How many five-star defensive tackles panned out over the last 10 years?


Previous 5-stars:

247Sports Composite Player Rankings only has one five-star defensive tackle in Andrew Brown in the 2014 recruiting class.

And over the course of the last decade, there have been 31 five-star defensive tackles:

*All prospect rankings are determined by 247Sports’ Composite Player Rankings

2004 – 4 DTs

DeMario Pressley, NC State: Pressley had a good career for the Wolfpack, racking up 99 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. He even made two INTs his final season as a junior before entering the NFL Draft. He was a fifth-round pick with the Saints and last played for the Bears in 2012.

Franklin Okam, Texas: Okam was a freshman All-American at Texas and played four years, making 95 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. Okam became a fifth-round pick with the Texans, and he was on the Giants’ practice squad in 2013.

Glenn Dorsey, LSU: Glenn Dorsey is one of the best college defensive linemen during the BCS era, and he was a monster at LSU. The two-time first-team All-American racked up 179 total tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 15 sacks during his four-year career. He was a first-round pick with the Chiefs, and he currently plays for the 49ers.

Demonte Bolden, Tennessee: Bolden was one of the bigger busts on this list, and he headed to Hargrave Military Academy before officially getting to Tennessee. He made just three sacks and nine tackles for loss in his career.

DTs ranked lower: Peria Jerry, Pat Sims, Domata Peko, BJ Raji, Alan Branch, Broderick Bunkley, Amobi Okoye and Terrance Knighton

2005 – 5 DTs

DeMarcus Granger, Oklahoma: Granger played four years at OU, notching 78 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and only 3.5 sacks. Injuries helped lead Granger to an underachieving career. He went undrafted and last played for the Iowa Barnstormers in 2011.

Callahan Bright, FSU: Bright never even made it to FSU’s campus because of academics. Bright went to prep school, JUCO and then got a job working on a garbage truck. In 2009, he returned to school for DII Shaw University. Bright may have had one of the best bull rushes of all time, but he turned out to be a total bust.

Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss: Powe spent a year in prep school and Penn Foster Career School before ultimately making it to Oxford. His junior season, Powe finally broke out with 12 tackles for loss and three sacks. He was second-team All-SEC in his junior and senior seasons. He became a sixth-round pick with the Chiefs, where he still plays.

Kade Weston, Georgia: Weston became an All-Freshman performer after he redshirted in 2005, and it looked like Weston was building a nice career at UGA before his junior and senior seasons. He made just 28 tackles and two sacks as a senior. He last played with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2012.

Roy Miller, Texas: Miller was a boss at Texas, recording 138 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and 44 pressures in four seasons with the Horns. He was a third-round pick and currently plays with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

DTs ranked lower: Ndamukong Suh, Tyson Alualu, Dan Williams and Henry Melton

2006 – 2 DTs

Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma: McCoy was a stud at OU, playing three years and making 83 tackles, 33 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks. McCoy was the third pick overall in the ‘10 draft with the Bucs, where he still plays.

Al Woods, LSU: Woods played four years with the Tigers, racking up 73 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He had a solid career. Woods was a fourth-round pick with the Bucs, and he currently plays for the Steelers.

DTs ranked lower: Kendrick Ellis, Corey Peters, Terrence Cody, Stephen Paea, Phil Taylor, Karl Klug and Stephen Paea

2007 – 2 DTs

Marvin Austin, UNC: Austin played three years for Carolina, racking up 106 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks. However, he’ll be remembered for his suspension for the entire 2010 season. Austin was a second-round pick with the Giants, and he played with the Cowboys and Dolphins in 2013.

Torrey Davis, Florida: Davis was a huge blue-chip recruit for Urban Meyer, but Davis turned out to be a total bust. He’ll be remembered for his two impact plays against Oklahoma on a goal-line stand. But that’s it. Davis eventually left Florida because of off-the-field issues and academic problems. He resurfaced at Jacksonville State before playing in the CFL.

DTs ranked lower: Drake Nevis, Cameron Heyward, Will Blackwell, Nick Gentry, Pernell McPhee, Kendall Reyes, Nick Fairley, Linval Joseph, Jaye Howard, Star Lotulelei and Brian Price

2008 – 2 DTs

Marcus Forston, Miami: Forston had a solid freshman season and an even better sophomore season, registering 16.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in those two years. Injuries plagued his collegiate career, and he went undrafted in ‘12 but holds a spot on the Patriots’ practice roster.

Omar Hunter, Florida: Urban Meyer put Florida on “Omar Watch”, and he entered Florida as one of Meyer’s top signees ever. And Hunter had a four-year career, but he was never the difference-maker everyone thought he would be, as he was the most hyped defender to enter UF in a long time. Hunter registered just 11 tackles for loss and only one sack in his four-year career.

