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Height: 6-1
Weight: 240
40: 4.85
Year: 4Sr

Steve Beauharnais

School: Rutgers
Position: ILB
Bio: Three-year starter who lined up at both middle and outside linebacker. Senior totals included 83 tackles/6 tackles for loss/1 sack after 77/16/5 as a junior.
Positive: Underrated linebacker with a relentless motor and a nose for the football. Explosive and sudden player who often makes plays out of nowhere. Easily gets down the line of scrimmage, pursuing the action with speed. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Explodes up the field filling gaps in run defense, squares into ballcarriers, and wraps up when tackling. Forces the action on the inside or cuts off the corners from ballcarriers. Quickly flips his hips transitioning into coverage.
Negative: Bites on ball fakes and occasionally gets caught out of position. Does not consistently take proper angles to the play. Shows indecision in coverage and struggles in space.
Analysis: Beauharnais is a tough, run-defending linebacker with next-level game speed and skill. He must improve his play in coverage, but has the ability to line-up at inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 245
40: 4.61
Year: 4Sr

Jonathan Bostic

School: Florida
Position: ILB
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons. Awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after registering 68 tackles/6 tackles for loss/2 sacks. Junior totals included career-best numbers of 94 tackles and 10 tackles for loss. Started six games as a sophomore and posted 57 tackles.
Positive: Explosive, run-defending linebacker with excellent movement skills. Fast up the field filling gaps, quickly changes direction, and easily gets outside the numbers to make plays in pursuit. Breaks down well, displays speed moving in every direction of the field, and effective in pursuit. Sells out on the blitz. Physical and works hard.
Negative: Occasionally bites on play action passes or misreads the action. Takes bad angles to the play and inefficient. Struggles getting off blocks and, at times, easily taken from action.
Analysis: Bostic is a solid middle linebacker prospect, best at making plays up the field or in pursuit. He offers possibilities in a variety of NFL offensive systems but must improve his play in coverage and complete his game.

Height: 5-9
Weight: 229
40: 4.81
Year: 4Sr

Marvin Burdette

School: Alabama-Birmingham
Position: ILB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after finishing the year with 157 tackles/13 tackles for loss/2 sacks. Set a UAB single-season record for tackles and was the NCAA leader in tackles per game in 2012. Junior totals included 92/4.5/1.
Positive: Intense, competitive run-defending linebacker with marginal size. Scrapes well laterally, fluid changing direction and fast getting outside the box to make plays. Possesses a good head for the ball in run defense and fires up the field through the open gaps. Plays faster than his 40 time and gets depth on pass drops.
Negative: Average skills in pursuit. Undersized and overmatched in coverage.
Analysis: Burdette was a tackling machine for Alabama Birmingham and projects as a backup inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 226
40: 4.83
Year: 5Sr

Will Compton

School: Nebraska
Position: ILB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after career totals of 110 tackles/6 tackles for loss/3 sacks. Junior numbers included 82 tackles.
Positive: Aggressive run-defending linebacker with marginal physical skills for the next level. Displays a good head for the ball, remains disciplined with assignments, and takes good angles to the action. Fires up the field filling gaps in run defense. Effectively uses his hands to shed blocks and wraps up ballcarriers. Constantly around the action. Scrapes well laterally, getting down the line to chase the action. Effectively "quarterbacks" the defense and gets his teammates in proper position.
Negative: Possesses marginal speed in pursuit. Struggles in coverage and was beaten down field by tight ends.
Analysis: Compton is a terrific football player but has athletic limitations. He possesses the smarts and intensity necessary to back up on the inside of a 3-4 defense and should be an asset on special teams.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 245
40: 4.85
Year: 5Sr

