Monday, April 12, 2010

2010 NFL Draft: Top Defensive Tackles

With the 2010 NFL Draft less than two weeks away, I will be highlighting the top players at each position in this year's class.

These are my top defensive tackle prospects available in the 2010 NFL Draft.

1. Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska

A two-time All-Big 12 selection and first-team All-American in 2009, Suh finished his fantastic collegiate career with 200 tackles (56 for a loss) and 26.5 sacks in 55 games.

The most decorated defensive player in college football last season, Suh is a candidate to go to the Rams first overall, though Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is the favorite. Still, Suh shouldn't be on the board much longer than that, and it seems highly unlikely he falls past Detroit (No. 2) and Tampa Bay (No. 3).

2. Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma

The 1B to Ndamukong Suh's 1A, McCoy earned All-Big 12 and All-American honors each of his last two seasons with the Sooners after racking up 64 tackles (26.5 for a loss) and 12.5 sacks since the start of the 2008 season.

A great all-around athlete for his position, Many believe McCoy and Suh are a toss-up as the top defensive tackle in the draft, and he could go as high as No. 2 to Detroit.

3. Dan Williams, Tennessee

A three-year starter for the Volunteers, Williams recorded 160 tackles (25 for a loss) and seven sacks in 45 career games and earned first-team All-SEC honors as a senior in 2009.

The top 3-4 nose tackle prospect of this year's class, Williams could go as high as No. 12 to Miami, but at the very least should find a home in the mid-to-late first round.

4. Jared Odrick, Penn State

The Big Ten Conference's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2009, Odrick finished his collegiate career with 104 tackles (25.5 for a loss) and 14.5 tackles in 46 games for the Nittany Lions.

A hard-working, versatile player that could fit as a three-technique defensive tackle or 3-4 defensive end, Odrick should go in the latter half of the first round.

5. Terrence Cody, Alabama

The anchor of Nick Saban's top defense the past two seasons, Cody followed up two seasons in junior college with 52 tackles and half a sack in two seasons with the Crimson Tide.

"Mount Cody" has major conditioning issues, but is a prototypical 3-4 nose tackle in the mold of a Keith Traylor, Ted Washington, and Vince Wilfork. Draft projections have him all over the place, but he could land somewhere in the late first round of things go his way.

Who are your top defensive tackle prospects in the 2010 NFL Draft? Share your thoughts on the forum here!