Preview: Top 2014 Underclassmen Defensive Tackles

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Louis Nix returns from one of the nations’ top defensive units in 2012 as he tries to prove himself as a Top 2014 NFL Draft Prospect. (Jonathan Daniels/ Getty Images)

We’ve finished previewing our top 2014 Seniors at each position. We now look into the Draft Eligible Underclassmen at the Defensive Tackle position. Nix was apart of one the nations’ top defensive units in 2012 and will look to land himself as the top Defensive Tackle prospect for the 2014 draft. Jernigan only started two games in 2012 but was an all-conference performer in 2012 and the departures of fellow Seminole defensive lineman, should be sprung into a starting spot in 2013. Tomahawk Nation writer, Scott Crumbly, highlights Jernigans’ success despite his low start numbers. Guys like Johnson, Furguson, Ivory, Orr, and Underwood will have a better chance at proving themselves as the departure of NFL Draftees who saw action ahead of them in 2012. Keep an eye on Raciti and Davison, from the Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West respectively. Though, they don’t compete in the power conferences, both guys put up some great numbers in 2012 and were starters all season for their teams’.   

Top 2014 Senior Prospects

Top 2014 Senior Defensive Tackle Prospects

Underclassmen Centers Preview

  • Louis Nix Notre Dame; 45 Tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2 Sacks, 3 QBH, 1 FF, 5 PBU. First Team All-Independent selection in 2012. 6-2 326 lbs. Junior.
  • Anthony Johnson LSU; 30 Tackles, 10 TFL, 3 Sacks, 2 QBH, 1 PBU. Started three games in 2012. Was third on the LSU defense in TFLs. 6-3 294 lbs. Junior.
  • Ego Furguson LSU; 27 Tackles, 1.5 TFL, 2 PBU. 6-3 308 lbs. Junior.
  • Timmy Jernigan Florida State; 46 Tackles, 8 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 1 QBH. Second Team All-ACC selection in 2012.  Started two games in 2012. Part of one of the best statistical defensive units in the nation during 2012.  6-2 298 lbs. Junior.
  • George Uko USC; 31 Tackles, 9 TFL, 5 Sacks, QBH?????, 1 FF, 1 PBU. Honorable Mention All-PAC 12 selection in 2012. Started all 13 games in 2012. 6-3 285 lbs. Junior.
  • Kelcy Quarles South Carolina; 38 Tackles, 8 TFL, 3.5 Sacks, 1 QBH. Started 11 games in 2012. 6-3 293 lbs. Junior.
  • Brandon Ivory Alabama; 21 Tackles, 1 QBH. Started one game in 2012 6-3 310 lbs. Junior.
  • Danny Shelton Washington; 45 Tackles, 4 TFL, .5 Sack, 2 QBH. Honorable Mention All-PAC 12 selection in 2012 and Academic First Team selection. Started all 13 games in 2012. 6-1 317 lbs. Junior.
  • Leon Orr Florida; 15 Tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1 Sack. 6-4 310 lbs. Junior.
  • Desmond Jackson Texas; 33 Tackles, 7 TFL, 2 Sacks, 4 QBH. Started 11 games in 2012. 6-1 300 lbs. Junior.
  • Tyeler Davison Fresno State; 43 Tackles, 7 TFL, 3 Sacks, 7 QBH, 1 FF, 1 PBU. First Team All-MWC selection 2012. Started all 13 games in 2012. 6-2 312 lbs. Junior.
  • Angelo Blackson Auburn; 26 Tackles, 7 TFL, 1 Sack, 3 QBH, 2 FF, 2 PBU. Started 10 games in 2012. 6-3 312 lbs. Junior.
  • Gabe Wright Auburn; 19 Tackles, 4.5 TFL, 1 Sack, 6 QBH, 2 PBU. Started five games in 2012 and nine career starts. 6-2 300 lbs. Junior.
  • Camaron Beard Cincinnati; 21 Tackles, 5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 PBU. 6-4 275 lbs. Junior.
  • T.Y. McGill NC State; 39 Tackles, 10.5 TFL, 5 Sacks, 2 QBH, 1 FF. Started 10 games in 2012 and 11 career starts. 6-1 295 lbs. Junior.
  • Elkino Watson South Florida; 22 Tackles, 7 TFL, 2 Sacks. 6-2 286 lbs. Junior.
  • Travis Raciti San Jose State; 52 Tackles, 13 TFL, 8.5 Sacks, 1 QBH, 4 PBU. First Team All-WAC selection in 2012. Started 13 games in 2012 and 22 career starts. Finished second in the conference in Sacks and TFLs. 6-5 290 lbs. Junior.
  • Shawn Underwood North Carolina; 19 Tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 QBH. 6-1 305 lbs. Junior.
  • Todd Chandler South Florida: 19 Tackles, 5 TFL, 2 Sacks. 6-0 317 lbs. Junior.

Stay locked to Pro Football Central as we continue this series with a daily breakdown of each position group. Next up is the Top Underclassmen Defensive End Prospects.