Kenny Demens

School: Michigan
Position: ILB
Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore. Posted 32 tackles with six tackles for loss last season. Junior totals included career-best numbers of 94/5/3.
Positive: Stout run-defending linebacker best in the box. Displays a terrific head for the ball and plays assignment football. Efficient, takes good angles to the action, and scrapes well laterally. Correctly fill the gaps in run defense. A terrific open field tackler. Remains disciplined with coverage assignments and does a solid job diagnosing the action.
Negative: Not strong in coverage and does not get great depth on drops. Average speed getting out to the flanks.
Analysis: Demens was a consistent performer for Michigan and projects well to the next level as a backup inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 225
40: 4.83
Year: 5Sr

Will Ebner

School: Missouri
Position: ILB
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 75 tackles/10.5 tackles for loss/1 sack as a senior after 47 tackles as a junior in 2010. Struggled with a neck injury 2010 and missed the 2011 season with a concussion.
Positive: Hard-nosed, run-defending linebacker best in the box. Plays with a nasty attitude, effectively diagnoses the action, and flows well laterally. Displays a nice break to the play, fires through the gaps up the field, and squares into ballcarriers. Remains disciplined with coverage assignments, shows skill in zone situations, and chases the action hard. Helps out on special teams.
Negative: Plays stiff. Possesses average pursuit speed. Prior medical issues will raise red flags.
Analysis: Ebner is an undersized, two-down defender with injury issues. He possesses the playing style necessary to line up on the inside of a 3-4 defense and skills required to contribute on special teams if he's healthy.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 230
40: 4.81
Year: 4Sr

Travis Freeman

School: Ball State
Position: ILB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his senior and junior seasons. Totals last year included 119 tackles after career-best 134 the prior season. Posted 109 tackles as a sophomore and 93 as a true freshman.
Positive: Super-productive middle linebacker prospect with poor size/speed numbers for the next level. Displays an exceptional head for the ball, remains disciplined with assignments, and takes good angles to the action. Flows well laterally. Wraps up when tackling. Keeps the action in front of him, stays with coverage assignments, and effectively diagnoses plays. Slides off blocks to get to the action, plays with an aggressive attitude, and goes hard until the whistle blows.
Negative: Lacks speed in pursuit and isn't a great athlete. Struggles getting off blocks.
Analysis: Freeman is a smart, tough linebacker who gets the most from his ability. His poor measurables will push him out of the draft, but Freeman plays with a special teams mentality and could be a nice addition as a backup inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 240
40: 4.69
Year: 4Sr

Brandon Hepburn

School: Florida A&M
Position: ILB
Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after the leading Florida A&M in tackles. Totals last season included 86 tackles/9.5 tackles for loss/5.5 sacks when he also broke up seven passes.
Positive: Undersized yet explosive linebacker who works hard to make plays. Stout defending the run, squares into tackles, and wraps up at the point of attack. Aggressively goes after opponents and drives his shoulders into ballcarriers. Effective in the box, quickly diagnoses plays, and displays good movement skills in every direction. Covers a lot of area on the field and is a solid athlete.
Negative: Inefficient and does not play with great balance. Average skills in coverage.
Analysis: Hepburn was a solid small-school defender who will do well as a chase and run linebacker at the next level.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 236
40: 4.88
Year: 5Sr

Nathan Herrold

School: Arkansas State
Position: ILB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after leading Arkansas State in tackles, posting 114 tackles/10 tackles for loss/2 sacks while also intercepting four passes and breaking up five more. Junior numbers included 66/3.5/1.5.
Positive: Smart, disciplined run-defending linebacker with limited upside. Instinctive, quick to react, and chases the action hard. Slides down the line, scrapes well to the action, and flows to the play. Squares and wraps up when tackling, bringing ballcarriers down on initial contact.
Negative: Displays limited quickness and speed. Struggles in pursuit. Overmatched in coverage situations.
Analysis: Herrold is a rough-and-tumble linebacker who goes hard after the action but possesses poor size/speed numbers for the next level. He offers potential as a backup inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment if he plays well on special teams.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 229
40: 4.78
Year: 4Sr

