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Height: 5-7.5
Weight: 195
40: 4.48
Year: 5Sr

Mario Addison

School: Troy State
Position: OLB
Bio: Junior college transfer who broke into the starting lineup as senior, finishing the year with 47/15.5/10.5.
Positive: Undersized college defensive end who projects to outside linebacker in the NFL. Explosive, plays with good pad level, and fluid moving down the line of scrimmage to string plays laterally. Plays with good quickness, easily changes direction, and squeezes through double-team blocks to make plays behind the line of scrimmage.
Negative: Needs to improve his technique. Easily controlled at the point by a single blocker. Primarily used up the field and rarely asked to drop into space.
Analysis: Addison was a productive pass rusher the only year he started at Troy and offers the size/speed numbers as well as the athleticism to make the transition to outside linebacker.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
40: 4.73
Year: 5Sr

Tanner Antle

School: Tulsa
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who posted 83/7.5/2 as a senior and 78/6.5/2.5 as a junior.
Positive: Undersized but intelligent football player with good instincts. Gets depth on pass drops, remains disciplined with assignments, and quickly diagnoses the action. Takes proper angles to the play, always tries to get involved in the action, and works hard until the whistle blows. Breaks down well and rarely off his feet.
Negative: Limited athlete with marginal size and playing speed. Average skills in pursuit. Struggles in coverage.
Analysis: Antle was a terrific college linebacker but does not have the physical skills that project well to the NFL. He has a special teams mentality, and if he produces on coverage units he could earn a spot as a team's 8th linebacker.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 254
40: 4.69
Year: 4Jr

Akeem Ayers

School: UCLA
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference and All-American honors after his junior campaign. Posted 68/10/4 and two interceptions last year. Sophomore totals included 75/6/14.5 and four interceptions.
Positive: Forceful three-down linebacker with a complete game. Breaks down well, quickly gets his hands up, and holds his ground against blocks. Immediately changes direction or alters his angle of attack, displays speed moving laterally and has ability in pursuit. Plays with good quickness, can turn it on a single step and makes a lot of athletic plays on the field. Remains disciplined with assignments and shows good awareness and playing balance. Occasionally lines up in a three-point stance, playing with good pad level and displays speed off the edge. Fluid moving in reverse, shows skill in coverage, and even has the ability to play over the slot receiver.
Negative: Does not play with a sense of urgency. Possesses just a marginal burst. Occasionally gets caught up in traffic. Timed poorly at the combine.
Analysis: Ayers has been very productive the past three seasons defending the run, rushing the passer, and playing in coverage. He lacks classic speed for an outside linebacker but has all the skills necessary to start in a variety of defensive systems.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 238
40: 4.71
Year: 5Sr

Matthias Berning

School: Central Michigan
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totaling 102/13/2. Junior numbers included 108/8.5/2.
Positive: Athletic linebacker who displays ability making plays up the field or chasing the action in pursuit. Breaks down well, strong at the point, and sheds blocks. Stacks well against the run, nicely redirects to ball carriers, and plays with suddenness and explosion. Hard hitter and aggressive in all aspects. Uses his hands to protect himself, remains disciplined with assignments, and can chase down the action from the back side.
Negative: Must improve his skills against the pass. Fast but lacks great one-gap linebacker speed.
Analysis: Burning has made a lot of strides in his game the past two seasons and has an upside. He's a potential week side linebacker at the next level, and the German-born defender should only improve in time.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 222
40: 4.73
Year: 4Sr

Josh Bey

School: Tennessee-Martin
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two years. Senior totals included 84/10/3.5 after he had a career-best 107/16.5/6.5 as a junior.
Positive: Athletic linebacker who is fluid moving about the field. Gets depth on pass drops, stays with assignments, and covers a lot of area. Shows speed sideline to sideline, is effective in pursuit, and easily changes direction or alters his angle of attack. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself, and quickly closes to the action.
Negative: Undersized and struggles handling blocks. Has average skills in coverage. Coming off a disappointing senior season.
Analysis: Bey is a solid weak side linebacker prospect who can be used as a backup in a one-gap system and on special teams.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 240
40: 4.74
Year: 4Sr

Bront Bird

School: Texas Tech
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who led Texas Tech in tackles as a senior, posting 106/5/1, adding three interceptions and breaking up two more passes. Junior totals included 56/5.5/1. Totaled 64 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Big linebacker with the ability to make plays sideline to sideline. Breaks down well, quickly changes direction, and rarely off his feet. Fluid getting out to the sidelines, displays good range on the field, and shows skill in zone coverage. Tough, intelligent, and effectively reads the action. Attacks assignments.
Negative: Struggles getting off blocks at the point of attack and can be handled by a single opponent. Average skills in coverage.
Analysis: Bird is a prospect who very much looks the part and finally played to his potential as a senior. He possesses good size and offers some growth potential. He is a developmental prospect who should be stashed on a practice squad.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 215
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

Ricky Brewer

School: Colorado State
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who posted 105/8/1 as a senior and 103 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss as a junior in 2008. Suspended for the 2009 season after violating team rules.
Positive: Undersized but athletic linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline. Fluid moving in all directions of the field, shows ability in pursuit, and gets depth on pass drops. Smooth flipping his hips off the line, can run with tight ends and receivers down the field, and shows skill in space. Aggressive, works hard to get involved in the action, and remains disciplined with assignments. Possesses a nice burst to the ball.
Negative: Easily disrupted from the action by a single block. Lacks the size to be an every-down linebacker. Has off the field issues.
Analysis: Brewer was productive on the college level and has displayed NFL-type skills throughout his career. His size is a limiting factor but he could make a roster as a one-gap linebacker if he produces on special teams.

Height: 6-4.5
Weight: 253
40: 4.78
Year: 5Sr

Keith Browner

School: California
Position: OLB
Bio: Part-time starter who finished with totals of 28/2.5/1 as a senior after serving as a reserve and recording just five tackles as a junior.
Positive: Fairly athletic lineman with average instincts. Bends his knees, plays with leverage, and displays good movement skills. Makes plays down the line of scrimmage and quickly gets out to the flanks in pursuit of the action. Effectively uses his hands and displays the ability to play off blocks and quickly get back on balance. Lined up in a three-point stance as well as stood up over tackle.
Negative: Marginally strong at the point of attack and easily out-positioned from plays. Slow locating the ball. Marginal closing burst.
Analysis: Browner has shown flashes the past two seasons but never put together a complete game. He's a developmental prospect best at outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 215
40: 4.63
Year: 4Sr

Nathan Bussey

School: Illinois
Position: OLB
Bio: Broke into the starting lineup on a full-time basis as a senior and put up 83/8/5//1 with one interception. Started five games as a junior and had 43 tackles.
Positive: Explosive pursuit linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline. Fast enough to cut corners off from running backs, displays the ability to stay with receivers in coverage, and shows a lot of quickness in his overall game. Possesses a great burst to the action, fluid turning his hips in transition, and quickly changes direction if necessary. Covers a lot of area on the field and fast enough to pursue the action from the back side.
Negative: Marginally instinctive. Easily taken from the action by tight ends or receivers.
Analysis: Bussey is an athletic college linebacker that lacks NFL size. He offers potential as a one-gap linebacker and may even get consideration as a conventional strong safety by a number of teams.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 241
40: 4.62
Year: 4Sr

