2012 NFL Draft Rankings: Defensive Tackles
I just posted my cornerback rankings a few days ago, and my defensive tackle rankings below have even more surprises. Click on players with links for my scouting reports. I will make a point to assess the tackles I have higher or lower than the consensus.
- The round listed after each prospect’s name is the grade I have provided him, NOT where I think he will get selected. I view players with two rounds listed as on the border of each.
- Players with the *** designation are higher than consensus rankings, while those with ^^^ after their names are lower than the consensus.
1. Brandon Thompson, Clemson (First Round) ***
2. Devon Still, Penn State (First Round)
3. Jerel Worthy, Michigan State (First Round) ***
4. Dontari Poe, Memphis (First/Second Round)
5. Josh Chapman, Alabama (First/Second Round) ***
6. Fletcher Cox, Mississippi St (Second Round)
7. Michael Brockers, LSU (Second Round) ^^^
8. Marcus Forston, Miami (Second Round) ***
9. Jaye Howard, Florida (Second Round) ***
10. Jared Crick, Nebraska (Second Round)
11. DaJohn Harris, USC (Second Round) ***
12. Alameda Ta’amu, Washington (Third Round) ^^^
13. Kendall Reyes, UConn (Third Round)
14. Mike Martin, Michigan (Fourth Round) ^^^
15. Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati (Fourth/Fifth Round) ^^^
16. Kheeston Randall, Texas (Fifth Round)
Some thoughts. . .
- The largest complaint I am sure to receive is how low I ranked Michael Brockers, but I told you awhile ago I see a second-round talent, and I’m sticking to it.
- Alameda Ta’amu might be rising on some boards, but not mine. Scouting report to follow tomorrow.
- I will probably have Brandon Thompson (yes, the one most have going in the second round) ranked in the top 10 overall. I think he’s a future Pro Bowl player.
- The abundance of tackles with second-round grades is intriguing. Josh Chapman, Marcus Forston, Jaye Howard and DaJohn Harris are all guys I think are second-round talents in the same tier as Brockers, but most will go in the middle rounds.
- I debated putting Jerel Worthy ahead of Devon Still, so you can expect to see them around the same area on my big board.
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