Today's Best Defensive Tackles and Their Throwback Comparisons

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Today's Best Defensive Tackles and Their Throwback Comparisons
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Who today compares to 14-time Pro Bowler Merlin Olsen of the Los Angeles Rams?

So it is onward…which in regards to this piece actually means inward.

Welcome to the 10th installment of our throwback series in which we have taken a look at the different positions around the NFL and drawn comparisons to standouts of years gone by.

Last time out, the focus was on some of the top defensive ends and who they reminded us of. Here, we’ll talk defensive tackles and nose tackles. Those positions don’t usually add up to a lot of statistics, but these performers obviously play a big role in a unit’s success.

How exactly do we come up with these comparisons? The criteria are multi-faceted, and one legend doesn't fit all. We are talking style as much as anything because after all, the eye test is still the best pop quiz ever. But other factors will be taken into account when making comparisons.

One very big reminder: This is not a ranking of the eight best interior defensive linemen in the NFL. It’s simply some of the best players at their position and who they remind us of from the distant or not-too distant past.

Finally, here is a big "thank you" to the people at and for some statistical support.

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