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SmashMouth 08-31-2010 08:55 AM

Ranking the NFC South defensive tackles - Pat Yasinskas
Weíre looking at defensive tackles today and the pickings might be even more slender.

Jonathan Babineaux, Falcons. This one was easy. Babineaux is by no means an All-Pro, but heís proven over time heís a very solid defensive tackle, which might make him the only one in the division. Babineaux should be helped by having Peria Jerry and Corey Peters joining the rotation this year. Last season, Babineaux led the Falcons with 6 sacks.
Sedrick Ellis, Saints. No, he hasnít dominated like a lot of people thought he would coming into the league two years ago. But the main reasons for that have been injuries. When heís healthy, Ellis isnít far from the same level as Babineaux, and, eventually, could turn out to be better.
Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers. Yep, Iím going with a rookie this high. Part of it is because thereís not a lot to choose from. But part of it is because I think McCoyís going to be really good right from the start. Donít be surprised if heís at the top of this list a year from now. Iíve had two general managers from other teams with early picks that they had McCoy ranked ahead of Ndamukong Suh, who went one pick ahead of McCoy to Detroit.
Anthony Hargrove, Saints. Like a lot of NFL teams, the Saints rotate their defensive tackles a lot and Hargrove technically might not be a starter. But Hargroveís going to play a lot. He straightened his life around as he joined the Saints last year and it looks like the arrow continues to point up on this guy.

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DRsaints 08-31-2010 09:51 AM

Those seem pretty accurate. I thought Ayodele should have been a bit higher, but other than that they're close.

Pete 08-31-2010 10:29 AM

Well I guess that has to be good enough.Ayodele recovered some key fumbles last season and for 2 TDs if I recall right.Sedrick Ellis still could use a force to be reckoned with on the side of him.Did anyone hear of the possible trade with the redskins Haynesworth and the Bucs ??

Euphoria 08-31-2010 10:47 AM

I can agree with this.

Rugby Saint II 09-01-2010 11:58 AM

That looks about right. We seriously need another DT to pair up with Ellis.

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