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2017 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Defensive Tackle

With the 2017 NFL Draft just a few months away, Zach continues his big board series where he breaks down the top prospects at each position in the draft. Next up: defensive tackle.

By: Zach Metkler, GZ Sports Report Writer

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After breaking down the offense, we will now turn our attention to the defensive side of the ball, where there is a boat-load of talent for teams to grab as this is a very deep defensive class as a whole. Time and time again, NFL teams have proven that defenses can still be the difference-makers in games so talent is always at a premium. To get us started, we will take a look at this year’s defensive line class. Below is my initial big board for the 2017 defensive tackles.

  1. Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
  2. Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
  3. Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
  4. Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
  5. Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan
  6. Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington
  7. Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa
  8. Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama
  9. Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
  10. Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte
  11. Jarron Jones, DT, Notre Dame
  12. Nazair Jones, DT, North Carolina
  13. Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA
  14. Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State
  15. Charles Walker, DT, Oklahoma
  16. Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan
  17. Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU
  18. Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane
  19. D.J. Jones, DT, Ole Miss
  20. Josh Tupou, DT, Colorado
  21. Tyrique Jarrett, DT, Pittsburgh
  22. DeAngelo Brown, DT, Louisville
  23. Isaac Rochell, DT, Notre Dame
  24. Treyvon Hester, DT, Toledo
  25. Chunky Clements, DT, Illinois

Class Position Strength: Solid/High Upside

Class Superlatives:

Biggest Riser: Jaleel Johnson, Iowa
Biggest Faller: Nazier Jones, North Carolina
Most NFL-Ready: Jonathan Allen, Alabama
Best Run-Stopper: Jonathan Allen, Alabama
Best Pass-Rusher: Jonathan Allen, Alabama
Best Nose Tackle: 
Elijah Qualls, Washington
Most Versatility: Jonathan Allen, Alabama
Intangibles: Chris Wormley, Michigan
Highest Ceiling: Malik McDowell, Michigan State
Could Disappoint: Jaleel Johnson, Iowa
Could Surprise: Carlos Watkins, Clemson
Biggest Question Mark: Malik McDowell, Michigan State
Biggest Risk: Malik McDowell, Michigan State
Biggest Sleeper: Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA

Previous Rankings:
Quarterback
Running Back
Wide Receiver
Tight End
Offensive Tackle
Offensive Guard
Center

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