2010 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - DTs
Ole Miss DT Jerrell Powe
Ole Miss DT Jerrell Powe
Posted Aug 18, 2010

CFN 2010 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Defensive Tackles

Preview 2010 - Def. Tackles

All-Americans & Top 30 Players

2010 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
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- Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers

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Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects. This is based on the seasons we think the players are going to have. 


1. Marvin Austin, Sr. North Carolina
Austin is to the interior what Quinn is to the ends, a returning all-star and a lineman who requires more than one blocker. A potential first round pick had he opted for the NFL in 2010, he combines an explosive first step with the upper body strength to shove linemen into reverse. Another All-ACC first teamer a year ago, his 42 tackles, six tackles for loss, and four sacks don't even begin to shed light on his disruptive nature.

2. Jerrell Powe, Sr. Ole Miss
Returning as the Rebels' anchor is the 6-2, 330-pound Powe, a big, strong talent who'll be in the NFL next year at this time. The crown jewel of the 2005 Rebel recruiting class, it took a few years to finally get academically eligible, and now the Second Team All-SEC performer is living up to his immense potential. While he came up with 34 tackles as a tough run stuffer, he also showed the quickness to be a dangerous interior pass rusher with three sacks and 12 tackles for loss. When his motor is running, he's among the nation's best tackles.


3. Jared Crick, Jr. Nebraska
There's simply no replacing Ndamukong Suh, one of the most productive and decorated defensive tackles in college football history. However, it's not like his running mate, Crick, was along for the ride. A superstar who'd have the spotlight to himself just about anywhere else, the 6-6, 285-pound junior finished fourth on the team with 69 tackles with two sacks and 17 quarterback hurries in a First Team All-Big 12 season. Incredibly quick off the ball, he gets into the backfield in a hurry and is tremendously active as a tough run stopper. A perfect 3-4 end at the next level, he'll put up his share of stats again this season on the inside. However, he has to prove he can hold up and be the main focus of blocking schemes without No. 93 next to him.

4. Stephen Paea, Sr. Oregon State
For the Beavers, it all begins up front with the 6-1, 311-pound Paea, one of the nation's best tackles and a reigning first team All-Pac-10 selection. A rare and menacing combination of brute strength and the quickness of a former rugby star, he's a nightmare for one man to handle. Playing with great pad level, he gets up underneath the opposing guard and has the foot speed to track down backs and quarterbacks from behind. Last year's 43 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and four forced fumbles don't do justice to his dominance in the trenches.


5. Colby Whitlock, Sr. Texas Tech
Back to his spot in the middle of the line will be Whitlock, a 6-2, 287-pound senior who made 45 tackles with three sacks and eight tackles for loss in an impressive year. An excellent two-gap tackle who can get into the backfield in a hurry or hold up against the run, he's too quick and too strong for most mediocre linemen. He's not necessarily going to sit in the middle of a 3-4 and not move, but he can be used as an anchor once he returns fine from a jaw injury.

6. Lawrence Guy, Jr. Arizona State
The budding superstar of the first line of defense is the 6-5, 300-pound Guy, a reigning honorable mention All-Pac-10 choice with next-level potential. He has all of the physical gifts coaches seek in a defensive tackle, blending the size, strength, and burst to be a frequent visitor into opposing backfields. Halfway through a career flush with upside potential, he took another forward in 2009 by making 37 stops, seven tackles for loss, and a team-best 4.5 sacks.


7. Jurrell Casey, Jr. USC
The star on the inside is the 6-1, 295-pound Casey, who came into his own a year ago and earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention. A classic two-tech tackle, he explodes out of his stance and can bust through the gap to make penetration. A very difficult assignment because of combination of strength, quickness, and heavy hands, he gobbled up 59 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and three fumble recoveries a year ago. If he keeps sharpening his technique, All-American recognition won't be far behind.

8. Adrian Taylor, Sr. Oklahoma
With Gerald McCoy bolting early for the NFL, the new star of the defensive interior will be Taylor, a 6-4, 291-pound senior who could've taken off for the big league, too. However, he suffered a broken leg in the Sun Bowl and will still need a while to recover, but when he's right he's a smart, tough run clogger who was fantastic in the 2009 BCS Championship loss to Florida and came up with 37 tackles, 3.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss. He's big, he's quick, and he's a great interior pass ruser who'll serve as the anchor when healthy.

9. Derek Wolfe, Jr. Cincinnati
The Bearcats are getting hit with a double-whammy on the line, losing a trio of veterans to graduation at the same time as they shift to a 4-3. Depth could be a casualty. The anchor during this transition period will be the 6-5, 302-pound Wolfe, who's going to play on Sundays before too long. He's exactly what coaches look for in a defensive tackle, a big and physically imposing specimen, who's also quick enough to get penetration. Passed over by Big East voters after making 41 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and five sacks, he'll be impossible to overlook this fall.

10. Marcus Fortson, Jr. Miami
Fortson was unable to get off the tarmac a year ago, getting shut down after just three games because of an injury. The 6-2, 310-pound former blue-chipper returns intent on recapturing his Freshman All-American form, when he befuddled opposing blockers with his sudden quickness and made 25 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks, despite starting just one game.

11. Ladi Ajiboye, Sr. South Carolina
12. Phil Taylor, Sr. Baylor
13. Drake Nevis, Sr. LSU
14. Ian Williams, Sr. Notre Dame
15. Chris Neild, Sr. West Virginia
16. Omar Hunter, Soph. Florida
17. Mike Martin, Jr. Michigan
18. Ollie Ogbu, Sr. Penn State
19. Baker Steinkuhler, Soph. Nebraska
20. Twyon Martin, Jr. Connecticut
21. Anthony Gray, Sr. Southern Miss
22. Terrell McClain, Sr. South Florida
23. Jarvis Jenkins, Jr. Clemson
24. Sean Murnane, Sr. Central Michigan
25. Dontari Poe, Soph. Memphis
26. Karl Klug, Sr. Iowa
27. John Graves, Sr. Virginia Tech
28. Tydreke Powell, Jr. North Carolina
29. Muhammad Wilkerson, Jr. Temple
30. Almondo Sewell, Sr. Akron