Defensive Tackles: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked DTs

Defensive Tackle is another very deep class, from top to bottom. There’s some amazing talent in the first seven – all first and second round picks. Then there’s a handful of third and fourth round talent, but after that, a lot of names will start flying off the board.

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1. Quinnen Williams, Alabama, 6-3/303

One of the most dominant players in college football last year, is certainly in the mix for first player taken overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Showed an excellent display of size, power, slipperiness, and speed to project as an immediate impact player at the next level.

2. Ed Oliver, Houston, 6-2/287

At one point, Ed Oliver was on everybody’s list of top five players in this draft. Then questions began to surface about his playing weight and would he be big enough to hold up at the next level. Good coaches find places for good players to succeed. Oliver has all the tool, just needs to find the right fit.

3. Dexter Lawrence, Clemson, 6-4/342

Somebody was saying that run-stuffing DT’s are a thing of the past … until the Super Bowl they said that anyway. Controlling the clock and wearing down a defense can win games. Stopping the run and getting off the field also wins games. Plenty of room for a high quality player like Lawrence in today’s game.

4. Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State, 6-4/300

Like Lawrence, Simmons excels at stuffing the run and being a disruptive presence. Players with Simmons physical assets won’t stay on the board long. He might not go in the top 15, maybe not in the first round – now that he has the ACL issue. But some team will snatch him up and consider him an investment in the future.

5. Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame, 6-6/296

Tillery has surprising agility for a guy six-foot-six. He’s quick off the ball and can get his pads low rather consistently for a tall man. He’s a long-strider with good backside pursuit.

6. Christian Wilkins, Clemson, 6-3/315

Winner of the 2018 “Academic Heisman” (aka William Campbell Award). Can play up and down the line. Some think he’s a 3-4 defensive end, other a three-technique in a 4-3. Either way, plenty of teams will be eager to draft him.

7. Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State, 6-3/281

Jones is explosive off the snap and the agility to make plays at or near the line of scrimmage. He’s not just one who pushes the linemen back and cause a disruption in the play, Jones likes to get to the quarterback.

8. Zach Allen, Boston College, 6-4/281

Allen is listed as a DE in most places, however, he’s a bit of a one-trick bull-rushing pony and that doesn’t translate well at the next level. Let the NFL bulk him up a bit and put him at DT where his strength can be used to its maximize his potential — disrupting the backfield and holding up the line of scrimmage.

9. Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M, 6-3/288

Keke is one of those players who stood out over Senior Bowl week. He gets his power from his lower body and likes to pin his ears back and go forward. He’s another guy who can play up and down the line. Good coaching will add more tools to his belt as he goes along.

10. Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois, 6-0/324

Saunders was another Senior Bowl storyline. His short stature allowed him to constantly win the low-pad-level game and his strong lower body allowed him to get plenty of push. Might be best in line rotation.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Trystan Hill, Central Florida, 6-3/308
  2. Daniel Wise, Kansas, 6-3/281
  3. Armon Watts, Arkansas, 6-5/300
  4. Renell Wren, Arizona State, 6-5/318
  5. Gerald Willis, Miami, 6-2/302
  6. Isaiah Buggs, Alabama, 6-3/306
  7. Chris Slayton, Syracuse, 6-4/307
  8. Greg Gaines, Washington, 6-1/312
  9. Bryan Cowart, Maryland, 6-3/298
  10. Dylan Mack, Texas A&M, 6-1/320
  11. Derrick Brown, Auburn, 6-3/319
  12. Kevin Givens, Penn State, 6-1/285
  13. Cortez Broughton, Cincinnati, 6-2/293
  14. Kenny Bigelow, Virginia, 6-3/307
  15. Michael Dogbe, Temple, 6-3/286
  16. Ray Smith, Boston College, 6-1/302
  17. Olive Sagapolu, Wisconsin, 6-1/324
  18. Immanuel Turner, La. Tech, 6-3/286
  19. Albert Huggins, Clemson, 6-3/305
  20. Ed Alexander, LSU, 6-3/339
  21. Terry Beckner, Jr., Missouri, 6-4/296
  22. Marquise Copeland, Cincinnati, 6-2/281
  23. Dontavious Russell, Auburn, 6-2/319
  24. Isaiah Mack, UT-Chattanoogo, 6-3/305
  25. Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia, 6-4/280
  26. Anthony Rush, UAB, 6-5/340
  27. P.J. Johnson, Arizona, 6-5/315
  28. Jay-Tee Tiuli, Eastern Washington, 6-4/320
  29. Alec Heldreth, Clarion, 6-4/283
  30. Deyon Sizer, Colorado State-Pueblo, 6-2/279

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

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