Best Defensive Tackles
Baker, 49ers Clubhouse draft writer
2001: 69 tkl 17 tfl 8 sack
Comments: A very quick player with an amazing ability to beat double teams. Has great balance and footwork. Could play DE. His work ethic may be a problem for some, but it isn’t a major issue. He keeps his body low and should be a dangerous weapon in the NFL.
2001: 24 tkl 4 tfl 1 sack
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football, basketball, track
Comments: A great pass and run defender. A physical player with large arms, which is a major positive for NFL scouts. Can’t finish the game on the field which will lower his prospects, but still a prospect that with the right training could be one to watch in the future.
2001:51 tkl 9 tfl 3 sack
Comments: Strong, a great run stopper, good technique and nice footwork. But has many downsides. He isn’t physical, a timid pursuer and hasn’t got great instincts.
2001: 55 tkl 10 tfl 3 sack
HIGH SCHOOL: Played DE and TE
Comments: A versatile player, who can play any where on the DL. Has great instincts and has nice lateral movement. What hurts him is that he is a very weak tackler and isn’t as fast as he should be. If he can improve those two areas he’ll be a nice addition to any team.
2001: 56 tkl 20 tfl 12 sack
Comments: A big run stopper and is a big game player. Moves well and can tackle very well. His size hurts his prospects. Also needs to work on his technique.
2001: 16 tkl 6 tfl 1 sack
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football and track. All-American
Comments: Is a big DT, with big arms and is very quick for his size. A good pass rusher. Many scouts have said the Haynesworth has outplayed John Henderson last year. His weakness may be that he has only started one year.
2001: 30 tkl 7 tfl 4 sack
Comments: The top DT in the draft and will go very early. Has great leadership ability, is very big and has great speed for such a big guy. May be a bit injury prone and has small technical problem, but that can be easy sought out once he’s in the pros.
2001: 43 tkl 8 tfl 5 sack
Comments: Another good run defender and has drastically improved on his pass rushing ability. Has outstanding play recognition as well. Needs to hit the weights and improve his strength, but he is a player who still has a lot of improvement to go.
2001: 38 tkl 14 tfl 2 sack
HIGH SCHOOL: Played LB and FB
Comments: His size will make his stock drop, but teams that rule him out due to his size will be missing a great player. He plays big, very quick, has nice balance, great pursuer, good instincts and will be a great pick up for the team that’s lucky enough to get him.