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Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 240
40: 4.68
Year: 5Sr

Kiko Alonso

School: Oregon
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totals of 81 tackles/14 tackles for loss/1 sack. Also intercepted four passes last year and broke up seven more. Junior totals included 46/6/2.
Positive: Versatile linebacker with a scheme-diverse game. Explosive, plays with a nonstop motor, and makes plays in every direction of the field. Displays terrific movement skills. Fires up the field filling gaps in run defense and quickly changes direction to make plays in pursuit. Instinctive. Immediately diagnoses plays and easily gets outside the numbers to make plays. Fast bearing down on the action. Breaks down well and is rarely knocked off his feet. Solid in pass coverage and displays the ability to run with backs or tight ends. Plays with a nasty, physical demeanor.
Negative: Often plays out of control and overpursues the action. Possesses solid size but lacks dominant strength.
Analysis: Alonso is an intense defender who plays with outstanding athleticism and instincts. Proficient in all areas of the linebacker position, he offers ability in multiple defensive systems at the next level. Though he lacks classic size/speed numbers, Alonso has starting ability and should quickly produce as a rookie in the NFL.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 230
40: 4.75
Year: 5Sr

Archibald Barnes

School: Vanderbilt
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who posted 66 tackles/2 tackles for loss/1 sack as a senior after 59/4.5/2 the prior year.
Positive: Relatively athletic linebacker with solid movement skills. Slides off blocks to defend the run, displays a good change of direction, and moves down the line of scrimmage to get to the play. Gets depth on pass drops, go sideline-to-sideline chasing the action, and shows force on the blitz.
Negative: Easily disrupted by blocks. Marginal skill in pass coverage.
Analysis: Barnes watched his game take off the past two seasons and possesses the underlying skills to play at the next level. Slightly undersized, he must improve his

Height: 6-1
Weight: 246
40: 4.83
Year: 4Sr

Sam Barrington

School: South Florida
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totals of 80 tackles/6.5 tackles for loss/3.5 sacks. Junior numbers included 72/6.5/2.5.
Positive: Undersized one-gap linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline. Quick, relatively athletic, and covers a lot of ground. Effective in pursuit. Gets down the line or out to the sidelines to make plays. Shows skill in coverage. Has a burst to the action and is effective in space. Strong for his size and works to get off blocks.
Negative: Easily disrupted from the play by the initial hit. Inefficient. Takes incorrect angles to plays and too many steps to the action.
Analysis: Barrington has been a consistent college linebacker and offers potential as a backup weakside player who can also double as a special-teams ace.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 250
40: 4.72
Year: 4Sr

Alan Baxter

School: Northern Illinois
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter at defensive end awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after otals of 60 tackles/11.5 tackles for loss/9.5 sacks. Junior numbers included 48/12.5/5.5.
Positive: Explosive college defensive end who projects to outside linebacker in the NFL. Fires off the snap with a terrific first step, plays with good pad level and can bend off the edge. Fast up the field, quickly changes direction, and shows skill in backside pursuit. Easily gets down the line scrimmage to make plays, works hard and uses all his assets to their maximum. Keeps his feet moving on contact, plays with good balance, and gets his hands up to knock away the pass if he cannot get to the quarterback.
Negative: Knocked from the point by a single blocker and can be a liability in run defense. Lacks classic height for an outside linebacker.
Analysis: Baxter watched his game take off the past two seasons and constantly disrupted the opponent E(TM)s game plan behind the line scrimmage. His quickness and burst to the action as well as his skills in pursuit will help Baxter find a place as a backup linebacker in the NFL.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 250
40: 4.77
Year: 4Sr

Frank Beltre

School: Towson
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 36 tackles/7.5 tackles for loss/5 sacks after 68/12/4 as a junior.
Positive: Undersized college defensive end who projects to linebacker at the next level. Breaks down well, plays with good pad level, and gets leverage on opponents. Quickly gets his hands up, effectively uses them to protect himself, and works hard to get involved in the action. Displays speed in pursuit, collapses down the line of scrimmage, and gets out to the flanks to make plays. Easily changes direction and shows speed moving to every area of the field. Quick off the edge.
Negative: Easily out positioned from the play or knocked from his angle of attack by blockers. Once blocked, he stays blocked. Occasionally pins his ears back then rushes up the field, over pursuing the action.
Analysis: Beltre is limited by his size yet is an explosive defender who gets the most from his ability. He offers possibilities at the next level as a situational pass rusher in a one-gap system as well as a defender who will occasionally stand up over tackle.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 252
40: 4.79
Year: 5Sr

Freddie Bishop

School: Western Michigan
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his junior season. Totals last year included 62 tackles/11.5 tackles for loss/4 sacks after 51/12/5.5 the prior year.
Positive: Undersized yet active college defensive end who constantly disrupted the action. Fires off the snap with a terrific first step, plays with good pad level, and easily moves about the field. Works his hands to protect himself and tough to knock off his feet. Relatively athletic, effortlessly changes direction, and makes plays in pursuit.
Negative: Easily turned from the action by single opponent. Lacks bulk and may not have great growth potential. Average closing burst.
Analysis: Bishop was a consistent force the past three seasons and is a defender with the ability to make plays up the field or laterally. He's a natural pass rusher who could be used as a situational player in nickel or dime packages at the next level, standing up over tackle or occasionally coming out of a three-point stance.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 232
40: 4.63
Year: 4Sr

William Boyko

School: Lehigh
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totaling a career-best and team-leading 104 tackles. Also intercepted one pass and broke up three more. Junior totals included 44 tackles.
Positive: Athletic and explosive linebacker who significantly elevated his game as a senior. Fast, quickly changes direction, and loses little momentum when he must immediately alter his angle of attack. Shows a burst of speed moving laterally, goes sideline to sideline, and easily cuts off the corners from ballcarriers. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself, and slides off blocks to get to the action. Quickly locates the ball and aggressively pursues the action. Shows force up the field on the blitz.
Negative: Lacks classic height for linebacker. Does not always take proper angles and occasionally overruns plays. Inefficient.
Analysis: Boyko is an aggressive defender who shows skill pursuing the action and has the athleticism necessary to play in coverage. He's a developmental prospect who plays with a special teams mentality and is one of the better sleepers at the linebacker position in this year's draft.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 241
40: 4.66
Year: 5Sr

Arthur Brown

School: Kansas State
Position: OLB
Bio: Miami transfer who started two seasons at Kansas State, winning All-America and all-Conference honors after each campaign. Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 after 100 tackles/7 tackles for loss/1 sack as well as two interceptions. Junior numbers included 101/9.5/2.
Positive: Fast, fearless linebacker who plays with suddenness. Goes sideline-to-sideline and fast moving in every direction of the field. Plays with an aggressive style, fires up the field filling gaps in run defense, and squares into larger ballcarriers. Breaks down well, outstanding in pursuit, and rarely plays off his feet. Gets depth on pass drops, shows terrific range on the field and instinctive. Effectively reads the action, plays within himself and shows a good head for the ball. Takes good angles to the play and explosive at the point.
Negative: Undersized, gets caught up in the trash, and easily blocked from the action by opponents.
Analysis: Brown is one of the more underrated defensive prospects in this year's draft and a complete, three-down linebacker with the ability to line up in multiple schemes. He offers starting potential at both weakside linebacker in a 4-3 or on the inside of a 3-4 defense. His game is reminiscent of future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, and Brown comes with much upside potential.

Height: 6-5.5
Weight: 255
40: 4.73
Year: 4Sr

Michael Buchanan

School: Illinois
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter twice awarded all-Conference honors. Finished his senior season with 57 tackles/7 tackles for loss/4.5 sacks after 64/13.5/7.5 as a junior.
Positive: Once highly rated pass rusher coming off a disappointing season. Solid, quick athlete who immediately changes direction and makes plays anywhere on the field. Occasionally stood up over tackle. Plays with good balance and works his hands throughout the action. Shows an array of moves getting off blocks.
Negative: Easily handled at the point of attack by a single blocker or washed away from the play. Shows average speed in backside pursuit.
Analysis: Expectations were high for Buchanan after a terrific junior campaign but he disappeared for stretches in 2012 and all too often was a nonfactor in games. He offers potential as a one-gap defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker as well as the underlying skills to play at the next level but he must prove his 2012 season

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 216
40: 4.46
Year: 4Sr

Ramon Buchanan

School: Miami-Fl
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who played in just two games last season and totaled 10 tackles before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Again had his season cut short with a knee injury in 2011, this time after four games when he posted 18 tackles. Started 10 games as a true junior in 2010 and finished the year with 54 tackles.
Positive: Quick, explosive weakside linebacker prospect whose career has been marred by injuries the past two years. Breaks down well, explosive, and fast getting to the action. Easily changes direction, outstanding in pursuit, and gets depth on pass drops. Displays the ability to get outside the numbers and chase the action. Cuts off the corners. Dependable with nice skill in pass coverage.
Negative: Undersized and easily blocked from the action. Overmatched by larger tight ends in coverage. Coming off two serious knee injuries.
Analysis: When healthy, Buchanan was a terrific one-gap linebacker with the potential on the weakside. He's shown little durability the last two years and his NFL career is in jeopardy.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 228
40: 4.72
Year: 4Sr

Michael Clay

School: Oregon
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totals of 101 tackles/10 tackles for loss/3 sacks. Junior numbers included a career-best 102 tackles.
Positive: Undersized but explosive three-down defender who gets the most from his ability. Possesses a terrific burst of closing speed and quickly makes his way to the action. Gives effort on the blitz. Fast pursuing the action laterally and effective in space. Runs with tight ends in coverage, gets depth on drops, and covers a lot of ground. Terrific in pursuit, uickly changes direction, and displays solid lateral movement skills.
Negative: Easily caught up in the trash and too often blocked from the action by a single opponent. Will be overmatched by larger tight ends. Average size/speed numbers for the next level.
Analysis: Clay is a hard-working and well-rounded defender who gets the most from his ability. He has size limitations but could be very effective as a backup in a one-gap defense and a contributor on special teams.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 250
40: 4.6
Year: 4Sr

