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2012 NFL Draft Defensive Tackle Board: Ranking Jerel Worthy and 16 Other DTs

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 03:  Jerel Worthy #99 of the Michigan State Spartans walks off the field dejected after they lost 42-39 against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Jonathan BalesAnalyst IMarch 15, 2012

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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