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2012 NFL Draft: Dontari Poe and the Top 5 Nose Tackles

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2012 NFL Draft: Dontari Poe and the Top 5 Nose Tackles
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Nose tackle is a vital position for any team whose defense runs a 3-4 scheme. Simply put, their job is to be big.

They also have to be strong. It might seem like a common phenomenon, being big and strong in the NFL, but there's more that goes into being a great nose tackle.

Since not every team runs a 3-4, that means only the biggest and strongest prospects will get a chance to make an impression for an NFL team.

Examples of successful NFL nose tackles would be the Patriots' Vince Wilfork (6'2", 325 lbs), Steelers' Casey Hampton (6'1", 325 lbs) and Packers' B.J. Raji (6'2", 337 lbs). Over the past eight seasons, these nose tackles have a combined five Super Bowl titles.

What these three men are great at doing is taking on more than one blocker and making room for their linebackers to swarm in and make tackles.

Here are the five best nose tackles in this year's draft.

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