Designing The Perfect Defensive End

Jeremy KaufmanSenior Analyst IAugust 25, 2008

So, if you had the opportunity to build a prototype defensive end by combining the greatest attributes of the defensive ends in the NFL, whose skills would you use? Here are my picks:


Speed: Jarvis Moss

Jarvis Moss, the 2nd year defensive end out of Florida is an absolute speedster. With a 40 yard dash time that was clocked within the vicinity of 4.5, Jarvis has the speed to burn opposing offensive linemen and get to the quarterback in a heartbeat.

Agility/Moves: Dwight Freeney

There may not be a more agile defensive end in the NFL than Dwight Freeney. Dwight terrorized opposing offensive tackles by either burning past them on the outside, and with a devastating spin move that is incredibly difficult to stop. When Dwight is on his game, his agility makes him an unstoppable force.

Tackling: Osi Umenyora

There are many defensive ends in the NFL who have the speed and agility to reach the quarterback, but once they do they are unable to make the tackle and complete the sack. However, this isn’t the case with Osi Umenyora of the New York Giants. Osi is as sure of a tackler as there is in the NFL today, and when he reaches the quarterback, he makes him pay. Osi has the ability to both chase an opposing player down and make a diving stop and to put down the ball carrier head on. Among other things, Osi’s tackling ability makes him a valuable commodity, and he will be missed this season by the New York Giants as he sits out with a knee injury. However, in respect to my prototype defensive end, Osi’s tackling ability would be an absolutely vital attribute to have.

Run Stopping: Richard Seymour

At 6’6 and 310 pounds, Richard Seymour doesn’t look like your typical defensive end. However, he certainly is one, and he has the ability to shut down the run at a pro bowl caliber level. This ability would be absolutely necessary for my prototype defensive end.

Body: Mario Williams

At 6’7 and 291 pounds, Mario Williams has the ideal body for a defensive end in the NFL. Mario’s towering height gives him the ability to impair the quarterback’s view of the field as well as the chance to knock a pass down. Furthermore, Mario’s massive size and strength gives him the ability to overpower opposing blockers, while his frame still distributes his body weight in a manner that allows him to maximize his speed and mobility. This makes Mario’s body perfect for my prototype defensive end.