The NFL Comparison for Top 10 DT Recruits from Class of 2015
Comparisons to NFL players paint pictures for everyone to have a familiar idea of the skill set of less-popular prospects. This series of professional comparisons with the recruits in the 2015 class continues, with the nation's best defensive tackles being the focus of this list.
Among the nation's top overall talents happens to be a 5-star defensive tackle who plays like a star with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. An athletic defensive tackle from Los Angeles has a similar style to an underrated player in the AFC West, while an interior presence with the Carolina Panthers is an older version of a 5-star recruit from Virginia.
Hailing from South Carolina, Albert Huggins is a versatile defensive tackle who can also play defensive end. He would be an excellent fit as a 3-technique defensive tackle/under-tackle in a Tampa 2 scheme.
At 6'3" and 279 pounds, he doesn't waste much time with offensive linemen at the snap. He's not got going to clog many gaps because he loves to penetrate them to make stops in the backfield. Huggins is explosive at the snap, and he also has great short-area quickness in pursuit.
The 4-star recruit is a lot like Henry Melton of the Dallas Cowboys.
Breiden Fehoko is a 4-star defensive tackle who is committed to Texas Tech. He will be loved in Lubbock, as the Red Raiders are getting a player who is explosive in the trenches.
Fehoko, who is from Hawaii, had 103 tackles and 24.5 sacks as a junior last season, per 247Sports. The 6'3", 290-pounder uses excellent first-step quickness to win early versus offensive linemen. He has adequate strength at the point of attack, but he is at his best when he can slip blocks and penetrate gaps.
The Honolulu native compares to Jonathan Babineaux of the Atlanta Falcons.
A 4-star defensive tackle with tremendous power, Jacob Daniel can also play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. The California native has good quickness at the snap, but it's his strength that sets him apart from others.
At 6'4" and 310 pounds, he is stout and heavy-handed at the point of attack. He punches with a ton of force, plus he has no issues anchoring versus running plays. He can plug gaps with ease, and Daniel also has the ability to generate a push in the middle of the pocket as a pass-rusher.
His NFL comparison is Pat Sims of the Oakland Raiders.
At 6'4" and 316 pounds, Kahlil McKenzie is a big defensive tackle with solid lateral movement skills. He can shoot to his right or left in pursuit with good short-area quickness.
However, the big man's top asset is his strength. He can anchor well at the point of attack versus guards, and he also has a sharp punch. McKenzie rarely takes plays off, as the 4-star defensive lineman loves making sure offensive linemen know they're in for a long night when they face him.
He's a similar player to Linval Joseph of the Minnesota Vikings.
Tim Settle is a 5-star defensive tackle who is difficult for blockers to handle when he plays with leverage. The Virginia native has heavy hands at the point of attack, and he works with a lot of physicality in the trenches.
Settle, who is 6'3" and 318 pounds, has good quickness to engage with guards in a hurry. He can grab blockers with strength, plus he rips with force and quickness. He can clog alleys thanks to his impressive anchor and has the surge to reach and pursue the ball.
Kawann Short of the Carolina Panthers is his NFL comparison.
Shy Tuttle is comfortable playing over the center and in the A-gaps. The North Carolina native also has enough quickness to be asked to shoot through B-gaps.
He is a 6'3", 315-pounder with outstanding strength. He can shoot his hands through a blocker to extend his arms, which creates separation at the point of attack. He will be able to play several different roles inside the defensive trenches in college.
He compares favorably to Brandon Mebane of the Seattle Seahawks.
From Alabama, 5-star defensive tackle Daron Payne is among the most powerful players in the country. He exhibits overwhelming strength at the point of attack, as evidenced by his ability to walk offensive linemen deep into the backfield.
The 6'2", 316-pounder has a good punch at the point of attack, and he plays with good leverage. Payne can anchor with ease versus running plays, but he also has the quickness to slip gaps and laterally pursue the ball.
His powerful playing style is reminiscent of Randy Starks of the Miami Dolphins.
Rasheem Green is a 5-star defensive tackle who has rare athleticism for his position. In fact, he is capable of helping out as a defensive end.
Yet the 6'5", 275-pounder's future is inside. He can jump on top of blockers with terrific quickness, plus he can use his long arms and strength to press people off him at the point of attack. Green has outstanding range in pursuit, as evidenced by his ability to chase and smoothly surge to close on ball-carriers.
The Los Angeles native compares to Malik Jackson of the Denver Broncos.
Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman of Scout.com wrote on March 11: "Green is a freak with unlimited upside."
A Texas A&M commitment, Daylon Mack will be ready to contribute to the Aggies defense from his first day on campus.
The 6'2", 310-pounder has exceptional strength and power at the point of attack. Yet he can beat blockers before things even get to that point. The Texas native has great first-step quickness to jump on top of offensive linemen, and he's not a bad athlete for his size and position.
Mack's combination of power and quickness make him a similar defensive tackle to Marcell Dareus of the Buffalo Bills.
Trent Thompson is a 5-star defensive tackle from Georgia who is a playmaker. He's always on the move in the trenches, as his quickness and burst are his top assets.
However, he also has impressive strength at 6'4" and 292 pounds. He can explode upfield at the snap to immediately threaten gaps. The Peach State native makes a lot of tackles behind the line of scrimmage, and he also has the closing ability to finish on quarterbacks.
Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is Thompson's NFL comparison.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.