Alonszo Highsmith

School: Arkansas
Position: ILB
Bio: Junior-college transfer who started both seasons he played at Arkansas. Senior totals included 54 tackles/4 tackles for loss/2 sacks in six games. Missed the second half of the season with a foot injury. Junior numbers included 80/12.5/4.5.
Positive: Tough, run-defending linebacker who shows good awareness. Plays smart football and remains disciplined with assignments. Uses his hands to protect himself. Breaks down well, flows to the play, and has a burst to the action. Effectively picks up assignments in coverage.
Negative: Marginally productive in college. Average skills in pursuit. Coming off a serious foot injury.
Analysis: Highsmith was on his way to a career season before a foot injury ended his campaign. He's well thought of in the scouting community and is receiving consideration as a backup middle linebacker and special teams player.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 240
40: 4.77
Year: 5Sr

Ken Jackson

School: Cal-Poly
Position: ILB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-America and all-Conference honors as a senior after totaling 97 tackles and adding two interceptions. Junior totals included 80 tackles and eight pass breakups.
Positive: Explosive and hard-working linebacker who is best in the box. Instinctive player who quickly locates the ball and has a terrific first step to the play. Breaks down well and immediately changes direction. Fires up the field filling gaps in run defense, plays with an aggressive attitude, and throws his body around the field to make stops. Keeps his head on a swivel, effectively "quarterbacks" the defense, and remains disciplined with assignments.
Negative: Easily taken from the action by blocks and gets smothered from the play. Not smooth pedaling in reverse and gets marginal depth on pass drops. Average pursuit speed.
Analysis: Jackson is a tough and hard-working run defender best when playing downhill. He lacks classic measurables for the next level but comes with a special-teams mentality and could back up on the inside of a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 248
40: 4.74
Year: 4Sr

Nico Johnson

School: Alabama
Position: ILB
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons after seeing sporadic action with the first team as a sophomore. Senior totals included 55 tackles with two tackles for loss. Junior numbers included 47 tackles after 33 as a sophomore.
Positive: Instinctive two-down defender best making plays in the box. Quick up the field defending the run and has a burst to the action. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Tough to knock off his feet and keeps the action in front of him. Relatively instinctive and does not make mental mistakes.
Negative: Average pursuit speed chasing the action. Marginal skill in coverage.
Analysis: Johnson possesses the desired size/speed numbers and wherewithal to play at the next level but is a two-down defender who shows limitations on the field. He offers the potential to line up on the inside of a 3-4 alignment but must quickly elevate his game to have a career in the NFL.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 235
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

Uona Kaveinga

School: BYU
Position: ILB
Bio: Two-year starter who began his career at USC. Senior totals included 49 tackles/4.5 tackles for loss/.5 sacks after 57 tackles as a junior.
Positive: Tough, instinctive linebacker best in the box. Keeps the action in front of him, effectively diagnoses plays, and takes good angles to the ballcarrier. Flies around the football and makes things happen. Gets depth on pass drops and shows ability in zone coverage. Squares and wraps up at the point of attack.
Negative: Despite his 40-time, did not show great ability in pursuit as a senior. Average production on the college level.
Analysis: Kaveinga is a rough and tumble linebacker with possibilities as a backup on the outside in a 4-3 alignment.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 236
40: 4.83
Year: 4Sr

Jeremy Kimbrough

School: Appalachian State
Position: ILB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-America and all-Conference honors the past two seasons. Named Southern Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year last season. Senior totals included a team-leading 143 tackles/12.5 tackles for loss/4.5 sacks with 1 interception and another pass broken up. Junior totals included 105/12/11 after 45 tackles as a sophomore when he missed five games with injury.
Positive: Instinctive, hard-working linebacker with marginal size/speed numbers for the next level. Effectively reads the play. Efficient and takes good angles to the action. Remains disciplined with assignments, shows quickness, and scrapes well laterally. Breaks down well, chases the action hard, but also plays smart football.
Negative: Lacks a closing burst to the action and possesses a marginal pursuit speed. Overwhelmed at the point of attack by blocks. Struggles in coverage.
Analysis: Kimbrough was a productive small-school linebacker who projects as a two-down defender at the next level. He offers possibilities as a backup inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment but must play well on special teams to have a career in the NFL.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 250
40: 4.68
Year: 4Sr

