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Defensive tackle position

The defensive tackle position on the 4-3 scheme and the nose tackle defensive end on the 3-4 base defense.

The relative rank of NFL players as rated by Pro Football Focus - http://profootballfocus.com/by_position.php?tab=by_position&season=2009&pos=DT&stype=r&runpass=&teamid=-1&numsnaps=25&numgames=1

Haynesworth (rated 4th) , Alexander (11th), Golston (42nd), Griffin (49th), and Montgomery (only 100 snaps all season) http://profootballfocus.com/by_player.php?tab=by_player&season=2009&page=4&surn=M&playerid=3098. In limited play rated after Golston but before Griffin.)

The defensive end position in the 3-4 is most similar to the defensive tackle in the 4-3.  Where as the outside linebacker in the 3-4 is most comparable to the DE in the 4-3.  There is pass defense coverage for the 3-4 OLB in many situations but not always.  Orakpo is thought to have greater potential at the 3-4 OLB position than he did as used in 2009 LB/DE (rated 27th - . 

http://profootballfocus.com/by_position.php?tab=by_position&season=2009&pos=OLB3&stype=r&runpass=&teamid=-1&numsnaps=25&numgames=1)  His rating is a peculiarity of PFF, since Orakpo was the leader in quarterback sacks and pressures as well as 2nd in QB hits amongst 4-3 OLB. Pass coverage and run defense hurt his overall rating.

For a further perspective ratings for 3-4 OLB - http://profootballfocus.com/by_position.php?tab=by_position&season=2009&pos=OLB4&stype=r&runpass=&teamid=-1&numsnaps=25&numgames=1

Johnnydee has other sources to evaluate players performances. PFF may develop into a more objective (less subjective) over a period of time.  In the meantime PFF is free of charge and I don't pay for anything over and above an internet connection.

A question is whether or not Montgomery is worth a 3rd or 4th round pick? Would the Bucs or some other team be willing to part with such a pick?

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