Rams midseason report card: Defensive tackles

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Michael Brockers, destroyer of worlds.

The Rams defense is not doing all too well against the running game this season. Many would like to point to the defensive tackles as the problem. While they haven't been great this season, they are performing better than most think.

Michael Brockers

Brockers is the man. At only 22 years old, he is on his way to become one of the finest defensive tackles in the NFL, but he's not quite there just yet.

He is stupid strong, and he is getting better at pass rushing. He has 3.5 sacks on the season, including two against the Houston Texans in the Rams best game of the season. The man is incredibly difficult to block.

He grades out at a 4.9 according to Pro Football Focus. Anytime you get into the positive numbers, you're doing a good job. What's most impressive with Brockers is that he grades out positively in both the run and the pass. He is only 22. He is going to be a damn good one.

Grade: B+

Kendall Langford

Kendall Langford isn't a bad player- he's just not a good one. He is your average starting defensive tackle in the NFL. He won't make any "wow" plays, but he will fill his gap and do his job. Most of the time, that is.

What really concerns me with Langford is that he is not providing much in term of a pass rush this year. With Brockers, Chris Long and Robert Quinn surrounding him, he is getting a lot of one-on-one match-ups with centers and guards, but yet he has only picked up one sack on the year, and doesn't have many pressures.

Grade: C

Jermelle Cudjo

I'll be honest, I don't remember one thing Cudjo has done this year. Him having only six tackles on the year probably explains that. He is coming off an injury, so he might not be at 100% just yet. He is also a part of a rotation where the Rams favor to put players like William Hayes in the game in passing situations.

I'm still a big fan of Cudjo and what he brings to the table, but so far he hasn't done much.

Grade: C-

Matt Conrath

Matt Conrath performed decently in the first four weeks of the season. Pass rushing is definitely where he is best. He is a tweener between a DT and a DE, but he's only 24 and has some talent that can be coached up. Being out for the last four weeks isn't helping him much.

Grade: C

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