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IRVING, Tex. - Cowboys tackle Jay Ratliff, a former seventh round draft pick out of Auburn, has gone from the relative unknown, to a force to be reckoned with in the NFL.

Think of the prototypical nose tackle in a 3-4 defense, and the first images that come to mind generally are those of massive space eaters like New England's Vince Wilfork or Pittsburgh's Casey Hampton — behemoths so massive that they can plug up the middle of the line of scrimmage and foul up opposing offense's blocking schemes simply by dropping anchor and refusing to budge. But think of the... Recommended Stories