Top defensive tackles from the 2020 NFL Draft
It usually takes three years to evaluate a draft class, so over the next few months NFL Draft Notebook will be looking back at the 2020 draft class. This week we look at the defensive tackle position.
1. Derrick Brown, Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panther drafted Derrick Brown with the seventh overall pick, and while he has not lived up to being a top ten pick he has established himself as one of the better young defensive tackles in the NFL. Last season, he set career high with 29 hurries and a 84.4 Pro Football Focus grade.
2. Justin Madubuike, Baltimore Ravens
Another player who is coming off the best year of his career is Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Justin Madubuike. Last season, Madubuike was able to record 5.5 sacks which ranked second on the team. If he can be more consistent this year, he could be looking at a fat new contract next offseason.
3. DaVon Hamilton, Jacksonville Jaguars
To say the 2022 season was a good year for the 2020 defensive tackle class is an understatement. Another player from this group who had a career year last season is DeVon Hamilton who the Jacksonville Jaguars took with the 73rd overall pick. Hamilton’s best year of his career allowed him to sign a three-year 34.5 million dollar contract this offseason.
4. Raekwon Davis, Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins got good value with the selection of Raekwon Davis with the 56th overall pick, despite him not making much progress since his rookie year. This season will be a big year for Davis because he is scheduled to be a free agent after the season and will need to prove to the Dolphins he has the skills to be a consistent starting defensive tackle.
5. Javon Kinlaw, San Fransico 49ers
One of the bigger busts from the 2020 draft class is Javon Kinlaw who the 49ers picked 14th overall. The past two seasons Kinlaw has only played in ten games and he only has 1.5 career sacks, which is quite a disappointment for a player who had ten sacks over his last two years at South Carolina. Hopefully, things will turn around for Kinlaw this year since he has already impressed 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in training camp.