Jamie Collins

School: Southern Mississippi
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior when he led Southern Mississippi in all tackling categories posting 92 tackles/20 tackles for loss/10 sacks. Junior totals included 98/19.5/6.5. Lined up at defensive back, linebacker, and defensive end during his college career.
Positive: Forceful college defender who consistently made plays behind the line of scrimmage. Flashes athleticism, quickly changes direction, and pursues to the play with speed. Strong at the point, uses his hands well and defeats blocks to get up the field. Relatively flexible, redirects to the action, and wraps up when tackling. Slides down the line of scrimmage and covers a lot of area on the field.
Negative: Shows minimal quickness. Did not seem to play with a sense of urgency last season. Lacks classic size/speed numbers for the next level.
Analysis: Collins was incredibly productive the past two seasons and one of the more productive defenders in college. He projects on the outside of a 3-4 alignment but needs to polish his game and improve his skills in coverage.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 220
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

Keanon Cooper

School: Minnesota
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 69 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss as a senior after junior totals of 77 tackles and six tackles for loss.
Positive: Undersized but explosive weakside linebacker prospect. Easily changes direction and alters his angle of attack while maintaining momentum. Effectively diagnoses and anticipates plays. Explodes up the field to defend the run and is very effective in pursuit. Chases the action with speed and makes a lot of plays in space.
Negative: Does not always take the best angles the action. More of a defender who must run around blocks rather than meet them head-on.
Analysis: Cooper is a chase-and-run linebacker who would be effective in a one-gap system. He comes with the ability to be a good special teams player in the NFL.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 224
40: 4.74
Year: 4Sr

Justin Cudworth

School: Eastern Michigan
Position: OLB
Bio: Junior-college transfer who started the past two seasons for Eastern Michigan. Senior totals included 85 tackles and eight tackles for loss. Junior numbers included 83/3.5/1.5.
Positive: Undersized yet relatively athletic linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline. Recognizes assignments, displays skill in coverage, and gets outside the numbers to make plays. Chases the action and works hard to get involved. Tough run defender who displays a good head for the ball and quickly moves up the field.
Negative: Easily slowed by blocks or held back at the point of attack. At times too quick up the field and gets caught out of position.
Analysis: Cudworth did a solid job the two seasons he played at Eastern Michigan and has the physical skills required to play in a one-gap system. His special teams skill will give him an upper hand at the next level.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 231
40: 4.67
Year: 4Sr

Ja'Gared Davis

School: SMU
Position: OLB
Bio: Full-time starter the past three seasons after playing five games with the first team as a freshman. All-Conference selection since his sophomore season. Senior totals included 77 tackles/11 tackles for loss/4 sacks as well as two interceptions and a five passes broken up. Junior numbers included 83/12/5.5 with two interceptions. Posted a career-best 90 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Undersized college defensive end who projects to outside linebacker in the NFL. Fluid moving about the field and displays exceptional lateral speed. Effective in pursuit. Fast out to the sidelines and covers a lot of ground. Gets depth on pass drops, shows skill in zone coverage and remains disciplined with assignments. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Strong for his size and works hard to make plays.
Negative: Lacks bulk and gets engulfed at the point of attack by opponents. Stiff athlete.
Analysis: Davis was a productive four-year defender who made a lot of plays up the field while also displaying skill in coverage. He offers possibilities as a backup one-gap linebacker/special teams player in the NFL.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 248
40: 4.75
Year: 4Sr

Troy Davis

School: Central Florida
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totals of 72 tackles/11.5 tackles for loss/8 sacks. Junior numbers included 29/8.5/5.
Positive: Undersized college defensive end who projects to outside linebacker in the NFL. Explodes off the snap, displays terrific edge speed and the ability to bend off the corner. Plays with effective pad level. Shows quickness as well as an array of moves getting off blocks. Smart, quickly locates the action, and sells out to make plays. Keeps his hands active throughout the play and shows speed moving in every direction.
Negative: Gets caught up in the traffic and slowed by blocks. Average production until his senior season.
Analysis: Davis is an underrated prospect who lacks great size for the next level but plays big and constantly disrupts the action behind the line of scrimmage. He offers potential as a backup at a number of linebacker positions.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 238
40: 4.74
Year: 4Sr

Artavious Dowdell

School: Eastern Illinois
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two years. Senior totals included 58 tackles/13.5 tackles for loss/7.5 sacks. Also broke up 4 passes. Junior numbers included 45/7.5/5.
Positive: Undersized college defensive end who projects to linebacker at the next level. Agile and forceful defender who shows speed up the field. Works his hands to protect himself, keeps his feet moving on contact and scrapes well laterally. Fast collapsing down the line scrimmage or getting outside the numbers to pursue the action. Possesses a terrific first step to the action and shows a lot of explosion. Fluid pedaling in reverse and shows skill dropping off the line and playing in space.
Negative: Struggles handling blocks and taken from the action by tight ends. Marginally instinctive and fooled by ball fakes.
Analysis: Dowdell was a terrific college pass rusher who also flashed skill dropping into coverage. He lacks the desired measurables for the next level but could find a home as a situational pass-rush specialist if he plays well on special teams.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 220
40: 4.64
Year: 4Sr

Darin Drakeford

School: Maryland
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 49 tackles/9.5 tackles for loss/6 sacks as a senior after 68/3/1 the prior year.
Positive: Undersized linebacker who makes plays in every direction of the field. Athletic, nimble, and chases the action hard. Effective in pursuit, makes plays in open space, and flows well to the action. Gets depth on pass drops, fast off the edge on the blitz, and wraps up when tackling.
Negative: Gets caught up in the wash or taken from the action by tight ends. Overmatched in coverage.
Analysis: Drakeford is a chase-and-run linebacker who would do well in a one-gap defense at the next level. He has a special-teams mentality, which is added value.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 229
40: 4.81
Year: 5Sr

Winston Fraser

School: Florida International
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a junior. Senior totals included 79 tackles/6.5 tackles for loss/2 sacks after a team-leading 108 tackles as a junior.
Positive: Undersized but intense linebacker who goes sideline to sideline making plays. Displays good range, effective in pursuit and works hard to chase the action. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself, and sells out to make plays. Instinctive but remains disciplined with assignments.
Negative: Lacks a great burst of speed. Swallowed up by blocks on the inside.
Analysis: Fraser is in undersized but underrated linebacker best defending the run. Special teams will be his ticket at the next level.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 241
40: 4.63
Year: 5Sr

Evan Frierson

School: Illinois State
Position: OLB
Bio: Senior totals included 72 tackles/12 tackles for blocks/6.5 sacks after 66/15/6.5 as a junior when he was awarded all-Conference honors.
Positive: Explosive weakside linebacker prospect who covers a lot of ground. Breaks down well, remains disciplined with assignments, and gets depth on pass drops. Easily changes direction and is effective in pursuit. Quickly locates the ballcarrier, chases plays from the back side, and scrapes well laterally. Works to get involved and shows an aggressive streak in his game.
Negative: Struggles getting off blocks, and is easily out positioned by opponents or handled by a single blocker. Minimal force on the blitz.
Analysis: Frierson was productive for two years and possesses the underlying abilities to be used as a backup weakside linebacker in the NFL.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 220
40: 4.74
Year: 4Sr

Terence Garvin

School: West Virginia
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 77 tackles/1 interception/4 pass break-ups as a senior after 72/2/3 as a junior.
Positive: Oversized college safety who projects to weakside linebacker in the NFL. Aggressive, hard-hitting, and goes after ballcarriers. Quick up the field, effective on the blitz, and forceful defending the run. Easily changes direction and forces his way through blocks to get to the action.
Negative: Displays limited range on the field. Slow getting outside the numbers and struggles making plays to the flanks. Not fluid backpedaling and loses momentum in transition. Marginal ball skills.
Analysis: Garvin was a productive college safety but lacks the desired measurables for any single position in the NFL. He's a prospect who must make his mark on special teams.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 223
40: 4.69
Year: 5Sr

Jamal Giddens

School: Norfolk State
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 45 tackles/8.5 tackles for loss/4.5 sacks as a senior after 70/11/8 as a junior.
Positive: Efficient, athletic linebacker who is best in pursuit. Quick to diagnose the action and does not make mental mistakes. Quickly locates the ball and easily gets down the line of scrimmage to string plays laterally. Breaks down well and effectively uses his hands to protect himself.
Negative: Lacks great closing speed. Gets tied up by blocks and caught up in traffic. Minimal skills in coverage.
Analysis: Giddens possesses the size and ability to play weakside linebacker at the next level should he improve his skills defending the pass.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 248
40: 4.76
Year: 4Sr

David Gilbert

School: Wisconsin
Position: OLB
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons totaling 42 tackles/9.5 tackles for loss/4 sacks as a senior. Started the first four games of his junior season before suffering a foot injury, which put him on the sidelines for the rest of the year. Posted 10/3.5/3 during who campaign.
Positive: Undersized, yet athletic pass rusher who makes a lot of plays behind the line scrimmage. Quick off the snap, fast off the edge, and plays with good pad level. Swift collapsing down the line scrimmage in pursuit of the action and can be used in space on zone blitzes. Stays with the action and works hard.
Negative: Does not display a great closing burst. Undersized and easily handled at the point of attack by opponents.
Analysis: Gilbert was a solid college defender whose development was slowed by the foot injury of 2011. He has the ability to handle multiple responsibilities in the NFL and offers potential as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 222
40: 4.75
Year: 4Sr

