They say that after you finally land a stud QB, your next move should be to find a franchise pass-rushing DE. In today's game, with teams throwing the ball so much, in order to have a chance to win, a team needs a dominant pass-rusher coming off of the edge.
That is why the defensive end position has seen its value increase over the years and even now. Landing a defensive end who can rush the passer with excellent skills while still being a difference-maker against the run helps a defense out so much.
The Giants won the Super Bowl in 2007 by having a package featuring basically four defensive ends, and I'm sure Dwight Freeney, Julius Peppers and Mario Williams all have teammates who will tell you those players make them better.
The prototypical DE recruit's skills is what we'll discuss with the piece and we'll both show you video examples of each skill, as well as naming a recruit who shows this skill the best.