There may not be an elite defensive end prospect in the mold of a Chase Young in this year's crop, but rest assured at least one from the position will be taken in the first round of the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.
As part of Athlon Sports' 2021 NFL Draft Guide, we have ranked each position, including 25 defensive ends. With teams putting such a premium on getting to the quarterback (remember what Tampa Bay did to Patrick Mahomes in the Super Bowl?), several of these guys won't have to wait very long to hear their name called once the draft starts on April 29. That's especially the case when you consider that the first five listed below received a first-round grade.
2021 NFL Draft: Defensive End Rankings
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