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August 21, 2011
Preseason top 15: Defensive ends
We continue our breakdown of the nation's best players at each position with a look at defensive ends.
This was one of the toughest positions nationally to pick, mainly because of the departure of so many good ones from last season.
"Best" doesn't necessarily mean the most pro potential or even the most talent. Instead, it's a mix of what the player has accomplished and how we think the player will do this season. But production does trump potential.
We will look at a position a day until Aug. 29, when we rank all 120 of the nation's quarterbacks. Monday, we will look at defensive tackles. Here are the defensive end rankings.
15. RONNELL LEWIS, OKLAHOMA
14. JABAREE TUANI, NAVY
13. JACQUIES SMITH, MISSOURI
12. JONATHAN MASSAQUOI, TROY
11. SHEA McCLELLIN, BOISE STATE
10. DONTE PAIGE-MOSS, NORTH CAROLINA
9. JAKE BEQUETTE, ARKANSAS
8. JUNIOR ONYEALI, ARIZONA STATE
7. VINNY CURRY, MARSHALL
6. DEVIN TAYLOR, SOUTH CAROLINA
5. BRUCE IRVIN, WEST VIRGINIA
4. VINCE BROWNE, NORTHWESTERN
3. QUINTON COPLES, NORTH CAROLINA
2. BRANDON JENKINS, FLORIDA STATE
1. BRANDON LINDSEY, PITTSBURGH
Rankings and player capsules compiled by Olin Buchanan, Tom Dienhart, David Fox, Mike Huguenin and Steve Megargee.