NFL Draft 2013: Tracking the Best Available DTs
One of the most important tools for any war room is knowing what available player ranks best at every position on the field. That's why on draft day, the big board is such a crucial element of a team's draft.
Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller assembled his final 2013 NFL draft big board on April 22 and ranked every player in the draft. From Miller's list, I'll update the best available defensive tackles left on the board and also keep a running tally of where every defensive tackle went in the draft.
So check back often during the draft Thursday through Saturday to keep track of every defensive tackle that's selected in the 2013 NFL draft.
14. Kwame Geathers, Georgia
You can view Kwame Geathers' complete scouting report from CBS Sports by clicking here.
At 342 pounds, how can you not be a force on the interior of a defensive line? Geathers uses his size well and punches offensive linemen quickly off the snap to get them moving backward. Per CBS Sports:
Strengths: Simply massive with surprisingly even overall weight distribution. Tall with the arm length to go along with his height. Good quickness off the snap, showing enough burst to surprise the center and ruin plays before they begin.
When Geathers doesn't have proper leverage he can be pushed around rather easily. That's not good when you're as big as he is. He didn't start much at Georgia, so this may get better in the NFL with experience. Via CBS Sports:
Weaknesses: Is not the sum of his parts. Relies on his size and doesn't play as big as he looks. Struggles with leverage and can get knocked off the ball when his pad level rises. Possesses only average hand quickness and technique and struggles to disengage once blockers get into his chest.
Overall, Geathers ranks as the No. 14 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
16. T.J. Barnes, Georgia Tech
You can view T.J. Barnes' complete scouting report from Wes Stueve by clicking here.
Upon seeing Barnes for the first time, his immense size is what is distinctive. At 369 pounds and 6'6", he can clog any lane imaginable. Per Stueve:
This is where Barnes should excel—he's 369 pounds. Yet, for some reason, Barnes actually struggles against the run. At times, Barnes will use his natural athleticism to shoot a gap and disrupt a play in the backfield, but he is generally pretty weak here. Barnes' soft play, lack of strength and high stance all allow offensive linemen to drive him backwards.
On the flip side of size being a positive attribute for Barnes, being that big keeps him from gaining leverage on blockers. Without leverage, he struggles to get into the backfield and attack the quarterback. Via Stueve:
Barnes struggles to rush the passer. At times Barnes will show an impressive first step, but it isn't consistent enough to be a truly valuable asset. Barnes' pass-rush moves are virtually nonexistent, and he doesn't even have a bull rush move.
Overall, Barnes ranks as the No. 16 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
18. Cory Grissom, South Florida
You can view Cory Grissom’s complete pro potential projection from Matt Miller by clicking here.
You’ll never accuse Grissom of getting after the quarterback or being a tracking defensive tackle in pursuit. Grissom’s game is a lane clogger with size to spare. He can eat up single- and double-team efforts from offensive linemen and has a strong upper body to fight through blocks to grab ball carriers.
Key Stats: 38 tackles, 2.5 sacks and seven tackles for a loss in 2012
There's a lot to love about South Florida defensive tackle Cory Grissom, who possesses versatility as well as the frame to become a disruptive force on a consistent basis.
Overall, Grissom ranks as the No. 18 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft class.
19. Anthony McCloud, Florida State
You can view Anthony McCloud’s complete scouting report from Wes Stueve by clicking here.
McCloud has little power in his initial post-snap move, meaning he’s not going to beat anyone at the moment the play begins. His only real attribute is upper body strength, which he rarely gets to use in pass-rushing situations because his arms aren’t long enough to reach blockers to get leverage.
Few defensive tackles are as limited at rushing the passer as McCloud is. His first step is dreadful, and it takes far too long for him to build momentum. McCloud's lack of quickness is also concerning. He is unable to beat offensive guards by moving sideways, and he lacks any pass-rush moves.
When McCloud sees into the backfield, which is pretty regularly, he’s able to plan his attack and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. He uses his momentum well and even if he’s not able to get into the backfield he’s able to stand his ground and make a play on the ball.
Against the run
This is what makes McCloud a prospect. McCloud uses his natural strength and ability to gain leverage to clog up the run game. Though he will occasionally use his strength and leverage to drive offensive linemen into the backfield, McCloud typically simply doesn't give way. He may not get much push, but he generally won't give in either.
Overall, McCloud ranks as the No. 19 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft class.
