October 4, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (92) celebrates a fumble recovery during the first quarter against the Southern California Trojans at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Draft Prospects: Defensive Tackle


The Seahawks have an interesting dilemma come up this offseason at defensive tackle. Both starter Alan Branch and super sub Jason Jones are going to be free agents. Both are likely to command rather large pay increases.

The Seahawks have the cap space to pay both, but doing so will greatly limit their ability to actually upgrade the rest of the team. The Seahawks will also want to re-sign Kam Chancellor who’ll be entering the last year on his contract. The Seahawks have also already sunk a tremendous amount of salary into the rest of the defensive line, giving Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant all large extensions. That’s a lot of money already sunk into one position group.

While I doubt that the Seahawks will do so, there’s a chance the Seahawks will look to the draft to find a cheaper alternative at the position. With that in mind, I decided to put together my DT rankings for the draft next.

This is a deep draft at DT. The top 2 are likely going to go in the top 5 in the draft. I could also see as many as 6 DTs go in the first round. There are quality NFL players up and down the draft at the position.

Player Pos

Rank

School
Star Lotulelei DT

1

Utah
Johnathan Hankins DT

2

Ohio State
John Jenkins DT

3

Georgia
Sheldon Richardson DT

4

Missouri
Jesse Williams DT

5

Alabama
Kawann Short DT

6

Purdue
Sylvester Williams DT

7

North Carolina
Sharrif Floyd DT

8

Florida
Everett Dawkins DT

9

Florida State
Dominique Easley DT

10

Florida
Jordan Hill DT

11

Penn State
Akeem Spence DT

12

Illinois
Abry Jones DT

13

Georgia
Brent Russell DT

14

Georgia Southern
Cory Grissom DT

15

South Florida
Josh Boyd DT

16

Mississippi State
Anthony White DT

17

Michigan State
Anthony McCloud DT

18

Florida State
Chris Jones DT

19

Bowling Green
Brandon Williams DT

20

Missouri S. State

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  • rymong

    Would you mind updating the post with their heights and weights? It’s important to differentiate who is a 3-4 NT from -1′s and -3′s. I think we need a 3 down DT to put in the rotation. Someone who can generate pass rush from inside without being a liability against the run.