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DE class offers healthy mix

Need bulk? Versatility? This year's draft features wide range of talent at defensive end

Originally Published: March 2, 2010
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- In a column last week at the start of the annual NFL scouting combine, we noted that the collection of defensive ends assembled here for the workouts was conducive to the increase of 3-4 defensive fronts in the league, with many of the players at the position undersized and able to project to rush linebacker.

But the other shoe dropped in Indianapolis as well, and -- for the 13 teams in the league that deploy the 3-4 as their base defense now -- it was a veritable clodhopper. ...

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