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NFL Draft prospects: Ranking Defensive Tackles heading into the 2023 NFL Combine

We rank the 2023 draft prospects at DT ahead of the Combine.

2023 CFP National Championship - TCU v Georgia Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The path to the 2023 NFL Draft will cross a major checkpoint with the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine taking place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis from February 28 to March 6. Finding NFL ready defensive tackle is a tricky proposition for franchises and that’s why its typically the least selected defensive position in most drafts. But when a team is able to hit on one, it’s a game-changer for their defense.

Standing tall as the top DT prospect in this class is Georgia’s Jalen Carter, who could potentially go No. 1 overall depending on what the Chicago Bears decide to do with the top spot. Out of all of the dominant defensive players that have been part of the Bulldogs’ back-to-back national championship runs, Carter has been touted as the best of them all and some argued he could’ve gone No. 1 overall in last year’s draft if he were eligible. At 6’3”, 300 pounds, Carter’s strength, quickness, and instincts made him a nightmare for opposing offensive lines as he consistently altered opposing gameplans.

Another DT from the I-85 corridor that could be selected in the top 10 is Clemson’s Bryan Bresee, who like Carter, comes from a program that regularly churns out elite front-seven prospects. He managed to rack up 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2022, a season where he dealt with injuries and the death of his younger sister Ella. He has the versatility to line up in multiple techniques on the interior line.

Other potential Day 2 selections to keep your eyes out for is Baylor’s Siaki Ika, Michigan’s Mazzi Smith, and Wisconsin’s Keeanu Benton.

2023 DT Draft Rankings

Pos Rk Player Pos School Overall Rk
Pos Rk Player Pos School Overall Rk
1 Jalen Carter DT Georgia 3
2 Bryan Bresee DT Clemson 8
3 Siaki Ika DT Baylor 37
4 Mazi Smith DT Michigan 50
5 Keeanu Benton DT Wisconsin 55
6 Calijah Kancey DT Pittsburgh 66
7 Keondre Coburn DT Texas 72
8 Colby Wooden DT Auburn 89
9 Zacch Pickens DT South Carolina 93
10 Nesta Jade Silvera DT Arizona State 110
11 Jaquelin Roy DT LSU 114
12 Byron Young DT Alabama 138
13 DJ Dale DT Alabama 163
14 Jerrod Clark DT Coastal Carolina 169
15 Gervon Dexter DT Florida 177
16 Cameron Young DT Mississippi State 182
17 Moro Ojomo DT Texas 196
18 Jalen Redmond DT Oklahoma 213