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Tip Sheet: Smaller DEs hitting it big

Dismissed by scouts in the past, undersized edge-rushers high on teams' draft boards

Originally Published: February 26, 2010
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Despite a stellar career at Louisville, one that included 32 sacks in only 44 games and nominations for several of the college game's premier line awards, defensive end Elvis Dumervil lasted into the fourth round of the 2006 NFL draft.

The Denver Broncos ended Dumervil's free fall after 125 players were selected.

These days, the undersized Dumervil (5-foot-11, 248 pounds), who led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009, almost certainly wouldn't remain on the draft board ...

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