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The Breakdown: Linebackers

The Breakdown: Linebackers

I've got to be honest.  I watch a lot of football and I've only heard of one of these guys: Darryl Blackstock.  And that's because he was touted as a first round prospect in the 2005 draft and ended up going much later.  He was part of the vaunted Virginia linebacking corps that produced undrafted Kai Parkham and currently suspended, now entering the NFL's Supplemental Draft, Ahmad Brooks.

The good news is that in the 4-3 defense, the linebackers don't have to be all-stars so long as the defensive line is solid.  The bad news is that the Cardinals' defensive line is decidedly not solid. James Darling anchors the middle.  A ten year veteran, he would easily be referred to as "pops" in a linebacking corps that averages less than 4 years of NFL experience.  While he was productive...

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