Bruce Carter

School: North Carolina
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two years. Senior totals included 57/3.5/2.5, one interception, and two pass break-ups. Suffered a knee injury that required surgery last November. Had 65/7.5/2 as a junior and 68/11/5 as a sophomore.
Positive: Three-down linebacker who displayed outstanding athleticism and ability prior to his injury. Quick out to the sidelines, covers a lot of area on the field and outstanding in pursuit. Shows speed in every direction of the field, has an explosive burst to the action and changes direction without losing momentum. Breaks down well, turns it on in one quick step, and goes hard after ball carriers. Gets depth on pass drops and effective in coverage. Remains disciplined with assignments.
Negative: Not a strong wrap-up tackler. Average instincts and a late reactor. Struggles getting off blocks.
Analysis: Carter was rated as one of the better weak side linebackers available in the draft before his knee injury last November. He relies on his speed and athleticism to make plays but must prove he's back to full health to have any chance of starting at the next level. Carter will be good value outside of the draft's top 45 selections.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 248
40: 4.59
Year: 4Sr

Chris Carter

School: Fresno State
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore season. WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, totaling 55/16.5/11. Junior totals included 47/13/5.
Positive: Athletic college pass rusher who projects to outside linebacker in the NFL. Displays terrific movement skills, generates speed, and forceful off the edge with great quickness. Breaks down well, consistently bends his knees, and gets leverage on opponents. Stays with assignments, shows a burst to the action, and collapses down the line making plays laterally. Fast off the edge and immediately gets out to the sidelines in pursuit. Quickly changes direction and immediately alters his angle of attack with no problem.
Negative: Lacks bulk and controlled by single blocker or easily sealed from the action. Primarily used up the field in college.
Analysis: Carter was an outstanding pass rusher in college and shows the athleticism necessary to translate to outside linebacker in the NFL. He'll need time to adjust to the new position, but early in his NFL career Carter should be an asset rushing the passer out of a three-point stance or standing up over tackle.

Height: 6-4.5
Weight: 228
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

Quentin Davie

School: Northwestern
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who finished his senior season with 71/6/1.5 after a career campaign as a junior when he totaled 90/11.5/5. Sophomore totals included 57/9.5/3.5. Also intercepted three passes and broke up several more as a senior.
Positive: Athletic and imposing looking linebacker coming off a disappointing season. Breaks down well, gets depth on pass drops, and covers a lot of area on the field. Displays speed in pursuit, quickly changes direction, and is always willing to get involved in the action. Remains disciplined with assignments and plays with a nasty attitude.
Negative: Must use his hands better to protect himself and is easily taken from the action by tight ends at times. Late reacting and does not display top instincts.
Analysis: Davie was highly rated coming into the 2010 season but did not live up to expectations and as a result saw his draft stock drop. He possesses the size, growth potential, and athleticism to be used at outside linebacker in a variety of systems if he gets his game back on track.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 235
40: 4.72
Year: 4Sr

Joseph Dickson

School: Idaho
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who totaled 34 tackles in seven games last season before being sidelined with a broken leg. Junior numbers included 79 tackles to earn all-Conference honors.
Positive: Quick, athletic linebacker prospect who displayed a lot of skill before his injury. Breaks down well, stays on his feet, and plays with a nasty attitude. Attacks assignments, remains disciplined, and shows skill sideline to sideline. Fluid and fast getting out to the flanks, gets depth on pass drops,and is effective in zone coverage. Has good hands for the interception.
Negative: Undersized and is easily blocked at the point. Not a strong wrap-up tackler. Just marginal force up the field on the blitz.
Analysis: Dixon is a pursuit linebacker with the ability to chase the action from every angle of the field. He offers potential as a back-up weak side linebacker if he regains his health and gets back to prior form.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 245
40: 4.83
Year: 5Sr

Archie Donald

School: Toledo
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior when he led the team in tackles, finishing the year with 146/1.5/1, three interceptions, and two pass defenses. He had 116 tackles as a junior and 119 as a sophomore.
Positive: Productive college linebacker who's serviceable at the next level. Diagnoses the action, remains disciplined with assignments, and shows a good head for the ball. Scrapes well laterally, effectively uses his hands to protect himself, and makes plays sideline to sideline. Effective in space, shows skill in zone coverage, and gives effort on the blitz.
Negative: Struggles taking on blocks and slowed at the point of attack. Displays just average speed in pursuit.
Analysis: Donald has been a terrific college player yet is a prospect who will be downgraded because of his poor forty time. He has the skills to be used as a backup at inside or outside linebacker in the NFL if he proves his worth on special teams.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 241
40: 4.95
Year: 5Sr

Robert Eddins

School: Ball State
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his senior and junior seasons. Posted 63/13/6 as a senior and 55/13.5/7 as a junior.
Positive: Athletic but undersized college defensive end who will receive consideration at outside linebacker in the NFL. Breaks down well, plays with good awareness, and displays solid movement skills. Plays with balance, stays within his pass rush angle, and gets leverage on opponents. Displays an array of moves getting off blocks. Gives effort and chases the action hard. Fluid getting to the sidelines, smooth pedaling in reverse, and shows ability in space.
Negative: Possesses marginal burst and speed. Not fast enough to pursue the action from the back side. Handled at the point of attack if he does not get the first step on defenders.
Analysis: Eddins was productive in college consistently making plays behind the line of scrimmage. He's best suited to be a situational pass rusher at the next level that can stand up over tackle or occasionally line up in a three-point stance.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 248
40: 4.82
Year: 4Sr

DeQuin Evans

School: Kentucky
Position: OLB
Bio: Junior college transfer who posted 16/4/1.5 as a senior. Put up 38/12.5/6 as a junior and led Kentucky in tackles for loss and sacks. Struggled with an ankle injury throughout his senior season.
Positive: Undersized college defensive end expected to stand up and play over tackle in the NFL. Breaks down well, plays with good pad level, and rarely knocked off his feet. Fluid getting out to the sidelines in pursuit, displays good quickness, and remains disciplined with assignments. Immediately changes direction and displays good movement skills. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself and shows speed off the edge.
Negative: Controlled at the point of attack or interrupted from his angle of attack by the first block. Showed just a short burst of speed last season and does not run well in the forty.
Analysis: Evans comes off a slightly disappointing season though he was rarely 100% as a senior. He proved to be a very good pass rushing prospect in 2009 and is a solid developmental linebacker for a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 235
40: 4.75
Year: 4Sr

Antonio Felder

School: Kansas State
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who lined up at defensive end for Kansas State. Senior totals included 38 tackles with three tackles for loss after 30/7/3 as a junior.
Positive: Undersized college defensive end who projects as a one-gap linebacker in the NFL. Bends his knees, plays with leverage, and uses his hands well to protect himself. Displays ability off the edge and gets force going up the field.
Negative: Possesses marginal skills in pursuit. Has just a short burst of speed. Does not consistently chase the action hard from the back side.
Analysis: Felder has flashed skill the past two seasons but lacks the physical ability to be anything other than a backup linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 217
40: 4.17
Year: 4Sr

Grant Fleming

School: Louisiana-Lafayette
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter who was limited to nine games as a senior due to a hand injury and finished the year with 54 tackles. Junior totals included 89 tackles. Missed most of his sophomore campaign after sustaining a knee injury.
Positive: Smart, tough linebacker who stacks up well against the run. Effectively diagnoses the action, takes good angles to the play, and shows a sense of anticipation. Gives a lot of effort and throws his body around the field trying to make the stop.
Negative: Too easily caught up in the wash or removed from the action by blocks. Lacks great pursuit speed. Struggled with injuries throughout his college career.
Analysis: Fleming is a solid run defending linebacker who lacks great size and speed and has struggled with injuries. He has a special teams mentality and should be given a look in camp this summer.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 245
40: 4.75
Year: 4Sr

Mason Foster

School: Washington
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totaling 163/14/6.5. Had 85/7.5/2 as a junior and 105 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Productive college linebacker who hustles around the field to make plays. Breaks down well, fluid moving in every direction and effectively makes plays in space or quickly gets out to the flanks and cuts off the corners. Uses his hands to protect himself, smooth turning his hips in transition and gets depth on pass drops. Plays with a good degree of quickness. Remains disciplined with assignments.
Negative: Slow shedding blocks and can be handled by tight ends or fullbacks. Does not display great speed in pursuit.
Analysis: Foster was a terrific college linebacker but may not have the pure athleticism to start at the next level.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 215
40: 4.71
Year: 5Sr

