Editor's note: This is the sixth 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.
This season began with Jadeveon Clowney as the clear-cut No. 1 at the 4-3 defensive end position, but is that where he finished on this list?
In a world where quarterbacks dominate the landscape, there is a premium placed on being able to make his life difficult. For most teams, that means using defensive ends to apply pressure off the edge in hopes of disrupting the quarterback’s timing and creating sack opportunities.
For the B/R CFB 250, we looked at the pass-rushing ability of defensive ends, as well as their play against the run. The goal, of course, was to put together a comprehensive list of players who could not only get to the quarterback but were also capable against the run. If there were any ties, the edge went to the player we would rather have.
Keep in mind, these 4-3 defensive ends are being rated on their performance in college, not NFL potential. But to see where they 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.