The last time a defensive tackle did not go in the top five of the draft was the 2006 version. That season saw Haloti Ngata become the first player at this position off the board at No. 12 to the Baltimore Ravens.
Not bad value for them, huh?
This is quickly becoming one of the most important positions in the entire National Football League. Teams utilize defensive tackles in a variety of different ways depending on their specific schemes.
For example, the aforementioned Ngata has been used as a traditional 3-4 nose tackle and has also been moved outside in certain circumstances. The San Francisco 49ers don't have a natural defensive end in their starting base defense. Instead, Justin Smith and Ray McDonald are considered hybrid defensive tackles.
With this new found scheme, defensive tackle has become all that more important for teams around the league.
This article is going to focus on the top 10 defensive tackles in the 2012 NFL Draft.