Positional football isn’t as cut and dry as it once was for the NFL Draft. The difference between a 4-3 defensive end and defensive tackle sometimes seems to be large, yet both players can often play the same position in a 3-4 scheme.
We already pulled out the top interior defensive lineman, bigger guys more comfortable playing close to the ball. For the purposes of these rankings, defensive ends will include players likely to keep the hand in the dirt regardless of scheme, leaving the smaller defensive ends and pass rushing outside linebackers for the rankings of top-five edge defender later this week. (Yes, Myles Garrett could play down on the line just as easily as outside linebacker, but he is a freak so we will just save him for later.)
Below are links to all of the top fives already published:
Here is a look at the top five defensive end prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft.