2013 NFL Draft Rankings | Defensive Tackles
It is quite clear that there is a ton of talent at defensive tackle in this 2013 NFL Draft class.
Whether a team is looking for a potential 34 nose tackle, or a one gap, three technique stud, they are available.
Having a defensive tackle that can make big plays is crucial, but so is utilizing them properly. Often we see too many Dana Stubblefield/Dan Wilkinson misuses that hurt the defense.
Regardless, here are the 2013 NFL Draft class defensive tackle rankings.
1. Star Lotulelei, Utah
Big, physical specimen that will be ideal as a five technique in a 34 defense. Not an exceptional pass rusher, but a stout run defender.
2. Sharrif Floyd, Florida
Quicker than he looks, having very good hands that allow him to get in and disrupt the backfield. Won’t be a stat machine, but can be an asset as a 43 undertackle.
3. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
Another quick tackle that has no problems getting into the backfield to cause problems. Solid wrap up tackler and strong lower body.
4. Kawaan Short, Purdue
Stout run defender who could bolster a 34 five technique spot almost instantly.
5. John Jenkins, Georgia
Huge presence who can eat up double teams as a nose tackle at the next level, preferably in a 34 defense.
6. Jonathan Hankins, Ohio State
Not as big as John Jenkins, but still gets low and plays hard when he’s on. Inconsistent at times, but still could be an asset in a 34 especially.
7. Bennie Logan, LSU
Quicker defensive tackle who could excel as a three technique under tackle. Not afraid to get into the backfield and get to the quarterback.
8. Slyvester Williams, North Carolina
Big, physical and fast. A player that’s rising and has shown quickness to go along with his strength. Inconsistency makes him a fringe first round talent.
9. Jesse Williams, Alabama
Came out of a 34 defense in Alabama and excelled against the run. Should be a stout 34 five technique.
10. Quinton Dial, Alabama
Another strong Alabama defensive tackle/defensive end that can hold eat double teams and make an impact as a five technique.
11. Akeem Spence, Illinois
12. Kwame Geathers, Georgia
13. William Cambell, Michigan
14. Damion Square, Alabama
15. Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin
16. Josh Boyd, Mississippi State
17. Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State
18. Chris Jones, Bowling Green
19. Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska
20. Jordan Hill, Penn State
21. Kapron Lewis-Moore, Notre Dame
22. Brandon Moore, Texas
23. Everett Dawkins, Florida State
24. A.J. Francis, Maryland
25. Brent Russell, Georgia Southern
26. Cory Grissom, South Florida
27. Jared Smith, New Hampshire
28. Anthony McCloud, Florida State
29. Larry Black, Indiana
30. Dave Kruger, Utah
31. Stacy McGee, Oklahoma
32. T.J. Barnes, Georgia Tech
33. Joe Vellano, Maryland
34. Izaan Cross, Georgia Tech
35. Kaleb Ramsey, Boston College
36. Kurt Taufa’asau, Wyoming
37. Anthony Rashad White, Michigan State
38. Aaron Tipoti, California
39. Nigel Nicholas, Oklahoma State
40. Rob Lohr, Vanderbilt
41. Darius Smith, Miami (Fl.)
42. Jorge Wright, West Virginia
43. DeQuinta Jones, Arkansas
44. Neal Huynh, Ohio
45. Donovan Carter, UCLA