A.J. Klein

School: Iowa State
Position: ILB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two seasons. Also named the Big 12 co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. Senior totals included 117 tackles/2.5 tackles for loss/1 sack as well as one interception. Junior numbers included 116 tackles.
Positive: Tough, instinctive linebacker with a terrific head for the game. Disciplined, quickly diagnoses action, and flows well to the play. Pursues the ball, fast moving in every direction, and effective tackling in the open field. Easily changes direction, explosive, and stays with the action. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself, and constantly around the ball. Gets his teammates in proper position and is the leader on defense.
Negative: Does not get great depth on pass drops and struggles staying with opponents downfield in coverage. Shows some stiffness in his game.
Analysis: Klein is a run-stuffing, two-down defender, best at making plays in the intermediate field. He offers a solid combination of intensity, instincts, and passion. Slightly underrated, Klein would be a good addition at inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 242
40: 4.83
Year: 4Sr

William McHale

School: Yale
Position: ILB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a junior. Lead Yale as a senior with 78 tackles, also recording 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Junior numbers included a career-best 79 tackles.
Positive: Tough, run-defending linebacker with limited upside. Plays with good lean, remains disciplined with assignments, and shows good instinct. Works to keep the action in front of him, effectively diagnoses plays, and quickly changes direction. Forceful up the field defending the run or blitzing the quarterback. Solid form tackler.
Negative: One-speed defender with minimal burst. Gets caught up in the traffic or easily tied up by blocks.
Analysis: McHale is a hard-nosed defender with average size and poor playing speed. Primarily lined up at outside linebacker at Yale, he could back up on the inside of a 3-4 defense at the next level if he proves his worth on special teams.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 240
40: 4.88
Year: 4Sr

Perry McIntyre

School: Massachusetts
Position: ILB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totals of 132 tackles/7.5 tackles for loss/3 sacks. Junior numbers included 116/11.5/6.5.
Positive: Productive run-defending linebacker best making plays in the box. Fires through the gaps up the field. Resilient and works to get involved in the action. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself, and slides off blocks to make plays. Physical and quickly locates the ballcarrier.
Negative: Slow flipping his hips to transition to run with opponents in coverage. Marginal ball skills and does a lot of face guarding. Ineffective in pursuit and possesses limited quickness. Easily blocked at the point of attack or gets caught up in the trash.
Analysis: McIntyre was a terrific run defender during his Massachusetts career yet really does not have the measurables for the next level. He plays with a special-teams mentality and could back up on the inside of a 3-4 alignment if he stands out on coverage units this summer.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 246
40: 4.72
Year: 4Jr

Kevin Minter

School: LSU
Position: ILB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-America and all-Conference honors as a junior after totaling 130 tackles/15 tackles for loss/4 sacks while also breaking up five passes. Sophomore totals of 2011 included 61/3.5/1.
Positive: Instinctive, run-defending linebacker who plays all out. Effectively diagnoses the action, remains disciplined with assignments, and plays much faster than his 40-time. Fires up the field filling gaps against the run or blitzing the quarterback. Fluid changing direction and displays skill in pursuit. Fast and fierce moving around the field to defend the run. Sells out to make plays and aggressively goes after ballcarriers. Breaks down well, holds his ground against blocks, or slides to the inside to get to the action. Gets depth on pass drops, stays with coverage assignments, and runs with tight ends down the field. Displays tremendous explosion in his overall game.
Negative: Lacks great sideline-to-sideline range. Occasionally overpursues the action and takes himself from plays.
Analysis: Minter is a complete defender who showed terrific development the past two seasons and offers starting ability at inside/middle linebacker. He's a tremendous run defender who can also pass cover in a zone system and offers immediate starting potential at the next level.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 258
40: 4.79
Year: 4Sr

