2017 NFL Scouting Combine: DT Athleticism Analysis

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.

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The defensive tackle group were:

  1. Larry Ogunjobi
  2. Elijah Qualls
  3. D.J. Jones
  4. Soloman Thomas
  5. Charles Walker
  6. 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.

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