For the last while, the home of the elite 3-4 outside linebackers was Pittsburgh. The Steelers have had a steady stream of elite pass rushers including names like Kevin Greene, Joey Porter and James Harrison. However, will the number one still be from behind the steel curtain?
Successful "rushbackers" are often converted from college defensive ends who are undersized to play that position in the NFL. The key attributes to play this position in the NFL is pass rush capability. Due to being undersized, this means speed, explosiveness and a killer burst off the line. In playing the run, the ability to shed blocks and pursue, or stack blockers if the runner is coming your way is a must. This means that hand use is key. Finally, the ability to play at least zone coverage is useful, but in the modern re invention of the 3-4 defense this is being looked over more and more.
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