2023 NFL Draft Defensive Tackle Class: Jalen Carter, Bryan Bresee Highlight First-Round Prospects

In what should be a strong 2023 NFL Draft DT class, Georgia's Jalen Carter and Clemson's Bryan Bresee lead the way in the first-round territory.

What does the DT class have to offer in the 2023 NFL Draft? Here’s an all-encompassing look at the DT group this coming April and which prospects will find themselves at the top of the positional board.

2023 DT Draft Class

These are the DTs for the 2023 NFL Draft, listed by last name in alphabetical order:

  • Adetomiwa Adebawore, Northwestern
  • Jayson Ademilola, Notre Dame
  • Keenan Agnew, Southern Illinois
  • Nick Andrews, Bethel (TN)
  • Calvin Avery, Illinois
  • Jaren Baltazar, Wayland Baptist
  • Malik Barrow, Davenport
  • Atlias Bell, Houston
  • Levi Bell, Texas State
  • Keeanu Benton, Wisconsin
  • Trey Botts, CSU Pueblo
  • Bryan Bresee, Clemson
  • Karl Brooks, Bowling Green
  • Cam Brown, Murray State
  • Shakel Brown, Troy
  • LaTrell Bumphus, Tennessee
  • Sam Burt, Kansas
  • Jerron Cage, Ohio State
  • Austin Camden, UCF
  • Jalen Carter, Georgia
  • Will Choloh Jr., Troy
  • Jerrod Clark, Coastal Carolina
  • Keondre Coburn, Texas
  • Robert Cooper, Florida State
  • D.J. Dale, Alabama
  • Gervon Dexter, Florida
  • Jason Dumas, Southern
  • Cory Durden, NC State
  • Jamare Edwards, James Madison
  • Demarcus Elliott, Indiana
  • Ami Finau, Maryland
  • Xach Gill, Temple
  • Cade Hall, San Jose State
  • Jay Hall, UNC Pembroke
  • Zi’Yon Hill-Green, Louisiana
  • Terry Hampton, Arkansas
  • Maxi Hradecny, Duquesne
  • Ellison Hubbard, Sam Houston State
  • Eli Huggins, Kansas State
  • Siaki Ika, Baylor
  • Desjuan Johnson, Toledo
  • Jeffery Johnson, Oklahoma
  • Ronald Johnson, Virginia Union
  • Ellison Jordan, Bowie State
  • Calijah Kancey, Pittsburgh
  • Tyler Lacy, Oklahoma State
  • Terrance Lang, Colorado
  • Malcolm Lee, Kansas
  • Jason Lewan, Illinois State
  • Ifeanyi Maijeh, Rutgers
  • Tavis Malakius, UNLV
  • Chukwuemeka Manning, Austin Peay
  • Scott Matlock, Boise State
  • Brodric Martin, Western Kentucky
  • Devonnsha Maxwell, Chattanooga
  • Nelson Mbanasor, Texas State
  • T.K. McLendon Jr., Eastern Kentucky
  • Darel Middleton, Bethel (TN)
  • Wes Moeai, Rocky Mountain
  • KeShaun Moore, Hampton
  • Anthony Montalvo, UCF
  • Brandon Munoz, Wheeling
  • Sayrend Musgrove, Concord
  • P.J. Mustipher, Penn State
  • Moro Ojomo, Texas
  • Chibueze Onwuka, Boston College
  • Dennis Osagiede, Liberty
  • Camron Peterson, Southern
  • Dom Peterson, Nevada
  • Zacch Pickens, South Carolina
  • Joshua Pryor, Bowie State
  • Jalen Redmond, Oklahoma
  • Jordon Riley, Oregon
  • Jaquelin Roy, LSU
  • Caleb Sampson, Kansas
  • Nesta Jade Silvera, Arizona State
  • Jacob Slade, Michigan State
  • Mazi Smith, Michigan
  • Dante Stills, West Virginia
  • Jacob Sykes, UCLA
  • Caleb Thomas, UL Monroe
  • Kobie Turner, Wake Forest
  • Kevin Victorian, Prairie View A&M
  • Taron Vincent, Ohio State
  • Anthony Watts, Purdue
  • Isaiah Williams, Delaware State
  • Tyler Williams, Wake Forest
  • Colby Wooden, Auburn
  • Noah Wright, San Jose State
  • Rashawn Yates, South Florida
  • Byron Young, Alabama
  • Cameron Young, Mississippi State

Who Are the Top Defensive Tackles in the 2023 NFL Draft?

It’s unanimous at the very top of the board. Jalen Carter is widely believed to be the best defensive tackle in the 2023 NFL Draft. In fact, he’s one of the few blue-chip players at the top of the pecking order, and he’s a candidate to be the No. 1 overall prospect.

At 6’3″, 305 pounds, Carter is a naturally well-leveraged lineman. And while he doesn’t “wow” onlookers with his measurements, he can obliterate interior blockers with his explosiveness, power generation, violent hands, and relentless motor.

Carter leads the way in the 2023 NFL Draft at DT, but he won’t be the only DT to go in Round 1. Bryan Bresee is a likely first-round selection with his own high-end athleticism. Meanwhile, players like Calijah Kancey, Gervon Dexter, Siaki Ika, Mazi Smith, Adetomiwa Adebawore, and Keeanu Benton all hold early-round value as well.

Behind the top group, there are still plenty of prospects to note. Alabama’s Byron Young is another early-round sleeper, while all-star standouts like Karl Brooks, Moro Ojomo, Dante Stills, Kobie Turner, Nesta Jade Silvera, and Taron Vincent add vital depth to the class.

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