The Edge Rushers in this class were very impressive in terms of testing at the combine, but the defensive tackles were largely a disappoint. And one thing I believe people need to understand is that when a player drops on my board. It usually is not due to me putting a player from the same position over them due to testing. As much as players at another position presented more value based on their testing. In which case I foresee a lot of other players from other positions being slid ahead of a lot of these defensive tackles.
The defensive tackle group were:
- Larry Ogunjobi
- Elijah Qualls
- D.J. Jones
- Soloman Thomas
- Charles Walker
- Eddie Vanderdoes
Only half of those defensive tackles have no major questions about their production, or film. While a player in Jonathan Allen and Jaleel Johnson who I’m a big fan put up average NFL starting ability. But in general there were a lot of red to yellow flags. Even Malik McDowell has a shot at being a flash in the pan type defensive tackle like Marcus Stroud. But I just feel a bit uneasy with this defensive tackle group now.
I only view Soloman Thomas as a legit top 10 prospect. While Johnson and Allen will likely fall as other positional players who have shown more long-term value pop up. It will be interesting to see how the NFL reacts to this new information. But as of right now, I see believe this defensive tackle class has been a little too overhyped.