2021 NFL Draft Prospects: Nose Tackle



The top 2021 Nose Tackle prospects available for the 2021 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2021 prospect. ** - denotes 2024 prospect.

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2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

  1. Previous Seasons

    • '20 - Derrick Brown, Auburn
    • '19 - Christian Wilkins, Clemson
    • '18 - Vita Vea, Washington
    Christian Barmore**, NT, Alabama
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 310.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.18.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-2.
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    2/13/21: Barmore had a mixed 2020 season for Alabama. On the positive side, he demonstrated the ability to be a dangerous interior pass rusher. On the negative side, his run defense and physicality were lacking. Some team evaluators feel Barmore needs to improve as a run defender and become a more well-rounded player in order to be a high first-round pick. Late in the season though, including the playoff games against Notre Dame and Ohio State, Barmore showed improvement in run defense and things seemed to be clicking for him in both phases. Barmore is a fast, athletic interior pass rusher who is a dangerous quarterback hunter.

    For his development as a football player, Barmore should have gone back to school, but he could still be a first-round pick in 2021 NFL Draft given his rare pass-rush ability. Barmore is not as well-rounded or polished as other recent Alabama defensive tackles like Quinnen Williams, Jonathan Allen or Da'Ron Payne.

    9/5/20: Barmore flashed ability as part of Alabama's rotation in 2019. It was only his redshirt freshman season, so he could easily be primed to break out in 2020 or 2021. Barmore has good size with length at the point of attack to go along with quickness and athleticism. He could be the next Alabama interior lineman who becomes an early-round prospect, similar to Quinnen Williams, Da'Ron Payne, Jonathan Allen and Raekwon Davis among others.




  2. Previous Seasons

    • '20 - Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
    • '19 - Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
    • '18 - Da'Ron Payne, Alabama
    Jay Tufele*, NT, USC
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 305.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.22.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-3.
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    2/13/21: Tufele did not opt back in after the Pac-12 decided to play football again.

    9/5/20: Tufele was a disruptive presence for USC in 2019, totaling 42 tackles with 4.5 sacks and a pass batted. His run defense was improved, and he looks like he has upside to improve. After redshirting in 2017, Tufele made an impressive debut for the Trojans in 2018, racking up three sacks with 23 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss and a blocked field goal. Tufele has the upside to grow and be better as he gains experience. Tufele announced that he will not return to USC and will enter the 2021 NFL Draft.


  3. Previous Seasons

    • '20 - Raekwon Davis, Alabama
    • '19 - Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
    • '18 - Tim Settle, Virginia Tech
    Marvin Wilson, NT, Florida State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 319.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.2.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-4.
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    2/13/21: Wilson was very disappointing in 2020 before suffering a season-ending leg injury. He was not impressive as a pass rusher, and some team evaluators feel Wilson is just a run-stuffing nose tackle for the next level. Some teams are projecting Wilson to the third round or mid-rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. Others think he still has a shot at being a second-round pick.

    9/5/20: Wilson totaled 44 tackles with five sacks, four passes defended and a forced fumble in 2019. He was a disruptive presence, showing pass-rushing potential, strength, quickness and athleticism. Team sources said they were projecting Wilson to the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft had he decided to skip his senior year. If Wilson improves in 2020, he could be a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

    Wilson had a decent 2018 season for the Seminoles as their best interior defender. On the year, he totaled 42 tackles with 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two passes batted and 4.5 tackles for a loss.


  4. Previous Seasons

    • '20 - Jordan Elliott, Missouri
    • '19 - Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois
    • '18 - Harrison Phillips, Stanford
    Tedarrell Slaton, NT, Florida
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 343.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.6.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    2/13/21: Slaton played well in 2020, stuffing runs at the point of attack and getting a push in pass protection. He is a good fit for 3-4 nose tackle in the NFL and could also be a run-stuffing nose tackle in a 4-3.

    9/5/20: Slaton recorded 29 tackles with two sacks and a pass defended in 2019. He played well to close out the regular season, but he was wise to go back for his senior year. Slaton did not produce a big stat line for the Gators in 2018, but the big nose tackle caused a lot of disruption and plugged a lot of gaps at the point of attack. He totaled 21 tackles with two for a loss on the year.

    Team sources have remarked how Slaton jumped out at them and was impossible to ignore while grading the Gators' 2019 NFL Draft prospects. For the NFL, Slaton projects as a heavy nose tackle.




  5. Previous Seasons

    • '20 - DaVon Hamilton, Ohio State
    • '19 - Chris Slayton, Syracuse
    • '18 - B.J. Hill, N.C. State
    Neil Farrell Jr., NT, LSU
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 319.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.29.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    2/13/21: Farrell originally opted out of the 2020 season, but he then re-joined LSU. He had a solid game against Florida and is a quality run defender at the point of attack.