Mike Gilliard

School: Georgia
Position: OLB
Bio: Senior totals included 55 tackles with two tackles for loss when he started seven games. Started 11 games as a junior posting 65/7/2.
Positive: Small, nimble linebacker who makes plays in every direction of the field. Fluid changing direction, moves well laterally, and shows speed chasing the action out to the flanks. Easily redirects to ballcarriers, flows well to the play, and gets depth on pass drops. Fires to the action and quick in every direction.
Negative: Undersized and easily taken from the play by blocks. Possesses average pursuit speed.
Analysis: Gilliard is a hard-charging linebacker who gets the most from his ability but lacks classic size and speed for the next level. He's a potential backup linebacker in a one-gap system and a prospect who must earn his wage on special teams.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 235
40: 4.48
Year: 5Sr

Zaviar Gooden

School: Missouri
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who began his college career at safety. Senior totals included 61 tackles with 14 for loss after 80 tackles/6 tackles for loss/1 sack as a junior. Posted a career-best 85 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Athletic weakside linebacker prospect who presents himself as a three-down defender. Breaks down well, slides off blocks laterally, and makes plays on the ballcarriers. Possesses an explosive closing burst, quickly changes direction, and loses little momentum altering his angle of attack. Plays with suddenness and covers a large amount of area on the field. Gets depth on pass drops. Remains disciplined with assignments and possesses solid instincts.
Negative: Easily blocked from the action or disrupted by the initial hit. Overly aggressive and occasionally takes himself from the action.
Analysis: Goodman is a fiery defender and a terrific athlete with the size and style to line up at weakside linebacker. He has certain limitations but offers starting possibilities in a one-gap system.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 233
40: 4.58
Year: 4Sr

Jeremiah Green

School: Nevada
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 68 tackles/6.5 tackles for loss/2 sacks as a senior after 49/2/3 the prior year, when he also broke up seven passes.
Positive: Athletic weakside linebacker prospect who covers a lot of ground. Moves well sideline to sideline. Easily changes direction and gets outside the numbers to make plays. Effective in space, showing the ability to stay with running backs or tight ends in coverage. Sells out on the blitz and possesses a closing burst of speed.
Negative: Not a strong open-field tackler. Gets caught up in the trash. Late reacting to plays and usually a half step late arriving on the scene.
Analysis: Green is an athletic linebacker most effective making plays in space or in pursuit of the ballcarrier. He offers possibilities as a backup weakside defender in a 4-3 alignment but must really improve his instincts to have any chance of making it out of camp this summer.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 241
40: 4.68
Year: 5Sr

Khaseem Greene

School: Rutgers
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who began his career at safety before moving to outside linebacker. Named Big East Defensive Player of the Year the past two seasons and awarded all-America honors as a senior. Led Rutgers in tackles and sacks last season, totaling 136 tackles/12 tackles for loss/6 sacks while also intercepting two passes and breaking up five more. Junior totals included 141/14/3.5.
Positive: Explosive defender who attacks assignments. Quick athlete who has a burst of speed bearing down on the action. He is fast in both a straight line and laterally. Remains disciplined with assignments, does not bite on ball fakes, and keeps the action in front of him. Fires through the open gaps behind the line of scrimmage to defend the run or rush the passer. Effective in space, shows skill in coverage, and wraps up ballcarriers. Plays with a nasty attitude and really goes after opponents.
Negative: Does not always play under control and over pursues the action. At times easily blocked from the play. Occasionally late reacting on the field.
Analysis: Greene has been a productive starter the past three seasons and possesses the athleticism to start in the NFL. Size is an issue, but Greene offers the ability to line up at weakside linebacker in a conventional scheme.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 236
40: 4.77
Year: 5Sr

Demetrius Hartsfield

School: Maryland
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totals of 78 tackles/7 tackles for loss/3 sacks. Missed the final three games of 2012 after tearing a ligament in his knee. Junior totals included 108/7/1 after 88 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Tough, disciplined defender with a terrific head for the game. Instinctive and shows terrific awareness defending the run or covering the pass. Fires up the field filling gaps, flows well to the play, and easily changes direction in pursuit of the action. Slides laterally to get the ballcarrier, efficient, and covers a lot of area on the field. Squares and wraps up when tackling. Gets depth on pass drops and displays a good feel in coverage. Sells out on the blitz. Quarterbacks the defense and gets his teammates in proper position.
Negative: Lacks great size and engulfed at the point of attack. Average playing speed and minimally effective in pursuit. Coming off a late-season knee injury.
Analysis: Hartsfield possesses terrific instincts but lacks top athleticism and speed for the next level. His knee injury in the late part of last season will throw up red flags, yet Hartsfield is a solid prospect for the inside of a 3-4 defense.

Height: 6-4.5
Weight: 215
40: 4.76
Year: 4Sr

Paul Hazel

School: Western Michigan
Position: OLB
Bio: Part-time starter the past two seasons after playing 12 games with the first team as a sophomore. Senior totals included 40 tackles/6 tackles for loss/4 sacks. Career numbers of 46/12/8 came as a sophomore. Spent time on the Western Michigan basketball team.
Positive: Athletic college pass rusher who hasn E(TM)t really developed the past two years. Explosive athlete who quickly changes direction and is fluid moving in all areas of the field. Easily gets outside the numbers. Plays with good speed and terrific pad level. Quick if asked to twist or stunt and is fast off the edge.
Negative: Undersized and controlled at the point of attack by a single blocker. Indecisive, not very instinctive, and overruns the action.
Analysis: Hazel is a terrific athlete who displayed flashes of dominance during his sophomore season yet never took his game to the next level. He moves towards the draft as a major project, yet someone worth considering for a practice squad.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 243
40: 4.7
Year: 4Sr

Gerald Hodges

School: Penn State
Position: OLB
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons, winning all-Conference honors after each campaign. Penn State's leading tackler last season posting 109 as well as 8.5 tackles for loss. Intercepted two passes as a senior and broke up seven more. Junior totals included 106/10/.5.
Positive: Athletic, weakside linebacker prospect who plays with an aggressive nature. Explosive, outstanding in pursuit, and covers a lot of area on the field. Gets depth on pass drops, easily changes direction, and loses little momentum when he must immediately alter his angle of attack. Breaks down well, shows a terrific burst of speed bearing down on the play, and skill in pass coverage. Solid open-field tackler who wraps up at the point of attack. Relatively instinctive and shows good wherewithal on the field.
Negative: Easily disrupted by the first block or taken from the action by fullbacks. Lacks size and doesn E(TM)t have much growth potential.
Analysis: Hodges is a speedy linebacker who stands out in pursuit and defending the pass. He's a three-down defender and offers starting potential as a weak-side linebacker for a conventional alignment.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 243
40: 4.73
Year: 4Sr

DeVonte Holloman

School: South Carolina
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who totaled 54 tackles/7 tackles for loss/2 sacks as well as three interceptions during his senior season. Posted 51 tackles as a junior after career-best 69 during his sophomore campaign. Lined up at both safety and the Gamecocks spur (hybrid linebacker) position.
Positive: Aggressive linebacker prospect best in the box. Stout run defender who defeats blocks, gets up the field, and wraps up when tacking. Forceful on the blitz, possesses a straight-line burst and attacks assignments.
Negative: Straight-line player and lacks the quick change of direction. Average skills in coverage. Inefficient and late arriving to the scene.
Analysis: Holloman is an experienced college defender who has the substance and style to play linebacker at the next level. He E(TM)s a defender who must improve his skills in coverage to see significant action in the NFL.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 233
40: 4.73
Year: 4Sr

Willie Jefferson

School: Stephen F Austin
Position: OLB
Bio: Baylor transfer awarded all-Conference honors the two seasons he played for Stephen F Austin. Senior totals included 36 tackles/11.5 tackles for loss/8 sacks after 29/15/15 as a junior.
Positive: Athletic and disruptive college defensive end who projects to linebacker at the next level. Plays with good pad level. Flexible and fast off the edge. Works his hands throughout the action and plays with good balance. Displays an array of moves getting off blocks. Quickly changes direction and shows the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack to get to the play. He easily moves about the field and goes sideline to sideline, getting outside the numbers to chase the action.
Negative: Primarily used up the field as a pass rusher and rarely asked to drop off the line of scrimmage. Slow locating the ball on occasion. Has a thin build and will struggle getting off blocks at the next level.
Analysis: Jefferson was a disruptive pass rusher the past two seasons at Stephen F. Austin and is one of the better sleepers in this year's draft. He's a solid athlete who projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker and a prospect who should only get better as he physically matures and improves his playing strength.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 251
40: 4.73
Year: 4Sr

Brandon Jenkins

School: Florida State
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter at defensive end awarded all-Conference honors as a sophomore and junior. Played in just a single game last year before being sidelined with a foot injury. Totaled 3 tackles/one tackle for loss/1 sack in 2012. Junior totals included 41/12/8 after 63/21.5/13.5 as a sophomore.
Positive: Explosive pass rusher coming off a significant foot injury. Displays terrific first-step quickness. Shows outstanding speed off the edge and can alter his angle of attack then pursue the action. Fast moving in every direction, gets a lot of momentum going up the field, and exploits lesser offensive tackles. Can bend off the edge, plays with great balance, and rarely off his feet. Sudden defender who flashes on the scene out of nowhere.
Negative: At times too concerned with pinning his ears back and charging up the field rather than making the play. Not quick or fluid moving in reverse the times he was asked to play in space.
Analysis: Highly rated by scouts entering the season, Jenkins was poised for a terrific 2012 campaign before suffering a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot during the season's first game. He projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker but will also get consideration as a one-gap defensive end. Jenkins has the ability to produce at the next level but must get back to prior playing form and show no ill-effects from his recent injury.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 243
40: 4.75
Year: 4Jr

