Nation's top defensive tackles

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It is a below-average year for defensive tackles except for the top three, who are superior talents and figure to make an early impact on the college level.

1. Anthony Johnson of New Orleans, La., is a 6-3, 285-pounder who is ranked as the No. 18 player in the nation and is committed to LSU. He is referred to as "the Freak," a dominating difference-maker at his position. He was Louisiana's defensive player of the year as a junior after being credited with 14 sacks. He has all the tools to be a No. 1 draft choice in the NFL in four years.

2. Viliami Moala of Sacramento, Calif., is a 6-3, 336-pounder who is ranked as the No. 34 player in the nation. He is what the NFL looks for in a defensive tackle. He is big, super fast and quick for his massive size. He is best at stopping the run and taking on two or three blockers at once. He dominates everything up the middle. Uncommitted, he is considering Oregon, UCLA, USC, California, Arizona State, Washington, Arizona and Oregon State.

3. Tim Jernigan of Lake City, Fla., is a 6-2, 275-pounder who is ranked as the No. 46 player in the nation. He is the quickest of all the top-rated defensive tackles but also the smallest. He is very agile and plays the game on his feet. He has 4.65 speed and is very strong. Uncommitted, he is expected to choose Florida or Florida State.

4. Desmond Jackson of Houston, Texas, is a 6-1, 278-pounder who is rated as the No. 88 player in the nation and is committed to Texas. He has good football sense and good technique and figures to play noseguard in college.

5. Kevin McReynolds of Washington, D.C., is a 6-3, 280-pounder who is the best player in the Washington, D.C., area. He is smart, instinctive, technically sound and has a knack for applying pressure on the quarterback. He is the best defensive lineman to come out of the Washington, D.C., area since Marvin Austin. Uncommitted, he is considering USC, UCLA, Ohio State, Illinois, Arizona, LSU, Michigan State, Auburn, Maryland, North Carolina, Arizona and North Carolina State.

6. Todd Barr of Lakewood, Calif., is a 6-3, 265-pounder who is super strong and relentless and causes havoc in the backfield. Uncommitted, he is considering UCLA, Washington, Stanford, California, Miami, Tennessee, Florida, Oregon, Utah and Nebraska.

7. Antwaun Woods of Woodland Hills, Calif., is a 6-1, 310-pounder who is committed to USC. He had an outstanding junior year. He is strong and athletic. He should emerge as a dominating player in college.

8. Marquise Wright of Paramus, N.J., is a 6-3, 260-pounder who is committed to Pittsburgh. He is a sleeper. He is having a good senior year and could move up a few slots. He is one of the top five prospects in New Jersey. In my view, Pittsburgh got a real steal.

9. Todd Peat Jr. of Tempe, Ariz., is a 6-3, 295-pounder who is the son of Todd Peat, who played at Northern Illinois and with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. His younger brother Andrus is a 6-6, 290-pounder who ranks among the top three tackles in the junior class. Todd has All-America potential at offensive guard. He has his father's natural football instincts. He wants to play defense but I think he is the biggest sleeper among all offensive linemen. Uncommitted, he is considering Stanford, Northern Illinois, Arizona State, Nebraska, Duke, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Washington and Oregon State.

10. Austin Blythe of Williamsburg, Iowa, is a 6-3, 275-pounder who is committed to Iowa. He was All-State at defensive tackle and offensive tackle. He may be a guard or center in college. He was the most dominating junior in the state last year. He is super strong, dominating, a good run stuffer.

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