Road to the Draft…Part Three-Defensive Tackles

The next group of prospects we will show rankings for are defensive tackles. This, along with a pass-rushing DE, is probably the most important position in a cover-2 defense. Tommie Harris playing at an All-Pro level was the big difference between our defensive fall-off from 2006 to 2007 and 2008. Finding the new “Warren Sapp” has to be a priority heading into this draft. Now, you will only see DTs who project as fitting the Bears’ cover-2 scheme—meaning no 3-4 NTs on this list. Click on the players’ name to go to a link for a scouting video/report…

First Round: Corey Luiget (Illinois); Muhammad Wilkerson (Temple)

Second Round: Marvin Austin (North Carolina); Drake Nevis (LSU); Jurrell Casey (USC)

Third Round: Jarvis Jenkins (Clemson); Terrell McClain (USF)

Later Rounds: Martin Parker (Richmond); Ollie Ogbu (Penn State); Colby Whitlock (Texas Tech); Mike Blanc (Auburn);

I must admit I am not in the camp in favor of signing Cullen Jenkins away from the Packers in Free Agency; Call me gun-shy after watching the way injuries ruined the career of Tommie Harris. I think we would be much better off getting younger, more athletic at DT. We really only have Anthony Adams and Matt Toeina returning from last year’s rotation; and we can always move either Israel Idonije or Henry Melton back inside. But I think it is paramount that we come out of this draft with a stud three-technique tackle. So i expect us to draft one early in the first 3 rounds, but also maybe add a developmental project in rounds 6 or 7 that we think might fit our system. My dream scenario: Drake Nevis in the second round; and Mike Blanc/Martin Parker in the 5th or 6th round.

2 responses

  1. Johnnyharvard

    I kinda agree with Jenkins, but if you can get a good value signing from him I say go ahead and do it. Obviously the draft will determine a lot of that. Melton will play a lot of snaps at the undertackle next season and a lot of NT in passing down when they take Adams out.

    April 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    • the fact that the packers are willing to let him walk throws up a HUGE red flag for me. Love them or hate them, the Packers have been spot on with the personnel decisions.

      April 9, 2011 at 6:15 am

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