Bessire: DT Ranks and Projs.

Last Updated: 1/18/2015 8:58 PM ET
Projections for every ranked defensive tackle are below. Players are ranked based on PredictionMachine.com's 2014 projected statistics for what each player would be expected to do as a 16 game starter on a totally average NFL team against a completely average NFL schedule. Read more about how rankings and projections are done. See biographical and statistical data on each DT prospect here.

Again this year, we have included an impact score (0 - 10 scale) for each player. This score is a relative value based on the projections that can put players in context across positions and draft classes. A score of seven or above can generally outperform a replacement player in the NFL at his position as a rookie; an eight or above can be expected to start adequately and a player with a rating over nine is a unique, standout player who could star.

As a matter of context, at this time last year, using the same process, the top defensive tackles had scores of: Sharrif Floyd (9.1), Kawann Short (8.8), Sheldon Richardson (8.0), Chris Jones (7.7) and Star Lotulelei (7.6).

Defensive Tackle 2014 Projected NFL Rookie Stats

Rank Player Tackles Sacks TFL FF Score
1 Aaron Donald 48.0 7.9 14.5 2.2 9.4
2 Caraun Reid 31.5 6.4 11.4 0.6 7.8
3 Will Sutton 42.6 4.5 12.1 0.8 7.5
4 Jack Bromley 34.5 6.1 9.5 1.7 7.5
5 Kerry Hyder 48.7 2.3 9.0 1.9 7.4
6 Stephon Tuitt 44.0 7.4 8.6 1.1 7.4
7 Derrick Hopkins 43.3 4.1 7.3 0.6 7.4
8 Ra'Shede Hageman 39.3 3.0 11.5 0.7 7.3
9 Kelcy Quarles 38.2 7.5 11.2 0.5 7.2
10 Brent Urban 46.2 1.8 12.1 0.7 7.2
11 Timmy Jernigan 47.9 3.6 8.7 0.5 7.1
12 DaQuan Jones 50.6 2.8 9.4 0.5 7.1
13 Dominique Easley 32.6 4.7 13.1 0.6 7.1
14 Ryan Carrethers 59.3 2.8 5.3 0.4 7.0
15 Tenny Palepoi 42.5 3.9 7.6 0.9 6.9
16 Daniel McCullers 52.2 1.5 7.6 0.9 6.9
17 Louis Nix III 59.4 1.2 6.3 0.9 6.8
18 Shamar Stephen 47.5 2.5 7.5 0.5 6.7
19 George Uko 30.4 4.2 6.0 1.2 6.6
20 Robert Thomas 44.2 4.9 8.3 0.5 6.5
21 Ego Ferguson 50.0 1.2 3.2 0.5 6.1
22 Anthony Johnson 33.0 3.0 8.3 0.5 6.0
23 Calvin Barnett 29.6 2.6 6.7 0.9 5.8
24 Bruce Gaston 41.3 4.2 6.4 0.6 5.8
25 Ken Bishop 43.3 1.4 5.3 0.4 5.7
26 Eathyn Manumaleuna 38.6 0.9 4.9 0.5 5.6
27 Beau Allen 22.3 1.9 2.9 0.5 5.6
28 Deandre Coleman 34.7 2.0 7.2 0.5 5.4
29 Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe 37.9 1.6 3.9 0.8 5.4
30 Jonnie Farms 19.7 1.7 4.8 0.5 5.3
31 Wade Keliikipi 30.3 2.0 4.1 0.5 5.1
32 Chris Davenport 21.7 1.8 4.0 0.5 5.1
33 Chris Whaley 28.6 2.3 5.5 0.5 5.0
34 Kaleb Ramsey 28.6 2.3 4.4 0.5 4.9
35 Justin Ellis 33.3 1.3 3.6 0.5 4.8
36 Demonte McAllister 24.9 1.1 2.4 0.5 4.8
37 Ricky Havili-Heimuli 28.3 1.3 3.8 0.5 4.7
38 Byran Jones 33.0 1.3 2.8 0.5 4.7
39 Khyri Thornton 30.8 1.1 5.8 0.5 4.7
40 Carlos Gray 25.5 2.5 3.4 0.5 4.5
41 Seali'i Epenesa 21.2 1.2 1.4 0.6 4.1
42 Jimmy Staten 23.8 0.5 1.6 0.4 3.7
43 Kamal Johnson 15.6 1.0 2.3 0.4 3.7