Jelani Jenkins

School: Florida
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who posted 29 tackles/5 tackles for loss/2 sacks last season despite missing three games with an injured thumb. Sophomore totals included 75/6/2 after a career 76 tackles as a redshirt freshman.
Positive: Athletic weakside linebacker effective making plays in every direction of the field. Fluid changing direction, quickly gets to the action, and has a closing burst. Breaks down well, gets depth on pass drops, and goes sideline to sideline showing ability in pursuit. Quickly reads running plays and plays with suddenness. Squares into tackles.
Negative: Does not always take proper angles to the play. Not a stout tackler. Struggles disengaging from blocks and gets caught up in the trash on the inside.
Analysis: Jenkins is an athletic weakside linebacker prospect with the physical skills to play at the next level. He comes with average instincts and makes minor mental errors, which results in opportunities for the opponent. Jenkins offers starting potential down the road if he's put in the proper system and completes his game.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 230
40: 4.59
Year: 5Sr

Jake Johnson

School: South Alabama
Position: OLB
Bio: Virginia Tech transfer who started the past two seasons, winning all-Conference honors after each campaign. Senior totals included 131 tackles/15 tackles for loss/3 sacks after 83/6.5/2 the prior year.
Positive: Active and athletic linebacker with good instincts. Patient with assignments, remains disciplined, and flows well to the action. Breaks down well, fast moving laterally and keeps his feet and hands active throughout the play. Shows a good head for the ball. Plays to his 40 time and is effective in pursuit. Takes good angles to the play and is explosive at the point of attack.
Negative: Easily blocked from the action or gets caught up in the traffic. Not a forceful linebacker. Marginal skills in coverage.
Analysis: Johnson offers skill as a chase-and-run defender but must improve his play in pass coverage. He could make a roster as an eighth linebacker if he shows well on special teams.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 243
40: 4.73
Year: 4Sr

Travis Johnson

School: San Jose State
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter twice awarded all-Conference honors and named 2012 WAC Defensive Player of the Year after totals of 65 tackles/21.5 tackles for loss/13 sacks. Junior totals included 73/15.5/9.5 after 62/9.5/7.5 as a sophomore.
Positive: Undersized college defensive end who projects to linebacker in a 3-4 alignment. Breaks down well, plays with good pad level, and displays a terrific head for the ball. Plays smart, disciplined, instinctive football. Uses his hands to protect himself. Slides down the line of scrimmage and easily changes direction. Chases the action hard, keeps his feet moving on contact, and consistently puts himself in a position to make plays on the ball.
Negative: Possesses more of a short burst of speed than the ability to catch plays in back side in pursuit. Average closing burst.
Analysis: Johnson is a high-effort defender who got the most from his ability and was constantly disrupting the action in college. He offers limited upside for the next level but is too good of a pure football player not to find his way onto an NFL roster.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 245
40: 4.81
Year: 4Jr

Jarvis Jones

School: Georgia
Position: OLB
Bio: USC transfer awarded all-America and all-Conference honors the past two seasons. Junior totals last season included 85 tackles/24.5 tackles for loss/14.5 sacks as well as seven forced fumbles. Sophomore totals of 2011 included 70/19.5/13.5. Suffered a neck injury during the eighth game of his freshman campaign at USC then was never cleared by program doctors to take the field again. Diagnosed with spinal stenosis at USC.
Positive: Playmaking, defensive front seven prospect who consistently impacts the game. Plays with excellent balance, explosive moving in every direction, and displays great force off the edge rushing the passer. Tremendously athletic, chases the action in backside pursuit, and plays with quickness. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, breaks down well, and plays with good pad level. Goes sideline-to-sideline, easily gets out to the flanks in pursuit, and shows a tremendous closing burst. Plays much faster than his timed speed. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself and works them throughout the action to disengage from blocks. Fends off blockers with violent hand punch. Gets depth on pass drops and fluid moving in reverse. Shows ability in coverage and effectively makes plays in space.
Negative: Overwhelmed at the point of attack by large blockers or outsized by tight ends. Does not always seem to play with a sense of urgency. Lacks great size as well as growth potential.
Analysis: Jones is an impact defensive player who can stand up over a tackle, come out of a three-point stance to make plays up the field, or play backed off the line of scrimmage. He shows the ability to take over the action and plays with suddenness, explosion, and violence. Jones is a disruptive force who would be effective at the next level in a 3-4 alignment if he receives medical clearance and remains healthy.

Height: 6-6.5
Weight: 248
40: 4.59
Year: 5Sr

Dion Jordan

School: Oregon
Position: OLB
Bio: Former tight end who switched to defensive end as a sophomore, then was awarded all-Conference honors after his junior campaign. Totals last year included 44 tackles/10.5 tackles for loss/5 sacks. Struggled with a shoulder injury last season and underwent surgery after the combine. Junior totals included 42/13/7.5.
Positive: Explosive and athletic defensive end who is zipping up draft boards. Displays good speed in every direction. Fast off the edge as a pass rusher but still displays the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack without losing much momentum. Relentless pursuing the action. Uses his hands to protect himself. Plays with balance and good pad level. Covers a lot of ground. Fluid dropping off the line into space, gets depth on pass drops, and consistently makes plays in the open field. Easily flips his hips transitioning off the line in coverage, displays good speed laterally, and quickly gets out to the flanks to make plays. Smart defender who stays within the assignment and does more than just mindlessly rush up the field.
Negative: Lacks awareness in coverage. Must improve his overall body strength. Long-limbed and is susceptible to having his legs taken out by blocks.
Analysis: Jordan is a forceful defender who has developed into a three-down player in a 3-4 alignment. He offers starting possibilities standing up over tackle or coming out of a three-point stance on passing downs. Athletic and intelligent, Jordan has significant upside and should be an early pick in round one.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 243
40: 4.68
Year: 4Sr

Jake Knott

School: Iowa State
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore season. Had his senior campaign cut short by a shoulder injury and finished the year with 79 tackles and six tackles for loss in eight games. Junior totals included 115 tackles after 130 as a sophomore.
Positive: Fierce, three-down defender who stands out in all areas of the game. Physical, instinctive, and flies around the action. Fast up the field, quickly changes direction, and shows speed in pursuit. Plays with quickness. Goes hard sideline to sideline and covers a lot of area. Effective in coverage, gets depth on pass drops, and works hard to defend the throw.
Negative: Easily blocked from the action or disrupted from his angle of attack by the first hit. Coming off a serious shoulder injury.
Analysis: Knott is an intense defender who plays smart, tough football. He is effective stopping the run, defending the pass, and offers potential on the outside of a 4-3 alignment. Knott will play at the next level if he recovers from last year's shoulder injury.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 233
40: 4.79
Year: 4Sr

Cameron Lawrence

School: Mississippi State
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totaling 120 tackles/10 tackles for loss/4 sacks as well as intercepting two passes and breaking up four more. Junior season included a career-best 123 tackles.
Positive: Hard-working, instinctive linebacker with marginal physical skills for the next level. Remains disciplined with assignments and effectively reads the action. Makes sure his teammates are properly positioned. Possesses a terrific head for the ball, quickly changes direction and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Works hard to get involved in the play, displays a short burst of speed, and constantly around the action.
Negative: Marginal athlete and lacks top pursuit speed. Possesses minimal sideline-to-sideline range. Struggles getting off blocks at the point of attack.
Analysis: Lawrence is an intelligent player who uses all his assets to their maximum but is a two down defender with marginal speed for the next level. He offers possibilities for a team who keeps nine linebackers and needs a special teams ace.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 240
40: 4.88
Year: 4Sr

Travis Long

School: Washington State
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his junior season. Senior totals included 61 tackles/13 tackles for loss/9.5 sacks as well as 1 interception and 4 more passes broken up. Suffered a serious knee injury late in his senior season and missed the final game of the year. Junior numbers included 42/12/4.
Positive: Hard-working defensive front seven player who gets the most from his ability. Moves well laterally, chases the action hard, and works his hands to protect himself. Remains disciplined with assignments, plays within himself, but also aggressively attacks ballcarrierss. Smart, effectively reads the action, and relentless in pursuit of the ball handler.
Negative: Possesses a marginal burst and limited pursuit speed. Out positioned by opponents and slow shedding blocks. Ineffective in space.
Analysis: Long is a high effort, try-hard defender who consistently put himself in a position to make plays. He's a limited athlete lacking the size for defensive end and speed for outside linebacker. He must recover from the serious knee injury suffered late last season but Long offers possibilities as a 3-4 outside linebacker if he's able to get back to prior playing form.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 233
40: 4.68
Year: 4Sr

John Lotulelei

School: UNLV
Position: OLB
Bio: Junior-college transfer awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after breaking into the starting lineup and totaling 120 tackles. Junior numbers included 60 tackles.
Positive: Small but explosive linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline. Fluid moving laterally. Effective in pursuit and easily gets outside the numbers. Immediately finds the ballcarrier wraps up when tackling. Quickly changes direction, flows well to the action, and shows a solid closing burst to the play. Possesses better than average instincts and remains disciplined with assignments.
Negative: Overmatched by tight ends in coverage. Struggles getting off blocks and completely taken from the action by fullbacks.
Analysis: Lotulelei is a hard charging linebacker with the ability to play three downs at the next level. The lack of height limits him but he offers definite possibilities as a backup weakside linebacker as well as a special teams player.

Height: 6-4.5
Weight: 253
40: 4.88
Year: 4Sr

Josh Lynn

School: Furman
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore season. Senior totals included 36 tackles/7 tackles for loss/3 sacks after 49/11/5 the prior year.
Positive: Undersized but hard-working defensive end who projects to outside linebacker at the next level. Plays with good lean and pad level. Easily moves about the field and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Displays a solid inside move, wedges between blocks, and keeps his feet moving on contact. Can bend off the edge. Easily changes direction and immediately alters his angle of attack. Slides off blocks laterally and shows skill in pursuit.
Negative: Lacks bulk and was too often handled at the point by a single opponent. Average production on the college level.
Analysis: Lynn was a dependable college defender who consistently found a way to get into the opponent's backfield and disrupt the action. He lacks classic size/speed numbers but offers potential as a situational pass rusher/special teams player in the NFL.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 223
40: 4.71
Year: 5Sr

Brandon MaGee

School: Arizona State
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors last season after posting career-best totals of 113 tackles/12.5 tackles for loss/6.5 sacks. Sat out in 2011 after tearing his Achilles tendon in preseason camp. Junior totals of 2010 included 73/5/1.5. Selected in the Major League Baseball draft on three separate occasions including 2012 (Boston Red Sox), 2011 (Oakland Athletics), 2008 (Tampa Bay Rays).
Positive: Athletic but slightly undersized linebacker with solid instincts. Aggressive. Explosive at the point of attack and sells out to make plays. Uses his hands to effectively protect himself. Displays a good head for the ball and slides laterally to fill gaps in run defense. Quickly anticipates the action, remains disciplined with assignments, and fires up the field to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Squares into tackles and wraps up at the point of attack.
Negative: Lacks great change of direction skill for an undersized linebacker. Does not consistently take proper angles and overpursues plays. Average skill in coverage.
Analysis: MaGee has a solid combination of athleticism and instincts and would do well as a backup in a one-gap defense.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 256
40: 4.82
Year: 4Jr

Stansly Maponga

School: TCU
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his freshman season. Junior totals included 26/6.5/4 when he missed two games with injury. Posted career numbers of 55/13.5/9 as a sophomore 2011.
Positive: Athletic defensive prospect who can lineup in a three-point stance or stand up over tackle. Plays with good pad level, fires off the snap, and displays outstanding movement skills. Shows power, plays with good body control, and effectively pursues the action laterally. Immediately alters his angle of attack, can flatten off the edge, and possesses a closing burst. Works his hands throughout the action, displays an array of moves getting off blocks, and plays through the whistle.
Negative: Lacks great size and will struggle defending the run in the NFL. Possesses more of a burst rather than sustained speed.
Analysis: Maponga is an athletic prospect and showed the ability to be a forceful defender the past two years. He lacks classic size and is best suited as a 3-4 outside linebacker or one-gap defensive end at the next level.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 245
40: 4.66
Year: 4Sr

Josh Martin

School: Columbia
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign. Senior totals included 50 tackles as well as a team-leading 11.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Junior numbers included 63/13/7.
Positive: Aggressive college defensive end who will get consideration at outside linebacker in the NFL. Breaks down well, plays with good pad level, and actively works his hands. Fluid changing direction and quickly gets out to the flanks in pursuit of the action. Instinctive defender who quickly locates the ball and is rarely caught off his feet. Displays terrific movement skills and easily slides down the line of scrimmage to make plays. Gets a lot of momentum going up the field, effectively uses his hands to protect himself, and keeps his feet moving on contact.
Negative: Lacks bulk and was handled by opposing linemen. Possesses solid speed yet is not a flat-out burner.
Analysis: Martin was a consistent producer for Columbia and made a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. He'll receive consideration as a pass-rush specialist standing up over tackle in a 3-4 alignment or as a 4-3 one gap defensive end. Martin comes with a special teams mentality which is added value.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 243
40: 4.78
Year: 5Sr

Michael Mauti

School: Penn State
Position: OLB
Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 96 tackles/4 tackles for loss/2.5 sacks as well as intercepting three passes. Missed one game last year with a knee injury. Played four games in 2011 before having his season ended by a torn ligament in his left knee. Finished the year with 21 tackles. Posted 67/5.5/2 as a redshirt sophomore in 2010. Missed the 2009 season with a torn ligament in his right knee.
Positive: Intense, instinctive linebacker who struggled with multiple knee injuries in college. Breaks down well, effectively diagnosis plays, and remains disciplined. Possesses a terrific head for the ball, flows well to the action, and shows speed moving in every direction of the field. Takes good angles to the action, efficient and plays with suddenness. Tough defending the run, fights hard, and stays with the action. Gets depth on pass drops and shows skill in coverage. Does an outstanding job making the defensive calls and gets his teammates into proper position.
Negative: Struggles taking on blocks and gets handled at the point of attack. Missed significant time two of the past four seasons with separate knee injuries.
Analysis: Mauti is a complete linebacker and three-down defender with the ability to line up in a variety of defensive systems at the next level. The long-term effect of multiple knee injuries will dictate how effective he'll be in the NFL.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 231
40: 4.75
Year: 4Sr

Robert McCabe

School: Georgetown
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-America and all-Conference honors as a senior besides being named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. Totals last season included a school record 159 tackles with 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Junior numbers included 134 tackles.
Positive: Hard-charging, instinctive college linebacker with limited physical skills for the next level. Quickly diagnoses the action, keeps the play in front of him, and takes good angles to the ballcarrier. Fluid changing direction, moves well laterally in pursuit, and plays within himself. Smooth pedaling in reverse, gets depth on pass drops, and remains disciplined with assignments. Nicely redirects to ballcarriers and sells out to make plays.
Negative: Undersized, gets caught up in the wash and has tackles broken. Does not have a great burst of speed and displays only average skills in pursuit.
Analysis: McCabe was a productive three-year player for Georgetown and offers a combination of instincts and intensity. He does not possess great upside for the next level, but has possibilities as an eighth linebacker/special teams player.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 250
40: 4.75
Year: 5Sr

Lerentee McCray

School: Florida
Position: OLB
Bio: Senior totals included 25 tackles/4.5 tackles for loss/3 sacks when he started 12 games. Made five starts as a junior posting 24/7.5/1.5.
Positive: Tough, smart football player who offers possibilities in a variety of NFL defensive schemes. Fluid changing direction and moves well laterally. Plays with good pad level. Quickly picks up coverage assignments. Smooth flipping his hips transitioning down field and plays faster than his 40-time. Plays tough, hard-nosed football and does not give up on plays. Occasionally lined up in a three-point stance, forceful up the field, and knocks tackles off the line on his way to the quarterback.
Negative: Average skill in pursuit. Has an injury history. Must develop more counter moves to quickly disengage from blocks.
Analysis: McCray is a solid prospect who showed development in all areas of his game the past two seasons. He offers potential on the outside in both a conventional defensive scheme as well as a 3-4 alignment and projects as a situational linebacker.

Height: 6-4.5
Weight: 232
40: 4.75
Year: 4Sr

Alex Means

School: Air Force
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a junior. Senior totals included 100 tackles/12 tackles for loss/4 sacks after 77/9.5/6 as a junior.
Positive: Active and hard-working linebacker best in the box. Remains disciplined with assignments. Efficient and takes good angles to the play. Collapses down the line to get involved and works to make plays on the ball. Effectively diagnoses the action. Wraps up when tackling. Flashes ability in pursuit.
Negative: One-speed defender who does not display closing burst. Lacks overall quickness in his game. Marginally effective making plays moving in reverse.
Analysis: Means was a solid front-seven defender at Air Force and has the skills to be used at strongside linebacker in the NFL if he is able to add bulk and strength to his

Height: 6-3
Weight: 251
40: 4.72
Year: 5Sr

Steve Means

School: Buffalo
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter who posted 77 tackles/11 tackles for loss/6.5 sacks as a senior after 33/3.5/2.5 the prior year. Sophomore totals included 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
Positive: Undersized college defensive end who projects to outside linebacker at the next level. Solid athlete who plays with good leverage and pad level. Quickly changes direction to chase the action down the line scrimmage. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself and plays with balance. Immediately alters his angle of attack to chase the action and squeezes through the small openings of the offensive line. Easily gets outside the numbers in pursuit and displays a closing burst to the play. An agile, fluid defender who shows good athleticism.
Negative: Has been inconsistent on the college level. Undersized at defensive end and as such was easily out positioned from the play or engulfed by a single opponent.
Analysis: Means was overshadowed at Buffalo by all-America defender Kahlil Mack yet has the size, speed, and skill to play in the NFL. He was a menacing pass rusher who has upside in a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 6-4.5
Weight: 241
40: 4.54
Year: 4Jr

Barkevious Mingo

School: LSU
Position: OLB
Bio: All-Conference selection the past two seasons starting 10 games as a junior in 2012 and four games the prior year. Totals last season included 38 tackles/8.5 tackles for loss/4.5 sacks after 46/15/8 as a sophomore in 2011.
Positive: Explosive, game-changing front seven player with the ability to line up at several positions. Displays outstanding movement skills, shows tremendous edge speed, and flashes power. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, rarely knocked off his feet, and plays with good knee bend. Forceful, quick moving in every direction, and overruns blocks to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Can bend off the edge, has a burst of speed, and shows ability in pursuit. Easily changes direction or immediately alters his angle of attack, losing little momentum. To his credit does not bite on ball fakes and stays with assignments. Covers a lot of area. Effective chasing the action in pursuit or making plays in space.
Negative: Handled by strong run-blocking lineman when he comes out of a three-point stance. At times slow locating the ball. Will over pursue plays and takes himself from the action on occasion. Didn E(TM)t seem to play with a sense of urgency in 2012.
Analysis: Mingo is a forceful defender with the ability to alter the momentum of games and disrupt the action. He offers potential as a 3-4 outside linebacker as well as a situational pass-rushing defensive end. Mingo comes with Pro Bowl ability if he consistently plays at a high level.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 225
40: 4.59
Year: 4Sr

Daniel Molls

School: Toledo
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totaling 166 tackles/6 tackles for loss/2.5 sacks. Also intercepted three passes and broke up four more. Junior totals included 70 tackles after 143 as a sophomore.
Positive: Undersized yet hard-charging linebacker who sells out to make plays. Quick getting outside the numbers and cuts off the corners from running backs. Fires through the gaps up the field to make plays against the run, quickly changing direction, and has a closing burst to the play. Instinctive and does a terrific job diagnosing the action. Has good range in coverage.
Negative: Small and gets swallowed up by blocks. Inefficient and does not always take correct angles to the action. Not a strong open-field tackler.
Analysis: Molls is an intense defender who plays through the whistle and chases hard to get to the ballcarrier. He has size limitations, yet his intensity could help him catch on as a backup linebacker/special-teams ace for a one-gap defense.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 236
40: 4.75
Year: 5Sr

Nick Moody

School: Florida State
Position: OLB
Bio: Former safety who moved to linebacker in 2012 and finished the year with 22 tackles/1.5 tackles for loss/1 sack. Played in nine games as a junior after struggling with a groin injury and finished the season with 23 tackles. Posted career numbers of 79 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Forceful college defender who displays a lot of inconsistency on the field. Covers a lot of area on the field and fast moving in every direction. Gets depth on pass drops, easily gets outside the numbers pursuing the action, and effective in space. Quickly closes to the action, forceful on the blitz, and shows athleticism on the field.
Negative: Does not display a feel for coverage or good timing in pass defense. Marginally productive as a senior.
Analysis: Moody is a terrific athlete who must start to consistently play at a high level on the field. Best as a weakside linebacker, he's a developmental prospect who will need time before his NFL ready.