Matthew Freed

School: East Stroudsburg
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference and All-American honors since his sophomore campaign. Totals last season included 120/14/7.5 after a career best 132/18/10 as a junior. Sophomore totals included 126 tackles.
Positive: Fluid and active small school linebacker with poor size/speed numbers. Breaks down well, displays terrific instincts, and the ability to make plays in space. Quickly changes direction, immediately redirects to the action, and is constantly around the ball. Fluid pedaling in reverse, collapses down the line to defend the run, and shows speed in pursuit. Occasionally stood up over tackle and fast up the field on the blitz.
Negative: Lacks bulk and handled by tight ends at the point of attack. Limited growth potential.
Analysis: Freed has been a tremendous small school defender and constantly makes positive plays on the field. He's built more like a strong safety and a move to the defensive backfield next season is possible if he shows the ability to play special teams.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 230
40: 4.66
Year: 5Sr

Steven Friday

School: Virginia Tech
Position: OLB
Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after moving into the starting lineup and totaling 66/15/8.5. Junior numbers included 11/3.5/3.5 when he played in 12 games.
Positive: Athletic college defensive end expected to transition to outside linebacker in the NFL. Plays with good pad level, quick with his hands and fluid moving around the field. Rarely off his feet, easily changes direction and covers a large amount of area on the field. Quickly gets out to the sidelines or makes plays down the line of scrimmage. Constantly in the opponents backfield disrupting plays.
Negative: Cannot get off blocks, easily controlled at the point by single lineman and needs a clear shot at the ball handler to make the play. Does not play to his speed and shows marginal skill in pursuit.
Analysis: Friday is a late developing prospect that had good productivity last year and offers solid size/speed numbers for the next level. He needs a lot polish on his game yet is worth bringing into camp to be tried at a variety of linebacker positions.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 229
40: 4.61
Year: 4Sr

Andrew Gachkar

School: Missouri
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 84/8.5/1, as well as intercepting two passes and breaking up five more as a senior. Junior totals included 80/3.5/3.
Positive: Quick, athletic linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline. Gets depth on pass drops, is effective in space, and displays terrific ball skills. Fast out to the flanks, quickly closes to the action, and shows ability in pursuit. Plays with explosiveness. Fluid moving in all directions of the field. Breaks down well, quickly changes direction, and can immediately alter his angle of attack.
Negative: Easily taken from the action by tight ends. Needs to run around blocks rather than meeting them head-on at times.
Analysis: Gachkar is one of the most underrated linebacker prospects in the draft. He has all the skills to be a weak side defender at the next level and possesses the tools to produce on special teams.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 253
40: 4.81
Year: 4Sr

Darryl Gamble

School: Georgia
Position: OLB
Bio: Part-time starter last season, finishing the year with 39 tackles. Started 11 games as a junior and finished with 47 tackles. Sophomore totals included 60 tackles when he started six games.
Positive: Solid college linebacker who lacks the speed for the next level. Relatively effective in space, shows cover skills in the short field, and has the ability to get depth on drops. Collapses down the line making plays against the run. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself, and quickly changes direction.
Negative: Marginal quickness in his game. Lacks the speed to pursue from the back side. Struggles disengaging from blocks. Marginally productive on the college level.
Analysis: Gamble has shown flashes of ability throughout his entire career but has never put together a complete game. He's a better athlete than given credit for and could make a two deep at outside linebacker if he plays well on special teams this summer.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 230
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

Bani Gbadyu

School: Penn State
Position: OLB
Bio: Finished his senior season with 50 tackles after becoming a full-time starter. Posted 37 tackles as a junior in five starts and 25 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Athletic, pursuit linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself, and displays good movement skills. Gets depth on drops, can run with tight ends in coverage, and makes plays in all directions of the field.
Negative: Lacks strength at the point of attack and struggles taking on blocks from opposing receivers. More of a drag down tackler. Does not make a lot of plays on the ball.
Analysis: Gbadyu is an athletic pursuit linebacker who could be a reserve at the next level if he plays well on special teams.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 241
40: 4.92
Year: 4Sr

Mike Gee

School: Indiana-Pa.
Position: OLB
Bio: Two year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totals of 54/19/9.5. Junior numbers included 34/9/4.5. Originally committed Virginia Tech but spent the 2008 season at Alfred State.
Positive: Productive college pass rusher with marginal size/speed numbers for the next level. Breaks down well, plays with good knee bend and fires off the snap. Fluid if asked to twist or stunt, displays the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack and shows good movement skills. Aggressive, plays with a degree of violence and chases hard to get involved. Displays ability in backside pursuit.
Negative: Struggles getting off blocks once opponents gets their hands on him. Primarily used up the field and rarely asked to drop off the line into coverage. Timed poorly during his pro day.
Analysis: Gee is an explosive defender that constantly makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. He easily exploited immobile tackles on a small school level yet will be unable to do the same in the NFL. He'll offer possibilities as a pass rushing defensive end in a one gap system coming off the bench.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 225
40: 4.56
Year: 5Sr

Eric Gordon

School: Michigan State
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter who finished his senior season with 92/6.5/2 while also intercepting one pass and breaking up two more. Junior totals included 92/7.5/3.5.
Positive: Hard-working, competitive linebacker with a terrific head for the game. Diagnoses plays, quickly recognizes assignments, and remains disciplined. Breaks down well, gets depth on pass drops, and collapses from the outside to defend the run. Fluid moving in every direction of the field. Takes on blockers and uses his hands to protect himself.
Negative: Lacks classic linebacker size. Not a great pursuit linebacker.
Analysis: Gordon was a tremendous linebacker on the college level and possesses the intensity as well as intelligence to overcome his lack of size. He can be a solid fit as a backup outside linebacker in a conventional defense and comes with a special teams mentality.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 222
40: 4.7
Year: 4Sr

Derrick Hallman

School: UCF
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 85/8.5/2, one interception, and six pass break-ups. Junior totals included 85 tackles.
Positive: Undersized, flowing linebacker best in pursuit. Quick up the field, immediately changes direction, and covers a lot of area from sideline to sideline. Slides off blocks to make plays on the ball carrier, shows skill in pursuit and breaks down well. Has a burst to the action.
Negative: Undersized, not a strong tackler, and drags down ball carriers. Really struggles taking on blocks and prefers to run around them.
Analysis: Hallman is as athletic prospect who can be used as a one-gap linebacker but will also get consideration at strong safety. He's a long shot to make a roster, but he has the ability to play special teams.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 215
40: 4.65
Year: 4Sr

Brandon Heath

School: Louisville
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who posted career numbers of 70/8.5/3 as a senior after junior totals of 40/5.5.
Positive: Athletic, active linebacker who makes plays in every direction of the field. Breaks down well, fluid on his feet, and covers a lot of area on the field. Aggressive, attacks ball carriers, and shows a lot of quickness in his overall game. Plays with terrific balance, quickly regains his feet off the initial block, and displays a burst the action.
Negative: Undersized and easily disrupted by blocks. Not a strong tackler.
Analysis: Heath is not talked about much in scouting circles but has the athleticism and skills necessary to be used as a one-gap linebacker and on special teams player.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 235
40: 4.62
Year: 4Sr

