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Seems like Ballard has a trend towards that as well. Not just at DE, but also DT. IMO, it's a good way to go, because shorter players seem to get engulfed easily compared with taller players with long arms. Not to mention, it's harder for a taller player to get "fat" when putting on weight.

 

e.g.

Hunt 6'8''

Woods 6'4''

Stewart 6'4''

Autry 6'5''

Ward 6'5''

 

I remember when Richard Seymour was one of the first tall 4-3 DTs, prior to him playing 3-4 DE in NE. Leanest 6'6'' 310 lbs I've ever seen.

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1 hour ago, rock8591 said:

Seems like Ballard has a trend towards that as well. Not just at DE, but also DT. IMO, it's a good way to go, because shorter players seem to get engulfed easily compared with taller players with long arms. Not to mention, it's harder for a taller player to get "fat" when putting on weight.

 

e.g.

Hunt 6'8''

Woods 6'4''

Stewart 6'4''

Autry 6'5''

Ward 6'5''

 

I remember when Richard Seymour was one of the first tall 4-3 DTs, prior to him playing 3-4 DE in NE. Leanest 6'6'' 310 lbs I've ever seen.

 

Hopefully we get the Notre Dame DT in the 2019 draft 

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The reason why we were run on so often in the 2000s...I used to think it's the weight, but now that I think of it, it's the lack of height.

 

Freeney 6'1''

Mathis - listed at 6'2'', but shorter

Rest of DTs and DEs 6'3'' or less.

 

Shorter also means shorter arms, making it easier to be engulfed by taller OL, also harder to disengage.

 

 

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