There are a tremendous amount of talented prospects spread throughout the 2012 NFL Draft. This is one of the reasons that I have concluded that teams are going to find tremendous value in the second and third round. Probably more so than in the top 20 of the draft itself.
With that said, there are some elite players at specific positions and defensive end is no different.
While there is some ambiguity in terms of where some of the defensive end prospects are going to play, we have an understanding of how teams are going to utilize their talents.
Some of the prospects on this list translate better to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, but also have the capability to play with their hands down at the line in a 4-3 scheme.
This article is going to focus on the top 10 natural defensive end prospects, no matter where they translate to play at the next level.