East Carolina 6-3, 313
Post-Combine Skinny: He looked big, he measured big, and he did a good job of showing he could be a space-eating, run swallower on the inside. He moved well for a player of his size and the 30 reps on the bench were solid. He helped himself by being quicker and more fluid than expected.
Pre-Combine Rank: 22
Positives: A big presence on the inside. A space-eater. … Active. Did a nice job of getting into the backfield. … Strong. Can work as an anchor and a backup two-gap defender.
Negatives: Not quick. Gets into the backfield on strength and bull rushing. … Needs technique work. Not always consistent. … Had some nice players around him. Didn't do it alone and got plenty of help.

24. Ekon Udofia, Stanford
Not Invited To The Combine

25. Linval Joseph, East Carolina 6-4, 328
Post-Combine Skinny: He's too big and the workout was too interesting to not get a strong look from several teams at some point past the fourth round. Not only is he massive, but he's strong benching 39 reps to go along with an impressive 40 run of 5.09. He showed off the basic skills to make someone want to coach him up.
Pre-Combine Rank: Not Ranked
Positives: Huge. A massive player who's tough to get around. … Not bad at getting into the backfield. Great at bull-rushing his way through and has the quickness of a smaller player. … Gets off the ball in a hurry. When he's on the move he's tough to stop.
Negatives: Doesn't play nearly strong enough for his size. Can be blocked way too easily. … Not a three-down player only because he can't last. Weight is an issue. … Needs to be more physical.

26. Malcolm Sheppard, Arkansas 6-2, 285
Post-Combine Skinny: Smallish at under 300 pounds, and while he wasn't fast with a 5.09 40, and the 19 reps were a disaster, he moved quickly and efficiently thorough the drills. He's not necessarily a 3-4 without the bulk, but he could be a decent one-gap tackle in time if he gets a bit stronger. He's not going to eat up anyone against the run.
Pre-Combine Rank: 21
Positives: Always moving and always working. Great motor. … A nice prospect as a pass rushing tackle. Could work well in a 4-3. … Always produced at a high level against top competition.
Negatives: Not big. Will get beaten up on the inside. … Not quite quick enough to be dominant as an outside pass rusher. … Not a bulky run stopper. Needs big players around him at the next level.

27. Mick Williams, Pitt
Not Invited To The Combine

28. Al Woods, LSU 6-4, 309
Post-Combine Skinny: But the measurables are SO amazing. It's heartbreaking that he's not a better player considering he's huge, jumped out of the stadium with a tackle-best 37" vertical, and measured huge with a massive arm length of 36". Someone will invest in him as a developmental prospect, but he needs a ton of work to play up to his raw skills.
Pre-Combine Rank: 26
Positives: Big. On potential alone he was considered a top pro prospect without doing much of anything. … Quick for his size. Could be terrific as a one-gap tackle and has the strength to provide decent power. … The raw skills are there. Light a fire under him and watch out.
Negatives: Never progressed as expected. Million dollar tools but not enough want-to to use them. … Needs a lot of work. His technique has to catch up to his skills. … Not exactly known for busting his tail.

29. Jake Ricks, Auburn
Not Invited To The Combine

30. Mitch Unrein, Wyoming (DE)
Not Invited To The Combine

31. Doug Worthington, Ohio State (DE) 6-5, 292
Post-Combine Skinny: It wasn't good. He's built like a 3-4 end with the height and the ranginess, but he only came up with 19 reps and he didn't run the 40. He's a good athlete but didn't really stand out.
Pre-Combine Rank: 24
Positives: Tall and long. Tough to get around as a 3-4 end at the next level. … Tough against the run. Holds up well. … Improved as his career went on. Has good speed and athleticism and finally started to use it.
Negatives: Considered a bit of a disappointment until his senior year. Good, but not great. … Off-the-field issues getting nailed with a DUI. … Not big. Can't be used as a 3-4 tackle and has to be a one-gap player in a rotation to be effective.

32. Travis Ivey, Maryland
Not Invited To The Combine

33. Demarcus Granger, Oklahoma
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't work out and didn't measure.
Pre-Combine Rank: 32
Positives: Million dollar tools. Has all the prototype basics of an anchor. … Strong and a run stopper. He could be plugged in for a few plays per game as a top interior backup. … Athletic for his size. Quick off the ball.
Negatives: Knucklehead. Had off-the-field issues surrounding a shoplifting incident. … Didn't play much over the last few years suffering a slew of injuries. … Never consistent. Never lived up to his skills.

34. Jeron Baston, Missouri
Not Invited To The Combine

35. Kade Weston, Georgia
Not Invited To The Combine

36. Alan-Michael Cash, NC State
Not Invited To The Combine

37. Charles Alexander, LSU
6-4, 300
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't run and he wasn't able to show off too much quickness, but he measured big with 35" arms. He's going to be a big inside presence, but it would be nice to see a little more in a workout.
Pre-Combine Rank: Not Ranked
Positives: Great against the run. Has a long frame and doesn't let anyone get around him. … Can see time at any tackle spot. Strong enough to be an anchor in the middle. … Good at shoving people around.
Negatives: Not an athlete. Isn't going to get into the backfield. … Injury issues. Has a lot of tread on the tires and has been banged around. …. A stick in the mud. Isn't going to move much, if at all.

38. Aleric Mullins, North Carolina 6-1, 321
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't work out, but he measured big as a squatty 321 pounds on a 6-1 frame. He'll get a look as a backup nose tackle.
Pre-Combine Rank: Not Ranked
Positives: A bowling ball with a great base. Good luck moving him around. … Potentially a fill-in run stuffer. Used to working in a rotation. … Active. Not bad at getting into the backfield in limited time.
Negatives: Didn't get much work. Was a career backup who never lived up to his prep potential. … Struggled with academics. Had to battle to get eligible. … Didn't get a lot of work. Not a starter and not consistent.