OK, here we are…  Defensive Tackle Drills part 2.  Click here if you missed part 1.

Like I said before, these are drills that’ll help you get better at most of the things NFL scouts look for when they’re analyzing defensive tackles.

A lot of drills out there require equipment of some kind.  But to help those on a budget, the drills listed below require little-to-no equipment to be purchased.

Disclaimer: If you’re injured, or have health issues, please consult with a doctor before doing any of this stuff.  I, nor Get2TheLeague.com is responsible if you hurt yourself, or tear-up your mom’s house trying to do these drills.

With that said, let’s finish up, shall we?



The exercises mentioned in our How to Tackle Hard in Football post are all about explosion and burst.

They’ll help you develop the explosion that scouts look for in defensive tackles.

You should be able to do the first and last drills in this video without equipment.

You need a sled for the second one, but you might be able to put something together around the house or in the backyard that you can use instead if you don’t have access to one.

It’s often overlooked, but hip flexibility plays a huge part in developing explosion in your hips.


The drills in the video below can help you with that. (Courtesy synergy-athletics.com)

Don’t get thrown-off by the fact that there’s little kids doing this drill.  This drill is effective at helping you develop more explosion in your hips.


Consistent Penetration

Regardless of  how good you are, you’ll need  to use some moves from time to time to help you get penetration.

This video explains the outside swat-and-swim move.  Chances are that you won’t have pads on in your training sessions, but lining up against a friend and stepping through these moves (even if you’re going through them in slow motion) is better than not working on them at all.

This video explains the bull rush move.


Ability to Play 2-Gap/1-Gap Scheme


In case you’re not familiar with what 1-gap and 2-gap means, MHR Football University – DL gaps and techniques, via milehighreport.com, breaks them down pretty well.

For your convenience, I’ll quote the article’s explanation of the schemes, but make sure you check out the article for yourself.

A one gap DT is assigned a gap and plugs it up by going into it and disrupting the play (either by getting the QB or taking the gap away from a RB).  A two gap DT has to be smart.  He is responsible for two gaps, and is freed up to decide which gap to hit based on how the play unfolds.  He is slower to commit than a 1 gap, but has more flexibility to determine what needs to be done.




This plyometric drill can be done just about anywhere.  If you don’t have a platform around the house you can use, you can always do this one on the bench you use for the bench press at the gym.

These drills can be done without a band, but having one will make the drills much more effective.  (Courtesy resistancebandtraining.com)

Quickness and agility kinda bleed together, if you will, but these ladder drills will help you with both.  There’s a ton of ladder drills in this video that you can use to work on your quickness.



Using a medicine ball, this drill helps you with your hand/feet coordination when it comes to using your hands on the line of scrimmage.  (Courtesy dominantfootball.com)

This drill will help you develop more quickness in your hands.

Former NFL players Chris Gizzi and LeCharles Bentley go over the basics of hand placement, and break-down the dynamics of the hand battle between linebackers and offensive linemen.

A lot of the info applies to defensive tackles, too.  (Courtesy Nike Football Training Camp)

As the gentleman in the video below points out, strong hands are ok, but you need to be fast with your hands, to be effective.

You should be able to do all three of the drills in the video from home.  For the last one, I’m sure you can find something around the house to use instead of the big bag that he’s swinging at the kid in the video.

The drills in this one take you through some more drills to help you develop speed in your hand usage.

Again, you don’t really need to buy a ladder (although it might be a good investment), you can just use tape, or chalk, to mark your spots on the floor.

Shedding Blocks


Unfortunately, this one doesn’t have any sound, but it doesn’t need any.  It shows you proper technique for shedding blocks using the shrug technique.

Same thing with this one, except this time, they’re going over the “rip” technique.

Shedding Blocks from playsportstv.com gives you the fundamentals of another technique you can use to shed blocks.  The video’s focused on linebackers, but the fundamentals apply to safeties as well.

Do you know about any other good drills that are good for defensive tackles, leave ’em in the comments!

By the way, who’s the best d-tackle in the league right now?

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