Re-Ranking: Offensive and Defensive Trench Warriors

Defensive Tackle

2013 DT Class

As the 34 continues to be popular in the NFL, there is always going to be a premium put on players who can play in that scheme. Specifically those that can play the zero technique, also known as a NT. We think there is at least one and maybe two guys who can do that in our eyes in this class.

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Most Intriguing Prospect: Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State, #7 2013 DT

Williams is a prospect more and more talent evaluators are becoming familiar with. After blowing up the MIAA as a freshman, Williams missed the next year due to injury and took a medical redshirt. He’s a shorter (6’2) NT prospect tipping the scales at around 330 lbs. Williams is impossible to block at the Division II level and will be a hot commodity for the all-star circuit.

Other 2013 DT Notes:

-I have John Jenkins (UGA, #1 2013 DT) over Star Lotulelei (Utah, #2 2013 DT) because while both prospects have warts we find Jenkins dominating ability to be better than Lotulelei. The margin is razor thin but for now it is what it is.

-Kawann Short (Purdue, #5 2013 DT) is a prospect that I just don’t see the motor from on every snap. He allows himself to get washed out too easily on too many occasions which is why he’s lower than other evaluators.

-He may not go as high as we would value him but Brent Russell (Georgia Southern, #11 2013 DT) is one of the hardest workers in this entire draft. Russell has always been an underdog prospect because he’s not an elite athlete, he’s not the strongest guy out there, so all he does is outwork his opponent snap after snap in a demoralizing way.

-Watch both Omar Hunter (Florida, #15 2013 DT) and Anthony McCloud (FSU, #18 2013 DT) both are somewhat over shadowed on their own teams but both can more than hold their own and both should end up in the NFL and could be camp surprises.

2014 DT Class-

A great junior class matches the talent in the senior class which means that this position has the potential to be very deep. The difference is that the junior class is loaded with 43 DT’s while the senior class has a larger number of potential 34 fits.

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Most Intriguing Prospect: Bennie Logan, LSU, #3 2014 DT

I watched Logan against South Carolina two weeks ago and was blown away by his growth. His hands have gotten so much more violent than last year and he’s usually them to split the gap and get after the QB with ease. I was so impressed with his game v. South Carolina and Texas A&M.

Other 2014 DT Notes:

-Two Florida DT’s check in in the Top 5 with Sharif Floyd (#2 2014 DT) and Dominique Easley (#4 2014 DT) both make it. Easley may actually end up outside in a 34 but his shorter stature could be a deterrent to that.

-If Kwame Geathers (UGA, #6 2014 DT) decided to stay for his senior year he’ll take over for John Jenkins and could potentially go higher than him. Currently Geathers seems limited snaps in relief of Jenkins but when he’s out there he makes his presence known and is a force to be reckon with.

-Sticking with our SEC theme, make sure you keep a close eye on former JUCO transfer Daniel McCullers (Tennessee, #8 2014 DT) the man is an absolute monster on the football field but really doesn’t have any idea what he’s doing but if he figures it out next year he will immediately become the most dominant DL in the country.

-The hot name in draft circles right now is Will Sutton (Arizona State, #9 2014 DT) and for good reason. Sutton is a demon on the football field overcoming serious size concerns to constantly beat his man  and get into the backfield. He’s a fast riser who could be headed for the Top 5 very soon.

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