The 2012 Preseason is on going, meaning the regular season is fast approaching. I've decided to rank the top 15 defensive ends entering the 2012 NFL based on a combination of factors such as production, talent, and overall skill set. 3-4 Outside Linebackers can line up as defensive ends at times, but only 4-3 and 3-4 Defensive Ends are included. In order to be considered a great defensive end, not only do you have to be a great pass rusher, but you have to be strong against the run.
Top 15 Entering the 2012 Season: Quarterbacks / Running Backs / Wide Receivers / Tight Ends
1. Justin Smith, San Fransisco 49ers
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 285 lbs.
Age: 32 | Experience: 12 Years
2011 Season Stats:
58 Tackles, 2 STF, 7.5 Sacks, 2 PBU, 3 Fumbles Forced, Fumble Recovered
722 Tackles, 40 STF, 72.5 Sacks, 3 INT, 28 PBU, 13 Fumbles Forced, 8 Fumbles Recovered
14 Tackles, 2.0 Sacks
Super Bowl Stats:
3-Time Pro Bowl ...