Doug Hogue

School: Syracuse
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after posting 95/10.5/, 2 interceptions, and a pass breakup. Junior totals included 72/16.5/9.5 with one interception and four pass breakups.
Positive: Athletic linebacker who displays tremendous skill in space. Shows good awareness and instincts to quickly locate the ball. Gets depth on pass drops, displays outstanding skill in coverage, and constantly around the ball. Very aggressive and productive in his all-around game. Fluid pedaling in reverse and smooth opening his hips in transition. Stays with tight ends or running backs down the field, plays with explosiveness, and moves quickly in every direction. Immediately alters his angle of attack and loses no momentum. Breaks down well and uses his hands to protect himself.
Negative: Lacks bulk and easily controlled at the point of attack. Gives effort defending the run but not stout at the point.
Analysis: Hogue showed tremendous improvement the past two seasons and ranks as one of the more underrated weak side linebacker prospects in this draft. In many ways he reminds us of former Syracuse star Keith Bullock, and like the NFL veteran, Hogue should eventually find his way into a starting unit at the next level.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 239
40: 4.77
Year: 5Sr

Jeremiha Hunter

School: Iowa
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after leading Iowa with 90 tackles while also recording one interception and breaking up four passes. Had 89 tackles as a junior and 80 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Athletic weak side linebacker prospect with a total game. Breaks down well, shows speed sideline-to-sideline, and covers a lot of area on the field. Very effective in space, gets depth on pass drops, and easily flows to the action. Fast out to the flanks, is explosive, and plays with great quickness. Uses his hands to protect himself, displays a burst to the action, and is exceptional in pursuit. Rarely off his feet, shows skill in coverage, and makes a lot of athletic plays.
Negative: Marginally instinctive and slow finding the ball at times. Not a strong wrap-up tackler. Struggles taking on blocks and gets smothered at the point.
Analysis: Hunter has been a productive college linebacker who's capable of being a three-down defender. He's one of the more underrated prospects at the position and is a solid weak-side prospect who could develop into a starter at the next level.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 240
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

Nate Irving

School: North Carolina State
Position: OLB
Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after totals of 92/21.5/7 when he also broke up six passes. Missed the 2009 season after sustaining multiple injuries in a car accident. Totaled 84 tackles as a true junior in 2008.
Positive: Fluid, flowing linebacker constantly around the action. Athletic, moves well about the field and shows skill in pursuit. Breaks down well using his hands to protect himself, fast out to the flanks and plays with an exceptional degree of quickness. Smooth pedaling in reverse, can flip his hips and shows skill in coverage.
Negative: Just marginal force up the field on the blitz. Struggles getting off blocks and easily knocked from his angle of attack by a single opponent. Not a strong open field tackler and tends to drag down opponents.
Analysis: Irving has shown skill since his early days at North Carolina State but played out of position at the middle linebacker spot last year. He has the skills and wherewithal to be a weak side linebacker at the next level and his successful return to the field in 2010 bolds well moving forward.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 243
40: 4.81
Year: 4Sr

Brad Jefferson

School: Georgia Tech
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who posted 78/7.5/4 as a senior after he led the team with 95 tackles as a junior.
Positive: Small but hardworking linebacker who flies around the football. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself, and scrapes well laterally. Sells out on the blitz, sacrifices his body to make the play, and gives effort. Explosive and wraps up when tackling.
Negative: Lacks great pursuit speed and cannot cut off the flanks from ball carriers. Struggles in coverage and can be overmatched by tight ends. Tends to make his first move up the field.
Analysis: Jefferson is a hardworking, two-down defender who is best stuffing the run. His effort and hustle could help him find a spot on a two deep at inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 217
40: 4.55
Year: 4Sr

Antonio Johnson

School: Baylor
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 70/4.5/3 as a senior after 77/6/2 the prior year.
Positive: Undersized but fast college linebacker who may get consideration at safety in the NFL. Breaks down well, plays with suddenness, and flashes on the scene. Gets depth on pass drops, smooth turning his hips, and covers a lot of ground. Flows well laterally to the action, quickly changes direction, and explosive at the point of attack. Moves with speed in every direction. Wraps up tackling.
Negative: Does not consistently take proper angles to the action. Undersized and easily knocked from his angle of attack by the initial block. Not a strong or sturdy linebacker.
Analysis: Johnson has been an active defender the past three seasons and has enough speed and athleticism to be used as a one-gap linebacker or strong safety.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 226
40: 4.71
Year: 5Sr

A.J. Jones

School: Florida
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who finished his senior season with 54/6/1. Junior totals included 37/4.5/3 when he was sidelined after 11 games with a season-ending knee injury.
Positive: Relatively athletic weak side linebacker prospect who displays ability in space. Fluid changing direction, displays speed chasing the action in pursuit, and gets depth on pass drops. Makes plays in every direction of the field. Flashes force up the field on the blitz. Deceptive strength at the point of attack, holds his ground against blocks, and wraps up when tackling.
Negative: Marginally instinctive and late reacting to the action. Poor ball skills. Seems to have lost some quickness after the knee injury.
Analysis: Jones was adequate on the collegiate level yet possesses poor measurables for the NFL. His best way onto an NFL roster is through special teams.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 236
40: 4.71
Year: 5Sr

Amara Kamara

School: Temple
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who totaled 67 tackles as a senior after posting 44/2/3 as a junior.
Positive: Underrated weak side linebacker prospect who has shown significant improvement the past two seasons. Athletic, displays speed in a straight line as well as laterally, and is fluid moving about the field. Smooth flipping his hips in coverage, gets depth on pass drops, and nicely redirects to ball carriers. Scrapes well laterally, makes a lot of athletic plays in space, and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Quick up the field defending the run and wraps up ball carriers.
Negative: Marginally instinctive and often times late to react. Lacks size and gets swallowed up by blocks.
Analysis: Kamara proved to be a three-down linebacker as a senior when he turned in one of his best seasons to date. He lacks starting potential at the next level yet should be a very good backup and has the skills to be a solid special teams player.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 235
40: 4.69
Year: 4Sr

Jamari Lattimore

School: Middle Tennessee State
Position: OLB
Bio: Junior college transfer and two year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior as well as being named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year. Totals last year included 68/15/11.5 after 47/9.5/5.5 as a junior.
Positive: Undersized college defensive end that makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. Breaks down well, quickly gets off the snap with a nice first step and plays with a large degree of quickness. Displays good movement skills, immediately alters his angle of attack and fluid moving down the line of scrimmage. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, displays an array of techniques getting off blocks and has a burst to the action. Covers a good amount of area on the field and shows ability in pursuit. Occasionally stood up over tackle.
Negative: Slow shedding blocks at the point of attack. Marginally instinctive, shows hesitation in his game and slow to find the ball on occasion. Stiff and slow pedaling in reverse on zone blitzes.
Analysis: Lattimore is an underrated college pass rusher that does not possess the size to lined up at defensive end in the NFL but does have the skills to be used as a nickel rusher brought onto the field for third-down passing situations.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 254
40: 4.81
Year: 5Sr

Aaron Lavarias

School: Idaho
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 52/16.5/9.5 and one interception last season. Junior totals included 54/8/4.
Positive: Undersized college pass rusher with poor size/speed numbers. Plays with good leverage, displays quickness, and fluid if asked to twist or stunt. Immediately changes direction, smooth moving laterally and plays with good pad level. Shows speed off the edge and effectively uses his hands to protect himself.
Negative: Undersized and easily disrupted at the point of attack by tight ends. Lacks top speed in pursuit.
Analysis: Lavarias was a productive college defensive end who made a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage the past two years. He does not possess the size to consistently line up in a three-point stance, and he lacks the speed to be an every-down linebacker. He could be used as a nickel pass rusher in the NFL.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 223
40: 4.85
Year: 4Sr

