There's always one position that stands out in every NFL Draft, 2012's is considered to be on of the deepest at defensive tackle in recent history, according to NFL Network's Mike Mayock.
Currently, there are seven DT's that could hear their names called in the first round, the top four being: Michael Brockers, Jerel Worthy, Dontari Poe and Devon Still.
Mayock rates the defensive end position as the worst in this draft. There is some value at DE in the middle-rounds, but only two players are worthy of being selected in the first round.
North Carolina's Quinton Coples is currently rated as the top defensive end in the draft, but Mayock says he would be scared to death of drafting him because he didn't play good or hard during his senior season.
The player that may be the best DE in the draft is South Carolina's Melvin Ingram, who Mayock compares to Justin Tuck because of his ability to play different positions on the defensive line.
More defensive notes from Mayock:
- Three cornerbacks with first round grades: Morris Claiborne, Dre Kirkpatrick and Janoris Jenkins.
- He's not a fan of Arizona State's Vontaze Burfict and thinks he will be drafted in the late second or early third round.
- If Boston College's Luke Kuechley runs a 4.7 or lower 40-yard dash, he will be a Top 15 pick.
- Likes Notre Dame OLB Darius Fleming and surprised he's not rated higher. Mayock says once teams watch tape on him they say, "Wow there's something here."
Who do you think is the best defensive player in the 2012 NFL Draft? Is there a 'sleeper' player that you have your eyes on in the middle rounds? Let us know in the comment below.