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PFW Draft Prospect Rankings: Defensive Tackles

The writers of Patriots Football Weekly offer their notes and rankings on the DT prospects entering the 2016 NFL Draft.

Draft Rankings By Position:

QB | RB | TE | WR | OL | CB | DT | DE| ILB | OLB | S

The writers of Patriots Football Weekly have done their homework on all the prospects in this year's NFL Draft. Now, you can download the actual notes they took on all the top players, broken down by position for your convenience. Today, they offer their notes on the defensive tackles.
* - indicates underclassman

Defensive tackles

1 |  A'Shawn Robinson*, Alabama

HEIGHT: 6-4 | WEIGHT: 307 | 40: 5.2

Andy Hart: 2 year starter. Played all over front. Very athletic for size. Raw pass rush. Uses his hands pretty well. Too high at times. Massive upside.

Paul Perillo: Moves well; Penetrates and makes plays; Athletic and strong; Disruptive player.

2 | Sheldon Rankins, Louisville

HEIGHT: 6-1 | WEIGHT: 299 | 40: 5.03

Andy Hart:Good Senior Bowl. Power and speed. Quick. Can collapse. Good feet. Light feet. DT with some DE versatility. Can spin.

Paul Perillo: Quick penetrator; Good pass rusher who can move outside; Shows good power, leverage; Disruptive.

3 | Kenny Clark*, UCLA

HEIGHT: 6-3 | WEIGHT: 314 | 40: 5.06

Andy Hart: 2 year starter. DE, DT and NT. Big and athletic. Moves downthe line well. Owns guys 1-on-1. But not great on double teams. Extends arms well with one blocker.

Paul Perillo: Good fight; Plays the run well; Swallows ball carriers; Moves pile with his strength; Holds point of attack.

4 | Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech

HEIGHT: 6-4 | WEIGHT:323 | 40: 5.06

Andy Hart: Great Senior Bowl week. Played, 0, 3 and 5. Good get-off for his size. Sheds and gets down the line. Beast. Quick. Too high at times.

Paul Perillo: Big guy with good feet; Quickness allows him to get in backfield; Lacks polish.

5 | Robert Nkemdiche*, Mississippi

HEIGHT: 6-3 | WEIGHT: 294 | 40: 4.87

Andy Hart: 34 starts. Production never matched ability. Has all the tools to be special, but never puts it together. Drive? Quick and fast. Burst and finishes at times. Want to be great?

Paul Perillo: Tremendous athlete; Quick get-off; Strong and fast pass rusher; Underachiever with off-field concerns.


Jarran Reed, Alabama

HEIGHT: 6-3 | WEIGHT: 307 | 40: 5.21

Andy Hart: 2-gap run stuffer. But a pretty good athlete. Runs and finishes. Too high at times. Squares up and tackles. Doesn't have the upside of Robinson.

Paul Perillo: Good strength; Penetrates and pursues; Athletic with versatility to play outside; Solid.

Andrew Billings*, Baylor

HEIGHT: 6-1 | WEIGHT: 311 | 40: 5.05

Andy Hart:DPOY in conference not known for defense. NT who runs around blockers at times. Short and stout. Looks a little like young Vince Wilfork.

Paul Perillo: Powerful compact build; More of a bull than an athlete; Shows some quickness.

Sheldon Day, Notre Dame

HEIGHT: 6-1 | WEIGHT: 293 | 40: 5.07

Andy Hart: Shorter side. 2X captain. High motor. Athletic and explosive. Never gives up. Needs better hands. Possible Easley replacement?

Paul Perillo: Runs well; Good run stuffer; Gets penetration; Smaller, more athletic-type DT. Interesting.

Chris Jones*, Mississippi State

HEIGHT: 6-6 | WEIGHT: 310 | 40: 5.03

Andy Hart: 5tech. Sheds. Good hands. Athletic. Could play lower. Moves laterally and makes plays. Pretty relentless. Good speed and power.

Paul Perillo: Big guy; Choppy footwork; Strong; Power makes him more of a run stopper; Has ability to bull rush; Solid.

Willie Henry*, Michigan

HEIGHT: 6-3 | WEIGHT: 303 | 40: 5.0

Andy Hart: 3 year starter. Good burst and motor. More effort than talent. Pretty quick off ball. Doesn't use his hands to shed. Could show more power.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Austin Johnson*, Penn State

HEIGHT: 6-4 | WEIGHT: 312 | 40: 5.32

Andy Hart: Not quick or overly athletic. Thick. Avg. DL talent. Not much upside. OK hands and effort.

