From the FanPosts. -Chris
Most of us know how important the NT is in the 3-4. It's been said that NT is the 2nd most important position on the team after QB. The 3-4 NT must be wide, powerful below the waist, able to draw a double team and clog the middle in order to open up running lanes for ILB's to fill and attack the ball carrier or passer. This NT will make the DE's better as well by minimizing double teams on them.
Even after the offseason addition of FA Shaun Smith, most of us agree that a Nose Tackle is a HUGE need to bring competition at that position and help solidify the Kansas City Chiefs Defense (Pun intended).
Four NT prospects went in the first round last night. With the advent of the 2nd round just a few hours away, we expect the best of the remaining crop of DT's getting the call in rounds 2 and 3 from teams with 3-4 defenses. Teams that run the 3-4 include but are not limited to the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, and Miami Dolphins.
After the jump are some of the highest rated remaining 3-4 NT's available and a poll to gather AP's top pick. (Credits to nfl.com/Draft). After you vote, feel free to comment on why you chose the player you did...and try not to argue...(not gonna happen...but anyway...at least be civil about it).
A two year starter for the Tar Heels, Thomas primarily was a run stopper in the Carolina defense. He has a huge body but lacks great quickness, lateral agility and speed. He rarely makes a play out of the tackle box and appears to lack conditioning throughout the contest. He isn't an explosive player but is tough to get movement on when defending the run. He lacks an expanded pass-rush package and only flashes the ability to push the pocket when bull rushing. He is an inconsistent reactor as blocking schemes unfold and needs to improve in this phase of the game. Thomas is clearly a two-down player who could be limited as a nose tackle at the next level, but players with his size and strength are hard to find.
Troup was a productive three-year starter for the Central Florida defense. He is a short, bulky interior defender who flashes initial quickness in the middle. He shows natural power to hold the point versus the run as well as push the pocket as a pass rusher. He needs to expand his pass-rush package with more counter moves. He lacks range outside the tackle box and can be inconsistent to shed blockers quickly. Troup will fit best as a nose tackle in a 3-4 defensive scheme with enough tools to develop.
Houston is a short, thick defender that has natural power at the point of attack. He can anchor the middle of the defense when playing with good pad level but can be inconsistent in this area. He has strong hands but again doesn’t always use them effectively to shed blockers. Houston feels pad pressure well and can restrict running lanes effectively. He shows good power to push the pocket as a bull rusher but needs to expand his moves and counters to contribute more as a pass rusher. He needs to be more disciplined and anticipate the snap count as he will jump offsides too often. Houston has the size and athleticism to be an effective interior defender at the next level and will likely fit best in a 4-3 scheme.
Price is a short, powerfully built interior defender that has been a disruptive force for UCLA's defense over the past three seasons. Price penetrates the line of scrimmage with good quickness and anticipation. He is best when in a stunting mode, but is adept at holding the point in base schemes. Price has strong hands to control and leverage blockers while maintaining gap responsibilities. Price is a solid pass rusher that can bull rush with good power or counter with a variety of pass rush moves. Price is a good football player that lacks typical height for the position but should fit well in 4-3 schemes and is regarded as a top five defensive tackle in the 2010 draft.
Cody is a massive body with natural power as an interior run stopper. He can push the pocket effectively with excellent natural power but needs to develop his hand use and expand his pass rush package. He is disruptive penetrating the line of scrimmage versus the run and will command double teams often. He is limited outside the tackle box but has decent range for a player of his stature. Cody has improved his reads and ability to leverage the blocker but will likely improve more at the next level. He fits best as a nose tackle in a 3-4 defensive front and is more of a two down player at this point.
Joseph is a big body who could line up at nose tackle in a 3-4 front or interior defender in a 4-3 scheme. He is somewhat one dimensional as a run defender. He flashes ability to anchor well when he keeps his pads down but can be very inconsistent in this area. He has strong arms and hands to control blockers but can be slow to shed to the pile. He has decent quickness between the tackles but lacks range outside the box. He flashes power to collapse the pocket as a bull rusher but needs to expand his pass-rush package to become more effective in this area. Joseph has enough size and strength to push for a starting role along the defensive line, but weight and durability concerns likely will affect his draft status.
Be sure to vote and comment. Enjoy the rest of the NFL Draft. Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!
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