'13 Draft: DT Rankings

Sharrif Floyd

Sharrif Floyd is the top rated DT in the FoxSportsNext '13 NFL Draft rankings for this position. Who rounds out this top 20?

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NFL Draft: Defensive Tackle Rankings, Part Two

1) Sharrif Floyd (6-2/297)
Florida
Floyd was the nation's top rated DT coming out of high school. He mainly played defensive end his first two years in Gainesville before moving inside this past season. Floyd gets off the ball in a hurry and is very athletic for his size. He's strong and uses his hands well. Floyd would be much further along with three years at the d-tackle position. But he has also shown he can play the 5-technique in a 3-4 scheme.

2) Star Lotulelei (6-2/311)
Utah
Lotulelei's (pronounced lo-too-leh-lay) signed with BYU as a defensive end but failed to qualify because of academics. He starred as a freshman at Snow College but gave up on football after blowing up to 350-pounds and losing passion for the game. But he then missed the sport and made his way to Utah. Lotulelei lived up to his first name the past two seasons for the Utes. It was discovered that he had a heart condition at the NFL Combine but he's now cleared. Where he could fall in the draft could depend on the each team's medical. All things being equal he's as talented as anyone in this draft. Lotulelei is athletic, strong, agile and powerful. He's also versatile and could play in virtually any defense.

3) Sheldon Richardson (6-2/294)
DT Missouri
Richardson signed with Missouri but had to attend JUCO because of academics and played two years at College of the Sequoias. He resigned with the Tigers in 2011. Richardson had a good final season at Mizzou with 75 tackles and 10.5 sacks. He has a good first step and athleticism on the inside. If Richardson ever learns to play every down with great effort he has the potential to be an inside force on Sundays. He's best suited as a three-technique in a 4-3 defense.

4) Sylvester Williams (6-2/313)
North Carolina
Williams only played one year of high school football. He walked on at Coffeyville C.C. and then earned a scholarship to North Carolina. He is quick for his size and tough against the run. This is a guy that could be a good anchor in the middle in a 3-4 scheme or be a three-technique in a 4-3. Coaches that have been around him say that he's an even better teammate and person off the field and has incredible character and work ethic.

5) Jesse Williams (6-3/323)
Alabama
Williams transferred to Alabama from Arizona Western C.C. He came to the States from Brisbane, Australia. He didn't pick up football until the age of 15 after playing rugby and soccer. Williams is freaky strong, bench pressing an astounding 600-pounds. He played nose tackle and five-technique for the Crimson Tide. Williams won't blow you away with his athleticism but he's a tough, physical player that gives great effort on every single down. He's not your classic 3-technique tackle in a 4-3 but can play it. Williams can also play any position on the front in a 3-4 so there is a ton of value here in his versatility. He could slide up the draft at Alabama's pro day.

6) John Jenkins (6-3.5/346)
Georgia
Georgia won a big recruiting battle to land this massive tackle from Gulf Coast C.C. in Mississippi. He finished his two years in Athens with 78 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and four sacks. He's your classic nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme. Jenkins is tough to move and is a good, solid anchor for a defense. He should be a very good run stuffer in the NFL.

7) Johnathan Hankins (6-2/320)
Ohio State
Hankins is a big and strong interior defensive lineman. For his size he ran a nice 5.31 forty at the NFL Combine. That's moving pretty well for a 320-pounder. Hankins can be a 4-3 three-technique but looks ideal over the center in a 3-4 scheme. This is a big and wide bodied interior defensive linemen that has some quickness. He gets off the ball and up field. Hankins is a very good run stopper.

8) Kawann Short (6-2/299)
Purdue
Short showed his versatility for the Boilermakers, playing different interior line positions. He almost declared for draft after last year but stayed. Short's versatile and can play in either the 3-4 or 4-3. Short is smart, strong and has a good first step. The knock to his game is that he doesn't bring it on every single snap. When Short does he's a force.

9) Brandon Williams 6-1/335
Missouri Southern State
Williams is a D2 player that more than held his own at the Senior Bowl. In 2012, Williams was named the MIAA defensive player of the year with 68 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles and was a three-time D2 All-American. Williams looks ideal at nose tackle in a 3-4. He's very strong and tough to move.

10) Akeem Spence (6-0.5/307)
Illinois
Spence lacks ideal size (height) but makes up for it in other areas. First, he's quick and move well laterally. Spence is strong and put up 37 reps at the NFL combine. He's also aggressive and can be a vicious hitter. Spence started every game over the past three seasons.

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FULL DATABASE OVERALL RANKINGS WILL BE UPDATED from 1-300 on April 24. The current top 300 doesn't parallel the new positional rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft.

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