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2008 Defensive Tackle Rankings

The top 2008 defensive tackle prospects available for the 2008 NFL Draft. More will be added as time progresses. * - denotes underclassmen.

This page was last updated March 27, 2008.

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  1. Glenn Dorsey, LSU
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 297.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.12.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 5.14.
    Benchx225: 27. Vertical 25.5.
    Projected Round: Top 5 Pick.

    After seeing Glenn Dorsey work out for a chance, the perception has changed a bit in Dorsey's favor. He'll likely be chosen in the top five, but he's not a top-two candidate like he was prior to the combine.

    Dorsey did not work out. In fact, he was rushed to the hospital so doctors could perform tests on his knees. This isn't anything new. This didn't just happen. Dorsey has had knee problems the past two years. I know he managed to play through the pain, but who's to say his knees won't get any worse? If you're a team in the top five, and you're thinking about taking Dorsey, and two or three other prospects, the former's knees will probably be the tie-breaker. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Dorsey dropped all the way down to No. 9.

  2. Sedrick Ellis, USC
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 309.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.83.
    Combine 40 Time: 5.24.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 5.05.
    Benchx225: 36. Vertical 30.
    Projected Round: Top 10 Pick.

    Sedrick Ellis rebounded from a horrendous combine to run a 5.05 and bench 36 reps at his Pro Day. Still not the 40 I was looking for, but it's better than 5.24.

    I was shocked that Sedrick Ellis didn't follow up his incredible Senior Bowl with a stellar combine. A 5.24 in the 40? What's that about? At least he didn't fall too far behind Glenn Dorsey, whose knees are probably going to shatter any day now.

    Ellis was a man amongst boys at the Senior Bowl, effortlessly pushing the opposing offensive line around as if they were small children. Ellis was simply unblockable. It wouldn't surprise me if the Dolphins or Rams took him first or second.

    Ellis has dominated the Senior Bowl practices and has established himself as a top-five pick.

    A very quick defensive tackle who loves getting to the quarterback. Had 4.5 sacks in each of the previous two seasons.

  3. Kentwan Balmer, North Carolina
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 308.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.96.
    Combine 40 Time: 5.28.
    Benchx225: 33. Vertical 29.
    Projected Round: 1-2.

    No one expected Kentwan Balmer to run a 4.7 or anything, but he should have done better than a 5.28. Still, his bench numbers showed what he's best at - mauling opposing offensive linemen.

    Kentwan Balmer has emerged as one of the top tacklers in college football. Perfect for either the 3-4 or 4-3.

    Started just eight games in 2006.

  4. Pat Sims, Auburn
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 310.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.92.
    Combine 40 Time: 5.06.
    Benchx225: 20. Vertical 30.5.
    Projected Round: 1-2.

    I don't get how Pat Sims benched 225 pounds only 20 times. I know that doesn't mean everything, especially with his quick 40 time, but it could hinder his shot at going in the first round.

    Any 315-pound defensive tackle who runs close to a 4.8 will get drafted. Sims didn't start any games as a freshman or a sophomore, but has really established himself as a dominant force this year.





  5. Dre Moore, Maryland
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 305.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.82.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.88.
    Benchx225: 31. Vertical .
    Projected Round: 1-2.

    Dre Moore was the talk of the combine at defensive tackle, as his blazing 40 (4.88) was very impressive, considering his 305-pound frame. Thirty-one reps of 225 pounds wasn't too shabby either.

    Moore played out of his mind against West Virginia. Steve Slaton simply couldn't run in Moore's direction, as the senior defensive tackle was in the Mountaineers' backfield the majority of the plays. He really improved his draft stock.

    That 4.82 is not a misprint. Moore, who excels at stopping the run and getting to the quarterback, is a workout warrior. He'll bench 225 pounds at least 30 times. He has also notched a 34-inch vertical in the past. An expected, excellent combine may get Moore into the first round.

  6. Trevor Laws, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 304.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.98.
    Combine 40 Time: 5.08.
    Benchx225: 35. Vertical 30.5.
    Projected Round: 2.

    I thought Trevor Laws had a decent combine, cementing his status as a second-round prospect.

    If it weren't for Sedrick Ellis, Laws might have shined as the most impressive defensive lineman at the Senior Bowl.

    Laws has been one of the few solid defenders for Notre Dame this season.

    We'll have to see how Trevor Laws plays without Derek Landri and Victor Abiamiri by his side.

  7. Red Bryant, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 318.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.08.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.98.
    Benchx225: 20. Vertical .
    Projected Round: 2-3.

    Red Bryant's 40 was solid, but benching 225 pounds just 20 times didn't really help him. Bryant, the top nose tackle on the board, had knee surgery last November.

  8. Marcus Harrison, Arkansas
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 317.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.98.
    Combine 40 Time: 5.02.
    Benchx225: 26. Vertical 29.
    Projected Round: 2-3.

    Marcus Harrison put on about 10 pounds and still ran a decent 40 at his size. He's definitely in the second- or third-round range.

    A 310-pound defensive tackle who can run a sub-5.0 40? Think scouts will drool all over him? Harrison missed tons of time with a knee injury, so that'll be a concern.



  9. Ahtyba Rubin, Iowa State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 315.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.18.
    Combine 40 Time: 5.17.
    Benchx225: 35. Vertical 28.
    Projected Round: 2-3.

    Ahtyba Rubin should keep moving up draft boards and could eventually sneak into the bottom half of the second round. Solid combine.

  10. DeMario Pressley, N.C. State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 300.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.99.
    Combine 40 Time: 5.11.
    Benchx225: 28. Vertical 25.5.
    Projected Round: 3.

    DeMario Pressley will have knee surgery and could miss the entire 2007 season.