Height: 6-4.5
Weight: 250
40: 4.85
Year: 3Jr

Damontre Moore

School: Texas A&M
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-America and all-Conference honors last season as a junior after leading Texas A&M in tackling with 85 tackles/21 tackles for loss/12.5 sacks. Sophomore totals included 72/17.5/8.5.
Positive: Productive college defensive end expected to move to outside linebacker in the NFL. Plays faster than his 40-time, displays good range and goes sideline to sideline. Fires off the snap with a terrific first step, works his hands throughout the play and rarely knocked off his feet. Fast up the field, can bend off the edge, and causes a lot of disruption in the backfield. Displays agility and the quickness necessary to blow around tight ends, relentless in pursuit of the ballcarrier, and quickly moves in every direction of the field. Plays with good pad level, explosive, and deceptively strong. Occasionally bull rushes blockers off the line or knocks them from the play.
Negative: Out positioned by larger tight ends. Average pursuit speed. Not a great athlete.
Analysis: Moore was a game-changing defender the past two seasons and a disruptive force who had to be accounted for on every down. He'll be downgraded because of poor testing numbers but Moore comes with starting ability at the next level and should only improve as he continues to physically mature and gain experience.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 245
40: 4.62
Year: 5Sr

Sio Moore

School: Connecticut
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totals of 72 tackles/15.5 tackles for loss/8 sacks. Junior numbers included 86/16/6.5 with 3 INTs. Posted a career-best 110 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Productive linebacker with an underrated game. Instinctive, displays a good head for the action, and plays to his 40 time. Covers a lot of ground and doesn E(TM)t lose momentum when he must immediately alter his angle of attack. Scrapes well laterally, gets depth on pass drops, and effectively diagnoses the action. Stays with assignments and effectively makes plays in space or the backside pursuit.
Negative: Slow shedding blocks and gets caught up in the trash. Marginally effective on the
Analysis: Moore displayed a complete game the past three seasons and offers potential for in a variety of systems at inside or outside linebacker. He can also make an impact on special teams.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 225
40: 4.73
Year: 4Sr

Chris Norman

School: Michigan State
Position: OLB
Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore. Senior totals included 51 tackles/4 tackles for loss/1 sack when he played nine games with the first team. Career totals of 76/6.5/2 came during his junior campaign.
Positive: Relatively athletic but inconsistent linebacker. Gets depth on pass drops, moves well laterally, and covers a lot of ground. Effective in pursuit and shows an explosive burst to the action. Aggressively goes after ballcarriers and wraps up at the point of attack.
Negative: Marginally instinctive and slow to react. Disappears for stretches. Does not show a feel for coverage.
Analysis: After his sophomore season, Norman looked like he was on his way to becoming a top weakside linebacker prospect but never truly elevated his game. He possesses the underlying athleticism to play at the next level, but his instincts and coverage skills leave a lot to be desired.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 238
40: 4.72
Year: 5Sr

David Nwabuisi

School: Northwestern
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who posted 97 tackles/8.5 tackles for loss/1 sack as a senior when he also intercepted three passes and broke up two more. Junior numbers included 84/8.5/1.
Positive: Undersized, yet quick linebacker effective in pursuit. Fast moving in every direction of the field. Covers a lot of area, easily gets outside the numbers, and quickly pursues the action. Can turn it on in a single step, possesses a terrific closing burst, and loses little momentum when he must immediately alter his angle of attack. Explosive, aggressive, and plays bigger than his listed size. Quick up the field filling gaps in run defense.
Negative: Doesn E(TM)t display good awareness in coverage or a feel for what's happening when the ball is in the air. Undersized and will be overmatched by opponents.
Analysis: Nwabuisi is a chase-and-run linebacker best in pursuit. He possesses the skill set and upside necessary to play in a one-gap system. He's a special-teams prospect who must improve his skill in coverage to have a career in the NFL.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 250
40: 4.84
Year: 5Sr

Tristan Okpalaugo

School: Fresno State
Position: OLB
Bio: Started nine games as a senior at outside linebacker and totaled 49 tackles/10.5 tackles for loss/3 sacks. Made 10 starts at defensive end as a junior, posting 31/8.5/4.
Positive: Underrated 3-4 outside linebacker prospect who's been a disruptive force the past two seasons. Athletic, possesses good movement skills, and gets a lot of momentum going to the action. Solid pass rusher off the edge. Easily changes direction to pursue the play. Shows a burst of speed, easily alters his angle of attack, and keeps his feet moving on contact. Slices through double-team blocks to get behind the line of scrimmage and disrupt the action.
Negative: Possesses more of a short burst of speed and is minimally effective in pursuit. Has a tall, thin build and struggles getting off blocks. Marginally effective dropping off the line and playing in space. Must improve his overall balance.
Analysis: Okpalaugo is a late bloomer who really upped his game the past two seasons. He possesses the athleticism and frame to line up as a pass-rushing linebacker in a 3-4 at the next level.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 238
40: 4.78
Year: 5Sr

Nathan Palmer

School: Illinois State
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-time all-Conference selection who posted 71 tackles/15 tackles for loss/7.5 sacks as a senior after 46/10.5/9.5 the prior year. Began his college career at Illinois.
Positive: Undersized college defensive end who projects to linebacker at the next level. Breaks down well, plays with good knee bend, and displays solid movement skills. Forceful off the edge, keeps his feet moving on contact, and quickly changes direction. Fast getting out to the flanks in pursuit of the action, effectively uses his hands to protect himself, and displays a burst of closing speed. Fluid athlete who is rarely caught off his feet.
Negative: Rarely used off the line of scrimmage. Handled by blocks out of his three-point stance. Marginally instinctive.
Analysis: Palmer was a productive small-school pass rusher but lacks the size to stay at defensive end in the NFL. He must prove he can do more than rush the passer in camp this summer to have any chance of making a roster.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 229
40: 4.7
Year: 4Sr

Sean Porter

School: Texas A&M
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a junior. Senior totals included 66 tackles/6.5 tackles for loss/3.5 sacks after 79/17/9.5 the prior year.
Positive: Slightly undersized but explosive three-down defending linebacker who gives great effort. Instinctive, plays smart football, and flies around the field. Fast moving in every direction, displays excellent sideline-to-sideline range, and covers a lot of area. Breaks down well, quick, and delivers some heavy hits. Gets depth on pass drops, effective in space, and shows skill in coverage. Easily changes direction, explodes to the play, and has a solid closing burst. Collapses outside-in to defend the run and works hard to make plays.
Negative: Struggles taking on blocks and engulfed by opponents. Doesn E(TM)t consistently take proper angles to the action, inefficient, and overruns plays.
Analysis: Porter has been very productive on the college level and is a three-down defender with a complete game. He's one of the more underrated linebackers in this draft and offers starting potential on the outside in a 4-3 alignment. Porter needs to fine-tune his game but has the possibility of a long NFL career.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 239
40: 4.92
Year: 4Sr

Keith Pough

School: Howard
Position: OLB
Bio: All-America and all-Conference recipient as a senior when he was also named MEAC Defensive Player of the Year. Finished the season with 72 tackles/10 tackles for loss/3.5 sacks.
Positive: Active, hard-working linebacker who is constantly around the action. Breaks down well, remains disciplined with assignments, and attacks opposing ballcarriers. Instinctive, covers a lot of ground, and is effective in pursuit. Fights to get off blocks and plays while injured. Efficient, takes good angles to plays, and sells out on the blitz. Plays faster than his 40 time.
Negative: Undersized defender who gets caught up in the trash or easily disrupted from his angle of attack. Displays just average skill in coverage.
Analysis: Pough was a fantastic linebacker on the small-school level and a defender who constantly made plays on the ball. He lacks classic size and speed for the next level, yet his instincts, toughness, and competitiveness could easily help him catch on as an eighth linebacker/special teams player.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 249
40: 4.61
Year: 5Sr

Ty Powell

School: Harding
Position: OLB
Bio: Named to severalall-America teams as a senior after totaling 40 tackles/15 tackles for loss/3.5sacks. Started three games as a junior and posted 7/2.5/2.
Positive: Fast rising,small school prospect with outstanding size and speed for the next level.Athletic, moves well about the field and plays with a high motor. Easily flowsto the action, displaying the ability to get down the line scrimmage or outsidethe numbers to make plays. Forceful at the point of attack, tough defending therun and explosive. Solid special-teams player who creates turnovers.
Negative: Better makingplays up the field and struggles in coverage. Not a sound wrap-up tackler. Mustdo a better job using his hands.
Analysis: Powell is aterrific athlete with the size and athleticism to develop into a productivedefender at the next level. A college defensiveend who projects to outside linebacker in a 34 alignment, he needs to continuehis progress on the field but could be a solid special teams player this fall.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 247
40: 4.75
Year: 5Sr

