2014 NFL Draft defensive tackle rankings

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Louis Nix has lost the top spot in our defensive tackle rankings.

Louis Nix was a different player in 2013. His explosiveness wasn't there and he wasn't quite as strong at the point of attack as he was during his breakout 2012 season. A knee injury was the main reason for the drop off, and that will be a concern during the pre-draft process.

We've dropped him a spot in our rankings, but it has more to do with the play of Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman. His 13 tackles for loss hardly do justice to how disruptive he was for the Gophers this season.

A handful of undersized defensive tackles make up the next tier of our rankings. Tim Jernigan, Dominique Easley, Aaron Donald and Will Sutton all get by on quickness. Not every team will hold those players in high regard due to size concerns, but each could have a bright future in the right system.

In all, we have 22 tackles ranked. Here's our list.

1. Ra'Shede Hageman | 6'6, 311 pounds | Defensive tackle | Minnesota
2. Louis Nix | 6'3, 326 pounds | Defensive tackle | Notre Dame *
3. Tim Jernigan 6'2, 298 pounds | Defensive tackle | Florida State *
4. Aaron Donald | 6'0, 285 pounds | Defensive tackle | Pittsburgh
5. Dominique Easley | 6'2, 280 pounds | Defensive tackle | Florida *
6. Ego Ferguson | 6'3, 309 pounds | Defensive tackle | LSU *
7. Will Sutton | 6'1, 305 pounds | Defensive tackle | Arizona State
8. Anthony Johnson | 6'3, 304 pounds | Defensive tackle | LSU *
9. DaQuan Jones | 6'3, 318 pounds | Defensive tackle | Penn State
10. Jay Bromley | 6'4, 285 pounds | Defensive tackle | Syracuse
11. Calvin Barnett | 6'2, 300 pounds | Defensive tackle | Oklahoma State
12. Taylor Hart | 6'6, 292 pounds | Defensive tackle | Oregon
13. Kelcy Quarles | 6'4, 298 pounds | Defensive tackle | South Carolina *
14. George Uko | 6'3, 275 pounds | Defensive tackle | Southern California
15. Kerry Hyder | 6'2, 280 pounds | Defensive tackle | Texas Tech
16. Daniel McCullers | 6'6, 351 pounds | Defensive Tackle | Tennessee
17. DeAndre Coleman | 6'5, 315 pounds | Defensive tackle | California
18. Beau Allen | 6'2, 334 pounds | Defensive tackle | Wisconsin
19. Wade Keliikipi | 6'3, 306 pounds | Defensive tackle | Oregon
20. Roosevelt Nix | 5'11, 267 pounds | Defensive tackle| Kent State
20. Darious Cummings | 6'2, 301 pounds | Defensive Tackle | Florida
21. Derrick Hopkins | 6'0, 306 pounds | Defensive tackle | Virginia Tech
22. Shamar Stephen | 6'5, 322 pounds | Defensive tackle | Connecticut

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