Antonio Lowery

School: Rutgers
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who led the team in tackles as a senior, posting 108/8.5/2 after he had 55 tackles as a junior.
Positive: Explosive pursuit linebacker who plays much faster than his 40 time. Plays with a large degree of quickness, displays a burst and is very effective in pursuit. Makes plays in space, smooth turning his hips in coverage, and very competitive.
Negative: Has average instincts, over pursues the action, and takes himself from plays. Gets caught up the trash moving laterally and cannot get off blocks.
Analysis: Lowery has been a productive college linebacker the past two seasons yet his poor size/speed numbers will leave him out of the draft's seven rounds. He will have an opportunity to make it as a sixth or seventh linebacker if he proves his worth on special teams this summer.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 240
40: 4.68
Year: 5Sr

Scott Lutrus

School: Connecticut
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter who was awarded all-Conference honors as a sophomore. Senior totals included 59 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and one interception. Played in eight games as a junior, posting 69 tackles. Missed time with shoulder stingers in the last two seasons. Sophomore totals included 106 tackles after a career-best 107 as a redshirt freshman.
Positive: Athletic linebacker with physical and mental skills to play at the next level. Effectively diagnoses the action, very instinctive, and quickly locates the ball. Collapses from the outside to defend the run, remains disciplined with assignments, and is effective making plays in space. Gets depth on pass drops, breaks down well, and uses his hands to protect himself. Chases the action hard, keeps the play in front of him, and offers good open-field tackling skills. Plays with a warrior mentality and is very competitive. Sells out on the blitz and sacrifices his body to make the play.
Negative: Does not display great speed in pursuit. Inefficient and occasionally takes improper angles to the action. Has struggled with similar injuries the past two seasons, which will raise red flags.
Analysis: Lutrus possesses the measurables and the mental capacity to be a starter at outside linebacker in the NFL. Proficient defending the run or covering the pass, he has the skills to get consideration at either the weak side or strong side positions. His injuries the past two seasons will adversely affect Lutrus at the next level unless he is completely healthy.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 228
40: 4.78
Year: 5Sr

Eric McBride

School: Richmond
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his freshman season and named an All-American the past two years. CAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 after totaling 119/6.5/12 and intercepting two passes while breaking up four more. Junior totals included 92 tackles after 108 as a sophomore. Posted a career-best 126 tackles as a freshman.
Positive: Active and aggressive college linebacker with marginal athleticism for the next level. Breaks down well, remains disciplined with assignments, and plays heads-up football. Hustles around the field, displays a lot of quickness, and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Scrapes well laterally, effectively flows to the action, and gets depth on pass drops.
Negative: Shows a minimal burst of speed. Lacks size and must run around blockers as he is easily taken from the point of attack.
Analysis: McBride is a terrific football player yet lacks the size and speed for any specific position in the NFL. He possesses the skills to play special teams at the next level, which is the primary way he'll make a roster.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 238
40: 4.59
Year: 5Sr

Colin McCarthy

School: Miami-Fl
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his junior season. Senior totals included 120/11.5/2. Junior totals included 95/10.5/1. Played in four games during the 2008 campaign before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. Posted 74 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Aggressive defender who gets the most from his ability. Plays disciplined football, stays with assignments, and effectively flows to the action. Fires up the field against the run, patient and takes good angles to the action. Fast to the flanks and possesses better than average playing speed. Shows a great head for the ball. Squares into tackles and wraps up.
Negative: Marginally effective in pursuit. Easily out-positioned by blocks. Struggles in coverage.
Analysis: McCarthy was a terrific college linebacker who also excelled on special teams. He's a defender who would be best in a system that allows him to freely flow to the action and has enough ability to make a two deep in a number of defensive alignments.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 265
40: 4.66
Year: 5Sr

Tom McCarthy

School: Yale
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 31/7/4 after he had 29/6/3 the prior year.
Positive: Tall, athletic defender with outstanding measurables. Plays with terrific pad level and leverage then quickly gets his hands up to protect himself. Fluid changing direction, keeps his feet moving, and easily alters his angle of attack. Shows strength and the ability to hold his ground against offensive tackles. Remains disciplined with assignments and does more than just rush up the field. Makes some very athletic plays on film.
Negative: Lacks top first-step quickness off the snap. Does not play to his measurables or speed. Must develop more moves getting off blocks.
Analysis: McCarthy very much looks the part and occasionally plays to it. He's a developmental player with outstanding skills but will need time to improve his game.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 254
40: 4.84
Year: 5Sr

Bruce Miller

School: UCF
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his freshman season and named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. Senior totals included 63/13.5/8.5, two interceptions, and two pass break-ups. Junior numbers included 61/18/13. Posted 17 sacks as a sophomore.
Positive: Pass rushing defensive end who projects to linebacker in the NFL. Plays with terrific leverage, gets underneath blockers, and fluid moving in every direction of the field. Chases to get involved in the action, plays with explosiveness, and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Possesses great first-step quickness, keeps his feet moving, and wedges through blocks up front. Consistently gets penetration, shows ability in pursuit, and goes very hard. Flashes ability to drop off the line and play in space on zone blitzes.
Negative: Lacks the size to be an every-down lineman in the NFL. Does not have great height for an outside linebacker.
Analysis: Miller has been tremendously productive on the college level and is a defender with a nonstop motor. He's a situational pass rush specialist with a special teams mentality and should find a place on an NFL roster.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 246
40: 4.52
Year: 4Sr

Von Miller

School: Texas A&M
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-American and all-Conference honors after each season. Totals last year included 68/17.5/10.5, with one pass intercepted and six more broken up. Junior totals included 48/21/17.
Positive: Explosive and athletic linebacker with a tremendous amount of upside. Breaks down well, fluid moving in every direction of the field, and displays a terrific burst of speed. Rarely off his feet, immediately alters his angle of attack, and makes a lot of athletic plays. Shows the ability to pursue and catch the ball carrier from the backside, relatively instinctive, and flashes ability as an open field tackler. Smooth turning his hips, gets depth on pass drops and shows skill in coverage. Explodes up the field rushing the passer, fast off the edge out of a three-point stance and makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage.
Negative: Lacks great bulk and tends to take wide angles around blockers rather than fight them head-on. Does not always play with a physical nature.
Analysis: Coming into the season many considered Miller one of the best 3-4 outside linebackers available in the draft. But after his off-season performance at the Senior Bowl and combine, most now grade Miller as the best linebacker for any system at the next level. He's a three-down defender with a complete game who just needs to fine tune the details of his position but should be an immediate starter at the next level.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 236
40: 4.74
Year: 5Sr

Cobrani Mixon

School: Kent State
Position: OLB
Bio: Former Michigan transfer awarded all-Conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 82/11.5/6.5 after a career-best 102 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss as a junior.
Positive: Athletic linebacker with the ability to make plays sideline to sideline. Fast to the flanks, gets depth on pass drops, and covers a lot of area on the field. Fluid changing direction, slides off blocks, and nicely redirects to ball carriers. Consistently displays the ability to make plays in open space.
Negative: Not forceful in any aspect of his game. Ineffective on the blitz and not a strong tackler. Lacks aggressiveness.
Analysis: Mixon has been a consistent player at Kent State the past two seasons and has shown flashes of NFL ability. He has the athleticism and skills necessary to back up on the weak side in a 4-3 defense if he keeps his focus and makes football a priority.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 248
40: 4.4
Year: 5Sr

Dontay Moch

School: Nevada
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore season. Totals last year included 64/22/3.5 after 61/20/6.5 the previous year.
Positive: Athletic college defensive end expected to change positions at the next level. Bends his knees, gets leverage on opponents, and plays with terrific balance and well as body control. Works his hands throughout the action, fluid moving in every direction of the field, and shows a burst of speed. Compact but forceful and displays good strength in his lower body with the ability to get push up the field. Immediately changes direction, has a burst of speed, and effective moving in reverse. Gets adequate depth on pass drops, remains disciplined with assignments, and flashes ability in space.
Negative: Often take wide angles around blocks to avoid them completely. Handled at the point of attack by a single opponent. Lacks classic size.
Analysis: Moch was very productive making plays behind the line scrimmage in college and enters the NFL with top athleticism. He has the speed to play linebacker in a variety of systems, though he must learn to do the little things before he'll enter a starting lineup. Moch could start his professional career as a situational pass rusher.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 225
40: 4.58
Year: 5Sr

