Defensive Line Drills

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Defensive line drills will help improve your get off, staying low coming out of your stance, and technique to help take your game to the next level.

Your primary goal as a defensive lineman on run plays is to tackle the ball carrier.

It’s your job as on pass plays to do everything in your power to get the quarterback and get a sack for your team (bonus points for a strip sack!) 

Being a defensive lineman isn’t easy. You need to react to the play on the snap of the ball. I call it reading “high-hat” “low-hat”.

If the offensive line is firing out (they’re going to try and get lower than you so they have the leverage). This is low-hat.

If the offensive line is not firing out, but instead performing their kick-slide so you can’t get to the quarterback, majority of the time it’s going to be a pass. (be aware for draw plays and screens). This is high-hat.

Defensive Line Drills and Techniques

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At Gridiron Elite Training, we work every skill it takes to be an defensive lineman in today’s game.

In this article, you will find specific football drills we do with our division 1 football players to prepare them for success on the field.

To access more free defensive line drills including hand drills, get off drills, and technique, you can access the Gridiron Elite Academy below.

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5 Defensive Line Drills For Football

Stance and Start Technique

Reaction T Drill

Quick Hand Reaction Drill

Kneeling Explosive Drives

Figure 8 Drill

Access More Defensive Lineman Drills To Do At Home

Want to improve your explosiveness and technique as a defensive lineman? Or maybe you need defensive line drills at home to work on?

If so, you can read some of our latest posts on the “Defensive Line Technique Drills” and “Plyometric Exercises For Speed And Explosiveness In Football “.

If you’re a serious football player looking to play football at the next level, you can access all of our sports performance training programs, football drills and workouts, and the Gridiron Recruiting Center inside “The Gridiron Academy” to help you with your football recruiting.

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