Defensive Tackle Rankings 2023 NFL Draft

DEFENSIVE TACKLE RANKINGS 2023 NFL DRAFT

Last year while not terrible defensive tackle was far from the strongest position group in the 2022 class. 2023 by contrast could well be. It’s headed by two potential elite players in the shape of Jalen Carter from Georgia and Clemson’s Bryan Bresee.

Jalen Carter looks to us like a slam dunk prospect, he’s got ideal size combined with long arms and has amazing pass rush skills for an interior player. He currently is in contention to be a top-five pick. Bresee who will likely be viewed as a three-tec at the pro level – has immense strength and dominated offensive lineman with regularity during 2021 and will, unless he suffers a major fall from grace not last past the mid-point of round one of the 2023 NFL Draft.

After a small drop-off in talent, we have three more defensive tackle prospects who all have first-round potential written all over them. LSU’s Jaquelin Roy, Florida State’s Gervon Dexter, and rounded off with Siaki Ika from Baylor.

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Player Rankings - Defensive Tackle

# Player Pos Team Weight Height 40YD AVG POS RANK AVG OVR RANK Rating Summary
1

Jalen
Carter

DT
Georgia   Mascot
Georgia Mascot
300lbs 6-3 4.96 1 3.9
90.6
Carter has the strong core and powerful hands to shed blockers, and Carter shows excellent instincts with the ability to quickly l...
2

Bryan
Bresee

DT
Clemson   Mascot
Clemson Mascot
305lbs 6-5 4.77 3 11.3
90.2
Bryan Bresee was destined to be a potential NFL star until an ACL injury cut his season short. He has an elite combination of stre...
3

Siaki
Ika

DT
Baylor   Mascot
Baylor Mascot
358lbs 6-4 5.40 9 43.5
87.9
Can make the impressive chest-to-chest bear hug tackle in the hole due to his ability to wreak havoc in the backfield. Ika has he...
4

Tyler
Davis

DT
Clemson   Mascot
Clemson Mascot
300lbs 6-2 4.99 19 74.4
87.5
Davis looks like a potential pro starter and top 120 pick, ideally suited for a team that utilizes a rotation heavy defensive line...
5

Zacch
Pickens

DT
South Carolina   Mascot
South Carolina Mascot
305lbs 6-4 4.85 15 61.2
87.1
He’s a good lateral mover who shows surprising speed for a 300-pounder when chasing the ball carrier in pursuit. Looks the part w...
6

Gervon
Dexter Sr.

DT
Florida   Mascot
Florida Mascot
312lbs 6-6 4.82 12 51.2
86.5
Dexter has the lateral agility and balance to cover two gaps, and Dexter shows some good closing burst when moving down the line...
7

Jaquelin
Roy

DT
LSU   Mascot
LSU Mascot
315lbs 6-4 4.99 14 55
86.0
Gets his big hands up to block passes if unable to beat his man, and follows the quarterback on moving pockets and sniffs out scre...
8

Byron
Young

DT
Alabama   Mascot
Alabama Mascot
292lbs 6-3 5.00 17 70.7
85.2
He’s ready for the physicality of the NFL; Young has a stout build, strong core and powerful limbs to step in right away as a thr...
9

Calijah
Kancey

DT
Pittsburgh   Mascot
Pittsburgh Mascot
280lbs 6-0 4.69 16 61.6
84.8
Kancey is strong enough in the lower body to hold up at the point of attack, and Kancey displays a good feel as a grappler in the ...
10

Fabien
Lovett

DT
Florida State   Mascot
Florida State Mascot
306lbs 6-4 5.10 39 167.5
83.6
Provides some secondary interior pass rush, getting most penetration when playing three technique. Possesses the length and power...
11

Akheem
Mesidor

DT
Miami   Mascot
Miami Mascot
280lbs 6-3 4.90 55 292.5
82.7
Quick off the snap in the pass rush, Mesidor has violent hands and a good feel for working inside counter moves. Mesidor can als...
12

Keeanu
Benton

NT
Wisconsin   Mascot
Wisconsin Mascot
315lbs 6-4 5.36 24 91.2
82.5
Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside. Keeps eyes in the backfield when inside; moves linemen to ei...

2023 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Defensive Line

We've compared players post combine 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.

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2023 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Defensive Line

We've compared players 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.

Check back after the combine as these numbers are likely to change.