    Will teams be afraid to take an N.C. State defensive lineman in the wake of several Wolfpack players flopping in the NFL? One thing that scares me about DeMario Pressley is his inconsistency. One game he's a beast; the next he's nowhere to be seen.

  11. Frank Morton, Tulane
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 327.
    40 Time: 5.25.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    A huge nose tackle who collected four sacks in 2006.

  12. Nick Hayden, Wisconsin
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 291.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.18.
    Combine 40 Time: 5.10.
    Benchx225: 34. Vertical 27.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    Nick Hayden's 34 reps of 225 pounds could provoke a team to draft him late in the third round. Hayden produced 5.5 sacks as a senior.

  13. Kendall Langford, Hampton
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 287.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.92.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.97.
    Benchx225: 24. Vertical 31.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    Recorded eight sacks in 2006. Can play defensive end in a 3-4 as well.

  14. Frank Okam, Texas
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 347.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.00.
    Combine 40 Time: 5.32.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 5.27.
    Benchx225: 32. Vertical 27.5.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    Forget bulldozers; they should just have Frank Okam run a couple of 40s when they want to knock down the RCA Dome. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Okam ate a cheeseburger or two after the end of the regular season.

  15. Letroy Guion, Florida State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 303.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.11.
    Combine 40 Time: 5.30.
    Benchx225: 26. Vertical .
    Projected Round: 5.

    Another defensive tackle who ran a disappointing 40 time at in Indianapolis.

    A talented player who got some fame when Mike Mayock made him his No. 4 defensive tackle. Letroy Guion does have character issues, however, as he was kept out of Florida State's postseason exhibition match a few months ago.



  16. Carlton Powell, Virginia Tech
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 292.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.93.
    Combine 40 Time: 5.04.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 5.00.
    Benchx225: 25. Vertical 27.5.
    Projected Round: 5.

    Had a broad jump of 8'11", which is pretty decent for a defensive tackle.

  17. Andre Fluellen, Florida State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 296.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.90.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Benchx225: 28. Vertical .
    Projected Round: 6.

    Andre Fluellen didn't work out at the combine.

  18. Barry Booker, Virginia Tech
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 285.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.89.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 5.06.
    Benchx225: 24. Vertical 30.5.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Played well as a first-year starter. His speed makes him a candidate for the cover-2.

  19. Lionel Dotson, Arizona
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 296.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.97.
    Combine 40 Time: 5.36.
    Benchx225: . Vertical .
    Projected Round: 6.

    Injury-prone; Lionel Dotson suffered a leg injury last year and a shoulder injury last spring.

  20. Keilen Dykes, West Virginia
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 306.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.92.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 5.08.
    Benchx225: 33. Vertical 29.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Not a good showing for Keilen Dykes on national TV, as Maryland's offensive line pushed West Virginia's defensive front around all night.

    Pretty versatile; can play end or tackle in the 4-3, or end in the 3-4. Dykes is probably more effective in the former scheme, as he can get to the quarterback.

  21. Maurice Murray, New Mexico State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 310.
    40 Time: 4.92.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Raw - transferred over from a junior college after the 2004 season.

  22. George Chukwu, Rice
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 312.
    40 Time: 4.98.
    Projected Round: 6-7.



  23. Steven Coleman, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 299.
    40 Time: 5.05.
    Projected Round: 6-7.

    As a first-year starter, was in the opening lineup for 12 of 14 games.

  24. James McClinton, Kansas
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 293.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Combine 40 Time: 5.49.
    Benchx225: 23. Vertical .
    Projected Round: 6-7.



  25. Jason Shirley, Fresno State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 330.
    40 Time: 4.98.
    Projected Round: 7.

    A monstrous nose tackle who runs a sub-five 40? Are we recording this? Is this thing on?



  26. J.T. Mapu, Tennessee
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 290.
    40 Time: 5.08.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Inexperienced; stepping in for Justin Harrell this season.

  27. Derek Lokey, Texas
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 288.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.14.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 5.18.
    Benchx225: 38. Vertical 33.5.
    Projected Round: 7.



  28. Kurt Hout, Ferris State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 280.
    40 Time: 4.82.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Transferred from Northern Colorado to Ferris State, wherever that is. Guess Kurt Hout likes the spotlight.

  29. Chris Norwell, Illinois
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 290.
    40 Time: 5.26.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Chris Norwell can play defensive tackle in the 4-3 or end in the 3-4, much like Keilen Dykes. Unlike Dykes, however, end in the 4-3 is not an option.

  30. Ropati Pitoitua, Washington State
    Height: 6-8. Weight: 291.
    40 Time: 5.18.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Was cited for DUI and arrested within the past two years. On the bright side, he's 6-8, so he'll bat down a lot of passes.

  31. Keith Shologan, Central Florida
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 290.
    40 Time: 4.98.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Started 33 games the past three years.

  32. Tony Jenkins, Syracuse
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 288.
    40 Time: 4.96.
    Projected Round: FA.



  33. Richard Clebert, South Florida
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 320.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.29.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 5.25.
    Benchx225: 38. Vertical 25.5.
    Projected Round: FA.



  34. Kyle Clement, Northwood
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 316.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.93.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 5.21.
    Benchx225: 37. Vertical 29.5.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Arm Length: 32.2"; hand size: 10"; short shuttle: 4.54; 3-cone: 7.54; broad jump: 8'11".

  35. Michael Marquardt, Arizona State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 298.
    40 Time: 5.25.
    Projected Round: FA.



  36. Josh Thompson, Auburn
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 304.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.28.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 5.34.
    Benchx225: . Vertical 28.5.
    Projected Round: FA.



  37. Sean Merrill, Southern Miss
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 294.
    40 Time: 5.18.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Transferred over from LSU. Tore his chest and missed practice this spring.

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