Mason Graham and Deone Walker lead 2025 NFL Draft defensive tackle watch list

A look at the top defensive tackles in the 2025 NFL Draft.
Mason Graham
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NFL Mocks continues its look at the top defensive players in the 2025 NFL Draft. Today we release our defensive tackle watch list which is led by Michigan's Mason Graham who likely would have been the top interior defender taken if he had entered the 2024 NFL Draft. It also features the massive Deone Walker who likely would have been a first-round pick.

2025 NFL Draft: One defensive tackle to watch in each conference

ACC: Aeneas Peebles, Virginia Tech

While Peebles is a smaller player coming in at only 283 pounds he does a good job of getting after the quarterback. Last season his 90.1 pass-rushing grade was second among all FBS interior defensive linemen according to Pro Football Focus.

Big 10: Mason Graham, Michigan

The Wolverines had a top 50 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft when Kris Jenkins went to the Cincinnati Bengals with the 49th overall pick. Look for them to have another defensive tackle go that high next season, and it wouldn’t be a shock if Mason Graham ended up being a top-15 selection.

Big 12:.Dontay Corleone, Cincinnati

Anytime your nickname is the Godfather you are a player worth watching. Last season, Corleone accounted for 6.5 tackles and three sacks on the year. He was also named third-team All-American in 2022.

SEC: Deone Walker, Kentucky

One of the biggest players in next year’s draft will be Kentucky defensive tackle Deone Walker

who comes in at 6-foot-6 and 348 pounds. He is not just a run stuffer either having led college football last season with 51 pressures.

Deone Walker
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Non-Power Four: Howard Cross III, Notre Dame

A player you can count going all out on every play is Notre Dame defensive tackle Howard Cross III. Last season, he was Pro Football Focuses third highest graded defensive tackle after recording 66 tackles and two sacks.

2025 NFL Draft Defensive Tackle Watch List

Mason Graham, Michigan

Deone Walker, Kentucky

Howard Cross III, Notre Dame

Tyleik Williams, Ohio State

Kenneth Grant, Michigan

Dontay Corleone, Cincinnati

Tonka Hemingway, South Carolina

Aeneas Peebles, Virginia Tech

Rylie Mills, Notre Dame

Walter Nolan, Ole Miss

Patrick Jenkins, Tulane

D'Ante Johnson, East Carolina

Yahya Black, Iowa

Aaron Graves, Iowa

Nash Hutmacher, Nebraska

Ty Hamilton, Ohio State

Jordan Guerad, Louisville

Sterling Webb, Missouri

Quindario Lee, Houston

Rayyan Buell, Ohio

Sione Lolohea, Florida State

Bear Alexander, USC

Junior Tafuna, Utah

Nate Martey, Arkansas State

Justin Rhodes, Georgia Southern

James Carpenter, Indiana

Wy'Kevious Thomas, South Alabama

Tavian Coleman, Texas State

Joshua Farmer, Florida State

Thor Griffith, Louisville

Akheem Mesidor, Miami

Kevon Darton, Arizona

Pheldarius Payne, Virginia Tech

Kevin Pointer, Wake Forest

Jamaree Caldwell, Houston

Matthew Golden, Texas

Mike Lockhart, SMU

Soane Toia, San Jose State

Jordan Bertagnole, Wyoming

Tim Smith Alabama

Nazir Stackhouse, Georgia

Warren Brinson, Georgia

JJ Pegues, Ole Miss

T.J. Sanders, South Carolina

Omari Thomas, Tennessee

Shemar Turner, Texas A&M