DeMarcus Ware, Clay Matthews, and the NFL's Top 10 Outside Linebackers

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DeMarcus Ware, Clay Matthews, and the NFL's Top 10 Outside Linebackers
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If you take a look at each of the successful NFL teams, one thing is common: They all have dominant pass rushing ability by their outside linebackers.

The Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints relied on defensive linemen Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove to carry them to victory, while the Colts relied on Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.

But many teams are transitioning to the 3-4 defensive scheme, a front that relies on three down linemen with four linebackers behind them, one of them primarily used to pressure the quarterback.

This slideshow takes a look at the 10 most dominating outside linebackers in the league today, complete with video highlights of their monster hits!

Enjoy and feel free to debate who missed the cut, and who should be ranked lower or higher!

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