FanPost

Daily Positional Breakdown: Part 6: DT

Here is the rest of the defensive line!

2011 - DT's

Fred Robbins:
15 G, 29 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 0 FF, 0 INT, 1 PDF

Justin Bannan:
15 G, 31 tackles, 0.0 sacks, 1 FF, 0 INT, 3 PDF

Gary Gibson:
16 G, 16 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 0 FF, 0 INT, 2 PDF

Darell Scott:
13 G, 18 tackles, 0.0 sacks, 0 FF, 0 INT, 0 PDF

Last year the position of defensive tackle was arguably the worst position on the team. Fred Robbins had a career year in 2010, and seen his play rapidly decline just 1 year after. The addition of Justin Bannan changed nothing. Gibson was still a solid rotational player. Darell Scott still hasn't gotten it together and has had a minimal impact since being drafted.

2012 - Projections

Kendall Langford:
49 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 1 FF, 0 INT, 1 PDF

Michael Brockers:
43 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 FF, 0 INT, 3 PDF

Trevor Laws:
22 tackles, 2 sacks, 0 FF, 0 INT, 1 PDF

Jermelle Cudjo:
9 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 FF, 0 INT, 1 PDF

I am expecting BIG things out of this years defensive tackles. We immediately went after free agent DT Kendall Langford who was actually a DE in the Dolphins 3-4 scheme. He was extremely productive in his first 3 years with his production dropping a little bit this past year. He's going to be a huge addition at UT to help collapse the pocket, stop the run, and free up LB's. Michael Brockers is the newly drafted rookie (#14 round 1). He is massive at 6'5 322lbs. He is the NT and will free up James Laurinaitis to make more plays. His presence will be huge in helping to stop the run. Laws was also signed as a FA. He is going to have a decent impact rotating in and coming off the bench. He's been a terrific role player for the Eagles. Cudjo comes back from the IR and doesn't receive much playing time.

"The Edge"

I believe the 2012 DT position has the edge BY FAR! I think we can be a top 15-top 10 defensive line this upcoming year. The additions of Laws, Brockers, and Langford will help with stopping the run immensely. I am looking forward to this line piling up on sacks and stopping the run.

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Turf Show Times

You must be a member of Turf Show Times to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Turf Show Times. You should read them.

Join Turf Show Times

You must be a member of Turf Show Times to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Turf Show Times. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker