A great defense is built on the strength of its pass rush. Can you get to the quarterback? If not, good luck.
Defensive ends remain the most important building block for most NFL general managers. When creating a plan for the foundation of their teams, it's all about adding a quarterback and a guy to attack the quarterback. With that in mind, who are the best pass-rushers in this year's draft class?
The flavor of these defensive ends varies. Some are a great fit for a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. Some may need to stand up and move to linebacker. Some are freaks who you just find a way to get onto the field.
What are NFL teams looking for? Speed, flexibility, strength and a variety of pass-rushing moves. You don't have to be a finished product, but you'd better be able to explode off the line and bend the edge. Here's a more in-depth look at how to scout defensive ends in our "How to Scout" series.
So who's the best? Find out inside.