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Teams placing premium on hybrid defenders

Updated: March 1, 2005, 12:36 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- While becoming the model franchise the other 31 NFL teams aspire to be, the New England Patriots have fashioned a hybrid defensive position that many outside defenders would love to play.

In winning three Super Bowls in four seasons, the Patriots have crafted a double-duty role for outside linebackers that clearly intrigued some of the top "edge" defenders at the scouting combine.

"You look at linebackers like [Willie] McGinest and [Mike] Vrabel, and it's clear ...

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