2016 CFN Preseason All-America Defensive Tackles. Who are the best and brightest defensive tackles coming into the college football season?
2016 CFN Preseason All-America Defensive Tackles
1. Malik McDowell, Jr. Michigan State
The Spartan line is rebuilding, but it has the one to build around. The former super-recruit has turned into everything the Spartan defensive front needs and was hoping for. While he’s a decent interior pass rusher and is great at getting behind the line, the 6-6, 280-pounder is at his best as a big interior presence against the run.
2. Lowell Lotulelei, Jr. Utah
A stocky block for the interior of the Ute line, the 6-2, 310-pound Lotulelei doesn’t get pushed off his base and works as the true definition of an anchor. The brother of Carolina Panther lineman and former Ute, Star Lotuleilei, Lowell will soon be on an NFL roster, too.
2016 CFN Preseason Second-Team All-America Defensive Tackles
3. Charles Walker, Jr. Oklahoma
It’s hard to get too much of the spotlight on an Oklahoma team with so much offensive talent, but Walker is the standout up front to work the D around – at least he’s supposed to be. The 6-2, 299-pounder is back from offseason wrist surgery, and now he’ll once again be the quick interior presence who can take over games.
4. Chris Wormley, Sr. Michigan
The rock up front to anchor another terrific Wolverine defense, the 6-5, 303-pound versatile lineman can rush the passer – making 6.5 sacks last season – or can hold up against the run making 43 stops. While he might not be a prototypical nose tackle, he’s an ideal 4-3 interior defender.
2016 CFN Preseason Third-Team All-America Defensive Tackles
5. Eddie Vanderdoes, Jr. UCLA
At least he got hurt early last year. The future NFL tackle suffered a torn ACL in the season opener, but he’s back and ready to go now in a salary drive season. The 6-3, 325-pound veteran has to show his quickness is back to form to go along with his toughness against the run.
6. Jarron Jones, Sr. Notre Dame
It could be the key to the Notre Dame season – is Jones back to his 2014 self? A force on the inside two years ago, he missed almost all of last year with a knee injury and wasn’t quite right when he came back for the Fiesta Bowl. Now the 6-5, 315-pounder is back, rested, and apparently a bit rusty this summer. That’ll quickly change.