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Draft Dose: Who needs a DT?

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Alex Mayster

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By Alex Mayster

Defensive tackles are expected to do everything from plugging the inside lanes to rushing the passer, all with the opposing team's interior offensive linemen standing in their way. An elite DT can create matchup problems up front, causing teams to stray from game plans. But an ineffective DT could do just the opposite, and allow offenses to pick apart their "D". In the 32nd and final installment of the Draft Dose series, PFW takes a look at 10 teams in need of a defensive tackle (alphabetical order).

Bears
The Bears released DT Tommie Harris following their run to the NFC Championship game and DT Anthony Adams is set to become a free agent. With little depth behind them, Chicago may add multiple players at the position.

Broncos
Denver released Justin Bannan and Jamal Williams in the offseason and will likely add more than one defensive tackle before the season begins. Kevin Vickerson remains on the roster, but he is unproven after six seasons in the NFL.

Colts
DT Fili Moala emerged as a productive three-technique last season, but the Colts struggled to stop the run with Antonio Johnson limited with a knee injury. Indianapolis could look to add a defensive tackle.

Giants
The Giants are always looking to add bodies on the defensive line. DT Rocky Bernard (32) is getting older and there are rumors that DT Barry Cofield wants to be traded to a team where he will see more consistent reps.

Jets
The Jets released DT Kris Jenkins after he missed the majority of the '09 and '10 seasons because of injury. The 32-year-old Sione Pouha has done a decent job filling in, but New York would like to get younger on the defensive line.

Panthers
Carolina did not have a single play-making defensive tackle on its roster last season and will be in search of one prior to '11. Derek Landri and Nick Hayden made the majority of the starts last year, but both are set to be free agents and the Panthers could add some depth.

Rams
DT Fred Robbins started all 16 games in his first season in St. Louis, but his career is winding down after 11 seasons in the league. DT Gary Gibson played opposite Robbins, but could become of free agent under a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Redskins
NT Maake Kemoeatu is expected to be released, which would leave the Redskins searching for a new body to plug the middle of their 3-4 scheme. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett tends to prefer strong tackles with penetrating ability.

Seahawks
DTs Brandon Mebane and Colin Cole missed nine combined games because of injury last season, leaving the Seahawks in a dangerous position. Seattle could add depth to the defensive line in case of injury.

Titans
DT Tony Brown didn't live up to expectations a year after signing an extension as the Tennessee defense struggled once again in '10. DT Jason Jones was solid, but the Titans could look to add someone, as '09 second-rounder Sen'Derrick Marks has yet to pan out.

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