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October 01, 2007
Five other undersized NFL defensive players who pack a wallop
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October 01, 2007

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Five other undersized NFL defensive players who pack a wallop

Antoine Winfield

5'9", 180, CB, Vikings

A press-coverage connoisseur, the ninth-year veteran is perhaps the most physical cover corner in the league. Winfield's run support is unequaled at his position, which is why he has amassed more than 95 tackles in three of the last four seasons and had eight tackles for loss in 2006.

London Fletcher

5'10", 245, LB, Redskins

The league's shortest starting linebacker is also one of its most prolific tacklers, with 473 since the start of the '04 season (second most in the league). Fletcher's stature doesn't hinder him in the passing lanes either: He had four interceptions with the Bills last season and one against the Giants on Sunday.

Troy Polamalu

5'10", 207, SS, Steelers

Pittsburgh's do-everything force is the rare package of elite cover safety (seven pass deflections and three picks in '06), adept blitzer (five sacks over the last three seasons) and feared tackler (more than 90 in both '04 and '05). In other words, he's a lot like 6'3", 230-pound Cardinals SS Adrian Wilson.

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