Mike Rallis

School: Minnesota
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter who totaled 80 tackles/5 tackles for loss/1 sack as a senior after 83/5/1.5 the prior year.
Positive: Intense, physical, and instinctive linebacker who works hard to make plays. Displays a good head for the ball, scrapes well laterally. and gets outside the box to make plays in pursuit. Quick to the action and sells out to make plays. Takes good angles the action, effectively uses his hands to protect himself and wraps up when tackling. Gets depth on pass drops and shows good awareness in coverage. Effectively makes the defensive calls and stays with assignments.
Negative: Easily blocked from the action or handled by a single opponent. Lacks great speed in pursuit.
Analysis: Rallis is a high-intensity and smart defender who plays through the whistle. He'd be a fine addition as a backup linebacker or special teamer.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 237
40: 4.78
Year: 4Sr

LaRoy Reynolds

School: Virginia
Position: OLB
Bio: The three-year starter began his college career at safety before moving to linebacker as a sophomore. Senior totals included 90 tackles/5.5 tackles for loss/1 sack after 88 tackles as a junior.
Positive: Weakside linebacker prospect who chases the action hard. Shows athleticism, breaks down well, and has a burst to the action. Remains disciplined with coverage assignments. Quickly changes direction and fast getting to the sideline to make plays. Covers a lot of area on the field and works hard through the whistle blows.
Negative: Displays marginal force on the blitz. Does not possess good long speed pursuing the action. Only average coverage skills.
Analysis: Reynolds possesses the athleticism to line up at weakside linebacker in the NFL, yet must improve his coverage skills.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 247
40: 4.72
Year: 4Sr

Etienne Sabino

School: Ohio State
Position: OLB
Bio: Part-time starter the past two seasons. Missed four games with injury as a senior, finishing the year with 45 tackles/4 tackles for loss/2 sacks. Junior numbers included 62/7/2.
Positive: Athletic linebacker who flashed skill the past two seasons yet struggled to show a complete game. Smooth moving about the field. Easily gets outside the box or down the line to make plays. Fast in every direction, displays good sideline-to-sideline range, and covers a lot of area. Breaks down well, keeps his feet and hands active throughout the action and easily changes direction. Shows a burst to the play, which he can turn on in a single step.
Negative: Inefficient and occasionally over pursues the play. Late reacting and marginally instinctive.
Analysis: Sabino had an inconsistent career at Ohio State, yet offers the physical skills to play at the next level. He must polish his game and learn to do the little things well but is worth stashing on a practice squad for future development.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 260
40: 4.67
Year: 4Sr

John Simon

School: Ohio State
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two seasons and named Big Ten defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Totals last season included 87 tackles/14.5 tackles for loss/9 sacks after 59/16/7 the prior year.
Positive: Intense, hard-working defender with poor size and speed for the next level. Quick off the snap, plays with good pad level, and fluid moving in every direction of the field. Shows a variety of moves to protect himself or get off blocks. Rarely off his feet and has a closing burst to the action. Can bend off the edge and fast up the field. Fierce and goes after the action hard. Instinctive, reads plays, and quickly finds the ballcarrier.
Negative: Lacks great pursuit speed chasing the action. Struggles getting off blocks once engaged at the point of attack.
Analysis: Simon was a productive college defender who got the most from his ability and consistently found ways to make plays. He lacks the size for defensive end and speed for linebacker, yet his play is reminiscent of former Buckeye and NFL All-Pro Mike Vrabel. Simon has the skills to produce at the next level in a system where a creative defensive coordinator moves him around the front seven.

Height: 6-4.5
Weight: 250
40: 4.73
Year: 5Sr

Quanterus Smith

School: Western Kentucky
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year last season after totaling 38 tackles/18.5 tackles for loss/12.5 sacks in 10 games. Tore the ACL in his left knee in mid-November and missed the last three games of the season. Junior totals included 38/11/7.5. Primarily lined up at defensive end for Western Kentucky.
Positive: Athletic college pass rusher who projects to outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment. Plays with good leverage and is explosive at the point of attack. Quickly changes direction. Fast pursuing down the line of scrimmage and shows speed up the field rushing the passer. Flashes power, effectively uses his hands to protect himself, and plays with balance. Rarely knocked off his feet. Fluid if asked to twist or stunt and easily moves in every direction. Has nice length and possesses growth potential. Flashes the ability to drop off the line of scrimmage and play in space on zone blitzes. Stays with the action and works hard to make plays.
Negative: Engulfed at the point of attack or easily disrupted from the action by the first block. Coming off a serious knee injury.
Analysis: Smith has shown terrific improvement the past three seasons and was well on his way to being a mid-round draft pick before his injury. He possesses the size, athleticism, and speed to stand up over tackle at the next level and Smith should have a productive NFL career if he rebounds from the knee injury.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 245
40: 4.81
Year: 5Sr

Sean Stanley

School: Penn State
Position: OLB
Bio: Used as part of the starting lineup the past two seasons posting 45 tackles/9.5 tackles for loss/4 sacks as a senior after 30/6.5/4.5 the prior year.
Positive: Undersized college defensive end who flashes the ability to make plays behind the line scrimmage. Explosive off the snap, plays with good pad level, and keeps his feet moving on contact. Fast off the edge, easily changes direction, and shows ability in pursuit. Quick in all his actions, works his hands to protect himself, and keeps his feet moving on contact.
Negative: Easily controlled at the point of attack by a single blocker. Can be a liability against the run.
Analysis: Stanley was a solid college defensive end, yet lacks size and growth potential for the next level. The ability to make plays behind the line scrimmage gets him consideration as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 230
40: 4.65
Year: 4Sr

Phillip Steward

School: Houston
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after posting career-best numbers of 128 tackles/23 tackles for loss/12 sacks. Junior totals included 77/11/2 when he also intercepted six passes.
Positive: Undersized linebacker with an underrated game. Fast, effective in pursuit, and covers a lot of ground. Quickly changes direction, easily gets out to the flanks, and flows well to the play. Remains disciplined with assignments and plays smart football. Shows ability in coverage and is effective making plays in space.
Negative: Undersized and struggles getting through blocks. More of a drag-down than a wrap-up tackler.
Analysis: Stewart was a productive college linebacker effective in all areas of the game. He lacks classic size for the next level but could back up in a one gap defense if he produces on special teams.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 245
40: 4.78
Year: 5Sr

Walter Stewart

School: Cincinnati
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter who played in just six games as a senior before having his season cut short with a potential career-ending back injury. Totals last year included 22 tackles/7 tackles for loss/5 sacks. Junior totals included 44/11/6 after 60/8/2 as a sophomore. Lined up at both outside linebacker and defensive end in college.
Positive: Explosive college pass rusher whose career may be on hold. Resilient defender who plays with good pad level and has been effective defending the run and rushing the passer. Plays with consistent leverage, easily changes direction, and effectively pursues the action from the back side. Keeps his feet moving throughout the play. Fast off the edge and has a closing burst. Readjusts off the initial block and immediately gets back to playing form. Strong for his size and slides off blocks. Consistently around the action.
Negative: Must develop more moves with his hands. Inefficient and takes too many steps to the action. Initially announced his retirement from football in October 2012 before attempting a recent comeback.
Analysis: Stewart was a consistent college defender and potentially one of the more underrated 3-4 outside linebacker prospects in the draft prior to his back injury last season. Physical exams and the willingness of teams to give him a chance this summer will dictate his NFL future.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 234
40: 4.78
Year: 5Sr

Mike Taylor

School: Wisconsin
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his junior season. Senior totals included 123 tackles/15 tackles for loss/3 sacks after 150/9/2 the prior year.
Positive: Hard-charging linebacker with poor size and speed for the next level. Patient, instinctive, and stays with assignments. Does not bite on ball fakes, quickly locates the action, and consistently puts himself in a position to make plays on the ball. Easily collapses down the line scrimmage defending the run, quick to the action, and shows speed in pursuit. Breaks down well and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Fluid moving in reverse and gets depth on pass drops.
Negative: Overmatched at the point of attack. Does not display a good feel in coverage.
Analysis: Taylor was a consistent player on the Wisconsin defense and brings intensity and instincts. He possesses size limitations, yet would be a very effective backup as a seventh linebacker/special teams player.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 244
40: 4.85
Year: 5Sr

Chase Thomas

School: Stanford
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 68 tackles/14 tackles for loss/7.5 sacks as well as one interception. Junior totals included 52/17.5/8.5 after 70/11.5/7.5 as a sophomore.
Positive: Ultra-productive college defender who does not project well to the next level. Plays with a relentless attitude, aggressively goes after the action, and works hard to make plays. Breaks down well. Shows a variety of hand moves working to protect himself and wraps up when tackling. Shows a good head for the ball. Moves relatively well laterally and is very effective rushing the passer.
Negative: Slow dropping off the line of scrimmage and is stiff in pass coverage. Possesses marginal speed pursuing the play. Shows average playing strength and gets handled by tight ends. Despite his production, he disappears for stretches.
Analysis: Thomas was all-everything for Stanford but has size and athletic limitations. He lacks the speed to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment and is not big enough to come out of a three-point stance in a conventional four-man front. Thomas should be a productive role player for the NFL team that uses him as a situational pass rusher.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 258
40: 4.79
Year: 5Sr

Cornelius Washington

School: Georgia
Position: OLB
Bio: Part-time starter the past three seasons totaling 22 tackles/3 tackles for loss/.5 sacks as a senior after 17/6/5 the prior year. Posted a career-best 24 tackles as a sophomore 2010.
Positive: Tall, versatile, and athletic defender with a nice degree of upside potential. Moves well laterally, slides off blocks, and fights to make plays on the ball. Displays speed off the edge as a pass rusher, collapses down the line of scrimmage, and plays with good pad level. Fires off the snap with a terrific first step and keeps his feet moving up the field. Works his hands throughout the play. Can immediately alter his attack angle and gets a lot of momentum going.
Negative: Adequate dropping off the line of scrimmage into coverage on zone blitzes. Occasionally stood up over tackle and shows the ability to rush the passer. Possesses more of a short burst of speed. At times would rather knockdown runners and does not wrap up. Easily tied up by blocks or handled by tight ends.
Analysis: Washington has flashed ability the past three seasons but struggled to see consistent playing time in Georgia's star-studded defense. He E(TM)s slightly underrated and could find a spot in the NFL as a situational pass rusher coming out of a three-point stance or standing up over the tackle.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 240
40: 4.73
Year: 5Sr