20. Abry Jones, Georgia
You can view Abry Jones’ complete scouting report from Brandon Alisoglu by clicking here.
Jones uses a swim move to very effectively beat blocking guards and even had success at the college level against double teams. He can get into the backfield and make plays behind the line of scrimmage as well as setting himself as a rock at the line and stopping the run.
How many times do I need to mention Jones' range as a tackler? He has the physical (agility, long grasp, and strength) and mental attributes (play recognition and proper positioning) that he uses to widen his tackling radius. When he gets his hands on a ball carrier he generally drags him down, as the 48 tackles during his junior year would attest.
Jones made his living at Georgia as a three-technique, although he was versatile enough to play all over the defensive line.
Jones lined up everywhere along the line in Georgia's shifting defense. He played primarily as a 3-4 end or an interior defensive lineman, and even dropped back in coverage from those positions.
Overall, Jones ranks as the No. 20 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft class.
22. Mike Purcell, Wyoming
You can view Mike Purcell’s complete scouting report from Dan Hope by clicking here.
Purcell was a 2012 All-Mountain West First-Team selection and led all conference defensive linemen in tackles. Per Hope:
Purcell is an active run defender who covers ground well for a defensive tackle, which led to him an 83-tackle year in his senior season. He moves well laterally and has a motor that runs high.
Because Purcell isn’t the quickest off the snap, he doesn’t get to a lot of quarterbacks. But he did grab eight ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage for loss. Per Hope:
Purcell is not very disruptive as a penetrator on the interior defensive line. He is not an explosive athlete off the snap and is not as active or skilled as he needs to be with his hands. He struggles to disengage from blocks, and when engaged, he too often he gets driven back and away from running plays.
Overall, Purcell ranks as the No. 22 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft class.
3. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
You can view Sheldon Richardson's complete scouting report from Ryan Lownes by clicking here.
Richardson was used as a stand-up rusher at times while at Missouri, which means he has enough athleticism and speed to be an effective interior pass-rush specialist. But he's still much better against the run than he is at chasing quarterbacks. Per Lownes:
By simply considering his athletic gifts, one will deduce that Richardson has immense potential as an interior pass-rusher. This past season, however, he played a bit tentatively, not always pinning his ears back to rush the passer.
Richardson shines at tracking down ball-carriers no matter where they go. He has sideline-to-sideline range and can shed blockers to get where he needs to go, whether he's single- or double-teamed. Via Lownes:
He is unlike any interior defensive lineman I have graded in regard to range. Richardson makes plays all over the field and demonstrates an impressive understanding of pursuit angles. His ability to read and react could make him an asset against the NFL’s growing zone-read trend.
Overall, Richardson ranks as the No. 3 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 13, New York Jets
2. Star Lotulelei, Utah
You can view Star Lotulelei's complete scouting report from Sigmund Bloom by clicking here.
Lotulelei is both immensely powerful and nimble and he uses his initial quickness to burst off the line faster than most. He has very quick feet and uses them well to both direct and avoid opposing blockers. Per Bloom:
Lotulelei is massive at 6'2", 311 lbs. His functional strength is overpowering. Once he gets his hands on his opponent, they put up about as much resistance as a blocking sled. He explodes out of his stance and also has enough of a vertical to obstruct passing lanes when he doesn't collapse the pocket.
One of the biggest areas of improvement over Lotulelei's final seasons at Utah was his intelligence in reading blocking schemes and formations in front of him to locate the football. Via Bloom:
Forget about getting any push against Lotulelei on running plays. The very best an offensive lineman (even a double-team) can hope to do is stalemate Lotulelei, or steer him away from or past the play when his natural momentum is taking him in that direction.
Overall, Lotulelei ranks as the No. 2 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 14, Carolina Panthers
1. Sharrif Floyd, Florida
You can view Sharrif Floyd's complete scouting report from Sigmund Bloom by clicking here.
Floyd's an extremely athletic and strong defensive tackle that also is quite quick. It's because of both attributes that he not only can fight through blocks to get to opposing running backs, but he can also shed blocks to get into the backfield. Per Bloom:
Floyd wins on most plays with a combination of natural size, functional strength and an explosive first step. He has long arms and strong hands that allow him to make arm tackles on backs in the backfield.
