Editor's note: This is the 11th installment in Bleacher Report's CFB 250 for the 2013 season. This signature series runs through December, with National College Football Lead Writer Michael Felder ranking the best players at every position. You can read more about the series in this introductory article. See the CFB 250 page for more rankings.
At one of the most misunderstood positions in football, who takes the top 3-4 defensive-end spot?
When many fans hear defensive end, they think sacks, quarterback hurries and tackles for loss. Unfortunately, for the ends playing in a 3-4 scheme, they deal less in quantifiable stats and more in helping teammates make plays. These are the workhorses who gobble up blockers and free up linebackers to run to the football.
Run defense takes center stage in these rankings. Effectiveness in the pass rush is a bonus at this position. If there were any ties, the edge went to the player we would rather have.
Keep in mind, these 3-4 defensive ends are being rated on their performance in college, not NFL potential. But to see where these players may go in the NFL draft (whether they are eligible in 2014 or later), check out Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller's projections at the end of each player slide.