2011 NFL Preview: 10 Defensive Ends Who Could Rack Up 10+ Sacks

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2011 NFL Preview: 10 Defensive Ends Who Could Rack Up 10+ Sacks
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Coming off the heels of one of the greatest Super Bowl matchups in NFL history, it’s time to look ahead to next year.

If you’re like me, then the beginning of the new NFL season is two months away when the NFL Draft takes place. Hopefully for us football fans there IS a season come September.

For many football fans, mid-July is when they start counting down to opening day. By that time, their baseball team is out of the race and a fresh start for their football team is on the horizon.

Here’s a list of the 10 defensive ends that have the best chance to hit the ten sack mark this coming season.

Last year, 20 players amassed 10 sacks during the season; 10 of them were defensive ends. Most of the names on the list are familiar names, the rest are guys who are just now breaking out on the scene.

There are a couple catches, however. One, I am not counting rookies. At this point, without knowing where they are going, it’s too difficult to know what kind of playing time they’ll get and what system they’ll be in. Many college ends are drafted as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Which leads me to my next catch; no outside linebackers will be included in this list. Sorry Clay Matthews.

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