Top 3 Defensive Linemen at Each Position in 2014 NFL Draft

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Defensive Tackles

Louis Nix III: At 6’3 and 342lbs Nix is probably the safest prospect of the defensive tackles. His health is really the only question mark, by only starting seven games his senior year because of injuries. Nix appears to be ready for the combine though. And at his size there will be a line of suitors waiting to draft this big fella.

Nix is better against the run than the pass, but does have the base to hold his point of attack against a double. Nix has to get better at pass rushing to excel into a pro bowl caliber player.

I expect Nix to be a starter for several years to come in the NFL.

 

Ra’Shede Hageman: Hageman has the most athleticism and upside of the three tackles on this list of defensive tackles. Hageman will wow scouts and general managers at the combine with his size and quickness. At 6’6 and 312lbs Hageman will have the ability to knock down a lot of balls at the line of scrimmage.

With good coaching and the rite system Hageman can become a real playmaker, but there is a worry from some that Hageman’s motor is, let’s say, lacking. Or maybe Hageman just got bored on a team with a horrible offense.

If Hageman focuses on getting better he will be a career long starter with multiple pro bowls.

 

Aaron Donald: Only 6’0 and 285, like Ford, Donald lacks the idea size, and frame for their positions. Though what Donald lacks in size he makes up for with intelligence and technique. Donald earned the Senior Bowl’s award for top practice player, in my opinion is almost as important as the game MVP with all the coaches there, for dominating and standing out during the week of practice. This all adds up to one thing “hard worker”.

Donald has to get bigger or heavier to be able to hold his own with a NFL double team, and to be able to be better with running plays.

I expect Donald to be a long time starter with pro-bowl potential.

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Topics: 2014 NFL Draft, Afc, AFC North, Cincinnati Bengals

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