2013 NFL Draft defensive tackle rankings

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The 2013 NFL Draft gets a lot of flack for not having "elite" talent. But if there is a position where that argument falls short, it's defensive tackle.

With Star Lotulelei, Sheldon Richardson and Sharrif Floyd, this class has three defensive tackles that should be off the board in the first 15 picks. The talent runs deep, too, with as many as 10 defensive tackles having a shot at being drafted in the first two rounds.

Creating interior pressure is a huge weapon for NFL defenses, and teams should be able to find the weapons to do just that in this year's class.

1. Star Lotulelei | 6'2 1/2, 311 pounds | Defensive tackle | Utah
2. Sheldon Richardson | 6'2 1/2, 294 pounds | Defensive tackle | Missouri *
3. Shariff Floyd | 6'2 5'8, 297 pounds | Defensive tackle | Florida *
4. Johnathan Hankins | 6'2 7/8, 320 pounds | Defensive tackle | Ohio State
5. Jesse Williams | 6'3 3/8, 323 pounds | Defensive tackle | Alabama
6. Sylvester Williams | 6'2 5/8, 313 pounds | Defensive tackle | North Carolina
7. John Jenkins | 6'3 5'8, 346 pounds | Defensive tackle | Georgia
8. Kawann Short | 6'2 7/8, 299 pounds | Defensive tackle | Purdue
9. Bennie Logan | 6'2, 309 pounds | Defensive tackle | LSU *
10. Brandon Williams | 6'1 1/4, 335 pounds | Defensive tackle | Missouri Southern
11. Akeem Spence | 6'0 5/8, 307 pounds | Defensive tackle | Illinois *
12. Jordan Hill | 6'1 1/4, 303 pounds | Defensive tackle | Penn State
13. Kwame Geathers | 6'5 3/8, 342 pounds | Defensive tackle | Georgia *
14. Everett Dawkins | 6'2 1/8, 292 pounds | Defensive tackle | Florida State
15. T.J. Barnes | 6'6 1/4, 369 pounds | Defensive tackle | Georgia Tech
16. Chris Jones | 6'1 5/8, 302 pounds | Defensive tackle | Bowling Green
17. Josh Boyd | 6'2 5'8, 310 pounds | Defensive tackle | Mississippi State
18. Montori Hughes | 6'4, 329 pounds | Defensive tackle | Tennessee-Martin
19. Omar Hunter | 6'0, 313 pounds | Defensive tackle | Florida
20. Kapron Lewis-Moore | 6'4, 298 pounds | Defensive tackle | Notre Dame
21. Quinton Dial | 6'5, 318 pounds | Defensive end | Alabama
22. Baker Steinkuhler | 6'6, 290 pounds | Defensive tackle | Nebraska
23. Cory Grissom | 6'1 3/8, 306 pounds | Defensive tackle | South Florida
24. Aaron Donald, 6'0, 275 pounds | Defensive tackle | Pittsburgh
25. Rob Lohr | 6'4, 290 pounds | Defensive tackle | Vanderbilt
26. Joe Vellano | 6'2, 285 pounds | Defensive tackle | Maryland
27. Abry Jones | 6'3, 308 pounds | Defensive tackle | Georgia
28. Aaron Tipoti | 6'2, 280 pounds | Defensive tackle | California
29. Brandon Moore | 6'5, 320 pounds | Defensive tackle | Texas *
30. Khaleb Rhamsey | 6'3, 288 pounds | Defensive tackle | Boston College
31. Darrington Sentimore | 6'2, 288 pounds | Defensive tackle | Tennessee *
32. Josh Downs | 6'1, 287 pounds | Defensive tackle | LSU

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