Classifying defensive linemen is one of the trickiest tasks for organizing NFL Draft boards. The difference between a defensive tackle and a defensive end is often razor thin, and from there the jump to pass rushing outside linebacker is just as thin and often doesn’t exist. With an extremely strong group of front seven players, particularly in the get-after-the-passer variety, splitting them up into three groups — defensive tackles, scheme independent hand-in-the-dirt defensive ends and edge defenders — made sense.
Below are links to all of the top fives already published:
Here is a look at the top five defensive tackle prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft.