Top Five 3-4 Defensive Ends

Our Top Five 3-4 DE’s column should be up on Patriots Insider sometime today.

Can’t wait? Here is a little preview of what you’re going to get. We’ll post the link once it is live. Update – Here is the full article.

Perhaps one of the more intriguing things about our look at the top five 3-4 defensive ends in the 2011 NFL Draft for the New England Patriots are some of the names that aren’t there.

Adrian Clayborn? Not enough bulk. Nick Fairley? Better suited for a penetrating 1-gap system. Others don’t fit the bill due to some other flaw in their technique or build.

A holding 3-4 defensive end like the Patriots employ is a tough commodity to come by in the college ranks, but these five players come reasonably close to fitting the parameters set forth by Bill Belichick: strength, size, and the ability to command a double team.

With Ty Warren, Mike Wright, Gerard Warren, and Myron Pryor all facing uncertain futures due to contract or injury issues, the 3-4 DE position is certainly one that the Patriots will take a long look at.

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