Yesterday, I examined the defensive ends that are eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft. Today, I examine the defensive tackles that are expected to be eligible for the draft. Below, you will find the player’s name, school, brief narrative about the player and the team expected to draft him. Here we go:
1. Glenn Dorsey, LSU
Comes off the line very quickly and is able to penetrate the backfield. Has the bulk (6’2″, 299), strength and aggresiveness to play the run, as well. Downside for Dorsey – height may be an issue; a good run stopper, but can be driven off the ball at times.
Team expected to draft him: St. Louis Rams (1st round)
2. Sedrick Ellis, USC
Has an excellent first step. Above-average pass rusher with the burst. Has good speed for his size (4.95 40). Is capable of shedding blocks and beating double teams. He is technically sound; has great intangibles. Downside for Ellis – his height/bulk (6’1″, 285) hurts his durability. Is limited schematically, meaning he won’t be a perfect fit for every team.
Team likely to draft him: New York Jets (1st round)
3. Kentwan Balmer, North Carolina
Good size with large frame (6’5″, 295). Extremely strong and very athletic. Has good speed and quicks (5.05 40). Can hold his ground at point of attack. Lots of upside. Downside for Balmer – Is inconsistent. Has difficulty shedding blocks. Slow to read and react. Poor leverage technique at times. The team that drafts him could draft him as either a DT or DE. Very talented but risky prospect.
Team likely to draft him: New Orleans (2nd round)
4. Pat Sims, Auburn
Has versatility, can fit in either the 3-4 or 4-3. Has the strength to stand up blockers and fill the running lanes. Has excellent leverage. Is OK rushing the QB, but should get better. Good size (6’4″, 314) and motor. Downside for Sims – Needs to improve his footwork. Not fast (4.98 40) but has the quicks.
Team likely to draft him: Denver (2nd round)
5. Marcus Harrison, Arkansas
Quick with a good burst. Stout at the point and does a great job vs. the run. Excellent leverage. Can probably play DT or DE at the NFL level depending on which team drafts him. Downside for Harrison – Not much of a pass rusher. Character issues need to be addressed. Durability and injuries an issue.
Team likely to draft him: Atlanta (3rd round)
6. Frank Okam, Texas
Dude is huge (6’5″, 320). Best suited vs. the run, but is good vs. the pass, as well. Gets into the backfield regularly. Downside for Okam – Consistency and production could improve. Work ethic questionable. Has upside despite the negatives.
Team likely to draft him: Kansas City (2nd round)