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Position Preview: Top DT prospects in 2020 NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft kicks off next week. Leading up to the start of the first round on April 23, Giants.com will be taking a look at the top five prospects at each position in this year's draft class. Each list is based off of NFL.com's prospect rankings.

Next up are the defensive tackles.

Giants current depth at DT: Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, Dalvin Tomlinson, B.J. Hill, Austin Johnson, RJ McIntosh, Chris Slayton

View photos of the team's current depth at defensive tackle.

Auburn DT Derrick Brown

Height / Weight: 6'5" / 326 lbs

2019 stats: 12 games, 54 tackles (32 solo), 4.0 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, four passes defended

Accolades: Second-Team All-SEC (2018), Lott IMPACT Trophy (2019), SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2019), Unanimous All-American (2019), First-Team All-SEC (2019)

2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #4

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: Brown has excellent size, power and athleticism for the defensive tackle position. As a pass rusher, he has a quick first step and uses his hands very effectively. He wins with a violent club/swim move, a rip move or a nifty up-and-under counter move. Against the run, he easily holds the point of attack. The Auburn product creates separation from blockers with an explosive punch, which allows him to close quickly and make plays. His effort is consistent. Overall, this is a complete player capable of dominating on all three downs. He'll be a difference maker on Day 1.

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South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw

Height / Weight: 6'5" / 324 lbs

2019 stats: 12 games, 35 tackles (15 solo), 6.0 sacks, 6.0 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, two passes defended

Accolades: First-Team All-SEC (2019)

2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #8

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: Kinlaw is a hulking defensive tackle prospect. As a pass rusher, he has a sudden get-off and he's quick to shoot his hands and drive back blockers. He will also incorporate a push/pull move on occasion. He does need to broaden his arsenal of moves, but there is tremendous upside. Against the run, he easily locks out single blocks, but he gets washed by angle blocks and double teams. His effort is solid. Kinlaw showed out against elite competition, but he played down to the level of lesser opponents. Overall, Kinlaw's best football is in front of him and he has Pro Bowl potential.

View photos of South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw.

TCU DT Ross Blacklock

Height / Weight: 6'3" / 290 lbs

2019 stats: 12 games, 40 tackles (25 solo), 3.5 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss

Accolades: Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year (2017), Freshman All-American (2017), First-Team All-Big 12 (2019)

2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #19

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: Blacklock is a dynamic interior defensive lineman. As a pass rusher, he launches out of his four-point stance and his bull rush is ferocious. He creates immediate knock-back. He is ultra-twitchy. He flashes a long-arm move where he can jolt, separate and finish. As a run defender, he successfully stacks and sheds single blocks, but he needs to improve his awareness and effectiveness versus double teams, where he gets washed down the line. He does have some durability concerns, but his skill set is special. Overall, Blacklock comes with some risk, but he's worth it. He has the potential to develop into a top-flight interior pass rusher.

View photos of TCU DT Ross Blacklock.

Texas A&M DT Justin Madubuike

Height / Weight: 6'3" / 293 lbs

2019 stats: 12 games, 45 tackles (18 solo), 5.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one interception, two passes defended

Accolades: Second-Team All-SEC (2019)

2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #44

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: Madubuike is a strong, versatile defensive lineman. He aligns at every spot along the defensive front, but he's best suited as a 3-technique (on the edge of the guard). Against the pass, he is very quick to shoot his hands and generate knock-back. He has a quick club/rip move and is very adept at working through half the opponent instead of rushing down their numbers. His effort is outstanding. He is a dominant run defender. He excels at stacking blockers, separating and locating the football. Overall, Madubuike isn't an elite pass rusher, but he's impactful and can dominate on early downs.

View photos of Texas A&M defensive tackle Justin Madubuike.

Oklahoma DT Neville Gallimore

Height / Weight: 6'2" / 304 lbs

2019 stats: 13 games, 29 tackles (17 solo), 4.0 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one pass defended

Accolades: Second-Team All-Big 12 (2019)

2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - Unranked (previously #45)

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: Gallimore is an extremely twitched-up and explosive defensive tackle. As a pass rusher, he explodes off the ball and has strong, ferocious hands. He loves to use his club/swim move and it's very effective. Even when he doesn't get home as a rusher, he collapses the pocket with his raw power. Against the run, he flashes the ability to stack/toss blocks, but he also possesses the quickness to shoot gaps and disrupt in the backfield. The biggest area he needs to improve is his finish. He's always around the ball, but the production doesn't match his talent. Overall, Gallimore is going to be a better pro than college player. His arrow is pointed up.

View photos of Oklahoma defensive tackle Neville Gallimore.

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