Andy Mulumba

School: Eastern Michigan
Position: ILB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totals of 73 tackles/7 tackles for loss/1 sack. Junior totals included 51 tackles.
Positive: Undersized college defensive end expected to transition to linebacker at the next level. Fluid moving about the field, easily gets outside the numbers to chase the action, and shows ability in pursuit. Immediately alters his angle of attack, works his hands throughout the action, and possesses a burst of closing speed. Plays with good pad level, keeps his feet moving on contact, and displays edge speed rushing the passer. Occasionally dropped off the line of scrimmage and shows ability in space.
Negative: Easily controlled at the point of attack by a single blocker. Marginal pass rushing skills.
Analysis: Mulumba is an athletic prospect with an undeveloped game but a defender who covers a lot of area on the field and chases after the action. He offers upside and should be stashed on a practice squad.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 237
40: 4.81
Year: 5Sr

Mike Niam

School: Wofford
Position: ILB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after 49 tackles/2 tackles for loss/1 sack. Junior totals included 83/6/2.
Positive: Smart, disciplined linebacker who consistently keeps the action in front of him. Breaks down well, instinctive, and effectively diagnoses the action. Uses his hands to protect himself, quick up the field defending the run, and flows well pursuing the action.
Negative: Gets caught up in the wash or easily blocked from the action. Possesses average pursuit speed.
Analysis: Niam was a consistent defender at Wofford and offers possibilities as a backup inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 242
40: 4.68
Year: 3Jr

Alec Ogletree

School: Georgia
Position: ILB
Bio: Three-year starter who totaled 111 tackles/11.5 tackles for loss/3 sacks as a junior while also intercepting one pass and breaking up five more. Suspended for four games last season after violation of team rules. Sophomore totals included 52/7.5/3 when he missed six games with a broken foot. Cited for a DUI in the state of Arizona prior to the combine.
Positive: Explosive three-down linebacker with a versatile game. Fast moving in every direction of the field and tremendous in pursuit. Gets depth on pass drops. Explodes up the field filling gaps in run defense, quickly changes direction, and catches ballcarriers from behind. Runs downfield with tight ends or running backs in coverage, displays a burst of closing speed bearing down on the play, and flashes on the scene out of nowhere. Quickly flows to the action laterally and shows suddenness. Covers a lot of area but at the same time remains disciplined with assignments and plays stay-at-home football. Slips blocks to get to the ballcarrier and very effective making plays in space.
Negative: Undersized, easily blocked from the action or gets caught up in the wash. Overmatched by larger tight ends. Has tackles broken. Overpursues the action on occasion and inefficient. Has several off-the-field issues, which will raise red flags.
Analysis: Ogletree is a three-down defender with the ability to lineup at middle linebacker or on the outside in a 3-4 alignment. He's terrific pursuing the run or dropping into coverage. Possessing all the skills necessary to start in the NFL, Ogletree must improve the details of his game and mature as a person to reach the potential scouts believe he has.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 243
40: 4.71
Year: 4Sr

Kevin Reddick

School: North Carolina
Position: ILB
Bio: Four-year starter who finished with 85 tackles/18.5 tackles for loss/6.5 sacks as a senior after junior totals of 71/6/1. All-Conference selection in 2012.
Positive: Forceful, run-defending linebacker best making plays up the field. Breaks down well, has a physical nature to his game, and flashes both power and explosion on the field. Stays with the action, strong enough to defeat blocks, and gives effort chasing the action. Quickly fills gaps up the field, forceful on the blitz and also collapses outside the numbers in pursuit of the ballcarrier. Hard hitter and delivers vicious blows to opposing ballcarriers.
Negative: Marginally instinctive. One-speed linebacker and lacks a burst. Doesn't have a good feel for coverage.
Analysis: Reddick is a big linebacker best making plays up the field or in the box. He projects on the inside of a 3-4 alignment and could start at the next level if his coverage responsibilities are kept to a minimum.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 240
40: 4.68
Year: 4Sr

Taylor Reed

School: SMU
Position: ILB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his junior season. Led SMU in tackles last year with 97 tackles/14.5 tackles for loss/6.5 sacks while also intercepting three passes. Junior totals included 101/9.5/4. Posted a career-best 145 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Explosive, three down defender with an underrated game. Flows well to the action and shows ability in pursuit. Quickly changes direction. Fast to every area of the field and has a good closing burst. Remains alert throughout the play, stays with coverage assignments, and gets depth on pass drops. Immediately locates the ball and attacks assignments.
Negative: Undersized and easily blocked from the action. Possesses marginal coverage skills.
Analysis: Reed is a fast, aggressive linebacker who gives effort to make positive plays. He lacks the size to be a starter at the next level but could be used as a backup one-gap linebacker and play on special teams.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 251
40: 4.73
Year: 5Sr

Doug Rippy

School: Colorado
Position: ILB
Bio: Played nine games as a senior and posted 32 tackles. Junior numbers included 32 tackles/5 tackles for loss/3 sacks. Played seven games as a junior in 2011 before being lost to a knee injury, which required surgery. Missed three games as a senior with a sprained knee.
Positive: Athletic and somewhat explosive linebacker who was struggled with knee injuries the past two years. Terrific run defender who aggressively goes after ballcarriers and sells out to make plays. Wraps up at the point of attack. Displays speed in a straight line and laterally. Quickly flips his hips in transition and gets depth on pass drops. Uses his hands to protect himself and shows ability in space.
Negative: Bites on play action passes. Minimally effective on the blitz.
Analysis: Rippy displayed tremendous skill during the first part of his junior season before suffering a knee injury. He struggled getting back to playing form last season and was never able to consistently break into the starting lineup. He's a versatile linebacker with a multidimensional game but may struggle receiving medical clearance at the next level.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 242
40: 4.67
Year: 4Sr

Jonathan Stewart

School: Texas A&M
Position: ILB
Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 81 tackles/2.5 tackles for loss/2.5 sacks as a senior after 55/5.5/3 the prior year.
Positive: Solid run-defending linebacker who projects as a two-down player. Explosive at the point of attack, fires through the gaps up the field, and stacks well against the run. Displays a straight-line burst of speed, breaks down well, and quickly locates the ballcarrier. Flashes the ability to get outside the box to make plays or collapse down the line of scrimmage in pursuit of the ballcarrier.
Negative: Lacks a quick change of direction or the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack without losing momentum. Not smooth or fluid backpedaling. Possesses just average long speed and skill in pursuit.
Analysis: Stewart has shown steady progress the past two seasons and has the skills necessary to line up at inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 237
40: 5.01
Year: 5Sr

Bruce Taylor

School: Virginia Tech
Position: ILB
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 76 tackles/10.5 tackles for loss/5.5 sacks as a senior. Junior numbers included 53/7/5, despite missing four games with a foot injury. Posted career-best totals of 91/15.5/6 as a sophomore.
Positive: Explosive linebacker who fights to make plays in every area of the field. Explodes up the field filling gaps in run defense, displays good sideline-to-sideline range, and effective in pursuit. Breaks down well, effectively uses his hands to protect himself, and sells out on the blitz. Forceful defender who moves well laterally, yet also gets depth on pass drops. Quick and for the most part remains disciplined with assignments. Has a burst to the action and attacks ballcarriers.
Negative: Bites on play action or ball fakes occasionally. Average skill in coverage. Seemed slow to return from his foot injury in 2012.
Analysis: Taylor is a hard-nosed football player who presented himself as a dominant defender prior to his injury of 2011. He's a tough run defender who stays with the action and will be a very good addition at inside linebacker for a 3-4 defense.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 241
40: 4.78
Year: 4Sr

