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Cream of the crop to underrated

Our diverse group of insiders -- two general managers, two pro scouts, two coordinators, two position coaches, two quarterbacks and one linebacker -- helped us understand which players can change schemes and why.

Originally Published: October 7, 2007
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

ESPN.com set out to identify the best of the best in the NFL, players dominant enough to force opponents into changing their schemes and play calling. Five names kept rising to the top. Quite a few others enjoyed strong if not unanimous support from an expert panel of 11 league insiders.

The panel's unvarnished evaluations, secured in exchange for anonymity, produced a nuanced set of classifications and a few surprises. LaDainian Tomlinson, universally regarded as the NFL's best ...

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