2012 NFL Draft: Defensive Tackle Big Board

So buckeye and I have covered cornerbacks available in the 2012 NFL Draft. We addressed wide receivers. And because I wasn't sure if there was a clear cut option to tackle next, I put it to you guys. By a slim margin, defensive tackle topped their offensive counterpart.

After the jump, our DT Big Board and some discussion about roles and good fits.

For reference, here's the Mocking the Draft DT rankings with detailed notes on 11 prospects. We've added a projected round column that reflects where each of us believe that player's stock is right now overall. The individual round projections are based on our individual assessments.

 

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Rank Name School MTD rank proj. rd. Name School MTD rank proj. rd.
1 Brandon Thompson Clemson 1 1 Alameda Ta'amu Washington 2 1
2 Alameda Ta'amu Washington 2 1 Kawann Short* Purdue 11 1-2
3 Jerel Worthy* Michigan St. 3 1-2 Jerel Worthy* Michigan St. 3 1-2
4 Billy Winn Boise St. 7 2-3 Devon Still Penn St. 10 2-3
5 Kawann Short* Purdue 11 2-3 Jared Crick Nebraska 5 2-3
6 Tydreke Powell N. Carolina 12 2-3 Brandon Thompson Clemson 1 2-4
7 Kheeston Randall Texas 9 2-3 Kendall Reyes Connecticut 8 2-4
8 Devon Still Penn St. 10 2-3 Dontari Poe* Memphis N/A 2-4
9 Josh Chapman Alabama 6 2-3 Josh Chapman Alabama 6 2-4
10 Jared Crick Nebraska 5 2-4 Jaye Howard
Florida 14 2-4

* denotes underclassmen

  With the recent improved play of Justin Bannan, maybe the Rams need to focus on finding a nose. They've tried through the draft (Darell Scott), and they've tried through free agency (Hollis Thomas). Sure, they finally found a stopgap solution in Fred Robbins, but that's quickly running its course. Ta'amu is arguably the most NFL-ready nose tackle. Dontari Poe is a giant, but he moves like one. Neither of us listed UNC's Sylvester Williams who should be a candidate by next year.

  So what are your thoughts on the Rams' DT chart? And what about the big board?  And what about 350-pound men?

  Holler.

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