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Nose tackles like it big

Left on the cutting room floor, here's an except from my original story on the nose tackle position that didn't make the cut (probably with good reason):

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of these massive nose tackles is, well, that they're massive men. "You do have to have a certain body type," Ravens rookie Terrence Cody said.

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Cody earned the nickname "Mount Cody" at Alabama after the 6-foot-4 tackle overturned the scales at more than 360 pounds. He has since slimmed down to 349, but he got a new nickname, "Cheeseburger," when he failed a conditioning test as the start of training camp.

Haloti Ngata, who occasionally has manned the nose, is 6 feet 4, 360 pounds. Brandon McKinney, another Raven capable of playing nose tackle, is 6 feet 2, 350 pounds. Veteran nose tackle Kelly Gregg, who is a stout 6 feet, 320 pounds, resembles a refrigerator with arms and legs. Stacked up against his peers, Gregg is tiny.

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Of course, it takes more than remarkable size to be an effective NFL nose tackle. These big men are relatively athletic, too. Sorry, overweight couch potatoes, but you wouldn't make the cut.

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