2021 NFL Draft: Breaking down the top three defensive tackles

Defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon #54 of the Iowa Hawkeyes. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
Defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon #54 of the Iowa Hawkeyes. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images) /
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Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Christian Barmore (58) Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Christian Barmore, Alabama

Christian Barmore is the best defensive line prospect in this entire class of big men. He has been nothing short of remarkable during his career at Alabama. He continues the long line of highly productive prospects leaving the Crimson Tide’s dominant defensive front for the NFL glory that they all seek.

He is a lock for a first-round selection by an NFL team but it is unknown exactly where he will be chosen. It seems that he will be selected in the top 20 but it could be higher if there is a team that cannot pass him up. He is still very young after entering the NFL draft following the conclusion of his Redshirt-sophomore season so that is just another great attribute to his profile. Barmore played his best part of the year during the college football playoffs as Alabama was on its way to win the National Championship. It was a loaded team for the Crimson Tide but that did not take away from the incredible abilities that this player has.

This past season showed scouts what they have long assumed, he is an extremely quick-footed and explosive defensive lineman that any team around the league would want. He can hit the gaps with precision and get into the backfield fairly often. Barmore is the best prospect in his positional group and there is no question when you ask NFL scouts across the NFL.

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This NFL draft crop of defensive ends are kind of top-heavy with not as much depth for the 3-4 technique that most would like. If a team can get one early then they will get a nice prospect to disrupt the trenches.