Defensive ends are probably the most important position in a defense. Good defensive ends get to the quarterback quickly to help out the secondary, stop the run and contain the outside.
An NFL 4-3 prototypical defensive end is 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds, while a 3-4 defensive end is usually around 300 pounds. They have long arms, great strength, a good first step, good instincts, show great effort and get off of blocks.
This year's class of defensive ends is very deep with many that could go in the first two rounds. Here are my top 10 defensive ends in the 2011 NFL Draft.