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Top 2012 4-3 Defensive End Prospects
Most Recent Revision:  4/27/2012


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DEFENSIVE END
4-3

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The Defensive Ends in a 4-3 line heads up over the offensive tackles (or their outside shoulder). His responsibilities include:

1) Outside containment on off-tackle or end sweep running plays
2) Provide outside pass rush, utilizing bull-rushing, outside speed rush or stunts with the defensive tackle

This diagram shows the DE in a 4-3 alignment. One prospect may be selected over another based on the following factors:

A. Prevailing defensive philosophy: In a "read and react" 4-3, the defensive line controls the offensive line to allow the LBs to flow to the ball. In "attack and penetrate", the defensive line takes more of a 1-gap approach and the LBs have more gap responsibilities.

B. Opponent's offensive philosophy: In facing off tackle plays or sweeps, the Defensive Ends have responsibility with support from the outside linebackers. Responsibilities in the passing game are 1) collapsing the pocket, 2) providing an exterior pass rush and 3) increasing length (hands and arms up) to limit the opposing QB's vision of passing lanes.
DE43 DE34 DT43 DT34 OLB43 OLB34 WILB SILB SS FS CB
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1 (12)   -2 North Carolina
Quinton Coples
Sr          6'6"          284
#90
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2 (16)   -3 Illinois
Whitney Mercilus
Jr          6'4"          261
#85
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3 (23)   -1 Clemson
Andre Branch
Sr          6'4"          259
#40
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4 (37)   -1 USC
Nick Perry
Jr          6'3"          271
#8
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5 (38)   0 South Carolina
Melvin Ingram
Sr          6'1"          264
#6
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6 (56) +20 Syracuse
Chandler Jones
Jr          6'5"          266
#99
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7 (59)  +1 Marshall
Vinny Curry
Sr          6'3"          266
#99
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8 (66)  +1 Virginia
Cam Johnson
Sr          6'3"          268
#56
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9 (68) -22 Nebraska
Jared Crick
Sr          6'4"          279
#94
10 (69)  +7 Boise State
Shea McClellin
Sr          6'3"          260
#92
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11 (96) +94 Boise State
Tyrone Crawford
Sr          6'4"          275
#40
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12 (101) +70 West Virginia
Bruce Irvin
Sr          6'3"          245
#11
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13 (108) -22 Arkansas
Jake Bequette
Sr          6'5"          274
#91
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14 (110)   -15 Tennessee
Malik Jackson
Sr          6'5"          284
#97
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15 (111) -27 Troy
Jonathan Massaquoi
Jr          6'2"          264
#94
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16 (134)   -17 California
Trevor Guyton
Sr          6'3"          285
#92
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17 (179)   -28 Penn State
Jack Crawford
Sr          6'5"          274
#81
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18 (180)  +3 Miami (FL)
Olivier Vernon
Jr          6'2"          261
#35
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19 (208)   -2 West Virginia
Julian Miller
Sr          6'3"          258
#97
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20 (219)  +7 Oklahoma State
Jamie Blatnick
Sr          6'3"          263
#50
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21 (228)  +9 Missouri
Jacquies Smith
Sr          6'3"          253
#3
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22 (275)   -5 North Carolina
Donte Paige-Moss
Jr          6'3"          268
#98
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23 (280)   -2 Oklahoma
Frank Alexander
Sr          6'4"          270
#84
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24 (297)   -11 Southern Miss
Cordarro Law
Sr          6'2"          254
#49
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25 (330)   -1 Northwestern
Vince Browne
Sr          6'5"          265
#94
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26 (356)   -1 Utah
Derrick Shelby
Sr          6'3"          266
#90
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27 (357)   -7 SMU
Taylor Thompson
Sr          6'6"          280
#8
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28 (371)   -2 Rice
Scott Solomon
Sr          6'3"          262
#35
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29 (372)  +12 Michigan
Ryan Van Bergen
Sr          6'6"          283
#53
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30 (372)   -7 Temple
Adrian Robinson
Sr          6'1"          242
#43
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31 (396)   -2 Rutgers
Justin Francis
Sr          6'2"          275
#91
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32 (397)   0 Notre Dame
Darius Fleming
Sr          6'2"          245
#45
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33 (397)   -1 Penn State
Eric Latimore
Sr          6'5"          278
#56
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