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Grading the Pro Potential: Defensive Tackles

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The top overall prospect for the draft resides among the defensive tackles, not the ends, according to NFL scout Dave-Te' Thomas. He breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of the defensive tackles, from the top prospects to the late-round sleepers.

While the defensive end position has a few high-quality prospects, the same cannot be said for the defensive tackle position. With more and more teams utilizing the nose guard in their alignment, trying to find classic interior linemen in this draft means that a team will have to secure the services of that player early in the draft process. Ironically, the best player in this draft resides at...

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