Floyd is powerful and is going to get where he wants to go by sheer force. He possesses a high motor and finds ways to get to where the action is. Via Bloom:
Floyd is almost impossible to redirect by a run-blocking offensive lineman, unless he incorrectly wanted to go in that direction anyway. He will, at worst, hold the point of attack and force the play to go elsewhere.
Overall, Floyd ranks as the No. 1 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 23, Minnesota Vikings
6. Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
You can view Sylvester Williams' complete scouting report from Ryan Lownes by clicking here.
Williams is extremely quick off the snap and can burst through the offensive line with the best defensive tackles. He also possesses a decent spin move that allows him to break free and penetrate toward the quarterback. Per Lownes:
Sylvester Williams is a disruptive, penetrating tackle that pushes the pocket and effectively pressures the quarterback.
When Williams keeps his head up, he's great at locating the ball and fighting through blocks to get where the running back is going. He's also able to set his base and clog lanes with his brute strength. Via Lownes:
Once again, Williams’ quickness and power allow him to be extremely disruptive behind the line of scrimmage. The same moves that work when rushing the passer tend to also be effective against the run.
Overall, Williams ranks as the No. 6 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 28, Denver Broncos
5. Kawann Short, Purdue
You can view Kawann Short's complete scouting report from Ryan Lownes by clicking here.
Short has some pretty high upside as a defensive tackle who can mix it up on the inside and get to the quarterback. It's his good reading skills mixed with excellent hand-eye coordination that allow him to bypass blockers quickly and get into the backfield. Per Lownes:
Short is one of the most productive interior pass-rushers in this draft, with 19.5 sacks during the last three seasons. A disruptive force, he has the quickness and raw power to penetrate the backfield almost at will.
While Short will fight with blockers using his hands or body to get free, his feet don't always move to the right spots to stop the run. He also can tend to get caught up in blocks. Via Lownes:
While his penetrating ability helps him to shine as a pass-rusher, Short is a much more inconsistent run defender. He is disruptive, often overpowering interior blockers at the point of attack. At times, however, he appears to focus more on winning the battle at the line of scrimmage and less on where the ball is going.
Overall, Short ranks as the No. 5 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
Drafted: Round 2, Pick 12 (44), Carolina Panthers
8. Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
You can view Johnathan Hankins' complete scouting report from Eric Stoner by clicking here.
Unlike most of the defensive tackles above him on this list, Hankins doesn't do much as a pass-rush specialist. His initial burst is below average, and it is unlikely to aid him as a pro. Per Stoner:
Hankins’ skill set leaves him limited as a pass-rusher, and it’s unlikely he’ll ever have much impact there in the NFL. He has slow and undeveloped hands and lacks both a first step and closing speed. Despite having light feet for his size, he’s somewhat linear and deliberate in his movement, making him ineffective on twists and stunts.
Hankins uses his size to and upper body strength to gain an edge in the middle of the line. But he tends to rely too much on that upper body strength and less on technique, which gets him stood up sometimes. Per Stoner:
Hankins is not a tremendously dominant or overly physical player at the point of attack. He’s at his most comfortable one-gapping in space and getting upfield, even if it’s not the best overall use of his talent.
Overall, Hankins ranks as the No. 8 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
Drafted: Round 2, Pick 17 (49), New York Giants
13. Bennie Logan, LSU
You can view Bennie Logan's complete scouting report from Dan Hope by clicking here.
Not only does Logan work well with his hands in pass-rush situations, he's strong enough to use a bull rush to get through offensive linemen. It's good that Logan has this technique because he's not quick off the snap. Per Hope:
Although Logan only had five sacks in two seasons at LSU, he is one of the best pass-rushing tackles in the 2013 draft class.
Logan does not have a great first step as a rusher, but he has good quickness and acceleration. He combines that athleticism with active hands to beat blockers inside and penetrate with pressure into the pocket.
Logan can sometimes be caught jumping at ball-carriers instead of maintaining gap security. This overaggressive play can cost him against agile running backs. Via Hope:
Logan is not a dominant run-stopper. He does not overpower opposing offensive linemen and at times gets driven back off of the line of scrimmage.
He is not a liability, however, in run defense. He does a good job of controlling his gap, picking up blockers to free up his teammates and has good gap discipline when a play is in the backfield. He can shoot gaps to make stops in the backfield with his quickness off the snap, and he can also make plays back off the line of scrimmage.
Overall, Logan ranks as the No. 13 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
Drafted: Round 3, Pick 5 (67), Philadelphia Eagles
9. John Jenkins, Georgia
You can view John Jenkins' complete scouting report from Sigmund Bloom by clicking here.
