Last updated 23 February 2021

1Christian BarmoreAlabama
2Daviyon NixonIowa
3Marvin WilsonFlorida State
4Levi OnwuzurikeWashington
5Alim McNeillNorth Carolina State
6Jay TufeleUSC
7Jaylen TwymanPitt
8Tyler ShelvinLSU
9Tommy TogiaiOhio State
10Osa OdighizuwaUCLA
11Marlon TuipulotuUSC
12Darius StillsWest Virginia
13Cameron SampleTulane
14Tedarrell SlatonFlorida
15Bobby BrownTexas A&M

It’s generally accepted that this defensive tackle class isn’t as good or as deep as some have been recently, but that’s not to say that there aren’t some good potential starters in amongst this group because there certainly are. 

Two underclassmen who have declared for this draft look to be the most intriguing prospects, with Christian Barmore showing how disruptive he could be throughout 2020 by notching up 8 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. 

Daviyon Nixon also showed he can get penetration upfield with 5.5 sacks in a shortened season and whilst Marvin Wilson didn’t put up the same sort of numbers in 2020 as he had in the two seasons prior to this one, he should still be high on NFL teams’ radar as well. 

I’ve seen Wilson rated as low as DT10 by some, which in my mind means they’re downgrading him as a result of his injuries in 2020 as well as FSU’s terrible season more generally. I think he’s shown enough in college to demonstrate that, when healthy, he can be a disruptive force on both running and passing downs. 

Levi Onwuzurike of Washington will be an interesting prospect to watch through workouts after he opted out of the 2020 season, while Alim McNeill and Jay Tufele will both have hopes of being selected in the second round as both have 3-down potential.

Jaylen Twyman is the first of the guys who will likely be situational players, being slightly undersized and more suitable on passing downs while for sides looking for a run stuffing nose tackle or someone to play in the middle of a 3-man line LSU’s Tyler Shelvin could well be a key target. 

Among the rest of this group, Tedarrell Slaton and Bobby Brown are the two that teams will look at as pure run stuffers while the others will likely be seen as more useful on passing downs – including Senior Bowl Defensive MVP Cameron Sample. 

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