Nov 17, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) tries to avoid a tackle by Purdue Boilermakers defensive tackle Kawann Short (93)quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: DT Rankings


This is a very good year to need a DT. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The talent is there from the top of the draft to the bottom. Star Lotulelei is the best of the class, but his recent heart problems are a scary. He’s either going to go in the top 3, or he’s likely to fall a long ways depending on how his test results come back.

Sharrif Floyd is the player getting all the press these days. He was someone who I saw as being a top 10 pick back in October, but everyone else had him in the late 1st to early 2nd round at the time. Because of that, I’d latched on to him as a potential Seahawk selection, but that look unlikely now. Everyone has taken notice of his skills now, and he looks to go in the top 10.

Kawann Short is a definite consideration for the Seahawks at #25. He’d be an instant upgrade over Alan Branch at the 3-tech spot on the line. He’s a stout space occupying DT vs the run, and has enough quicks and strength to collapse the pocket from the inside. He’s not an elite pass rusher, and thus would likely come out on third downs like Branch did, but he’s a definite improvement in that area when teams pass on first and 2nd downs.

Another DT to keep an eye on is Sly Williams out of North Carolina. He’s got a great first step and initial power. He should be a solid inside pass rusher, and should also be there when Seattle picks at the end of the 2nd round.

Rank Player Pos P Rank School Height Weight
Star Lotulelei DT 1 Utah 3-Jun 311
*Sharrif Floyd DT 2 Florida 3-Jun 297
*Sheldon Richardson DT 3 Missouri 3-Jun 294
Kawann Short DT 4 Purdue 3-Jun 299
*Johnathan Hankins DT 5 Ohio State 3-Jun 320
John Jenkins DT 6 Georgia 4-Jun 346
Jesse Williams DT 7 Alabama 3-Jun 323
Sylvester Williams DT 8 North Carolina 3-Jun 313
Brandon Williams DT 9 Missouri Southern State 1-Jun 335
*Akeem Spence DT 10 Illinois 1-Jun 307
Everett Dawkins DT 11 Florida State 2-Jun 292
Jordan Hill DT 12 Penn State 1-Jun 303
*Bennie Logan DT 13 LSU 2-Jun 309
Montori Hughes DT 14 Tennessee-Martin 4-Jun 329
Josh Boyd DT 15 Mississippi St. 3-Jun 310
*Kwame Geathers DT 16 Georgia 5-Jun 342
T.J. Barnes DT 17 Georgia Tech 6-Jun 369
Cory Grissom DT 18 South Florida 1-Jun 306
Anthony McCloud DT 19 Florida State 2-Jun 309
Nicholas Williams DT 20 Samford 5-Jun 309
Mike Purcell DT 21 Wyoming 3-Jun 303
Stacy McGee DT 22 Oklahoma 3-Jun 308
Jared Smith DT 23 New Hampshire 3-Jun 302
Gilbert Pena DT 24 Ole Miss 2-Jun 334
Abry Jones DT 25 Georgia 3-Jun 313
Chris Jones DT 26 Bowling Green 2-Jun 302

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