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NFL Draft 2011: Power-Ranking the 5 Best Undersized Linebackers

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NFL Draft 2011: Power-Ranking the 5 Best Undersized Linebackers
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This 2011 NFL Draft is loaded with talent from top to bottom on the defensive side of the ball.

In fact, ESPN's Todd McShay predicts that 21 of the 32 players taken in the first round will be defensive players. But of those 21, only three are linebackers.

This year's draft class is not loaded with top-heavy talent at the linebacker position, but there are a lot of players at that position who are expected to fall off the board in the middle rounds. A number of those linebackers had standout college careers and probably would be first round selections, if it wasn't for the fact some of them were undersized.

For every Ray Lewis, an ideal-size linebacker, there is a Zach Thomas, an undersized linebacker who is a likely future Hall-of-Famer.

So are there any Zach Thomas-like players in this year's draft class?

Let's break this down and take a look at the five best undersized linebackers in this year's NFL Draft.

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