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Scouts Inc. on defensive ends

Originally Published: August 5, 2009
Scouts Inc.

The qualities in a defensive end vary with the type of defense a program plays and what the team asks a player to do.

Traditionally in the 4-3 look, teams are looking for defensive ends who can rush the quarterback. The weakside defensive end should be the best pass-rusher, and he must have speed and explosion off the corner and should be a potential sack artist. A good weakside end should have great range and chase ability and at least be adequate against the run.

A defensive end who ...

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