2018 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings

Defensive Tackles

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1. Da’Ron Payne
College: Alabama
Height: 6’2″, Weight: 311
The most complete defensive tackle in this year’s draft. Da’Ron Payne has the size and skillset you ask out of defensive tackles. A strong handfighter, Payne has a nice set of inside and outside pass rush moves. Payne also showed great reaction time and was a really strong tackle.

 2. Vita Vea
College: Washington
Height: 6’4″, Weight: 347

A massive defensive tackle, Vita Vea is in constant demand of double teams. His size can limit him a bit but on the field Vea is the type of player that makes his fellow linemen better. You see it particularly in his pass rush. While he’s not racking up sacks, he’s collapsing the pocket and allowing his outside rushers to finish plays.

3. Taven Bryan
College: Florida
Height: 6’4″, Weight: 291
Taven Bryan showed fantastic quickness and was great at hitting gaps. His size suggests he’s a defensive tackle (And the fact he played defensive tackle.) I can’t help but wonder though, if Bryan is out-of-place as an interior linemen. His play-style suggest that he’s better suited as a defensive end. The possible intrigue over his versatility could help him on draft day.

4. Maurice Hurst
College: Michigan
Height: 6’2″, Weight: 282
The defensive tackle I most enjoyed watching. Maurice Hurst has a long list of positives. His strong initial move demands double teams from opposing lines. On top of that, Hurst responds well to run plays and is a strong tackler. Hurst had little problem separating from blockers and was a force as a pass rusher. His medical history stills remains a concern for some teams.

5. Derrick Nnadi
College: Florida State
Height: 6’1″, Weight: 299
Derrick Nnadi is the type of player that plays bigger than he is. Nnadi seems destined as more of a two down player in the NFL with his lack of pass rush. Yet, he deserves credit for how strong he is in the run game and his ability to plug up the middle of the line on run plays.