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By Jonathan Bales

2012 NFL Draft Rankings: Defensive Tackles

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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.

Notes

  • 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)

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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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3 Responses to 2012 NFL Draft Rankings: Defensive Tackles

  1. Tom says:

    I don’t share your feelings on Thompson or Still at all. I’d be upset if Dallas spends a high 1st on either guy.
    The guys I like are all 5T or 3T – Fletcher Cox is my fave(very athletic big man), but I don’t think he’s worth a high 1st either.
    I do love me some Derek Wolfe, though, especially in the 4th or 5th where he’d be a value (I think he sneaks into the top 100).
    One guy you don’t list, but might have him in your DE rankings is Taylor Thompson from SMU, he’s been playing 5T and probably will be available
    as late as the 6th – 7th rds. Next year we will be taking the other 5T SMU Mustang, Margus Hunt, a true beast. Reminds me a little of JJ Watt.

  2. john coleman says:

    Tom- I am neither here nor there as far as the top guys go. I do fel as you do that there will be some excellent players available in the 3rd-5th rd. I like Cox as well but not at 14th. In the mid 20′s he’s would be ok. However I still like some of the guys like Reyes and Wolfe in the later rds. Reyes and Wolfe both had impressive times in the agility drills and good showings in the explosion things(Broad and high jump). Each also had above average stength scores.
    I look at both of these guys as DE’s in our scheme.

    A few other names are Matt Conrath, Ryan VanBergen, and your own Thompson. These guys are all long athletes in the 6-6/6-7 range. Akiem hicks is a late rd guy at DT/NT, but he is very raw.

    JB-Interesting grades both here and in the CBs. Thompson certainly has a good get off and his heigth could actually be an advantage. Russell Maryland was like 6-1 and he was a pretty good player.

  3. Tom–Well, I wouldn’t advocate using the No. 14 pick on Thompson, simply because of perceived value. If that’s the guy the team wants, they can likely move down for him.

    JC–Interesting though on the height as an advantage..I think you are right that it is far less important inside than outside.

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