Sleeper: Northern Iowa DT Everette Pedescleaux 3:00 PM Sat, Apr 04, 2009 | Permalink Rick Gosselin E-mail News tips The NFL likes big, athletic defensive tackle. Size attracts double-teams and athleticism provides an inside pass-rush threat. That's why Northern Iowa defensive tackle Everette Pedescleaux is shooting up the 2009 NFL draft board. He's one of the most athletic players on a shallow tackle board. In high school, Pedescleaux was a finalist for state "Mr. Basketball" honors in Minnesota in 2004. He enrolled at the University of Minnesota for the winter term in 2005 but did not play basketball or football. Then he transferred to Northern Iowa in the fall of 2005 and focused on football, where his size (6-6, 305 pounds) and athleticism became magnified in the Missouri Valley Conference. Pedescleaux started three games as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and then became a force in the starting lineup as a junior and senior, earning All-Missouri Valley Conference honors. He collected 62 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and forced three fumbles for the FCS's No. 2 ranked defense last season. He also blocked two kicks in 2008 and six in his career. Pedescleaux wasn't invited to any post-season all-star games or the NFL scouting combine this winter, but that doesn't mean his play last fall went unnoticed. The NFL knows about him -- and everyone will know about him come draft day.