NFL Draft 2013: Tracking the Best Available DEs

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NFL Draft 2013: Tracking the Best Available DEs
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Cornellius "tank" Carradine is the best defensive end in the 2013 class.

One of the NFL’s impact positions is defensive end. Defensive ends come in many shapes and sizes and each have different roles depending on the team and defensive scheme.

The defensive ends in the 4-3 defense are expected to be pass-rushers, but one of them is usually a little stouter against the run. The defensive ends in the 3-4 are usually bigger, but some teams ask them to penetrate and others ask them to occupy multiple blocks. There are also players that play outside linebacker, but put their hand in dirt on passing downs as a defensive end.

Thankfully, Matt Miller has ranked the top-26 defensive ends in the 2013 NFL draft. They will be tracked here and updated as they are selected. The best available will always be the first slide, but you may have to click through a couple of slides to get one that fits a certain scheme. 

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