2019 NFL DRAFT SCOUTING COMBINE RESULTS: DEFENSIVE TACKLES

ANALYSIS: The Defensive Tackle class won’t get the ballyhoo that the Defensive End/edge class will, but these prospects still showed very well…it all starts with Quinnen WilliamsQuinnen Williams running a 4.83 40 at 300 lbs. is just bewildering…he was the most productive and explosive defender on tape in 2018, and the workout backs it up…speaking of production–Ed Oliver did not complete all of the drills in Indianapolis, but the one’s that he did complete, he looked spectacular in doing so…Oliver showed off his strength and his explosiveness…and one thing that is being underplayed for me is the fact that he measured in at 287 lbs…there was concern that Oliver would measure in closer to his playing weight at Houston, 270…Ed Oliver showed that he added the necessary bulk and it didn’t stop him from posting great marks…the Clemson Defensive Tackle duo also did their thing at the Scouting Combine…Christian Wilkins posted solid numbers across the board, and also was winning people over during the interview process…Wilkins is one of the more polished prospects in the entire 2019 NFL Draft…Dexter Lawrence was only able to do the bench press and then strained a muscle during his 40 yard dash…it was just a small sample size, but Lawrence was incredibly impressive…36 bench presses and a 5.05 40 time–at 340 lbs. illustrates how athletically gifted Dexter Lawrence is for such a massive young man…my hunch is that Wilkins and Lawrence solidified themselves as 1st round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft…a couple of prospects who are flying under the radar showed well…Jerry Tillery looked very agile and quick in the drills–expecting a 2nd-3rd round pick for him and Trysten Hill looked tremendous…in Hill’s case, the production doesn’t match the athleticism, but he now has a chance to sneak into the latter part of Day 2…

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