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Mayock's Look At The Draft: Defensive Tackle

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is breaking down each of the positions in the draft for the Daily News. Today: defensive tackle.

Mayock's Look At The Draft: Defensive Tackle

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Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)<br />
Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is breaking down each of the positions in the draft for the Daily News. Today: defensive tackle.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

THE BEST

Sharrif Floyd, Florida (6-3, 297)

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40-time: 4.87

225-bench: NA

Arms: 31 3/4 inches

Round Projection: 1

Mayock: "He’s the best 3-technique tackle in the draft. To me, he’s a top-5 pick. I would think Oakland would love him at (No.) 3. He’s got more quickness and explosion than any other defensive tackle in the draft. As long as he works and continues to develop, he should become a premier disrupter in this league.

"He really emerged last season. Two years ago, they used him more as a 5-technique (lined up on the outside shoulder of the offensive tackle). He can do that. But if you’re a traditional five-technique team that two-gaps, it takes away what he does best. Last year, he played more of the 3-technique (lined up on outside shoulder of the guard), which is where he’s a difference-maker.

"I don’t think 3-4 teams are going to be very interested in Sharrif, unless they intend to use him like Houston uses J.J. Watt. The base 3-4 teams typically are looking for longer, bigger guys to line up head up on that tackle."

THE RISER

Benny Logan, LSU (6-2, 310)

40-time: 5.08

225-bench: 30

Arms: 34 inches

Round Projection: 2-3

Mayock: "The more I see of this kid the more I like him. He plays hard. He didn’t have the same kind of PR that the (Glenn) Dorseys and all of those other LSU defensive tackles have had. But he may be a better pro than he was a college player. And he was a very good college player. He’s going to go in the second or third round."

THE SLEEPER

Nick Williams, Samford (6-5, 309)

40-time: 4.84

225-bench: 28

Arms: 34 1/8 inches

Round Projection: 6-7

Mayock: "He had a 'wow’ combine. And I mean wow at 309 pounds. He ran in the 4.8-4.9 neighborhood. The slip side was his tape wasn’t very good. I got home from the combine and put on the the tape against Kentucky. Now, Kentucky has a really good guard named Larry Warford. And all of the quickness and explosion I saw at the combine I didn’t see on tape.

"However, he’s so raw and from such a small school that he’s the type of guy teams will bet on in the sixth or seventh round. They’ll just take him because he’s a specimen and see if they can turn him into something."

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