You didn't think that we were finished doing podcasts with our buddy Greg Cosell of NFL Films and ESPN's NFL Matchup just because the NFL season is over, did you? Well, if you did, fear not -- we're back in the saddle (and Greg's now writing for Shutdown Corner as well) to do a new series of podcasts in which we evaluate the draft prospects by position. We've already discussed the quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and tight ends, and offensive linemen in this year's class, and how it's time to talk about a very intriguing group of defensive tackles. Greg has taken his decades of experience, and oodles of coach's tape, and transferred both to the college side just in time for the pre-draft process.
On Florida's Sharrif Floyd: "He's one of my favorite players in this draft. He's an athlete playing defensive tackle. He's got athletic and explosive movement. He's really, really light on his feet, and what stands out to me is that there are other guys who can explode off the ball and are initially quick, but they don't have great balance and body control after that to make plays. But he does. The way I would describe Floyd is that he's a tackle-for-loss defensive tackle. He's very disruptive -- when he gets in the backfield, he actually makes the tackle."
On Utah's Star Lotulelei: "He's very light on his feet for a 320-pound defensive tackle. There's no question he moves like a smaller man. He's got that short-area quickness and burst in the run game. He's not a pure pass-rusher as an inside player, but I think he can develop into one, given his athleticism, movement, and strength. He's got strong, quick, and active hands, with a lot of power, and he can be taught how to use his hands really, really well."
On Alabama's Jesse Williams: "I really like this kid. I think he can transition to the NFL at multiple positions, in both a 3-4 and a 4-3 front. I don't think there's a big difference between him and Lotulelei. I think he's probably athletic enough to be a three-technique tackle when push comes to shove, but he's so versatile, I almost think you could line him up anywhere in a three-man or four-man base, and he can play really well."
On Purdue's Kawann Short: "He was a very frustrating player to watch. I think he's a splash player with some desirable traits, but a glaring lack of consistent effort and execution. He teased. He has plus attributes, but he did not play to them consistently. I thought effort was a concern, and he did not play with a lot of competitive urgency."
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