Paul Perillo:Keeps pads low; Pushes pile; More of a run stuffer; Not great pass rusher.

Adolphus Washington, Ohio State

HEIGHT: 6-3 | WEIGHT: 301 | 40: 5.17

Andy Hart: Suspended Bowl game, solicitation. Decent Strength. Closes and finishes. Plays violent. Athletic upside. Doesn't change direction well. 5tech?

Paul Perillo: Good in run support; Sheds blocks well; Moves well laterally; Shows some quickness although not great pass rusher.

Hassan Ridgeway*, Texas

HEIGHT:6-3 | WEIGHT: 303 | 40: 5.02

Andy Hart: Was disrupter next to Malcolm Brown for Longhorns. Good get-off. Athletic. Not just an athlete. Finishes. Late off snap at times. Solid but questionable upside.

Paul Perillo: Splits blocks to get in backfield; Bit slow off the ball; Shows good strength; Pursues well.

Maliek Collins*, Nebraska

HEIGHT: 6-2 | WEIGHT: 311 | 40: 5.03

Andy Hart:1 gap guy. Captain. Plays like a smaller guy. Pretty quick. Side-steps blockers. Doesn't really even try to use his hands.

Paul Perillo:No Comments.

Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State

HEIGHT: 6-1 | WEIGHT: 309 | 40: 4.93

Andy Hart: 22 TFL and 13.5 sacks. Good Shrine Week. Competition level still question. Big and athletic. Big bubble. Fires off ball. Doesn't use hands enough. Clear developmental upside.

Paul Perillo: Huge but short; Bullies blockers around at 1-AA level; Good motor; Quick off the ball; Interesting.

Matt Ioannidis, Temple

HEIGHT: 6-3 | WEIGHT: 299 | 40: 5.03

Andy Hart: More effort than talent. Plays too high and out of control. Not a great athlete by any means. Effort and motor guy.

Paul Perillo: Good pad level; Nice dip move on pass rush; Good motor; Athletic and versatile.

D.J. Reader, Clemson

HEIGHT: 6-3 | WEIGHT: 327 | 40: 5.33

Andy Hart: Good Senior Bowl. Missed half of 2015 for "personal reasons." Athletic feet. Uses hands.Just a big, athletic man. Clear upside. Takes on blockers. Moves down the line.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Nile Lawrence-Stample, Florida State

HEIGHT: 6-1 | WEIGHT: 312 | 40: 5.24

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo:No Comments.

Adam Gotsis, Georgia Tech

HEIGHT: 6-5 | WEIGHT: 285 | 40: 4.88

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Antwaun Woods, USC

HEIGHT: 6-0 | WEIGHT: 329 | 40: 5.18

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech

HEIGHT: 6-0 | WEIGHT: 285 | 40: 4.96

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Quinton Jefferson*, Maryland

HEIGHT: 6-4 | WEIGHT: 289 | 40: 5.02

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

A.J. Zuttah, Dartmouth

HEIGHT: 6-2 | WEIGHT: 290 | 40: 5.06

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Delvon Simmons, USC

HEIGHT: 6-5 | WEIGHT: 295 | 40: 5.04

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Trevon Coley, Florida Atlantic

HEIGHT: 6-1 | WEIGHT: 307 | 40: 5.12

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Greg Milhouse, Campbell

HEIGHT: 6-2 | WEIGHT: 309 | 40: 5.08

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Taniela Tupou, Washington

HEIGHT: 6-2 | WEIGHT: 284 | 40: 5.06

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

David Dean, Virginia

HEIGHT: 6-1 | WEIGHT: 298 | 40: 5.07

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Destiny Vaeao, Washington State

HEIGHT: 6-3 | WEIGHT: 299 | 40: 5.09

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Vincent Valentine*, Nebraska

HEIGHT: 6-2 | WEIGHT: 320 | 40: 5.26

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Joel Heath, Michigan State

HEIGHT: 6-5 | WEIGHT: 296 | 40: 5.13

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Darius Latham*, Indiana

HEIGHT: 6-5 | WEIGHT: 305 | 40: 5.18

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Connor Wujciak, Boston College

HEIGHT: 6-3 | WEIGHT: 297 | 40: 5.04

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Mehdi Abdesmad, Boston College

HEIGHT: 6-6 | WEIGHT: 286 | 40: 5.06

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Draft Rankings By Position:

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