Who is the NFL's best defensive tackle?
Our team of experienced scouts reviewed the 2012 season, looking for the top 50 defensive tackles. In an effort to grade and rank the best of the best, we looked at pass rushing and run defense—the two primary responsibilities of a tackle in a 4-3 and 3-4 scheme.
The following 50 players are ranked based on our team's study of film from the 2012 season. A player's career achievements are not taken into consideration. Nor is his potential.
Players qualified with a minimum of 200 snaps. We evaluated their ability to rush the quarterback and stop the run. The scoring, out of a possible 100 points, valued run defense and pass rushing equally.
In cases where two players' total scores matched, we broke the tie based on which player we'd rather have on our team right now.