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The Perfect Fit

The Perfect Fit

The requirements call for a hefty load to play on the end of the line in one scheme and in the middle in another. The main responsibility is defending the run but having the ability to pressure the pocket is a definite plus. A player who can play both spots is garnering attention from everyone around the league as the NFL Draft nears.

The revival of the 3-4 defense has placed a demand on a number of positions on the football field. Defensive tackles are expected to play end and they are often weighing in at 300-plus pounds. The prerequisite remains clogging up the lanes to allow linebackers to make plays. Many of these players can also play on the interior of the line, something they are very familiar with. It means the...

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