DTs ranked lower: DeAngelo Tyson, Marcel Dareus, Jurrell Casey, Michael Brockers, Marcel Dareus, Mike Martin, Dontari Poe, Derek Wolfe and Corey Liuget

2009 – 5 DTs

Sheldon Richardson, Missouri: Richardson played at College of the Sequoias in California before heading to Missouri. There, Richardson racked up 112 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in two years. He was a beast for Missouri in 2012, and he went on to become the NFL Rookie of the Year in 2013 with the New York Jets.

Jacobbi McDaniel, FSU: McDaniel played pretty well as a freshman and sophomore, but he broke his leg thereafter. McDaniel has only registered two sacks in three complete years, but his injury certainly had an impact.

Gary Brown, Florida: Brown made it to campus, but he was dismissed in February of 2010 after his arrest for striking two women who were trying to kick people out of a party. He was ultimately another huge bust for Florida.

Chris Davenport, LSU: Davenport is another tackle that was a bust. He played in 23 career games, making no starts, and he transferred to Tulane last year.

Jamarkus McFarland, Oklahoma: McFarland never lived up to the big-time hype, but he had an okay career. He made 81 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in four years, and McFarland didn’t really become a starter until his senior season. He went undrafted in the 2013 draft, and he was listed on the San Diego Chargers practice squad in 2013.

DTs ranked lower: Abry Jones, John Jenkins, Kwame Geathers, Will Sutton and Fletcher Cox

2010 – 2 DTs

Dominique Easley, Florida: Easley has played three years at Florida, and he suffered an ACL injury in 2011 and another one in 2013. Easley can play either end or tackle, and he was on his way to an All-American season in 2013 before his injury. He made 18 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, and he’s heading to the NFL.

George Uko, USC: Uko is officially heading to the NFL early, and he made 17.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks in three seasons. He was a good player, not great. He’s a fourth-round projection in 2014.

DTs ranked lower: Louis Nix III, Garrison Smith and Johnathan Hankins

2011 – 2 DT

Anthony Johnson, LSU: Nicknamed the Freak, Johnson may have not lived up to the huge expectations, but he still had a strong career. He made 77 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and seven sacks in three seasons. Johnson is entering the NFL Draft.

Tim Jernigan, FSU: Jernigan blew into one of the best defensive players in the country in 2013, and he was a first-team All-American. He made 63 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks as the Noles’ nose guard, and he’s heading to the NFL early.

DTs ranked lower: Michael Bennett, Gabe Wright and Jordan Phillips

2012 – 4 DTs

Mario Edwards, FSU: Edwards finally started showing everybody the player he was expected to become in 2013. In two seasons, he’s racked up 45 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and five sacks. He’s got much more in the tank, though.

Eddie Goldman, FSU: Goldman has made four tackles for loss and two sacks in two years for the Noles.

Ellis McCarthy, UCLA: McCarthy has registered 41 tackles, four tackles for loss and three sacks for the Bruins in two seasons.

Malcom Brown, Texas: In two seasons, Brown has recorded 85 tackles and 14 tackles for loss and two sacks for the Longhorns. He could be a force as a junior in 2014 for Charlie Strong.

DTs ranked lower: Tommy Schutt, John Taylor, Carlos Watkins, Jarron Jones and Quay Evans

2013 – 3 DTs

Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA: Vanderdoes originally signed with Notre Dame until he had a change of heart and went to UCLA. He made 39 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and .5 sacks in 2013.

Kenny Bigelow, USC: Bigelow redshirted his freshman year.

Montravius Adams, Auburn: Adams played in 12 games for the Tigers, making 20 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack, but he showed great upside. Adams will be a key part of Auburn’s defensive line for two or three more seasons.

DTs ranked lower: Dee Liner, Justin Manning, Kelsey Griffin, Greg Gilmore, Isaiah Golden and Caleb Brantley

Lived up to the hype

  • DeMario Pressley, NC State
  • Glenn Dorsey, LSU
  • Roy Miller, Texas
  • Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
  • Marvin Austin, UNC
  • Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
  • Tim Jernigan, FSU
  • Anthony Johnson, LSU
  • George Uko, USC

Good careers but mixed reviews

  • Frank Okam, Texas
  • DeMarcus Granger, Oklahoma
  • Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss
  • Al Woods, LSU
  • Jacobbi McDaniel, FSU (injuries)
  • Jamarkus McFarland, Oklahoma
  • Dominique Easley, Florida (injuries)
  • Marcus Forston, Miami (injuries)


  • Demonte Bolden, Tennessee
  • Callahan Bright, FSU
  • Kade Weston, Georgia
  • Torrey Davis, Florida
  • Omar Hunter, Florida
  • Gary Brown, Florida
  • Chris Davenport


  • Mario Edwards, FSU
  • Eddie Goldman, FSU
  • Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA
  • Ellis McCarthy, UCLA
  • Malcom Brown, Texas
  • Kenny Bigelow, USC
  • Montravius Adams, Auburn

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