2011 NFL Draft Rankings: Best 3-4 Defensive Ends

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We've seen guys like Tyson Jackson and Tyson Alualu go much higher than expected on draft day because of the position they play. While they're not as valuable as the often highly picked quarterbacks,it is rare to find an elite one, and a top level 3-4 defensive end can set the stage for the rest of the defense's success.

In this draft, there could be as many as four or more taken in round one, and this year it doesn't look like taking one high will be a reach at all, as it has been in year's past. 

    Name College Height Weight Proj. Round Notes
1 . Cameron Jordan California 6'4 280 Top 20 Versatile and athletic, needs to be a little more consistent
2 . Marcel Dareus Alabama 6'3 306 Top 20 Under pressure from school, has got great size and potential
3 . Christian Ballard Iowa 6'4 298 1st-2nd Played on great D-Line that didn't produce, finishing ability
4 . Adrian Clayborn Iowa 6'3 285 1st-2nd One of '09's top players, he's a complete defensive player
5 . Muhammed Wilkerson Temple 6'4 290 1st-2nd Very disruptive, great talent, great length, 3-4 DE ability
6 . Jurrell Casey USC 6'1 305 1st-2nd Outstanding inside quickness, great athleticism and attacks
7 . JJ Watt Wisconsin 6'4 248 1st-2nd High motor, high intensity guy, he's been disruptive all year
8 . Jarvis Jenkins Clemson 6'4 308 2nd-3rd Great fit for a 3-4 defense, he needs to be more consistent
9 . Allen Bailey Miami (FL) 6'4 288 3rd-5th Talent galore for his size, has versatility to play across DL
10 . Lawrence Guy Arizona State 6'5 300 3rd-5th Great motor and consistency, needs to show move moves
11 . Cedric Thornton Southern Arkansas 6'3 299 4th-6th Small school dominator had down year; super talented
12 . Stephen Paea Oregon State 6'1 311 4th-6th Great motor, footwork, he needs to show better rush moves
13 . Pierre Allen Nebraska 6'5 265 6th-Undrafted Hard worker, lacks top end talent to be a consistent starter
14 . Brandon Bair Oregon 6'7 272 6th-Undrafted Great size, needs a perfect scheme fit to be successful
15 . Karl Klog Iowa 6'3 265 6th-Undrafted Not a great athlete, he's been productive on a great DL