Manti Te'o

School: Notre Dame
Position: ILB
Bio: Four-year starter named all-America last season after totaling 113 tackles/5.5 tackles for loss/1.5 sacks and also intercepting 7 passes. Honors from 2012 include Maxwell Award Winner, Walter Camp Player of the Year, Bronco Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award, as well as runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. Junior totals included 128/13.5/5 after 133/9.5/1 as a sophomore.
Positive: Active linebacker who plays with a relentless attitude. Instinctive, diagnosis plays and sells out to make the stop. Takes good angles to the action, plays sideline-to-sideline, and covers a lot of area on the field. Very physical and always works to get involved in the action. Flows well to the play and aggressively attacks the action. Breaks down well and shows the ability to slide off blocks. Remains disciplined with assignments and plays within himself. Wraps up ballcarriers.
Negative: Marginal pass rusher and lacks force on the blitz. Struggles getting through traffic and easily blocked from the play. Possesses average long and pursuit speed.
Analysis: Despite recent woes, Te'o is a solid linebacker prospect who projects as a three-down defender at the next level. He isn't dominant, rather reliable in all areas of the game and offers starting potential on the inside of a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 235
40: 4.75
Year: 4Sr

Dwayne Woods

School: Bowling Green
Position: ILB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his sophomore and junior seasons. Totals last year included 68 tackles/8.5 tackles for loss/3 sacks after 111/14/2 as a junior. Posted a career-best 134 tackles as a first year starter in 2010.
Positive: Small yet aggressive linebacker who flies around the football working to make plays. Effectively diagnoses the action, has a quick first step, and sells out to stop the run. Possesses a good head for the ball and easily redirects to the action. Remains disciplined with assignments. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself and takes good angles to the play.
Negative: Lacks great lateral pursuit speed. Struggles in man coverage situations. Easily blocked from the action and gets caught up in the traffic.
Analysis: Woods is a terrific run-defending linebacker but is ultimately one-dimensional. Best making plays in the box or downhill, he'll ideally slot in at the next level as a backup inside linebacker and special teamer for a 3-4 team.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 222
40: 4.85
Year: 5Sr

Paul Worrilow

School: Delaware
Position: ILB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his sophomore and junior seasons. Senior totals included 107 tackles/9 tackles for loss/3 sacks after 97/11/1 as a junior. Posted a career-best 113 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Productive college linebacker with marginal upside for the next level. Effectively reads and diagnoses the action. He's strong at the point of attack and wraps up when tackling. Remains disciplined with assignments, gets his teammates in proper position, and shows great intensity on the field.
Negative: Possesses limited speed and is ineffective in pursuit. Inefficient, takes too many steps to the action, and over pursues the play.
Analysis: Worrilow was an outstanding two-down defender at the college level, yet lacks the size and speed to get consideration at any point during the draft. His only chance to make a roster at the next level is as a special teams player.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 235
40: 4.7
Year: 4Jr

Tom Wort

School: Oklahoma
Position: ILB
Bio: Three-year starter who finished his junior season with 52 tackles/5.5 tackles for loss/2 sacks after 71/1.5/3.5 the prior year.
Positive: Instinctive linebacker with marginal physical ability for the next level. Fires up the field defending the run, shows force on the blitz, and flows well to the play. Stays with the action, remains disciplined with assignments, and quickly locates the ballcarrier.
Negative: Struggles getting off blocks. At times does more hitting than tackling. Average skill in pursuit.
Analysis: Wort is a hard-charging defender who plays like his hair is on fire, yet lacks the physical skills to start at the next level. He's a backup inside linebacker at the next level and should do well on coverage units.

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