Michael Morgan

School: USC
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 57 tackles and three tackles for loss as a senior after recording 50 tackles and 13 tackles for loss prior year.
Positive: Athletic linebacker who's shown flashes of NFL ability the past two years. Displays good movement skills, fluid in every direction of the field and gets depth on pass drops. Covers a lot of area, is fast out to the flanks in pursuit, and explosive at the point. Tackles well and delivers hard hits.
Negative: Easily pushed from his angle of attack by a single blocker. Minimal force on the blitz. Late reacting and shows marginal instincts.
Analysis: Morgan is a solid athlete with good size and growth potential. He flashes ability as a weak side prospect but has never shown a complete game. Morgan could make a roster as a backup linebacker if he produces on special teams.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 228
40: 4.58
Year: 5Sr

Adrian Moten

School: Maryland
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who posted 77/6/2.5, four interceptions and pass break-ups as a senior. Junior totals included 68/9/6.
Positive: Athletic weak side linebacker prospect who is effective making plays in space. Fast in all areas of the field, makes plays in every direction, and covers a good amount of space. Breaks down well, rarely gets knocked off his feet, and is relatively strong at the point of attack. Effective in pursuit, explosive, and flashes ability in coverage.
Negative: Has just average instincts and is late to react. A bit stiff flipping his hips in transition.
Analysis: Moten has flashed ability the past two years and is effective as a pursuit linebacker that can also cover. He must polish his game but he has some upside.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 239
40: 4.84
Year: 4Sr

Jonas Mouton

School: Michigan
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who led the team and Big Ten in tackles last season with totals of 117/8.5/2, also intercepting two passes and breaking up another pair. Had 66 tackles and two interceptions as a junior and 76 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Athletic and explosive weak side linebacker prospect who makes plays sideline to sideline. Fast on the field and quickly pursues the action from all directions. Covers a great amount of area, uses his hands to protect himself, and rarely gets knocked off his feet. Plays with explosiveness and suddenness. Fluid pedaling in reverse, gets depth on drops, and shows ability in coverage.
Negative: Not a reliable tackler. Inefficient, takes too many steps to the action, and over pursues plays. Has average instincts. Timed poorly at the combine and pro-day.
Analysis: Mouton is an athletic prospect with the size to start on the weak side in a conventional defensive alignment. He needs to improve his instincts, yet he has a fair amount of upside.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 239
40: 4.74
Year: 4Sr

Kerry Neal

School: Notre Dame
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who posted 42/1.5 1.5 as a senior and 25/3.5/1.5 as a junior, when he lined up at defensive end.
Positive: Tough, disciplined linebacker who works hard to get involved in the action. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself, and changes direction without losing momentum. Plays off blocks, moves well laterally, and gets to the ball carrier. Aggressive in all aspects of the game.
Negative: Ineffective making plays in space and against the pass. Slow turning his hips to drop into coverage. Average playing speed.
Analysis: Neal was a dependable defender at Notre Dame yet lacks the size/speed numbers to be anything other than a practice squad player in the NFL.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 247
40: 4.84
Year: 4Sr

Cheta Ozougwu

School: Rice
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after posting 54/6/3. Junior totals included 61/10.5/4.5.
Positive: Undersized yet athletic college defensive end who projects to outside linebacker in a 34 alignment. Plays with good lean, keeps his pads low to the ground and works his hands to get off blocks. Resilient, displays a good head for the ball and stays with the action. Fast off the edge, keeps his feet driving on contact and very competitive. Technically sound and fluid moving about the field. Has a quick burst to the action which he can turn on a single step.
Negative: Lacks bulk and easily handled at the point of attack. Often reverts to running around blocks rather than meeting them head-on.
Analysis: Ozougwu has been a consistent defender at Rice and offers enough skill to get consideration as a pass rush specialist/outside linebacker that stands up over tackle in the NFL.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 230
40: 4.67
Year: 4Sr

Ronnie Paulo

School: UNLV
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who led UNLV last season with 85 tackles after posting 59 the prior year. Posted a career-high 90 tackles during his sophomore season.
Positive: Fluid middle linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline. Scrapes well laterally, displays speed to the flanks, and quickly changes direction or immediately alters his angle of attack. Displays a quick burst to the play and flies around the ball.
Negative: Undersized and easily caught up in traffic. Has just marginal ball skills.
Analysis: Paulo is a hardworking defender who has been solid against the run. Out of position at middle linebacker last season, he has the athleticism to be used on the weak side if he improves his skills in coverage.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 228
40: 4.75
Year: 5Sr

Spencer Paysinger

School: Oregon
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 76/6.5/3 as a senior after 81/8/1.5 the prior year. Career-best numbers of 95 tackles with 12 tackles for loss came as a sophomore.
Positive: Explosive pursuit linebacker with marginal size/speed numbers for the next level. Scrapes well the box, fires up the field in run defense, and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Gets depth on pass drops, displays fluid footwork in all directions, and slides off blocks to make plays. Quick out to the sidelines and relatively effective in space.
Negative: Not a strong wrap-up tackler. Does not consistently take proper angles to the action. Slow shedding blocks.
Analysis: Paysinger has been a solid college competitor but lacks great measurables for the next level. He offers potential as a backup weak side linebacker if he performs well on special teams.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 229
40: 4.53
Year: 4Sr

Brian Rolle

School: Ohio State
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter at middle linebacker awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after leading Ohio State in tackles with 76/11.5/2.5. Also intercepted two passes and broke up four more. Junior numbers included 95 tackles.
Positive: Small yet fearless linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline. Fast moving in all directions of the field, fluid getting out to the flanks, and gets depth on pass drops. Quick to read and diagnose the action. Fires up the field filling gaps in run defense then immediately changes direction and loses no momentum. Displays tremendous range on the field, has a burst to the play, and is effective in pursuit. Breaks down well, gets his hands up, and is rarely off his feet.
Negative: Does not have great size. Easily turned from the action by single blocker and gets swallowed up in the trash. Drag-down tackler and struggles to bring opponents down at the point of attack.
Analysis: Rolle has been a terrific linebacker who was out of place in the middle of Ohio State's defense. Size limits him at the next level, but he could be an effective backup in a one-gap system or potentially get consideration at strong safety. Plays with a special teams mentality, which enhances his possibilities in the NFL.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 227
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

Monte Simmons

School: Kent State
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a junior. Totals last season included 38/10/5.5 after 56/16/8 the prior season.
Positive: Explosive college pass rusher who makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. Quick off the snap with a nice first step, fluid changing direction, and shows ability pursuing the action to the sidelines. Effectively redirects to the ball carrier, can immediately alter his angle of attack, and displays explosion in his all-around game.
Negative: Undersized, easily controlled at the point of attack, and gets engulfed by blockers too often.
Analysis: Simmons showed flashes of being a big-time pass rusher the past two seasons but lacks the size to be anything other than either a weak side linebacker or situational pass rusher in the NFL.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 236
40: 4.81
Year: 4Sr

Brian Smith

School: Notre Dame
Position: OLB
Bio: Totaled 50/3.5/1 and an interception as a senior, with 71/5.5/1.5 in twelve starts as a junior.
Positive: Hardworking, disciplined college prospect with a physical nature to his game. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself, and displays solid awareness. Stays with assignments, flashes pass rush ability out of a three-point stance, and hustles around the field. Strong tackler and brings opponents down at the point of attack.
Negative: Poor playing speed and ineffective in pursuit of the action. Not quick pedaling in reverse. Lacks overall range. Poor size/speed numbers.
Analysis: Smith is a competitive prospect who make plays based on his awareness and hustle. He was a solid special teams player at Notre Dame, specifically on coverage units, which is what will earn him a spot in the NFL.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 232
40: 4.65
Year: 4Sr

