2011 NFL Draft Rankings: Best 3-4 Defensive Ends - Opposing Views

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
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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
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Karl Klog
Iowa
6'3
265
6th-Undrafted
Not a great athlete, he's been productive on a great DL

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