The 2012 NFL Draft is quickly coming upon us. With less than ten days until Andrew Luck’s name is called by Roger Goodell, we will be offering our position-by-position rankings with final grades on most of the draftable prospects.
Today we look at the defensive tackles in the 2012 NFL Draft:
3-Techniques and 4-Nose Tackles
1. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.
Height: 6040 Weight: 298
Cox is a plus athlete that has the versatility to play 3T or 5T. He’s hands down the top player at both positions which should ensure he’s drafted in the top 15 of the 2012 NFL Draft. His motor is special but needs to play with better pad level.
2012 NFL Draft Projection: Top 15
Final Grade: 6.9
2. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
Height: 6036 Weight: 346
Poe is an elite size, strength, speed guy. He’s a rare specimen that lacked big time collegiate production. I don’t see the lack of production as a major flaw in his armor and think he’s worth the risk because guys like him don’t come around often. Special set of tools with his athleticism.
2012 NFL Draft Projection: Top 25
Final Grade: 6.5
3. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Height: 6050 Weight: 322
Brockers is a raw talent that brings a tantalizing skill set. His versatility to play 4NT and 5T will open his options up to 32 teams which should allow him to be drafted in the top 20 picks. He lacks the elite burst is a concern and raises questions about his ability to get the QB in a consistent fashion.
2012 NFL Draft Projection: Top 20