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Scouts Inc. on defensive tackles

Originally Published: August 5, 2009
Scouts Inc.

Defensive tackle is a position that has evolved as much as any at the college level. The type of defensive tackle a program looks for depends on whether it plays primarily a 4-3, which requires two tackles, or a 3-4, which requires one.

More teams play a 4-3 defense. Ideally, one of the defensive tackles is a two-gap-type run-stuffer. The other is a quick, inside penetrator. Quickness is very important at this position, and many defensive tackles are very successful pass-rushers because ...

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