2013 NFL Draft defensive tackle rankings

Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Defensive tackle is perhaps the most loaded position in the 2013 NFL Draft. Depending on which juniors go pro early, but six or more interior linemen could be taken in the first round.

Leading the pack is Utah's Star Lotulelei. His playing style is close to Ndamukong Suh's in that he is quick off the snap but a powerhouse who can easily win one-on-one battles inside. Right behind him is Jesse Williams of Alabama. His stock has risen all season in his first year at nose tackle. He can play the same position in the NFL or in a normal 4-3 front.

The class has several good space fillers with Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins, North Carolina's Sylvester Williams and Georgia's John Jenkins. Although each is best-suited for a one-technique role, they're quick enough to play the three-technique as well.

What makes this class strong is its depth. There is a variety of solid players who, while they may not be starters, will play well in a rotational spot.

1. Star Lotulelei | 6'4, 320 pounds | Defensive tackle | Utah
2. Jesse Williams | 6'4, 320 pounds | Defensive tackle | Alabama
3. Johnathan Hankins | 6'4, 317 pounds | Defensive tackle | Ohio State *
4. Sheldon Richardson | 6'4, 295 pounds | Defensive tackle | Missouri *
5. Sylvester Williams | 6'3, 320 pounds | Defensive tackle | North Carolina
6. John Jenkins | 6'3, 351 pounds | Defensive tackle | Georgia
7. Shariff Floyd | 6'3, 305 pounds | Defensive tackle | Florida *
8. Kawann Short | 6'3, 310 pounds | Defensive tackle | Purdue
9. Will Sutton | 6'1, 267 pounds | Defensive tackle | Arizona State *
10. Akeem Spence | 6'1, 305 pounds | Defensive tackle | Illinois *
11. Bennie Logan | 6'3, 287 pounds | Defensive tackle | LSU *
12. Jordan Hill | 6'1, 292 pounds | Defensive tackle | Penn State
13. Kwame Geathers | 6'5, 350 pounds | Defensive tackle | Georgia *
14. Dominique Easley | 6'2, 285 pounds | Defensive tackle | Florida *
15. Chris Jones | 6'1, 293 pounds | Defensive tackle | Bowling Green
16. Everett Dawkins | 6'3, 304 pounds | Defensive tackle | Florida State
17. Ra'Shede Hageman | 6'6, 301 pounds | Defensive tackle | Minnesota *
18. Baker Steinkuhler | 6'6, 290 pounds | Defensive tackle | Nebraska
19. Aaron Donald, 6'0, 275 pounds | Defensive tackle | Pittsburgh
20. Rob Lohr | 6'4, 290 pounds | Defensive tackle | Vanderbilt
21. Kapron Lewis-Moore | 6'4, 306 pounds | Defensive tackle | Notre Dame
22. Omar Hunter | 6'0, 313 pounds | Defensive tackle | Florida
23. Joe Vellano | 6'2, 285 pounds | Defensive tackle | Maryland
24. Abry Jones | 6'3, 308 pounds | Defensive tackle | Georgia
25. Aaron Tipoti | 6'2, 280 pounds | Defensive tackle | California
26. Cory Grissom | 6'2, 316 pounds | Defensive tackle | South Florida
27. Khaleb Rhamsey | 6'3, 288 pounds | Defensive tackle | Boston College
28. Josh Downs | 6'1, 287 pounds | Defensive tackle | LSU

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