Here’s a look at how I feel about the 2009 defensive tackle prospects. Ends and tackles, as well as ends and linebackers, may be used interchangeably due to uncertainty of which position the prospect will play in the NFL. The order may change as draft day nears.
1. B.J. Raji – Boston College
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 323 | 40-time: 5.13
What I like about him: Solid mass and a quick burst off the line. Uses his hands well and possesses good leverage. Has good technique.
What I don’t like about him: There was a report that Raji failed a drug test at the scouting combine but Raji and his agents deny that. He didn’t record a lot of sacks against top-notch competition. Lacks great flexibility.
2. Peria Jerry – Mississippi
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 290 | 40-time: 4.90
What I like about him: He’s a great athlete with a good motor and lateral quickness. His versatility has allowed him to play different positions on the line.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have a great physique and lacks ideal height. Doesn’t have great instincts and has had durability issues.
3. Ron Brace – Boston College
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 324 | 40-time: 5.52
What I like about him: Great size with long arms and a powerful frame. He anchors well and can collapse the pocket.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have good quickness or agility. Doesn’t record a lot of sacks. He could have conditioning and weight issues.
4. Evander “Ziggy” Hood – Missouri
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 295 | 40-time: 4.89
What I like about him: Possesses ideal size. He’s got a good work ethic and is physical at the point of attack.
What I don’t like about him: Plays upright a little too much. Doesn’t have great strength at the point of attack and doesn’t play with consistent leverage.
5. Fili Moala – Southern California
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 295 | 40-time: 5.10
What I like about him: He’s got a lot of experience. He plays with a high motor and is disruptive when he keeps his pad level low. He’s got good durability.
What I don’t like about him: More of a run-stopper than a pass-rusher, he often gets pushed around and can’t get off blocks quick enough.
6. Alex Magee – Purdue
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 295 | 40-time: 4.95
What I like about him: Good athleticism and versatility. He uses his hands well and has decent lateral speed. He makes an impact on the game in more ways than one.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have elite speed and has problems shedding blocks. His discipline and recognition skills could use work.
7. Sen’Derrick Marks – Auburn
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 296 | 40-time: 5.03
What I like about him: Good athlete with quickness off the snap who can penetrate a double-team. Gives good effort and plays tough.
What I don’t like about him: Needs better conditioning and could use some extra bulk to handle double-teams when his quickness doesn’t get the job done.
8. Jarron Gilbert – San Jose State
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 287 | 40-time: 5.00
What I like about him: An intelligent player with good height who can penetrate the gaps and disrupt the play in the backfield. He’s versatile and has long arms.
What I don’t like about him: Didn’t play against great competition. Often plays too upright. Needs to refine his technique and is a bit raw.
9. Ricky Jean-Francois – Louisiana State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 290 | 40-time: 4.90
What I like about him: He’s got good instincts and anticipation. He’s a read-and-react player that can locate the ball quickly. His long arms and instincts allow him to bat down passes and block kicks.
What I don’t like about him: Could have character issues as he served a one-year suspension as a sophomore. Claimed his team was going to “take out” Tim Tebow. Wasn’t an every-down player and had durability issues.
10. Terrance Taylor – Michigan
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 314 | 40-time: 5.20
What I like about him: He has good strength and leverage and is a good run-stopper. Plays with a mean streak.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t give his full effort. Can’t disengage from blockers well. Not a good pass-rusher.
11. Corey Irvin – Georgia
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 296 | 40-time: 5.05
What I like about him: Great arm length, above average instincts, and plays with leverage and balance. Shows good first-step quickness and has good technique.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have ideal size. Struggles against the double-team. Needs to improve his strength.
12. Vance Walker – Georgia Tech
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 295 | 40-time: 5.05
What I like about him: He’s got good size in his arms and hands. He plays with a mean streak has good leverage. Can collapse the pocket.
What I don’t like about him: Lacks the prototypical size. Doesn’t have great power. Needs better pass-rushing technique.
13. Sammie Hill – Stillman College
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 270 | 40-time: 5.15
What I like about him: Has versatility to play different positions on the line. Can hold his ground against the double-team.
What I don’t like about him: Played against marginal competition. Didn’t have great production. Doesn’t show intensity or a mean streak.
14. Darryl Richard – Georgia Tech
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 290 | 40-time: 5.05
What I like about him: Smart player who understands the intricacies of the game. A three-year starter and a good leader. Has decent burst off the line.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have great foot quickness and lacks leverage. Doesn’t use his hands well and plays too stiff sometimes.
15. John Gill – Northwestern
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 290 | 40-time: 5.00
What I like about him: Good athlete who has strong hands and can control blockers. Fights off blocks and plays with good effort.
What I don’t like about him: Lacks bulk and needs to improve reaction time. Overthinks too much.
Adrian Grady – Louisville
Antonio Dixon – Miami
Charles Alexander – Louisiana State
Chris Baker – Hampton
Clinton McDonald – Memphis
David Lindquist – Illinois
Demonte Bolden – Tennessee
Dion Gales – Troy
Dorell Scott – Clemson
Ell Ash – Houston
Jeremy Navarre – Maryland
Jervonte Jackson – Florida Atlantic
John Faletoese – UC Davis
Khalif Mitchell – East Carolina
Marlon Favorite – Louisiana State
Matt Kroul – Iowa
Mika Kane – California
Mitch King – Iowa
Myron Pryor – Kentucky
Rashaad Duncan – Pittsburgh
Rashaad Jackson – Clemson
Ra’Shon Harris – Oregon
Roy Miller – Texas
Terrance Knighton – Temple
Terril Byrd – Cincinnati
Tez Doolittle – Auburn
Will Johnson – Michigan
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