Defensive tackles are gradually becoming more important in the NFL.
With guys like Kevin Williams and Ndamukong Suh being forces in the NFL, they can make a big impact on games. Good defensive tackles take up space so the defensive ends can get one-on-one matchups against offensive tackles. They also have to have the ability to collapse the pocket on a quarterback.
A prototypical defensive tackle in the NFL is 6'4" and weighs 300 pounds, while a 3-4 defensive tackle is usually around 330 pounds. They have long arms, great strength, a good first step, good instincts, show great effort and get off blocks. Defensive tackles also need to have great stamina and have the ability to hold up the line of scrimmage.
This year's class of defensive tackles is deep, with many projected to go in the first two rounds.
Here are my Top 10 Defensive Tackles for the 2011 NFL Draft.