2021 NFL Draft Prospects: Nose Tackle



The top 2021 quarterback prospects available for the 2021 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2021 prospect. ** - denotes 2024 prospect.

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2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
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  1. Christian Barmore**, NT, Alabama
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 310.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.18.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-2.
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    9/26/20: Barmore flashed ability as part of Alabama's rotation in 2019. It was only his redshirt freshman season, so he could easily be primed to break out in 2020 or 2021. Barmore has good size with length at the point of attack to go along with quickness and athleticism. With his size and speed, Barmore is a dangerous interior pass rusher. He could be the next Alabama interior lineman who becomes an early-round prospect, similar to Quinnen Williams, Da'Ron Payne, Jonathan Allen and Raekwon Davis among others.




  2. Marvin Wilson, NT, Florida State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 317.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.2.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-3.
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    9/26/20: In the season opening loss to Georgia Tech, Wilson blocked kick and set up another blocked kick.

    Wilson totaled 44 tackles with five sacks, four passes defended and a forced fumble in 2019. He was a disruptive presence, showing pass-rushing potential, strength, quickness and athleticism. Team sources said they were projecting Wilson to the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft had he decided to skip his senior year. If Wilson improves in 2020, he could be a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

    Wilson had a decent 2018 season for the Seminoles as their best interior defender. On the year, he totaled 42 tackles with 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two passes batted and 4.5 tackles for a loss.


  3. Jay Tufele*, NT, USC
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 305.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.22.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-3.
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    9/26/20: Tufele was a disruptive presence for USC in 2019, totaling 42 tackles with 4.5 sacks and a pass batted. His run defense was improved, and he looks like he has upside to improve. After redshirting in 2017, Tufele made an impressive debut for the Trojans in 2018, racking up three sacks with 23 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss and a blocked field goal.

    Tufele has the upside to grow and be better as he gains experience. Tufele announced that he will not return to USC and will enter the 2021 NFL Draft.


  4. Tedarrell Slaton, NT, Florida
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 343.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.6.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-3.
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    9/26/20: Slaton recorded 29 tackles with two sacks and a pass defended in 2019. He played well to close out the regular season, but he was wise to go back for his senior year. Slaton did not produce a big stat line for the Gators in 2018, but the big nose tackle caused a lot of disruption and plugged a lot of gaps at the point of attack. He totaled 21 tackles with two for a loss on the year.

    Team sources have remarked how Slaton jumped out at them and was impossible to ignore while grading the Gators' 2019 NFL Draft prospects. For the NFL, Slaton projects as a heavy nose tackle.




  5. LaBryan Ray*, NT, Alabama
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 292.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.9.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-3.
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    9/26/20: Ray recorded nine tackles with a sack and forced fumble during his 2019 season. He went out of the lineup in September because of a foot injury that required surgery. He was wise to return to Alabama for 2020.

    While Quinnen Williams was the star of the Alabama defensive line in 2018, Ray flashed at times for the Crimson Tide and had some nice moments that year. Ray totaled 39 tackles with six for a loss, 2.5 sacks and two passes batted for the season. Ray could take on a bigger role as a redshirt junior and has upside to rise.


  6. Jordan Davis*, NT, Georgia
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 330.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.6.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-3.
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    9/26/20: Davis is a heavy nose tackle who is tough to move at the point off attack. He could be a good fit as a zero-technique in a 3-4 defense. Davis showed more ability to make plays in the backfield in 2019 as a sophomore. He has upside to improve and rise as a junior and/or senior.


  7. Neil Farrell Jr., NT, LSU
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 319.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.29.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    9/26/20: Ferrell was a rotational defender for LSU with only three starts as a junior, but he flashed athletic ability with pass-rush potential and was a solid run defender. With Rashard Lawrence moving onto the NFL, Farrell should be a starter as senior. If he can increase his pass-rush production, he could rise.


  8. Naquan Jones*, NT, Michigan State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 339.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.4.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/26/20: Jones put up very little production 2019, but he is a heavy nose tackle and gap filler. Those players aren't expected to produce big stat lines. Entering the 2018 season, the Michigan State defensive tackle who seemed to be the program's top interior lineman was Raequan Williams, but Jones, then a sophomore, was the team's top interior defender. In 2018, he had 26 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, one pass batted and one forced fumble.


  9. Quinton Bohanna, NT, Kentucky
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 367.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.66.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/26/20: Bohanna is a massive nose tackle who should trim some weight for the NFL. As a pro, he could fit at nose in etiher a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense. Even though Bohanna does not produce big tackle totals, he is a good contributor to the run defense with his size and ability to occupy blockers to free up linebackers. At the next level, Bohanna could be a two-down run stuffer who comes out of the game in the sub package.




  10. Tyler Shelvin*, NT, LSU
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 346.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.55.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/26/20: Shelvin was a good run stuffer at the point of attack during LSU's dream season in 2019. The big nose tackle occupied blockers, often taking on double teams to help free up other defenders to make tackles. For the NFL, Shelvin would fit as a nose tackle in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense, but he'll come off the field for a pass rusher in the sub package.


  11. Bobby Brown III*, NT, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 315.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.2.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    9/26/20: Brown has the athletic upside to rise as a junior. He showed improvement and took on a larger role as a sophomore. To rise, Brown needs to get better in the pass rush and put more pressure on the quarterback, particularly with some sack production as an upperclassman.


  12. Khyiris Tonga, NT, BYU
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 321.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.48.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    9/26/20: Tonga had a solid start to the season against Navy. He is a run-stuffing nose tackle for the next level. Tonga is a solid run defender who has size at the point of attack. He will need to produce more as a pass rusher during his senior year to rise.


  13. Jordon Scott, NT, Oregon
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 322.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.3.
    Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
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    9/26/20: Scott is a short nose tackle who is a solid run defender but has not shown much pass-rushing ability at Oregon. For Scott to rise, he needed to produce more in the pass rush as a senior.


  14. Forrest Merrill, NT, Arkansas State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 338.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.4.
    Projected Round (2021): 7-FA.
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    9/26/20: Merrill has the body type of a heavy nose tackle, but he was a solid interior pass rusher for Arkansas State over his first two seasons. Merrill has a bad body and limited athleticism and quickness for the next level. He is a nose tackle to occupy blockers, but could have a hard time sticking in the NFL.






2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P





 








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