Uncoiling his upper body and legs with a powerful charge,
Between a combination of his compact body at 5 feet 11, 260 pounds, strength and speed, Dumervil overwhelms bigger offensive linemen that tower over him. It's a case of lowest man wins, and Dumervil has won many encounters with 63 1/2 career sacks, including 37 sacks in the past three seasons with 10 forced fumbles during that span.
His lack of height cost Dumervil in terms of draft status coming out of Louisville, going in the fourth round to the
"I was told I couldn’t play defensive end at the collegiate level, and the same thing happened when I got to the pros," said Dumervil, who led the
During a series of highlights displayed in Dumervil's selection as a top 100 player by his peers on
Dumervil crushes unsuspecting
Dumervil, whose nickname is "Doom," chases down
He simply pushed the offensive lineman back into the pocket before shedding him and bringing Rivers down to the ground.
"That's the leverage he's talking about," Ravens linebackers coach Don Martindale said. "We always joke with him about 6-foot, but he's got long arms. He'll use whatever it takes to get to the quarterback. He's relentless."
In a playoff victory, Dumervil forces
Whether it's a bull rush, spin move, swim move or speed rush, Dumervil has an extensive repertoire of pass rushing moves.
"His staple pretty much is his bull rush," Broncos offensive tackle
Often compared to former Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Defensive Player of the Year outside linebacker
"He's always had a chip on his shoulder every time he's been on the field," Martindale said. "He gets compared to Harrison a lot, but I've always thought they were two different guys. They both have their own strengths. ..
"When Elvis came out from Louisville, he said, 'I'm the best pass rusher in the draft.' And all he's done, year in and year out, is he's tried to be the best pass rusher. Not to take away from any of the other great pass rushers in this league, but his numbers show you he's been really successful."