Jenkins uses his size and strength to overpower offensive linemen and get after the quarterback. He has a good first step and knows how to push blockers away and move to the point where he can bring the passer down. Per Bloom:
You wouldn't expect much in the way of pass rush from a 346-pounder, but Jenkins gets very good push when he is one-on-one and can flush the quarterback from the pocket. He can even stunt/twist to cross up a disorganized offensive line. Jenkins looks very good as a bull-rusher matched up one-on-one against less stout offensive tackles, and he can even get a good push against double-teams at times.
When you're as big as Jenkins you should be able to clog lanes, but he's extra good at it. There's no way single blockers can overpower Jenkins, and he's got a quick technique to release from would-be blocks. Via Bloom:
Clogging up run lanes is what Jenkins does best. He can push his blocker back, but usually Jenkins just makes himself impossible to move. One exception is when blockers go low to cut block Jenkins. He actually has decent balance and can avoid the block, but he gives a lot of ground to do it, and a second blocker can blast him back if he catches him jumping back to avoid the cut block.
Overall, Jenkins ranks as the No. 9 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
Drafted: Round 3, Pick 20 (82), New Orleans Saints
11. Jordan Hill, Penn State
You can view Jordan Hill's complete scouting report from Dan Hope by clicking here.
Hill is a bit undersized, but he uses that well to get underneath offensive linemen and push them around. He has strong and quick hands that he uses against linemen, and a strong upper body helps his cause. Per Hope:
Hill is a very effective interior pass-rusher. He does a good job anticipating and getting a good jump off the snap, and then he is good at using his hands to beat blockers quickly in one-on-one situations. Once free, Hill has the athleticism to track down quarterbacks back in the pocket with pressure or force them out of the pocket.
Hill can work anywhere on the line after the snap because he sees the field well and knows how to get to where the action is. When he gets ball-carriers in his grasp he rarely misses because of his strength. Via Hope:
Hill’s foot skills are a huge asset against the run, as he does a great job of moving laterally along the line of scrimmage to fill gaps and make run stops. He does a very good job of making tackles at or near the line of scrimmage, as he moves well to get in position to make stops, continues to position himself for stops even when he is driven back off the line and is a strong tackler.
Overall, Hill ranks as the No. 11 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
Drafted: Round 3, Pick 25 (87), Seattle Seahawks
7. Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State
You can view Brandon Williams' complete scouting report from Wes Stueve by clicking here.
Williams does a good job at using his hands to swim past blockers to get into the backfield. It's then that he attacks the quarterback with decent agility. Per Stueve:
Williams' pass rush is based solely off his power. He does a great job of staying low, using leverage and shoving guards into the backfield. His active hands allow him to disengage from blockers and get to the quarterback.
Quickly getting his hands up and onto offensive linemen is how Williams wins battles on the line. He uses the leverage gained by being first to the point of impact and directs himself and the engaged lineman toward the play. Via Stueve:
This is Williams' area of specialty. His size makes it nearly impossible for two, let alone one offensive lineman to move him in the run game. However, Williams isn't purely an immovable object. He uses his strength and leverage to shove offensive linemen into the backfield. The typical penetrating defensive tackles use speed and quickness to get by offensive linemen—Williams simply shoves them backward.
Overall, Williams ranks as the No. 7 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
Drafted: Round 3, Pick 32 (94), Baltimore Ravens
10. Akeem Spence, Illinois
You can view Akeem Spence's complete scouting report from Dan Hope by clicking here.
Spence has a high motor and moves well along the line to put himself in good position. But he doesn't have a great first step and isn't much of a pass-rusher. Per Hope:
Spence does not have a quick first step and is not explosive off the line of scrimmage. He can occasionally beat blockers for pressure with a good jump off the line, but he does not have many upper-body pass-rushing moves to work his way around blockers.
When Spence holds tight at a spot he's tough to move off that location. This works well when the play comes directly at him. If the play moves away from Spence and he's not engaged in a block, he's fine to chase it down. If he is blocked, he can tend to get bogged down. Via Hope:
Spence is a solid player against the run, but he is significantly tougher to run directly at than he is to run away from.
His strength is making plays in the middle of line around the line of scrimmage. He uses his power well to drive blockers into the backfield and shut down power-running attempts, and he is physical at the line of scrimmage.
