A position often overlooked by Arizona Cardinals fans is nose tackle. After Dan Williams left in free agency, there was some uncertainty at the position. The team signed defensive lineman Corey Peters, who they believe can play nose tackle for them. They also re-signed Alameda Ta'amu, although he couldn't get himself into shape a season ago.
So it shouldn't be a surprise if the Cardinals end up drafting a defensive tackle -- especially a guy who can play nose tackle.
Ryan Nanni and Dan Rubenstein of SB Nation break down the top of the draft in terms of defensive tackles. It isn't limited to nose tackle, so some mentioned would play the "defensive tackle" position, or left end, where Darnell Dockett played.
The top five are USC's Leonard Williams, Washington's Danny Shelton, Oregon's Arik Armstead, Texas' Malcom Brown and Oklahoma's Jordan Phillips.
Williams will be a top 5 pick. Shelton will probably be gone as well. Armstead would play the left end position for the Cardinals.
Here is how Dan Kadar's top 10 defensive tackles shake out. Will the Cardinals draft any of them?
|1. Leonard Williams, 6'4 5/8, 302 pounds, DT, Southern California|
|2. Eddie Goldman, 6'4, 320 pounds, DT, Florida State|
|3. Danny Shelton, 6'1 3/4, 343 pounds, DT, Washington|
|4. Malcom Brown, 6'2, 320 pounds, DT, Texas|
|5. Jordan Phillips, 6'6, 334 pounds, DT, Oklahoma|
|6. Carl Davis, 6'4 5/8, 321 pounds, DT, Iowa|
|7. Michael Bennett, 6'2, 288 pounds, DT, Ohio State|
|8. Grady Jarrett, 6'0 7/8, 288 pounds, DT, Clemson|
|Ellis McCarthy, 6\u20195, 325 pounds, DT, UCLA"]">9. Ellis McCarthy, 6'5, 325 pounds, DT, UCLA|
|Xavier Cooper, 6\u20194, 299 pounds, DT, Washington State"]">10. Xavier Cooper, 6'4, 299 pounds, DT, Washington State|