1) Phil Taylor, Baylor
Range: Mid 1st – Early 2nd
Synopsis: Massive, strong, and physical which is what you want in a nose tackle. He isn’t a great athlete, but is better than what you would expect. Has some off field issues from his time at Penn State, but seems to have matured.
2) Stephen Paea, Oregon St
Synopsis: My favorite. Not even close to as big as Taylor, but probably strong and just as physical. He had a knee injury that needs to be cleared and he won’t fit every 3-4 defense, but he will surprise people.
3) Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss
Synopsis: A traditional nose tackle because of his size. He has the sheer size you want, but won’t be active outside of occupying blockers. He’s also struggled with conditioning and doesn’t seem real football savvy.
4) Kendrick Ellis, Hampton
Range: 3rd – 4th
Synopsis: Talented and another massive player, but too many red flags. Was kicked off South Carolina and suspended at Hampton. Dominated the FCS level but only used his strength and power. Needs to work on his technique.
5) Sione Fua, Stanford
Synopsis: Similar to Paea in that he’s a bit undersized, but Fua is a rock in the middle and played the position in Stanford’s 3-4 defense. Not overly athletic and he’s upside is limited, but he will give 100% effort every time.
6) Ian Williams, Notre Dame
Range: 4th – 5th
Synopsis: Wasn’t overly productive at Notre Dame, but has the strength that you want from a nose tackle and solid size. Williams is a great run stopper, but offers next to nothing as a pass rusher.
7) Chris Neild, West Virginia
Range: 5th – 6th
Synopsis: Played in West Virginia’s 3-3-5 defense and started for 3 years. Isn’t overly athletic and isn’t as big as you would expect, but find a way to get it done. Won’t get noticed much, but is solid at eating up blockers.