Top College Defensive Tackles

Posted: April 26, 2011

Top College Defensive Tackles

Marcell Dareus, Alabama (6-foot-3, 319 pounds) - He would be a great fit for the Eagles - if they had a top three pick. Expected to go very early, Dareus is your perfect 4-3 interior lineman.

Nick Fairley, Auburn (6-4, 291) - Questions about his work ethic have dropped this former junior-college transfer out of the top 10 of some mock drafts. It's hard to discount his monster senior season, though.

Corey Liuget, Illinois (6-2, 298) - Some have slotted Liuget to the Eagles at No. 23. Versatile enough to play the three technique in a 4-3 and as a five-technique end in a 3-4, he'll likely be gone by then.

Phil Taylor, Baylor (6-3, 334) - He got his college start at Penn State but was kicked off the team for off-the-field problems. He made the best of his second chance and has risen up many boards because of nose tackle needs.

Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple (6-4, 315) - Opinions on Wilkerson change with whom you ask. Some think he's barely scratched the surface of his potential. Others contend he's a product of lesser college competition.

Stephen Paea, Oregon State (6-1, 303) - He set the combine record for bench pressing but tore the meniscus in his right knee during the Senior Bowl. He should go early in the second round.

Marvin Austin, North Carolina (6-2, 309) - He missed the entire 2010 season for accepting improper gifts from an agent. An excellent draft season, though, could sneak him into the first round.

- Jeff McLane

 

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