A great Pass Rusher has to be…………..

Like 6’5″, 265 lbs, with great hands and feet. He needs to be explosive from his stance to beat the O-Lineman in front of him before that lineman really gets a chance to set up. Pass rushers like this is only found in the upper reaches of the NFL Draft right? Not exactly. In the 4th round of the 2006 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos handed in their card with the name, Elvis Dumervil, DT, University of Louisville on it. Dumervil stood a whopping 5’11” and weighed just south of 250 pounds. Not exactly the proto-typical specimen described above. While Dumervil was a very successful pass rusher and lineman in college, he certainly was not seen a player who obviously fit easily into the NFL, thus his draft position.

Well, it appears that all those tests at the Combine neglected to measure things like heart, desire, commitment and motor. In his rookie year, Elvis did not start one game, but still recorded 8.5 sacks.  He burst into the Denver defensive starting line-up in 2007, starting all 16 games and recording 12.5 sacks for the year. He was banged up a little in 2008 but still started 15 of 16 games for the Mile High men, getting a modest 5 sacks. 

So far this year, Elvis has really had his true NFL coming out party. In 11 games, including one in which he did not start due to injury I presume, he has corralled the QB 14 times.  So, three and a little more than half years in the NFL and Dumervil has 40 sacks to his credit, and is a player that opposing teams absolutely need to scheme for in Denver’s 3-4 defense.

So, good things do come in small packages and later in the draft. After the Niners last two overall draft classes, one would hope that this year might produce some deeper results, maybe even someone like an Elvis in their house.



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