The defensive tackle group has been billed among the best position groups in the class and for the most part it did not disappoint. Incomplete testing results for several top guys left some much-needed information to be discovered, but for those who competed it was revealing. Let's examine my top winners, losers and risers at the defensive tackle position from the event.
These guys were top athletes on tape, and simply confirmed that with their Combine performances. Their stock shouldn’t rise unless you haven’t yet seen their tape, but by confirming their top traits, they are clear winners of the Combine.
Quinnen Williams, Alabama
6'3, 303 lbs, 33.25" arms, 4.83 40-yard dash, 30.5" vertical, 112" broad jump
A top-2 (1?) overall prospect in the class, Williams went out and checked some important boxes on Saturday. While he was unable to bench press on account of a finger injury, Williams produced excellent results in the 40-yard dash and broad jump while also turning in a solid vertical leap. And while other prospects are opting to wait until pro days to test, not only did Williams have an elongated season with Alabama's National Championship run. but he's dealing with an injury of his own but still competed.
Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
6'6, 295 lbs, 34.25" arms, 4.93 40-yard dash, 23 bench reps, 32" vertical, 115" broad jump, 7.45 3-cone, 4.33 short shuttle
It seems like many were teetering on Tillery as a top defensive tackle prospect and his Combine performance should go a long way in proving that he is. Tillery enjoyed the best season of his career with Notre Dame in 2018, and has now proven he has tremendous physical tools with his testing. Tillery put up an elite broad jump and three-cone drill while posting excellent times in the 40, vertical jump and short shuttle. His athletic ability combined with his size is exactly what the NFL is looking for a versatile defensive lineman.
These guys struggled, while also having concerns on their tape as well.
Isaiah Buggs, Alabama
6'3, 306 lbs, 31.25" arms, 5.15 40-yard dash, 20 bench reps, 24.5" vertical, 8.00 3-cone, 4.85 short shuttle
When it's all said and done, Buggs could end up as the biggest loser of any participant at the Combine. While his height and weight are average, his arm length is in the three percentile for defensive tackles per MockDraftable and his wingspan of 75.5" is in the zero percentile. His 40 time is below average but the rest of his athletic tests ranged between the five and 12 percentile. It was an abysmal performance for a prospect who has effort concerns regarding his film.
Dre'Mont Jones, Ohio State
6'3, 281 lbs, 33.75" arms, 5.12 40-yard dash, 31.5" vertical, 110" broad jump, 7.71 3-cone, 4.53 short shuttle
It's not that Jones was egregious across the board, but we knew he was undersized and the numbers he produced at 281 pounds are disappointing in every measurable. All of his testing results range from the 23-52 percentile and more is expected for an undersized defensive tackle whose game is predicated on quickness. His lack of functional strength to anchor against the run was already a concern and his athletic testing at his size brings more questions to the table.
These are prospects that shined at the Combine and force deeper looks into their film to evaluate how the testing shows up.
Renell Wren, Arizona State
6'5, 318 lbs, 33.78" arms, 5.01 40-yard dash, 20 bench reps, 32" vertical, 118" broad jump, 7.65 3-cone, 4.53 short shuttle
Wren plays like a bull in a China shop and needs technical development, but the underwear olympics don't factor that into the equation. While his traits were evident on tape and at the Senior Bowl, Wren validated his upside with an impressive Combine performance. Checking in at the prototypical size measures, Wren had an elite broad jump while testing well above average in every other drill. NFL coaches are looking for a ball of clay to mold along the defensive line will find what they are looking for in Wren.
Trysten Hill, Central Florida
6'3, 308 lbs, 33.38" arms, 5.04 40-yard dash, 28 bench reps, 35" vertical, 115" broad jump, 7.70 3-cone, 4.38 short shuttle
A high-motor player on tape, Hill cashed in a big time performance at the Scouting Combine. Logging elite numbers in the vertical and broad jumps, Hill's short shuttle time was also exceptional. His other numbers were solid across the board and Hill has confirmed himself as a top sleeper in this year's class.