Overall, Spence ranks as the No. 10 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
Drafted: Round 4, Pick 3 (100), Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4. Jesse Williams, Alabama
You can view Jesse Williams' complete scouting report from Eric Stoner by clicking here.
Williams isn't as athletic as some defensive tackles but has good strength and awesome power to impose his will on blockers. He's also quick and can burst off the snap to get into the backfield. Per Stoner:
Williams’ main contributions as a pass-rusher comes in overpowering his man and collapsing the quarterback’s inside space. He does not have a set of moves to rely on and instead tries to get under his man and bull rush him.
Because of Williams' strength and quick hands, he sheds blockers, or even hits and evades them to get free and find the ball-carrier. He also has a good base to set on his mark and form a wall on short-yardage plays. Via Stoner:
Williams is a very effective two-gapper with tremendous upper-body strength. His length and strength give him the ability to anchor against the run. He will not be moved by single blocks, and he holds his ground against double-teams by dropping to a knee.
Overall, Williams ranks as the No. 4 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
Drafted: Round 5, Pick 4 (137), Seattle Seahawks
12. Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin
You can view Montori Hughes' complete scouting report from Garrett Baker by clicking here.
Hughes doesn't have the technique to beat offensive linemen, so he looks for advantages anywhere he can. This will sometimes lead to him jumping offsides or being in poor position and headed in the wrong direction at the snap. Per Baker:
Hughes is not much of a pass-rusher. He doesn't have the agility or technique to beat his man and get to the quarterback, and if he does beat the offensive lineman, his closing speed isn't enough to catch most quarterbacks. In the past three collegiate seasons (at UT and T-M), Hughes had just six total sacks.
It doesn't matter if it's a single offensive linemen or a double-team, Hughes is tough to move off his spot. He uses his hands well to shed blockers and get to the running back. Via Baker:
Hughes is at his best against the run. He gets off the line quickly and stays low to get leverage and drive his man backwards. He also flashes the capability to pull of a quick rip move to penetrate up the middle.
He is strong enough to manage double-teams and will not give up ground to anyone. At his best, he can get his hands under any interior offensive lineman and drive him back to create havoc in the middle and blow up a play.
Overall, Hughes ranks as the No. 12 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
Drafted: Round 5, Pick 6 (139), Indianapolis Colts
21. Quinton Dial, Alabama
You can view Quinton Dial’s complete scouting report from Joshua Cornwall by clicking here.
Not only can Dial play on both sides of the defensive line, he can play straight-up nose, three- or five-technique. He’s an angry tackler with strong arms. Per Cornwall:
Dial intrigued college coaches because of his size. He is a powerful player off the edge or in the middle of a defense depending on scheme. Due to his size and strength, Dial can push offensive linemen around with relative ease and make plays in the backfield.
Versatility will be key for Dial to make it in the next level. He has the look of an NFL player, but his ability to play as a 3-4 DE or 4-3 DT could make him a valuable commodity at the back of the draft.
Experience is going to be a factor with Dial as he’ll need to sit behind some veteran and learn for some time. He also needs to work on his quickness in relation to the football. Per Cornwall:
As with another SEC defensive linemen—LSU’s Lavar Edwards—Dial does not have consistent starting experience at the Division I level. He played behind a ton of high school All-American’s on the line, but breaking into the starting lineup looks good on the resumé.
Dial is disruptive when he can outmuscle his opponent, but he struggles to get off blocks consistently. He will also get turned around quite a bit if he does happen to get into the backfield. Dial tends to overplay the run fake and gets caught out of position without the speed to recover.
Overall, Dial ranks as the No. 21 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft class.
DRAFTED: Round 5, Pick 24 (157), San Francisco 49ers
17. Josh Boyd, Mississippi State
You can view Josh Boyd’s complete scouting report from Ryan Riddle by clicking here.
Boyd has an always-on motor and continues to attack the quarterback even when his pass-rush lanes are clogged. He doesn’t have the size to fight through big blocker and forget about beating double teams.
Shows a little bit of wiggle but it tends to be east and west rather than north and south, or he does a lot of moving and fighting but goes nowhere. After doing this for a few counts, Boyd concedes to just getting in the QB’s passing lane or waiting for him to scramble. He does not try to force the issue of pressure with an arsenal of pass-rush moves and counters, or even leg drive which could potentially flush the QB off his spot by collapsing the pocket.
