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2012 NFL Draft defensive tackle rankings: Brandon Thompson atop suspect group

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It's still early in the college football season, but now is as good of a time as any to update individual position rankings for the 2012 NFL Draft.

The defensive tackle class is lacking compared to the past few seasons. Each player has serious flaws. Some are too one-dimensional (Alameda Ta'amu, Josh Chapman), some have effort issues (Jerel Worthy, Marcus Forston) and others are maybe too undersized to stay inside (Jared Crick, Billy Winn). Because of that, Clemson's Brandon Thompson should currently be considered the top tackle.

Note: The position rankings aren't currently in line with the site's top 200. After each position ranking is released, a new top 200 will be published.

1. Brandon Thompson | 6'2, 310 pounds | DT | Clemson - Prospect notes
2. Alameda Ta'amu | 6'3, 330 pounds | DT | Washington - Prospect notes
3. Jerel Worthy | 6'3, 305 pounds | DT | Michigan State * - Prospect notes
4. Marcus Forston | 6'3, 305 pounds | DT | Miami (Fla.) * - Prospect notes
5. Jared Crick | 6'6, 285 pounds | DT | Nebraska - Prospect notes
6. Josh Chapman | 6'1, 310 pounds | NT | Alabama
7. Billy Winn | 6'4, 288 pounds | DT | Boise State-  Prospect notes
8. Kendall Reyes | 6'4, 300 pounds | DT | Connecticut- Prospect notes
9. Kheeston Randall | 6'5, 295 pounds | DT | Texas - Prospect notes
10. Devon Still | 6'5, 312 pounds | DT | Penn State - Prospect notes
11. Kawann Short | 6'3, 305 pounds | DT | Purdue *- Prospect notes
12. Tydreke Powell | 6'3, 310 pounds | DT | North Carolina - Prospect notes
13. Kaleb Ramsey | 6'3, 302 pounds | DT | Boston College
14. Jaye Howard | 6'3, 295 pounds | DT | Florida
15. Fletcher Cox | 6'4, 295 pounds | DT | Mississippi State *
16. Derek Wolfe | 6'6, 295 pounds | DT | Cincinnati
17. Mike Martin | 6'2, 299 pounds | DT | Michigan
18. Renard Williams | 6'2, 300 pounds | DT | Eastern Washington
19. DaJohn Harris | 6'4, 310 pounds | DT | Southern California
20. John Simon | 6'2, 276 pounds | DT | Ohio State *
21. Baker Steinkuhler | 6'6, 290 pounds | DT | Nebraska *
22. Trevor Guyton| 6'3, 289 pounds | DT | California
23. Armond Armstead | 6'5, 295 pounds | DE/DT | Southern California
24. Logan Harrell | 6'2, 275 pounds | DT | Fresno State

 

* denotes underclassman