Tale of the Tape: Defensive tackles
Strength and power
Hampton is the ultimate power player and the anchor of the Steelers' 3-4 defense versus the run. He has a lot of girth and is tough to move out of the hole because he has great lower-body strength and a low center of gravity. He is the ultimate two-gap inside player, and when he commands double-teams, it frees up his inside linebackers to make plays.
Dockett has good strength, but he is not a power player. Unlike Hampton, who is a block-gobbler inside, Dockett relies more on his quickness and athletic ability to play on the edges and be disruptive.
Although we think of Hampton primarily as a box player, he has more success versus the outside run than you might think. He creates a pile versus the inside run, stays on his feet and gets off blocks well. He plays almost exclusively two-gap techniques, where his job is to read, react and slide along the line of scrimmage to make the play.
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