Against single coverage, Boyd can attack running backs and maneuver around obstacles. But his less-than-average size keeps him from moving freely in heavy traffic or when doubled.
Against the run
His low center of gravity helps his functional strength, which allows him to get a good push on the offensive lineman. Doesn't really attempt to shed blocks and prefers to ride along with them on his way to the ball-carrier.
Overall, Boyd ranks as the No. 17 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft class.
DRAFTED: Round 5, Pick 34 (167), Green Bay Packers
25. Stacy McGee, Oklahoma
You can view Stacy McGee’s complete scouting report from NFL Network by clicking here.
While McGee has the size, speed and range to play the position at the next level, off the field issues (ESPN) could keep him from realizing his potential. Per NFL.com:
STRENGTHS: Athletic build and good foot speed for a penetrating three-technique tackle or five-technique end. Gets upfield with a long and quick first step when attacking a gap. Chases ballcarriers towards the sideline and downfield to help out teammates if needed, as well as keep his feet while engaged to work down the line on run plays.
The knock on McGee is that his effort wasn’t where it was supposed to be in college. Per NFL.com:
WEAKNESSES: Lack of production throughout career. Multiple off the field incidents; suspensions. Doesn't use his hands enough. Won't finish plays after initial surge. Has been frequently rotated in order to maximize freshness. Needs to show more power.
Overall, McGee ranks as the No. 25 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft class.
DRAFTED: Round 6, Pick 37 (205), Oakland Raiders
23. Nicholas Williams, Samford
You can view Nick Williams’ complete scouting report from Marques Eversoll by clicking here.
Williams is an extremely quick athlete and showed his stuff at the combine, running a 4.94 40-yard dash. He seemed to move around the field with ease and changed directions on a dime. Per Eversoll:
Impressive build makes Williams' scheme flexible. Williams could play as a defensive end in the 3-4 or as a defensive tackle in the 4-3.
Williams is an explosive player. He gets off the line of scrimmage quickly and is athletic enough to chase the ball-carrier down.
In the NFL, Williams is going to have to work on pad level and getting more creative with fighting off and battling through blockers. Per Eversoll:
At times, Williams is caught trying to play too high. He has an impressive build for the position, but he needs to stay low to generate a push into the backfield.
And despite above-average strength, Williams isn't very active with his hands. Beating offensive linemen won't be as a easy at the NFL level, so he needs to improve in that area.
Overall, Williams ranks as the No. 23 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft class.
DRAFTED: Round 7, Pick 17 (223), Pittsburgh Steelers
15. Everett Dawkins, Florida State
You can view Everett Dawkins' complete scouting report from Wes Stueve by clicking here.
Dawkins is a penetrating defensive tackle that plays low to the ground, which helps him force offensive linemen into the backfield. He has high-speed feet, which allow him to get after evading quarterbacks. Per Stueve:
With just 2.5 sacks over the past two seasons, Dawkins doesn't seem like much of a pass-rusher, though. The numbers, in this case, don't tell the whole story, however.
In the NFL Dawkins may have better numbers than he did while at Florida State. The Seminoles had a big defensive line rotation, which kept his numbers in check. Via Stueve:
The same traits that serve Dawkins as a pass-rusher also help him against the run.
He is quick and explosive, so he is able to get past and around offensive linemen on his way into the backfield. However, Dawkins has considerably more flaws in this part of his game.
Overall, Dawkins ranks as the No. 15 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
Drafted: Round 7, Pick 23 (229), Minnesota Vikings
24. Jared Smith, New Hampshire
You can view Jared Smith’s complete scouting report from NFL Network by clicking here.
Smith gets good penetration and knows where to go when he gets into the backfield. Per NFL.com:
STRENGTHS: Hustling five-technique prospect who spends a lot of time on the other side of the line. Continually works to the quarterback as long as the ball is in the pocket, also chases passers to the sideline if needed. Comes off the snap hard and low, usually gets his arms extended quickly to gain leverage.
Smith doesn’t have prototypical size for his position and sometimes gets pushed around by bigger blockers. Per NFL.com:
WEAKNESSES: Average athlete who lacks great closing speed to make plays in the backfield or chase down backs outside the box. Ends up leaving his feet to try to grab quicker ballcarriers.
Overall, Smith ranks as the No. 24 DT prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft class.
DRAFTED: Round 7, Pick 35 (241), Seattle Seahawks