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Top 2012 4-3 Defensive Tackle Prospects
Most Recent Revision:  4/27/2012


QB Center OG LOT ROT TE RBF RBC WRF WRP WRS FB
DEFENSIVE TACKLE
4-3

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The Defensive Tackles in a 4-3 line up between the center and offensive guards. His responsibilities include:

1) Stop the run, particularly in the middle of the field
2) Maintain position - keep interior offensive linemen off of the linebackers
3) Provide interior pass rush, pushing and collapsing the pocket

This diagram shows the Defensive Tackles in a standard 4-3 alignment. One prospect may be selected over another based on the following factors:

A. Prevailing defensive philosophy: In a "read and react" 4-3, the defensive line controls the offensive line to allow the LBs to flow to the ball. In "attack and penetrate", the defensive line takes more of a 1-gap approach and the LBs have more gap responsibilities.

B. Opponent's offensive philosophy: In facing a power running game, the DTs have primary run-stopping responsibility, with support from the LBs and the Strong Safety. Responsibilities in the passing game are: 1) collapsing the pocket, 2) providing an interior pass rush and 3) increasing length (hands and arms up) to limit the opposing QB's vision of passing lanes.
DE43 DE34 DT43 DT34 OLB43 OLB34 WILB SILB SS FS CB
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1 (8) +4 Mississippi State
Fletcher Cox
Jr          6'4"          298
#94
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2 (19)   -1 LSU
Michael Brockers
So          6'5"          322
#90
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3 (22)   -2 Penn State
Devon Still
Sr          6'5"          303
#71
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4 (24)  +2 Memphis
Dontari Poe
Jr          6'4"          346
#74
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5 (36)   -2 Connecticut
Kendall Reyes
Sr          6'4"          299
#99
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6 (47)   -2 Michigan State
Jerel Worthy
Jr          6'2"          308
#99
7 (51)  +8 Washington
Alameda Ta'amu
Sr          6'3"          335
#74
8 (75)   -7 Clemson
Brandon Thompson
Sr          6'2"          314
#98
9 (83)   -1 Michigan
Mike Martin
Sr          6'1"          306
#68
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10 (88)  +9 Texas
Kheeston Randall
Sr          6'5"          293
#91
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11 (103)  +8 USC
DaJohn Harris
Sr          6'4"          305
#98
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12 (113)  +6 Miami (FL)
Marcus Forston
Jr          6'1"          301
#99
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13 (124)  +5 Florida
Jaye Howard
Sr          6'3"          302
#6
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14 (125)   -15 BYU
Hebron Fangupo
Sr          6'1"          323
#91
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15 (162)  +1 Regina
Akiem Hicks
Sr          6'5"          318
#99
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16 (163)  +7 Cincinnati
Derek Wolfe
Sr          6'5"          295
#95
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17 (180)   -1 Alabama
Josh Chapman
Sr          6'1"          316
#99
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18 (194)  +8 Iowa
Mike Daniels
Sr          6'0"          291
#93
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19 (220)   -1 Nevada
Brett Roy
Sr          6'3"          275
#47
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20 (221)   -25 Baylor
Nicolas Jean-Baptiste
Sr          6'2"          335
#90
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21 (262)   -6 South Carolina
Travian Robertson
Sr          6'4"          302
#42
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22 (279)   -2 Georgia
DeAngelo Tyson
Sr          6'2"          315
#94
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23 (305)   0 Hawaii
Vaughn Meatoga
Sr          6'1"          294
#25
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24 (306)   -44 Virginia
Matt Conrath
Sr          6'7"          290
#94
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25 (316)   -5 North Carolina
Tydreke Powell
Sr          6'2"          311
#91
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26 (317)   -19 Missouri
Dominique Hamilton
Sr          6'5"          313
#90
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27 (339)   -2 Pittsburgh
Chas Alecxih
Sr          6'4"          296
#98
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28 (349)   -3 North Carolina State
Markus Kuhn
Sr          6'5"          299
#91
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29 (355)   -2 USC
Christian Tupou
Sr          6'2"          289
#44
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30 (361)   -2 Gannon
Randy Colling
Sr          6'4"          314
#96
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31 (362)   -1 North Carolina State
J.R. Sweezy
Sr          6'5"          298
#52
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32 (370)   -2 Fresno State
Logan Harrell
Sr          6'2"          278
#77
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33 (371)  +1 Boise State
Billy Winn
Sr          6'4"          294
#90
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34 (392)   -1 Texas A&M
Tony Jerod-Eddie
Sr          6'5"          300
#83
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35 (400)   -2 Cincinnati
John Hughes
Sr          6'2"          309
#40
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36 (401)   -7 Kent State
Ishmaa'ily Kitchen
Sr          6'3"          334
#93
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37 (401)   -7 UAB
Elliott Henigan
Sr          6'4"          282
#51
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