D.L. Wilhite

School: Minnesota
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter at defensive end who finished with 30 tackles/11 tackles for loss/8.5 sacks as a senior after 16/3/3 the prior year.
Positive: Undersized but athletic college defensive end who watched his game take off last season. Fires off the snap with a terrific first step, plays with good pad level, and shows speed off the edge. Uses his hands well to protect himself, slides off blocks, and gets a good amount of momentum going to the action. Fast in pursuit, scrapes down the line to chase the action, and catches ballcarriers from the back side.
Negative: Controlled at the point and easily knocked from his angle of attack by tight ends. Primarily used up the field and rarely asked to drop off the line in coverage.
Analysis: Wilhite significantly elevated his game last season and went from a draft afterthought to potential free-agent prospect. He'll offer potential as a pass rush specialist standing up over tackle or coming out of a three-point stance and has the athleticism necessary to play on special team coverage units.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 235
40: 4.65
Year: 4Sr

Craig Wilkins

School: Old Dominion
Position: OLB
Bio: Four-year starter who began his college career at safety. All-Conference selection the past two years and named to numerous all-America teams as a senior. Totals last year included 90 tackles/13.5 tackles for loss/6.5 sacks after 111/14.5/3.5 as a junior. Has nine career interceptions to his credit.
Positive: Athletic and active linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline. Breaks down well, plays with good knee bend, and has a vicious streak. A hard hitter who squares into tackles and wraps up. Smooth moving about the field, shows speed out to the flanks, and gets depth on pass drops. Quickly changes direction and covers a lot of area on the field. Effective in space and has a closing burst to the action.
Negative: Average instincts. Bites on play-action passes. Does not always take correct angles to the action.
Analysis: Wilkins struggled last season after a tremendous junior campaign but possesses the size as well as speed to line-up at weak side linebacker in the NFL. Wilkins needs to play within his abilities and develop his game to have a professional career.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 220
40: 4.79
Year: 5Sr

Jonathan Willard

School: Clemson
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who led Clemson in tackles last season. Posted 85 tackles/10.5 tackles for loss/3 sacks while also breaking up five passes. Junior numbers included 75 tackles.
Positive: Hard-charging linebacker with limited physical skills for the next level. Explosive up the field in run defense, scrapes well laterally, and shows ability in pursuit. Remains disciplined with assignments, effectively diagnoses plays, and wraps up when tackling. Shows a good head for the ball and effective in pass coverage.
Negative: Lacks size and taken from the action by blocks. Overmatched by tight ends in coverage.
Analysis: Willard was a tough college linebacker who got the most from his ability, yet lacks great upside for the next level. He offers potential as a backup linebacker in a one-gap system and is a prospect who could stand out on special teams.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 245
40: 4.75
Year: 4Sr

Meshak Williams

School: Kansas State
Position: OLB
Bio: Junior-college transfer awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after posting 45 tackles/16 tackles for loss/11 sacks while also breaking up four passes. Junior numbers included 28/11/7.
Positive: Productive yet undersized college defensive end who projects to outside linebacker in the NFL. Explodes off the snap, displays terrific speed off the edge, and plays with good lean and leverage. Quickly changes direction, showing the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack. Fires to the play and works his hands to protect himself. Fluid moving in every direction of the field and shows the ability to drop off the line scrimmage and play in space.
Negative: Undersized and easily disrupted from the action by blockers.
Analysis: Williams is a talented defender who elevated his game as a senior and went from a draft afterthought to a late-round prospect. He possesses the skill and style to line up at outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment and should get consideration as a back-up in the NFL.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 241
40: 4.84
Year: 4Sr

Nathan Williams

School: Ohio State
Position: OLB
Bio: Senior totals included 40 tackles/4 tackles for loss/2 sacks. Played in a single game as a junior in 2011 before being sidelined with a knee injury. 2010 totals included 46/12/5.
Positive: Impressive athlete who flashed skill yet showed little consistency on the college field. Fast both in a straight line and laterally, and covers a lot of area on the field. Can bend off the edge as a pass rusher and doesn E(TM)t lose momentum when changing direction. Relatively effective dropping off the line and playing in space.
Negative: Marginally instinctive and late reacting to the play. Minimally productive in college. Seemed to struggle getting back to form last season after his knee injury from 2011.
Analysis: Williams is a tremendous athlete with the size and speed to lineup at strong side linebacker in the NFL. He needs to improve his instincts, learn the details of his position, and elevate his game to have any impact at the next level.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 260
40: 4.78
Year: 4Sr

Tourek Williams

School: Florida International
Position: OLB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore season. Senior totals included 46 tackles/14.5 tackles for loss/6.5 sacks after 32/13/4.5 as a junior.
Positive: Athletic and aggressive college defensive end who projects to outside linebacker at the next level. Quickly fires off the snap. Plays with consistent knee bend. Fluid if asked to twist or stunt. Shows good movement skills and a closing burst to the action. Fast off the edge and quickly changes direction Effective pursuing the action from the back side. Easily gets outside the flanks and showed ability dropping into coverage.
Negative: Struggles getting off blocks. Did not time well the combine.
Analysis: Williams is an athletic and versatile defender who projects well as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 241
40: 4.58
Year: 4Sr

Trevardo Williams

School: Connecticut
Position: OLB
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons after playing seven games with the first team as a sophomore. All-Conference selection after his senior and junior campaigns. Totals last year included 43 tackles/13.5 tackles for loss/11.5 sacks after 43/15/12.5 the prior year.
Positive: Explosive and athletic college defensive end who projects to linebacker at the next level. Breaks down well, plays with good lean, and gets leverage on opponents. Quickly changes direction and displays the ability to pursue the action laterally with speed. Can bend off the edge and loses little momentum when altering his angle of attack. Shows a good closing burst. Keeps his feet moving on contact, nicely redirects to ballcarriers, and stays with assignments. Does more than just pin his ears back and take off up the field, rather, he gives effort defending the run or making plays in space. Fights with his hands throughout the action.
Negative: Lacks bulk and handled by tight ends. Average instincts.
Analysis: Williams is a terrific athlete who lacks the great size for the next level. He should succeed in a one-gap defense that uses him in space at linebacker and occasionally has him coming out of a three-point stance as a situational pass rusher.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 245
40: 4.79
Year: 5Sr

Vince Williams

School: Florida State
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 59 tackles/6.5 tackles for loss/1 sack as a senior after 54/5/2 the prior year.
Positive: Relatively athletic linebacker who shows skill defending the run or covering the pass. Plays faster than his 40-time, shows ability in pursuit, and beats ballcarriers to the flanks. Quickly changes direction, breaks down well, and possesses good movement skills. Slides laterally through the trash to get to the action, displays quickness in his game, and gets depth on pass drops. Shows ability in coverage and makes good decisions when the ball is in the air.
Negative: Struggles getting off blocks and easily disrupted from the action. Not a strong open field tackler. Bites on ball fakes and occasionally gets caught out of position.
Analysis: After being sidelined in 2009 with a back injury, Williams has watched his game improve the past three seasons. He's a three-down defender who can lineup at inside or middle linebacker and Williams should be an effective on special-teams.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 244
40: 4.78
Year: 5Sr

Tenarius Wright

School: Arkansas
Position: OLB
Bio: Two-year starter who posted 28 tackles in five games as a senior, missing significant time with a shoulder injury. Junior totals included 45 tackles/5 tackles for loss/1.5 sacks.
Positive: Explosive college defender with a versatile game who has struggled with injuries the past two years. Fluid moving laterally and easily gets down the line of scrimmage to pursue the action. Gets depth on pass drops, shows speed to every direction, and effective in space. Solid pass rusher, forces his way up the field, and tough to knock off his feet.
Negative: Shows hesitation in coverage. Minimally productive in college because of injuries.
Analysis: Wright presented himself as a complete three-down player over the past two years but his development has been slowed by injury. He's a solid pass rusher who also displays skill dropping into coverage and would do well in a 3-4 alignment if he stays healthy.

Updated 5/7
RankRndNamePosYear
11stJadeveon Clowney
South Carolina
DE3Jr
21stKhalil Mack
Buffalo
OLB5Sr
31stJake Matthews
Texas A&M
T4Sr
41stGreg Robinson
Auburn
T3So
51stSammy Watkins
Clemson
WR3Jr
61stMike Evans
Texas A&M
WR3So
71stAnthony Barr
UCLA
OLB4Sr
81stTaylor Lewan
Michigan
T5Sr
91stAaron Donald
Pittsburgh
DT4Sr
101stEric Ebron
North Carolina
TE4Jr
111stBlake Bortles
Central Florida
QB4Jr
121stZack Martin
Notre Dame
T5Sr
131stJustin Gilbert
Oklahoma State
CB4Sr
141stC.J. Mosley
Alabama
ILB4Sr
151stDarqueze Dennard
Michigan State
CB4Sr
161stKony Ealy
Missouri
DE4Jr
171stMarqise Lee
USC
WR3Jr
181stCalvin Pryor
Louisville
S3Jr
191stOdell Beckham Jr.
LSU
WR3Jr
201stRyan Shazier
Ohio State
OLB3Jr
211stHasean Clinton-Dix
Alabama
S3Jr
221stBrandin Cooks
Oregon State
WR3Jr
231stJason Verrett
TCU
CB4Sr
241stTeddy Bridgewater
Louisville
QB3Jr
251stLouis Nix
Notre Dame
DT4Jr