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The Search For A Defensive Tackle

Common wisdom will tell you that the Giants will draft a linebacker in the first round, and a defensive tackle in the second round. Of course, it doesn’t always play out that way, but it does make sense.

The Giants are in need of a defensive tackle. Fred Robbins is in St. Louis. Rocky Bernard has been a huge bust. Barry Cofield has yet to sign his tender (although he is expected to). Chris Canty was awful last year, and, while he battled injuries, needs to improve. Jay Alford is coming off a season ending injury.

Assuming Cofield signs his tender, that leaves the Giants with one reliable defensive tackle. I love Jay Alford, but we just don’t know how he’ll respond. The Giants need to draft a defensive tackle who can make an immediate impact–preferably someone who can stop.

The defensive tackle class this year is really deep. There are about 14 defensive tackles who will be selected in the first three rounds, and more who can easily go in the fourth or fifth.

Obviously, the cream of this year’s crop is Ndamukong Suh, and Gerald McCoy. They have no chance of getting to the Giants. Just won’t happen.

The other first round prospect is Dan Williams. His prospect profile is here. It’s very possible he will be available at 15 (you have to think Miami will be interested at 12). While Williams is a classic 3-4 nose tackle, he can probably be a really good 4-3 run stopper. And that’s what the Giants need. But, he’s inconsistent. He may have weight troubles. He doesn’t give great effort. I’d only take Williams IF Rolando McClain is not on the board. I think Williams has the potential to be great. But, he has the potential to be horrible. The Giants don’t really like Boom or Bust players. They like to play a little safe. Williams is a risk.

The second round and third round features a lot of players perfect for the Giants system (I’ll list them, and the links will be to their prospect profiles.)

Brian Price

Arthur Jones

Jared Odrick (more of a 3-4 defensive end, if anything)

Lamarr Houston

Geno Atkins

Cam Thomas

Tyson Alualu

Linval Joseph

Terrence Cody is another second round prospect, but he’s strictly a 3-4 nose tackle. No interest in him.

So, there’s a pretty diverse mix of guys. Run stoppers, pass rushers, combos. I think all would look good in Blue.

I’ve mocked Lamarr Houston and Arthur Jones to the Giants. Houston is more of an attacking defensive end, similar to Jay Alford. Jones is quick, but more of a run defender.

I’m starting to really like Cam Thomas, from UNC. Why? A great run stopped. In fact, that’s pretty much the only thing he does. I mean, try running against Thomas  (6-4, 330) and Chris Canty (6-7, 300). It would be pretty hard. Can Thomas slip to the third round? Not sure. He’s been shooting up mocks, but I would have no problem selecting him in the 2nd. He’s a classic run stopper. That’s what we need.

So, as you can see, there are plenty of defensive tackles to choose from. Some are first rounders. Most are second and third. Who do you want?

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4 Responses to “The Search For A Defensive Tackle”

  1. Giants says:

    I like Lamarr Houston, I think he’s the #3 DT in this class. He produced as well as Gerald McCoy in college…so, take that for what you will.

    If they must go DT in the first 2 rounds, I vote for Houston in the 2nd.

  2. CMH says:

    I agree. I like Houston in the 2nd. I think he’s a nice complement to Canty.

  3. Steve B. says:

    I am pretty sure Cofield signed his tender/

    I have my fingers crossed for Brian Price in the 2nd, I think it could happen.

  4. sam says:

    Thats what Im talking about I want a Pat Williams, a fat boy well over 300 maybe 320 or 330 but moves decent like Dan Williams or Cam Thomas or even Linval Joseph, speaking of Joseph thats a guy we need to look at in the third, his bench 39 times and he ran 5.0 he ways somewhere near 330 I like his measureable just coach him up.

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