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2011 NFL Draft - Ranking OLBs No. 11 to 25
Connecticut LB Lawrence Wilson
Connecticut LB Lawrence Wilson
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 22, 2011


From a college football perspective, here's the ranking of all the top outside linebacker prospects. ... No. 11 to 25

2011 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Outside Linebackers - No. 11-25


By Pete Fiutak

- 2011 NFL Outside Linebacker Rankings - Top Ten

11. Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut 6-1, 229
Way too small and build like a short safety, he doesn’t have the look of an NFL linebacker and he isn’t going to get any bigger. However, he’s as tough as nails, he hits with anger, and he’s a guided missile who blows up ball-carriers. A durable rock, he’s always playing and always tackling with over 100 stops in three of his four seasons. He’s going to be a part of a rotation, but he’ll be a good producer who’ll always give an honest day’s work.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

12. Scott Lutrus, Connecticut 6-2, 241
A nice-sized, rock-solid versatile defender, he can work at any linebacker spot and can hold his own and produce. Surprisingly mobile at the Combine, he tested better than he plays on the field with a tremendous 38” vertical and great quickness in the short drills. He’s not a pass defender and he doesn’t do anything at a high level, but he’s a good all-around football player when he can stay healthy. He’d be higher on more draft boards if he didn’t have major shoulder problems suffering stingers on a regular basis. The injuries are going to prove limiting.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

13. Chris Carter, Fresno State (DE) 6-1, 248
Fresno State had no pass rush whatsoever without Carter. Fast off the ball and a force at getting into the backfield, he’s a disruptive force who can be used as a smallish defensive end or as a long, very strong outside linebacker. With a great fire for the game and good character, he’s coachable and will do whatever is needed. He’s not great against the run and he doesn’t have the elite athleticism needed to be a situational pass rusher, so it might be hard to find a regular spot for him. Consider him a poor man’s Von Miller, but with a better motor.
CFN Projection: Third Round

14. Doug Hogue, Syracuse 6-2, 235
The former running back moves extremely well and cuts like a good all-around athlete. He zips all over the place and he can fly into the backfield when needed, but he’s still trying to become a real, live linebacker. He needs to hit the weight room harder and he doesn’t have a defender’s instincts, but he was fantastic in post-season workouts and has the character and the makeup to work to get better. Very coachable, he’ll do whatever it takes to contribute early on, and he’s just scratching the surface and could pay off big-time in a few years.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

15. Brooks Reed, Arizona (DE) 6-2, 263
Insanely strong, he’s a big, physical defender who has the size and the toughness to work on the line as a pass rushing 4-3 end, and he’s just fast enough to be a decent outside linebacker. With a good fire and a passion for the game, he brings the want-to and the work ethic, fighting to do whatever he needs to. He’s missing the raw athleticism to ever be great, and he’s not going to do anything in pass coverage, but he can be a functional starter who comes up with a nice career if he’s surrounded by better linebackers.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

16. Mark Herzlich, Boston College (ILB) 6-4, 244
Before having to undergo his battle with cancer he was considered a sure-thing top ten pick and possibly the No. 1 overall prospect going into the 2009 season. While he’s a player to root for and he’s as hard a worker as any linebacker in the draft, he lost something in the fight. The weight room strength is there and he’s always going 100 miles per hour on the field, but he doesn’t have anywhere near the same speed or quickness he used to. On character and want-to, he can play on an NFL defense and be a good run defender and a productive part-time starter, but he’s not nearly the special player he once was.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

17. Bruce Miller, UCF (DE) 6-1, 254
An ultra-productive, extremely talented pass rusher, he’s always working and never takes a play off. He made himself into a top-shelf sack artist by busting his tail, and he’s going to do whatever it takes to make a roster. Extremely strong, he threw up 35 reps on the bench and apparently interviewed extremely well, but he just doesn’t have the raw talent or athleticism to be a top producer at the next level. He’s not athletic, he doesn’t have the right build, and outside of the weight room at the Combine, he proved to be too short, too slow, and too average. No one will outwork him, though.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

18. Brian Rolle, Ohio State 5-10, 229
Way too small, he might be used as a strong safety in the right packages, and he won’t be able to be anything more than a key part of a rotation. When he’s on the field, though, he’ll be a Tasmanian devil of a defender going full tilt all the time and always getting around the ball. He bring the fire on every play and he’s able to avoid blocks be outquicking most linemen. However, it’s over if anyone gets his hands on him and he’s not a good enough tackler to make all the plays needed. With his speed and motor he’ll be a fit for someone, but he’ll have to be a special teamer and will have to be used to being a role player.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

19. Adrian Moten, Maryland 6-2, 228
Way too small, Moten’s a good athlete with nice quickness and great fire. A screamer, he’s a high-energy player who likes to get everyone pumped up and is a natural leader. However, he doesn’t have the size and the bulk or the strength to be a regular starter. He looks more like a safety than a pure linebacker, and he might be limited, but he could be a superstar on special teams and too versatile to cut.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

20. Brian Duncan, Texas Tech (DE) 6-0, 237
A pass rusher, he was a good, productive defensive star for the Red Raiders who worked mostly as a defensive end after starting out his career as a middle linebacker. He’s always going to bring the effort and he’s a good guy who you want to be a part of the defense, but he’s not a great athlete and he doesn’t have an NFL position. Way too small, forget about putting him on the end, but he’ll be a special teamer who can fill in at any linebacker spot as a key reserve.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

21. Winston Venable, Boise State 5-11, 218
Way too small and way too slow for his size, he looks like a safety but doesn’t run like one. However, he’s a huge, highlight-reel hitter who is never afraid to get physical and bust people in the mouth. He played much bigger than he looks, but that only works in the WAC. He’ll be a fun practice player who’ll get all over the field, and he could stick in the right system that needs a hybrid tweener for third downs, but doesn’t really have an NFL position.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

22. J.T. Thomas, West Virginia 6-1, 241
A nice athlete who can hit big and work hard, he moves well enough to look the part and he does whatever is needed. Put him on special teams or as a backup and it won’t matter; he’ll be ready. However, he came up with a rough Combine showing no pop or jumping ability whatsoever, and he’ll be blown up by anyone who blocks him, he could be a last man on the roster by trying harder than everyone else and busting his tail on special teams.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

23. Mario Harvey, Marshall Very fast on the field and a great leader, he has the raw makeup of a good, productive defender. He has no problems getting physical and he can do it all from getting into the backfield to hanging around in the passing game, but he’s not all that big and will have to get by mostly by his motor than his talent. Simply not athletic enough, and without any special skills, he could make a roster if he proves he can shine on special teams.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

24. Mario Addison, Troy 6-3, 245
On straight measurables, he’s worth a long look in a camp. He has decent size and phenomenal athleticism with a blast off the ball, but he’s just not a good football player. He has no instincts whatsoever and is always out of position, but with his speed and his raw pass rushing ability he has a shot to see time as a situational pass rusher.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

25. Jonas Mouton, Michigan 6-1, 229
A good athlete on the field, he didn’t time well and he didn’t lift at the Combine and was a disaster at the Senior Bowl. It was said that it was like he was trying to turn off teams with his personality, and that, combined with his lack of size, will make him a risky player to hang around a camp until the final cut. He’s great in pass coverage and he moves well when he has to stay with the quicker players, but he’s not tough enough to be a starting linebacker.
CFN Projection: Free Agent  

- 2011 NFL Outside Linebacker Rankings - Top Ten