Darryl Smith

School: Appalachian State
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his freshman season and given All-American notice the past two years. Led the team in tackles as a senior, posting a career-best 144/4.5/2 and intercepting a pass. Junior totals included 137 tackles after he had 123 as a sophomore and 121 as a freshman.
Positive: Smallish, instinctive run defender with a good nose for the ball. Breaks down well, and nicely flows to the action. Quickly fills gaps up the field, fluid changing direction, and remains disciplined with assignments. Adequate moving in reverse and shows skill in space. Does not bite on play-action passes and remains alert throughout the action.
Negative: Best in the box and making plays up the field. Inefficient and at times overruns the action.
Analysis: Smith has been compared to former Appalachian State star Dexter Coakley. He's consistently around the action and has an aggressive nature to his game. Lacking classic size for the next level, Smith could make it as a backup inside or middle linebacker if he plays well on special teams.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 225
40: 4.71
Year: 4Sr

Malcolm Smith

School: USC
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 78/8/1 as a senior and 72 tackles as a junior.
Positive: Small but explosive weak side prospect who covers a lot of area on the field. Moves well on his feet, fluid out to the sidelines and gets depth on pass drops. Breaks down well, fires through the gaps up the field, and slides off blocks to get to the ball carrier. Uses his hands well to protect himself, quickly changes direction, and shows skill in pursuit.
Negative: Struggles getting off blocks once engaged and easily disrupted at the point of attack. Shows minimal force on the blitz.
Analysis: Smith is an athletic prospect with the ability to make plays in space. He's a backup weak side linebacker who must earn a living on special teams.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 231
40: 4.71
Year: 4Sr

Blake Sorenson

School: Wisconsin
Position: OLB
Bio: Started eleven games as a senior, leading Wisconsin in tackles with 66. Posted 40 tackles the prior year when he started one game.
Positive: Fierce run defending linebacker who is best playing downhill. Breaks down well, gets his hands up, and effectively takes on blocks. Very quick up the field, forceful on the blitz, and wraps up tackling. Plays with an aggressive attitude.
Negative: Possesses just a short burst of speed. Cannot cut the corners off from running backs. Marginal skill in coverage.
Analysis: Sorensen is a nasty defender who has shown improvement in his game the past two seasons. He lacks the size to be a starter at the next level yet plays with a special teams mentality, which will help his cause.

Height: 6-4.5
Weight: 217
40: 4.72
Year: 4Sr

Quinton Spears

School: Prairie View A&M
Position: OLB
Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior, posting 70/9/4.
Positive: Explosive college defensive end who projects to outside linebacker in the NFL. Moves well on his feet, collapses down the line of scrimmage, and covers a lot of area on the field. Plays with good pad level, fast up the field, and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Fluid changing direction, shows ability in pursuit, and gets depth on pass drops. Can run with tight ends in coverage. Plays with an aggressive attitude.
Negative: Cannot hold the point and gets turned off the line or from the play by a single blocker. Has a tall, angular build and minimal strength.
Analysis: Spears has shown ability the past two seasons and is an athletic yet undersized defensive prospect with growth potential. Spears has the tools to develop into an outside linebacker who can be used in a variety of systems, and he should be stashed on a practice squad to develop for the future.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 239
40: 4.62
Year: 5Sr

Culmer St. Jean

School: Wisconsin
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 62 tackles and 63/4/1.5 as a junior.
Positive: Undersized yet explosive linebacker who covers a lot of area on the field. Willing run defender who explodes up the field, quickly fills gaps, and wraps up tackling. Sells out on the blitz. Fluid turning his hips to drop into coverage, effectively flows to the play, and moves laterally with speed. Remains disciplined with assignments, recognizes the action, and works hard to make positive plays. Gets depth on pass drops.
Negative: Easily blocked from the action and gets caught up in the wash. Struggles covering tight ends over the middle and loses out in battles.
Analysis: St. Jean is an athletic prospect who plays bigger than his size and throws his body around the field to make something positive happen. He offers possibilities as a backup one-gap linebacker, and he should be a very good special teams player on coverage units.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 220
40: 4.73
Year: 4Sr

Craig Stevens

School: Auburn
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter who finished with 62/3.5/.5 as a senior after putting up career-high totals of 95/8/2.5 the prior year.
Positive: Undersized yet athletic linebacker with potential on the weak side. Breaks down well, goes sideline to sideline, and covers a lot of area on the field. Shows ability in pursuit, nicely redirects to the action, and wraps up when tackling. Displays good awareness and has a quick burst to the play. Effective in space and makes plays in the open field.
Negative: Minimal force at the point of attack and up the field on the blitz. Struggles getting off blocks. Marginally effective in coverage.
Analysis: Stephens is an underrated linebacker prospect with potential as a backup on the weak side for a conventional defense.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 241
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

J.T. Thomas

School: West Virginia
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 73/7/2.5 after 76 tackles as a junior.
Positive: Undersized, one-gap linebacker best in pursuit. Fluid changing direction, can chase down the action from the back side, and has terrific sideline-to-sideline range. Covers a lot of area on the field, displays a burst to the play, and easily redirects to ball carriers.
Negative: Marginally instinctive and bites on play-action passes. Lacks bulk and gets swallowed up by blocks.
Analysis: Thomas has been a productive linebacker on the college level since his sophomore season. He projects as a backup weak side linebacker and special teams player for the next level.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 229
40: 4.73
Year: 5Sr

LaMarcus Thompson

School: Tennessee
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 60 tackles as a senior when he intercepted one pass and broke up four more. Junior numbers included 35 tackles.
Positive: Competitive yet undersized linebacker who goes hard sideline to sideline. Breaks down well, collapses laterally, and makes plays in space. Remains disciplined with assignments, has fluid footwork moving in every direction, and shows a burst of speed. Relatively strong for his size.
Negative: Marginally productive in college. Lacks bulk and struggles getting off blocks once engaged at the point.
Analysis: Thompson was a solid college linebacker and possesses enough skills to get consideration as a backup weak side defender in a conventional alignment.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 215
40: 4.71
Year: 4Sr

Winston Venable

School: Boise State
Position: OLB
Bio: Junior college transfer awarded all-Conference honors last season with totals of 53/9.5/5.5. Junior numbers included 63 tackles.
Positive: Intense college defender who makes plays sideline to sideline. Plays with a vicious attitude, attacks ball handlers, and gets after assignments. Sells out on the blitz and shows good quickness. Breaks down well, moves well on his feet, and collapses to the outside in pursuit of the action. Shows ability in zone coverage and is effective facing the action.
Negative: Small and handled at the point of attack by fullbacks. Possesses just a short burst of speed, which he does not sustain.
Analysis: Venable is an intense defender who plays hard for 60 minutes, constantly flying around the action to make something positive happen. He has size/speed limitations but could be a conventional strong safety that can also produce on special teams.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 228
40: 4.72
Year: 5Sr

Chris Walker

School: Tennessee
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who posted 45/6/3 as a senior after putting up 42/6/8.5 the prior year.
Positive: Undersized college defensive end with enough skill to move the linebacker at the next level. Athletic, fluid moving in all directions of the field, and displays the ability to drop off the line and play in space. Plays with good lean, quickly gets down the line of scrimmage or fires off the snap out of a three-point stance.
Negative: Undersized and easily controlled at the point of attack. Tends to run around blockers. Average speed.
Analysis: Walker was a solid player on the college level yet lacks the true his size/speed numbers to be anything other than a practice squad prospect at the next level.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 222
40: 4.65
Year: 4Sr

