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Defensive Tackles

The were 23 DTs selected in the 2023 draft, as follows:

Round 1 - Jalen Carter, Calijah Kancey, Mazi Smith, Bryan Bress

Round 2 - Keeanu Benton, Gervon Dexter

Round 3 - Zaach Pickens, Byron Young, Kobie Turner, Brodric Martin, Siaki Ika

Round 4 - Colby Wooden, Tyler Lacy, 

Round 5 - Jaquelin Roy

Round 6 - Karl Brooks, Keondre Colburn, Scott Matlock, Dante Stills

Round 7 - Travis Bell, Raymond Vohasek, Nesta Jade Silvera, Jordon Riley, Moro Ojom

1) Jer'Zhan Newton | 6'2 | 295 | DT | Illinois

9/8 - Kansas - Newton lined up as a DE in a 3-4 scheme, showed a good first step off the ball. He was able to work himself free at ties and display a great motor in pursuit. He was hemmed up a number of times 1:1 however, making his playy a bit hit or miss.

2) Maason Smith | 6'6 | 315 | DT | LSU

3) Leonard Taylor | 6'3 | 305 | DT | Miami

4) Ruke Orhorhoro | 6'4 | 295 | DT | Clemson

9/4 - Duke - Orhorhoro looked special in this one. He had to go up against double team blocks throughout this contest, held his own. He was able to deflate the pocket quite a few times, was a challenge to block across the interior. 

5) Michael Hall | 6'2 | 285 | DT | Ohio State

9/2 - Indiana - Created fits for the opposing O-line in spurts throughout the game. He showed off a nice blend of speed, power and hand usage. 

9/23 - Notre Dame - Had a very solid game, flashed a number of times. He exploded off the snap, showed good anchor strength, coupled his hand usage to get off blocks. He was in on 4 tackles. 

6) Tyleik Williams | 6'2 | 290 | DT | Ohio State 

9/2 - Indiana - Looked very strong in his rotational duties, showed his good stack and shed skills at the LOS.  He was in on 5 stops. 

9/23 - Notre Dame - My have been his team's best player on defense in this one. He played with fantastic anchor strength, gave Joe Alt fits a few times. He kept square to the LOS and disengaged well. 

7) Tyler Davis | 6'2 | 300 | DT | Clemson 

9/4 - Duke - Davis' play really stood out tonight. He proved to be very stout at the LOS with active hands, often had to fight against double team blocks. He did a good job of eating space and giving his LBs lanes to get to the ball carriers. 

8) Mekhi Wingo | 6'1 | 295 | DT | LSU

9/3 - Florida State - Wingo had an eye-popping performance in this one. He was lightning-quick off the snap, compromised the pocket several times. His ability to shoot gaps and cross the OG's face was impressive. 

9) T.J. Sanders | 6'5 | 298 | DT | South Carolina

9/16 - Georgia - Sanders looked like the best D-lineman on either team today, and it wasn't close. He fired off the ball and used a combination of strength and quickness to knife through blocks and get into the backfield. He had 8 solo stops, 2 TFLs, 1 sack.

10) Kris Jenkins | 6'3 | 305 | DT | Michigan

 

11) Brandon Dorlus | 6'3 | 290 | DT | Oregon

9/9 - Texas Tech - Dorlus lined up everywhere along the LOS, with his best fit within the interior. While he didn't flash initial burst or quickness, his functional, mauling strength was apparent, as he grinded through blocks the throughout the game. His late game pressure forced an INT, sealed the game. 

12) Darius Robinson | 6'5 | 295 | DT | Missouri

9/16 - Kansas State - Robinson did most of his work from the base DE spot, and he was a menace in spurts throughout this game. He exploded off the ball, used great leg drive to compromise blockers. 

13) Nazir Stackhouse | 6'3 | 320 | DT | Georgia

9/16 - South Carolina - Stackhouse flashed a couple times, but didn't dominate. He was good stacking at the LOS, but he was handled one on one in his pass rush. 

14) McKinley Jackson | 6'2 | 325 | DT | Texas A&M

15 Dontay Corleone | 6'2 | 320 | DT | Cincinnati

9/19 - Pittsburgh - Corleone looked good a few times, but he was hemmed up throughout the game, even when rotating back in  with fresh legs. 

16) Fabien Lovett | 6'4 | 328 | DT | Florida State

9/3 - LSU - This was a marginal game for the big man. He provided some girth inside, but looked bested by other DTs tonight, presumably rusty still from his prior injury.

17) Keith Randolph | 6'5 | 305 | DT | Illinois

9/8 - Kansas - Randolph was steady at the LOS and ate up blocks, but was neutralized for the most part, not flashing much. 

18) Nash Hutmacher | 6'4 | 330 | DT | Nebraska

8/31 - Minnesota - Had a very impressive game, showing great stack abilities as a zero-tech vs. the run. He also showed some pass rush skills, using his strength to toss blockers off of his frame, or barrel through with strength.

19) DeWayne Carter | 6'3 | 305 | DT | Duke

9/4 - Clemson - Carter had an impressive game. He showed off his ability to rush the passer, as well as hold form against the run. He knocked his blocker of course a number of times, causing the RB to redirect his path. 

20) Omari Thomas | 6'4 | 320 | DT | Tennessee

21) T'Vondre Sweat | 6'4 | 340 | DT | Texas

9/9 - Alabama - Had aa meh game in my book. He was a big body at times, but his lack of lateral quickness limited him. 

22) Braden Fiske | 6'5 | 297 | DT | Florida State

9/3 - LSU - Fiske was decent at times, but did struggle against size and was too easily turned off the ball against the run. 

23) Shemar Turner | 6'4 | 300 | DT | Texas A&M

24) Ricky Barber | 6'3 | 295 | DT | UCF

25) Cassey Rogers | 6'5 | 285 | DT | Oregon

9/9 - Texas Tech - Rogers was a decent rotational player at times, but his game really appears to have fallen off since last year, no longer a dominant force. He didn't look draft-worthy in this one. 

26) Nathan Pickering | 6'4 | 305 | DT | Mississippi State

9/9 - Arizona - This was an up and somewhat down game for him. He moved along the LOS, seeing his best reps at the interior. He was a formidable force at times, fell off on others. 

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