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Draft Countdown: Top 10 Defensive Tackles

Here is a breakdown of the Top 10 defensive tackles available in the 2009 NFL Draft ...

1. B.J. Raji, Boston College

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 337 40-Yard: 5.13 Year: 5-Sr.

Scouting Report: Raji has been a productive player at Boston College, and he can be a one-man force as a game-controlling defensive lineman. He did a good job on his return to the field last season, and he capped it off with a terrific performance in the Senior Bowl. He offers starting potential as a conventional tackle or on the nose, and if he continues to build upon a sensational 2008 campaign, Raji should quickly move into a starting lineup.

Grade: First Round

2. Peria Jerry, Mississippi

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 299 40-Yard: 4.87 Year: Sr.

Scouting Report: Jerry is a terrific defensive tackle prospect whose draft stock has been on the rise since the start of the season. He is a much better athlete than most give him credit for and when factoring in Jerry's size, movement skills and speed he could be a perfect fit for a team which employs a three-technique lineman.

Grade: First Round

3. Evander Hood, Missouri

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 300 40-Yard: 4.89 Year:Sr.

Scouting Report: Hood is an athletic defensive tackle who has the physical skills to be used in a variety of positions at the next level, and he offers starting potential. He played well as a senior, and he really watched his game take off in the post-season. Hood could be a surprise selection in the late part of round one, based on his performance in the past six months.

Grade: First or Second Round

4. Ron Brace, Boston College

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 332 40-Yard: 5.49 Year: 5-Sr.

Scouting Report:Brace has been a consistent performer at Boston College in the middle of the defensive line, and he offers possibilities as either a conventional defensive tackle or on the nose in a 3-4. If he raises his level of play and commits to year-round conditioning, Brace has the ability to develop into a starter at the next level.

Grade: Second Round


Boston College's B.J. Raji

5. Fili Moala, USC

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 305 40-Yard: 5.10 Year: 5-Sr.

Scouting Report: Moala has flashed dominance the past three seasons, and he is a lineman who takes over games. He must improve the details of his position, add bulk to his frame and develop more moves with his hands to have any chance of impacting at the next level. Moala could develop into a productive starter at the next level if the pieces fall into place.

Grade: Second Round

6. Alex Magee, Purdue

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 298 40-Yard: 5.07 Year:Sr.

Scouting Report: Magee is an athletic one-gap defensive lineman with starting potential in the NFL. After a slow season last year, he stood out during Senior Bowl week, and then looked good at the Combine. He should only improve as he physically matures, and early in his NFL career produce as a rotational lineman.

Grade: Second Round

7. Sammie Lee Hill, Stillman

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 329 40-Yard: 5.19 Year:5-Sr.

Scouting Report: Hill is an athletic prospect with the ability to play in several NFL defensive systems. He has the movement skills to be used as a potential three-technique lineman, or he can be placed on the nose if he improves his lower body strength. He offers a large degree of upside potential, and he could end up as a Top 100 choice, but he will need time to develop his game.

Grade:Third Round

8. Dorell Scott, Clemson

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 312 40-Yard: 4.87 Year: 5-Sr.

Scouting Report: Scott is a big, forceful lineman who can be a one-man show at the top of his game. He showed improved intensity as a senior, yet still he has a tendency to take plays off when he wants to. If the light goes on, Scott can be a starting defensive tackle in the NFL.

Grade: Third Round

9. Chris Baker, Hampton

Ht: 6-2 Wt:320 40-Yard: 5.04 Year: 4-Jr.

Scouting Report: Baker comes off a tremendous junior campaign in which he looked like a one-man show, and he created a lot of opportunities for his team with the ability to be a disruptive force. He's an athletic player with good size and one who could eventually develop into a starter at the next level if he keeps his focus on the field and stays in condition year-round. Baker is likely to be drafted much later than his talents warrant, but he is definitely a player to get excited about.

Grade:Third or Fourth Round

10. Roy Miller, Texas

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 310 40-Yard: 5.13 Year: Sr.

Scouting Report: Miller watched his game take off last season, and he was a disruptive force in the middle of the Longhorn line. He possesses the build and movement skills to be used as a three-technique lineman, and he is a prospect with a good degree of upside potential.

Grade: Third or Fourth Round

Profiles provided by Tony Pauline, NFL Draft analyst for and owner of

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