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.
Here's a look at five players who look capable of making that transition. All have spent the bulk of their careers lining up at defensive tackle but could slide outside in the NFL. Three project as fringe first-round picks, one is a sleeper prospect, and one is an underclassmen to keep an eye on.
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