Best Defensive Ends
Baker, 49ers Clubhouse draft writer
2001: 38 tkl 12 tfl 9 sack
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football, basketball and track. Played QB and LB
Comments: A very scary pass rusher who many college QBs will be happy to see gone, though he’s lost ground from last year’s draft, many saying he’d be a top 5 pick last season, now he’ll be lucky to be a first rounder.
2001: 44 tkl 15 tfl 9 sack
Comments: Has a big wingspan with a massive amount of strength. Is quick, especially for a big guy. A knee injury will be the main worry for Coleman. Without the knee injury he’d be a definite first round selection.
2001: 50 tkl 5 tfl 2 sack
Comments: Edwards could either be an OLB or a DE in the big time, which makes him so tempting. He gets to the QB quickly and has some strength to work with. A player that many teams will be interested in because he shows so much promise and has so much to work with.
2001: 50 tkl 26 tfl 18 sack
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football, basketball, baseball and soccer. Played DE and TE. All-American
Comments: An amazing pass rusher who now holds the NCAA single season record in sacks and forced fumbles. He has good strength and decent speed. He does have a big problem with injuries. Size is also a problem for Freeney, who is small for a DE and needs to be a bit bulkier.
2001: 31 tkl 6 tfl 2 sack
2000: 43 tkl 7 tfl 2 sack
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football and basketball
Comments: Very athletic, has good speed, very quick and has great footwork. But Hall’s work ethic is something to be desired. He has all the traits to be a big time DE, but he doesn’t give the effort. Could also play LB.
2001: 19 tkl 9 tkl 5 sack
2000: 43 tkl 6 tfl 5 sack
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football, basketball and track. Played DT, DE, MLB, OT an OG. All-American
Comments: Moves well, has good footwork and excels in run stopping. A great tackler who has great speed. I’d like to see him get a bit stronger to be able to move blockers by strength instead of relying on his hands to get past them.
2001: 18 tkl 7 tfl 5 sack
2000: 37 tkl 11 tfl 8 sack
HIGH SCHOOL: Played S
Comments: A strong guy who stops the pass and run very well. A good tackler who uses his strength very well to push around linemen. He is a project player though. His technique is average at the moment, who needs to use his hands more instead of relying on his strength to push past.
North Carolina JUNIOR
2001: 55 tkl 18 tfl 9 sack
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football, basketball and track. Played RB and DE. All-Ameican
Comments: The best player in the draft. A player who you could build a franchise around, and if the Texans don’t take him, in five years time, they’ll be kicking themselves. There is very little not to like about Peppers, and plenty to like. Strong, quick, very big, excellent work ethic, big wingspan, can get to the QB and will stop the run.
2001: 63 tkl 11 tfl 6 sack
2000: 62 tkl 13 tfl 9 sack
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football, basketball and track
Comments: A very athletic player who has great speed in pursuit and explodes off the ball very quickly. But he is very small, and may be moved to an OLB where his speed will make him a danger, though he’d need to work on his tackling skills.
2001: 46 tkl 21 tfl 14 sack
Comments: Thomas has good speed and
a nice technique, with nice hands and great footwork. Needs to work on
his run stopping abilities, though he can tackle well which will help alter