2014 NFL Draft: Defensive Tackle Prospects You Should Know

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 In this series of articles, I will be picking one position group each week from which I will be choosing four players to evaluate.  There will be three that you’ve probably heard of, and one that you probably haven’t. I am not linking any of these players to the Chiefs. This is merely to introduce you all to the upcoming prospects. Please enjoy and I look forward to reading your comments.

Louis Nix III – 6’3 345lbs – Notre Dame

Louis Nix is a name people should have been talking about last year but with all of Manti Teo’s distractions, Nix and Stephon Tuitt were destined to play the background until 2013. In 2012, Nix accumulated 50 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, five passes batted away and one forced fumble. Nix is by far the largest defensive tackle in the group but not necessarily the least athletic. Nix has very quick feet for his size and the ability to make plays from sideline to sideline. Nix is very stout against the run and considered a prototypical run stopper. Not known for rushing the passer but in the right scheme, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to. Nix’s biggest issue thus far has been his consistency. Perhaps it’s endurance, perhaps motivation but his motivation has never been called into question before so I lean towards the latter. So far this year, Nix has recorded 20 tackles with one tackle for a loss. He has been frequently double teamed so the numbers on the stat sheet don’t necessarily tell the story of his contributions throughout the team. Nix is also known to have a big personality taking on the nickname “Irish Chocolate” and hosting a series of youtube videos called Chocolate News. He will be a top 20 pick, likely top 15.

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  • Blake Molina

    Intriguing prospects, and it changes things with Stephen Tuitt staying another year, but it clearly is no longer a need for KC. At this point I say our focus is offense. I expect Nix to be a quality player

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Did Tuitt say he was staying!? That must’ve been recently…I was hoping he’d come out…he’d be a great late 1st rounder…

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    I think the Chiefs could draft a NT in the mid-later rounds. Poe should not be playing as many snaps as he has been playing.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Lets hope one of these 4 drop to the late 3rd

  • Tony Harris

    If one of these guys fall late into the 3rd round then we should pick him up. I expect us to pick up an Offensive Tackle or possibly an OG in the first. I assume we get a Wide Reciever in Free Agency this off season. Reid and Dorsey both love the Free Agent market and asside from the top 3 wide recievers in this draft there isn’t much to choose from. If Mike Evans falls to us that would be perfect.. but I dont believe that happens. There are some quality free agent wide recievers coming up in free agency including Jeremy Maclin (who Reid loves) and Hakeem Nicks.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Man, I would loooove for Evans to fall to us…hes a monster

      • Tony Harris

        Agreed. HE is going to be a monster in the pros. He reminds me of a bigger Crabtree, plus his footwork and he moves after the catch are terrific.

        • Jeff Grasser Jr

          He could elect to stay another year too…although I dont know why he would…I see no bust in him…

          • Tony Harris

            Come combine time the draft Guru’s are going to be all over him. His size and speed.. there is no way he decides to stay. I can see him sliding up into the top of round 1.

          • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

            Johnny football is coming out. No reason for Evans to stay.

      • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

        I really like Evans as well.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      I like Cyril Richardson as our pick

  • Danny W

    Its nice to look at these guys and actually not need one.

  • berttheclock

    Hey, Jeff, off position topic, but, do you remember your fine article on TEs? One of those top picks was Colt Lyerla from Nike. He appears to be in a downward spiral. FIrst, leaving the team and, now, he has been busted for cocaine possession. There was an article at the Oregonian which mentioned some NFL scout saying he could still be selected, but, he really has become a major head case. Really a waste of natural talent.

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