Which college DTs could become DEs? 

November, 15, 2011
11/15/11
3:10
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Prototypical 4-3 defensive ends generally have the burst to disrupt running plays in the backfield and get to the quarterback, but things are different for the ends (5-techniques) in 3-4 defenses.

Three-man fronts prefer defensive ends who can set the edge against the run and push the pocket. They are more about power, whereas 4-3 ends are about speed, and that distinction is why 3-4 teams can and do look to college defensive tackles to find themselves help on the outside.