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Pats may need to adjust OLB prototype

Some of draft's best pass-rushers don't fit the N.E. mold, so now what?

Updated: February 26, 2010, 9:54 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- If the Patriots drew up a prototype for what they seek in an outside linebacker -- arguably their greatest position of need -- the top five items on the list might look something like this:

1) Size in the 6-foot-4, 6-5 range

2) Speed to clock 4.65 in the 40-yard dash

3) Long arms to engage big, rangy offensive tackles

4) The strength to set the edge in the run game combined with the burst to rush the passer

5) Football should rank as ...

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