10 NFL Draft Terms You Should Know

Confused by all the jargon draft "experts" are using? Learn the true meaning of 10 of the experts' favorite draft terms through STACK's NFL Draft guide.

Three- and Five-Technique Linemen

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Three- and Five-Technique Linemen

This term refers to when a defensive lineman lines up across from the offensive line. A "three-technique" DT is positioned on the outside shoulder of the guard to generate a pass rush in a 4-3 defensive front.

A "five-technique" guy is someone who's better suited to play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. He'll line up to the outside shoulder of the offensive tackle and is responsible for filling the gaps on running plays.

Defensive line prospects aren't necessarily designated as three- or five-technique players on draft day; it's more of a projection by scouts and analysts as to where a player will fit best. With teams creating more looks and alignments for their defensive fronts beyond their base packages, players need to be versatile enough to handle a variety of techniques.

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This term refers to when a defensive lineman lines up across from the offensive line. A "three-technique" DT is positioned on the outside shoulder of the guard to generate a pass rush in a 4-3 defensive front.

A "five-technique" guy is someone who's better suited to play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. He'll line up to the outside shoulder of the offensive tackle and is responsible for filling the gaps on running plays.

Defensive line prospects aren't necessarily designated as three- or five-technique players on draft day; it's more of a projection by scouts and analysts as to where a player will fit best. With teams creating more looks and alignments for their defensive fronts beyond their base packages, players need to be versatile enough to handle a variety of techniques.

Examples of  "Three-Technique" Players: Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati Bengals (120th overall, 2010 NFL Draft); Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina (2013 prospect, pictured above)

Examples of  "Five-Technique" Players: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (11th overall, 2011 NFL Draft); Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist University (2013 prospect)


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