Brandon Ward

School: Elon
Position: OLB
Bio: Part-time starter the past two seasons primarily on the defensive line. Totals last year included 48/8.5/3 when he played in eight games after junior totals of 42/10/5.5. Suspended by the team in November after he was arrested on a misdemeanor count of assault.
Positive: Productive pass rusher with adequate size and growth potential for the next level. Fluid moving about the field, breaks down well, and plays with leverage. Works hard to make plays, effectively uses his hands to protect himself, and is strong at the point. Relatively instinctive and shows good awareness. Defeats blocks, is fluid changing direction, and has solid movement skills.
Negative: Heavy-footed and lacks a burst. Displays minimal speed in pursuit despite his 40 time. Average quickness in his overall game.
Analysis: Ward has made a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage the past two seasons, and he has the frame to add bulk and get stronger, which will improve his overall play on the field. He's a developmental prospect worth a look on the practice squad this fall.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 225
40: 4.61
Year: 4Sr

Julius Wilkerson

School: South Carolina State
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter at both middle and outside linebacker who's been awarded all-Conference honors each of the last two years. Senior totals included 55/5.5/3 after 82 tackles as a junior.
Positive: Athletic and explosive linebacker who makes plays all over the field. Moves well, uses his hands to protect himself, and shows ability in pursuit. Forceful up the field, gets depth on pass drops, and covers a lot of area sideline to sideline. Quickly changes direction with the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack, flows well to the action, and wraps up well tackling. Strong at the point, defeats blocks, and brings ball carriers down at the point of attack. Fast enough to cut off the flanks or defeat blocks on the blitz.
Negative: Is late to react and at times too concerned about rushing up the field, causing him to overrun plays. Does not show a great burst.
Analysis: Wilkerson is one of the more underrated linebackers in the draft and a prospect who combines athleticism and physicality. He needs to fine-tune his game, but he has all the skills to develop into a starter on the weak side for an NFL team.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 220
40: 4.62
Year: 4Sr

Jabara Williams

School: Stephen F. Austin
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore season and named to numerous All-American teams since his junior campaign. Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 with totals of 108/1.5/6.5. Had 113 tackles as a junior and 132 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Fluid, disciplined linebacker who plays heads-up football. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself, and shows good instincts. Quick filling the gaps in run defense, quickly changes direction, and displays terrific sideline-to-sideline range. Quickly picks up coverage assignments, fluid flipping his hips, and effectively makes plays in space.
Negative: Does not consistently play to his 40 time and shows marginal speed in pursuit. Not an explosive or quick linebacker. Undersized and easily out-positioned.
Analysis: Williams was very productive on the small school level, although he played out of position at middle linebacker most of the time. The ability to make plays in space could help him catch on as a backup weak side linebacker in a conventional defense.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 229
40: 4.71
Year: 5Sr

Lawrence Wilson

School: Connecticut
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his junior and senior seasons when he led Connecticut in tackles. Senior totals included 123/10/3.5, 1 interception, and 3 pass breakups. Junior numbers included 140/5/11.
Positive: Active and athletic linebacker who is best in pursuit. Very quick in all aspects of the game, immediately alters his angle of attack, and fast flowing to the action. Displays speed in every direction of the field, outstanding in pursuit, and shuts the corners off from running backs or catches them in from the back side. Covers a lot of area on the field and shows great first-step quickness to the action. Breaks down well and plays with good knee bend. Solid instincts with a good head for the ball in run defense.
Negative: Undersized and easily blocked from the action or gets caught up in the trash. Just average skills against the pass.
Analysis: Wilson has weak side linebacker size and may even get consideration at strong safety from a number of teams. He'll be best in a situation that protects him from blockers and allows him to freely flow to the action.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 250
40: 4.45
Year: 4Jr

Martez Wilson

School: Illinois
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a junior after leading Illinois in tackles, posting 112/11.5/4 with one interception and four pass break-ups. Played one game in 2009 before being forced to the sidelines with a herniated disc in his neck. Sophomore totals of 2008 included 73/5.5/3.
Positive: Tall, athletic defender with potential at a variety of linebacker positions. Fluid, smooth moving about the field, and easily makes plays in space. Forceful on the blitz, quickly fills gaps in run defense, and wraps up tackling. Breaks down well, rarely off his feet, and easily plays off blocks. Effectively uses his hands, shows a burst of speed, and can pursue the action sideline to sideline. Plays with terrific balance and body control.
Negative: Does not show a killer instinct and is more of a finesse defender. Does not always play with a physical nature. Has average instincts and does not consistently take proper angles to the action. Lacks a smooth and quick backpedal in coverage.
Analysis: Wilson passes the eyeball test and often plays to it on the field. He offers impressive measurables and a lot of upside but must become more physical and play to his level of ability on a consistent basis if he's to be a productive starter in the NFL.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 246
40: 4.75
Year: 4Sr

K.J. Wright

School: Mississippi State
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 98/8/3 as a senior when he also broke up nine passes. Junior numbers included 82/6.5/2.
Positive: Athletic, playmaking linebacker with terrific size/speed numbers. Effective in pursuit, fast out to the flanks and covers a lot of area on the field. Gets depth on pass drops, possesses a quick first step to the action, and makes plays in space. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself and breaks down well. Works well with teammates and remains disciplined with assignments.
Negative: Adequate instincts yet slow reacting to the action on occasion. Does not display a killer instinct.
Analysis: Wright has been a consistent defender at Mississippi State and possesses the athleticism and measurables to be used in a variety of systems as an outside linebacker at the next level.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 223
40: 4.65
Year: 4Sr

Lawrence Young

School: UCF
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 64/9.50/1 as a senior after junior totals of 78 tackles and 11 tackles for loss.
Positive: Undersized pursuit linebacker who displays ability in coverage. Flows well to the action, gets depth on pass drops, and covers a lot of area on the field. Does not bite on play-action passes, is effective in space, and has a burst to the action in pursuit. Makes a lot of athletic plays on the field. Wraps up tackling.
Negative: Undersized and not a sure-handed tackler. Overmatched by larger opponents.
Analysis: Young is a solid one-gap defensive prospect who can back up in an NFL system that allows him to freely flow to the action.

Updated 2/26
RankRndNamePosYear
11stJadeveon Clowney
South Carolina
DE3Jr
21stJake Matthews
Texas A&M
T4Sr
31stAnthony Barr
UCLA
OLB4Sr
41stKhalil Mack
Buffalo
OLB5Sr
51stBlake Bortles
Central Florida
QB4Jr
61stTeddy Bridgewater
Louisville
QB3Jr
71stGreg Robinson
Auburn
T3So
81stSammy Watkins
Clemson
WR3Jr
91stTaylor Lewan
Michigan
T5Sr
101stC.J. Mosley
Alabama
OLB4Sr
111stMike Evans
Texas A&M
WR3So
121stKony Ealy
Missouri
DE4Jr
131stMarqise Lee
USC
WR3Jr
141stLouis Nix
Notre Dame
DT4Jr
151stJace Amaro
Texas Tech
TE3Jr
161stAaron Donald
Pittsburgh
DT4Sr
171stJustin Gilbert
Oklahoma State
CB4Sr
181stEric Ebron
North Carolina
TE4Jr
191stDarqueze Dennard
Michigan State
CB4Sr
201stCyrus Kouandjio
Alabama
T3Jr
211stDerek Carr
Fresno State
QB5Sr
221-2Zack Martin
Notre Dame
T5Sr
231-2Ra'Shede Hageman
Minnesota
DT5Sr
241stJohnny Manziel
Texas A&M
QB3So
251-2Jason Verrett
TCU
CB4Sr