Defensive Line Drills and Techniques - Gridiron Elite

Andrew Serrano Mizzou

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.

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!

Add more defensive lineman training drills into your football training by joining the Gridiron Elite Academy below.

Defensive Lineman Drill - Stance and Start Technique

Defensive Lineman Drill - Reaction T Drill

DL Drill - Quick Hand Reaction Drill

DL Drill - Kneeling Explosive Drives

Defensive Lineman Drill - Figure 8 Drill

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For the full DL Drills and workouts, plus more workouts for speed, agility, and explosiveness for you to add into your football training, you can can join the Gridiron Academy below to take your game to the next level!

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Gridiron Elite Training was started to help educate and provide football players with a community to receive proper training and guidance.

We created “The Gridiron Elite Academy” which is an online football performance network that provides football players of all levels with sports performance workout programs, football position-specific drills, mindset coaching, mental toughness training, recruiting guidance and help, and nutrition programs.

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