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Merriman can play DE or LB

Updated: April 14, 2005, 1:12 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

In scouting circles, describing a defensive player as a "tweener" used to be the equivalent of a four-letter word. Scouts cursed at trying to assess players who were too small to play defensive end but too big to play linebacker.

But it's 2005, and in this year's draft, "tweener" is a positive term. The NFL trend is toward flexible defensive formations, thanks to the success of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The good news is that some top prospects this year appear to be easily convertible ...

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