Ranking the draft’s top 3-4 nose tackles

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  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    1. Alameda Ta'amu: Washington (6-3, 337)
    This is the kind of guy who has the ability to anchor the middle of an NFL defense in either a 3-4 or 4-3 front. Needs to do a better job finding the football, and playing with a more consistent pad level. But, overall Ta'amu looks like a starter who you eventually will be able to win with in the NFL. I think he can play a similar role to Sione Pouha (Jets) and Paul Soliai (Dolphins) anchoring a 34 front.

    2. Dontari Poe: Memphis (6-5, 350)
    Has a rare physical skill set due to his combination of flexibility, power and get off burst. However, he's still learning the nuances of the position. If he's willing to put in the time, Poe can mature into one of the leagues better interior presences. Nevertheless, because he's raw his floor isn't overly high either. He’s more naturally talented than Ta'amu, but questions about his motor concern me, especially at a spot where he’s going to have to be content to do the dirty work.

    3. Josh Chapman: Alabama (6-1, 310)
    Has the making of a starting caliber nose at the next level in either a 3-4 and 4-3 front. Can consistently anchor on contact, possesses solid length and is tough to move off the football. Also, is a better pass rusher than given credit for. Will likely fall because of medical concerns, but could be a real bargain because of it.

    4. Hebron Fangupo: BYU (6-1, 330)
    A naturally strong kid with a great attitude and work rate. Needs to improve his pad level, but has the kind of natural power, girth and work ethic to make it with some time.

    5. Damon Harrison: William Penn (6-2, 340)
    The kind of physically put together kid who can develop as a nose in either a 34 o4 43 front. In a weaker nose tackle class, I would rather roll the dice on this higher upside kid than most of the average senior later round guys at bigger schools.

  2. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    First I've heard of this guy or his school.
  3. SDogo

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  4. RS12

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  5. NeonDeion21

    NeonDeion21 Well-Known Member

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    I would love to add Chapman anywhere from the 3rd-5th round.
  6. MikeT22

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    Recently I've been seeing Poe listed as a possible top 10-15 pick. Haven't seen Ta'amu in the first round. Strange they have him rated the top DT.
  7. Leadbelly

    Leadbelly Well-Known Member

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    Normally I wouldn't go anywhere near a BYU lineman, but the fact that Hebron Fangupo was a USC transfer...and the fact that his name is Hebron Fangupo...has me totally interested.

    Just going by YouTube though, he seemed to line up mostly at DE in a 3-4.

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