    9/5/20: Ferrell was a rotational defender for LSU with only three starts as a junior, but he flashed athletic ability with pass-rush potential and was a solid run defender. With Rashard Lawrence moving onto the NFL, Farrell should be a starter as senior. If he can increase his pass-rush production, he could rise.


  6. Previous Seasons

    • '20 - Benito Jones, Ole Miss
    • '19 - Isaiah Buggs, Alabama
    • '18 - Derrick Nnadi, Florida State
    Bobby Brown III*, NT, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 315.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.2.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    2/13/21: Brown played well in 2020, although he did manage to injure himself while celebrating a sack. Brown was a disruptive defender for the Aggies, contributing in both phases, but he did not produce as much as his skill set says he should. Brown has good size with a thick build and doesn't move poorly for a player of his stature. Sources say a poor work ethic and motor hurt his grade.

    9/5/20: Brown has the athletic upside to rise as a junior. He showed improvement and took on a larger role as a sophomore. To rise, Brown needs to get better in the pass rush and put more pressure on the quarterback, particularly with some sack production as an upperclassman.


  7. Previous Seasons

    • '20 - Leki Fotu, Utah
    • '19 - Greg Gaines, Washington
    • '18 - Kendrick Norton, Miami
    Naquan Jones, NT, Michigan State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 339.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.4.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    2/13/21: Jones still looked like a heavy nose tackle and gap filler in the 2020 season and didn't display improvements as a pass rusher.

    9/5/20: Jones put up very little production 2019, but he is a heavy nose tackle and gap filler. Those players aren't expected to produce big stat lines. Entering the 2018 season, the Michigan State defensive tackle who seemed to be the program's top interior lineman was Raequan Williams, but Jones, then a sophomore, was the team's top interior defender. In 2018, he had 26 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, one pass batted and one forced fumble.


  8. Previous Seasons

    • '20 - Rashard Lawrence, LSU
    • '19 - P.J. Johnson, Arizona
    • '18 - Kahlil McKenzie Jr., Tennessee
    Tyler Shelvin*, NT, LSU
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 346.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.55.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    2/13/21: Shelvin opted out of the 2020 season to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. He did not re-join LSU.

    9/5/20: Shelvin was a good run stuffer at the point of attack during LSU's dream season in 2019. The big nose tackle occupied blockers, often taking on double teams to help free up other defenders to make tackles. For the NFL, Shelvin would fit as a nose tackle in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense, but he'll come off the field for a pass rusher in the sub package.


  9. Previous Seasons

    • '20 - Josiah Coatney, Ole Miss
    • '19 - Demarcus Christmas, Florida State
    • '18 - Du'Vonta Lampkin, Oklahoma
    Quinton Bohanna, NT, Kentucky
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 367.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.66.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    2/13/21: Bohanna is run-stuffing nose tackle who occupies blockers but does not offer pass rush or many tackles in the ground game.

    9/5/20: Bohanna is a massive nose tackle who should trim some weight for the NFL. As a pro, he could fit at nose in etiher a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense. Even though Bohanna does not produce big tackle totals, he is a good contributor to the run defense with his size and ability to occupy blockers to free up linebackers. At the next level, Bohanna could be a two-down run stuffer who comes out of the game in the sub package.




  10. Previous Seasons

    • '20 - Raequan Williams, Michigan State
    • '19 - Trysten Hill, Central Florida
    • '18 - Greg Gilmore, LSU
    Khyiris Tonga, NT, BYU
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 321.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.48.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    2/13/21: Tonga played well for BYU in 2020, clogging running lanes and contributing in the pass rush. He is a run-stuffing nose tackle for the next level.

    9/5/20: Tonga is a solid run defender who has size at the point of attack. He will need to produce more as a pass rusher during his senior year to rise.


  11. Previous Seasons

    • '20 - Darrion Daniels, Nebraska
    • '19 - Albert Huggins, Clemson
    • '18 - Deadrin Senat, South Florida
    Jordon Scott, NT, Oregon
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 322.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.3.
    Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
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    2/13/21: Scott did not impress for Oregon over 2020.

    9/5/20: Scott is a short nose tackle who is a solid run defender but has not shown much pass-rushing ability at Oregon. For Scott to rise, he needed to produce more in the pass rush as a senior, but the Pac-12 canceled its season.


  12. Previous Seasons

    • '20 - Carlos Davis, Nebraska
    • '19 - Daylon Mack, Texas A&M
    • '18 - Lowell Lotulelei, Utah
    Forrest Merrill, NT, Arkansas State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 338.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.4.
    Projected Round (2021): 7-FA.
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    2/13/21: Merrill did not impress in 2020. He has a bad body and limited athleticism and quickness for the next level. Merrill is a nose tackle to occupy blockers, but could have a hard time sticking in the NFL.

    9/5/20: Merrill has the body type of a heavy nose tackle, but he was a solid interior pass rusher for Arkansas State over the past two seasons. Merrill needs to stay consistent and earn an invitation to a top all-star game. If he does well against better competition, he could be a riser in the 2021 process.




2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P





 








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