A defensive end player profile can mean many different things for teams. Each team will have a different set of skills they look for on either side of the line. A blind side defensive end, or a right end when facing a right handed quarterback, will generally need elite pass rush skills, whereas the strong side, or left side when facing a right handed quarterback will need to be stronger against the run. 4-3 defenses will have different requirements than 3-4 defenses, with one in particular being the ability to drop into coverage on certain types of blitzes and other plays. Almost exclusively pass rushing ends will go higher in the draft. Finally, many defensive ends will end up playing outside linebacker in the NFL because of the rarity of 3-4 defenses in college.
The Goods: School: Kansas State Position: DE Class: Senior Height: 6-4 Weight: 250 lbs Projected Draft Round: 2-4 Quick Quote: “Willis uses strong hands and a variety of moves to rank fifth overall as […]