The 2019 NFL Draft featured an excellent class of defensive tackles and the 2020 crop is not far behind that group in terms of talent.
The 2019 NFL Draft was loaded with talent at the defensive tackle position. Six defensive tackles were taken in the first round, with two going in the top-10 — Quinnen Williams and Ed Oliver.
Their success in the NFL as rookies has varied, but most look to have a bright future ahead of them, despite not being as productive as some of the defensive ends selected in 2019.
The most productive of the bunch thus far has been Ed Oliver, who finished his rookie campaign with 5.0 total sacks.
With the NFL passing game putting an emphasis on getting the ball out as quickly as possible in recent years, finding guys on the interior who can rush the passer and collapse the pocket is increasingly important. Why? Because the fastest way to the quarterback is from the interior, not the edge position.
Those looking for impact players on the inside are in luck this year. The defensive tackle class may not be as talented as last year’s, but there are some promising prospects headlined by an elite talent.