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CFN Pre-Combine OLB Rankings, No. 11 to 25
1. Jarvis Jones, Georgia 6-2,245 (Jr.) Proj. 1
Positives: The prototype outside pass rusher. Not only does he get into the backfield, he makes big things happen when he gets there. He took games over at a high level destroying teams at times by himself. … A terror when he’s in the open field. Too quick for most offensive tackles, he explodes out of the box and closes hard. Ball carriers don’t have a chance when he gets the angle. … Creative. Has a few nice moves and finds ways to get by a pass blocker. When he gets a tackle to take one wrong step, look out.
Negatives: Medical questions will always be out there after suffering a major neck injury. Has a spinal issue that could ruin his career with one wrong hit. … Will overrun plays. When he’s going after a play behind the line, he’ll be too aggressive at times. … Can be run at. Devastating when teams go away from him, but has problems when powered on.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? As long as he can stay healthy, he’ll be the NFL’s next great pass rushing superstar.
2. Alec Ogletree, Georgia (ILB) 6-2, 242 (Jr.) Proj. 1
Positives: A playmaker. He was tremendously productive who always seemed to be around the big moment. … Very fast with good size and a nice blend of skills, he flies to the ball and makes things happen when he gets there. Can be used as a pure pass rusher when needed or could kick inside and hold up well against the run. … Superior quickness with the ability to hang with running backs out of the backfield and explode when getting to the quarterback.
Negatives: Off the field, off the field, off the field. He interviews well and says the right things, but after getting suspended for a stretch, character is the key issue. … Not always efficient. Makes up for his misses with superior athleticism, but he’s not going to be able to get away with that every time at the next level. … Not a form tackler. Needs to be more consistent and not get sloppy. He needs to run through the runner.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? Pro Bowl. He’ll work both inside and out, but he’ll inevitably work better on the outside where he’ll get to use his speed as more of a pass rusher.
3. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers 6-1, 241 Proj. 2
Positives: Outstanding production. The best player in the Big East over the last few seasons, he puts up huge numbers as one of college football’s top stat guys. He did a little bit of everything right. … Makes things happen. Always around the ball and always going for the big play. He’s a gamechanger and a disruptive force. … Quick against the faster running backs and fast enough to fly into the backfield. He’ll shine on the outside in all phases.
Negatives: Considered by some to be a stat guy more than a pure football player. He has the numbers, but he’s not a big-time hitter and he whiffs a bit too much. … Was fine last year after suffering a broken leg at the end of the 2011 season, but durability will be a bit of a concern. … Not quite strong enough. Has to be a weakside defender and can’t operate on the inside.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? If he’s surrounded by sure-tackling, sound linebackers, and if he’s allowed to freelance, he’ll be fantastic.
4. Arthur Brown, Kansas State (ILB) 6-0, 241 Proj. 2
Positives: Very smart, very sound and very tough, he’s an ideal leader who can make a defense his right away. … Sound. Doesn’t make mistakes and always seems great at getting around the ball. Always working through the trash and always in the right position. … Decent enough in pass coverage and against the run to work in a variety of positions. He can play inside or out.
Negatives: More steady than sensational. He’s never going to become a top playmaker in the backfield and his stats are never going to be special. … Sort of a next-level tweener. Some are going to try to want him inside, but he could be at his best as a strongside defender in a 4-3. … Not a massive presence. Size isn’t as big a problem as some are going to make it out to be, but he’s a bit short and squatty.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? A ten-year pro once he finds a home and a role. He might need the right fit, but once he gets comfortable he’ll be a consistent starter.
5. Sean Porter, Texas A&M 6-1, 229 Proj. 2
Positives: He’s not another Von Miller, but he’s a terrific pass rusher with an explosive burst off the ball. He can fly into the backfield and gets creative when he has to. He brings several types of moves to the table. … Strong for his size. Uses his size well to get good leverage. … Smooth as silk. One of the best-moving linebackers in the draft with the potential to grow into a whale of a pass defender as well as a playmaker into the backfield.
Negatives: Doesn’t have the size. He’s small without the room to get any bigger. He can’t be a hybrid and has to work as a 3-4 outside linebacker or on the weakside in a 4-3. … Doesn’t shed well. Offensive tackles can erase him if they can lock on. … Not physical. He’ll be a wrap tackler against the run, but he’s not going to pop anyone and he’s not going to be an intimidating force.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He might have to change his game a bit, but eventually he’s going to be the prototype weakside defender.
6. Jamie Collins, Southern Miss 6-3, 250 Proj. 3
Positives: A former quarterback, he plays like he’s two moves ahead of everyone else. He always seems to know where the play is developing and he always makes the play happen. … While he can hold up against the run, he’s at his best when he gets to fly into the backfield. He’s the pass rusher NFL defensive coordinators are looking for. … Was all a bad Southern Miss team had last year and he never gave up in a miserable season. Did a little bit of everything for the defense.
Negatives: Is a little bit tall and rangy. He’s not built to work inside and he could have problems when blockers get at his feet. Doesn’t have a strong lower base. … Doesn’t cut all that well. Not fluid and could have problems against the speed backs. … Can get blocked. NFL linemen will blast him.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? It’ll be interesting to see what he becomes. He could end up playing at around 260 with more strength as a pass rushing terror. He’ll need some time, but the payoff will be huge.
7. Chase Thomas, Stanford 6-3, 244 Proj. 3
Positives: Leadership. Stanford has had some terrific talents over the last few years, but that was sure-as-shoot Chase Thomas’s defense. … A fantastic football player who does everything right. Pitch-perfect instincts, great tackling ability and a fantastic motor. He’s what coaches dream of. … Great timing. Outstanding at making plays behind the line.
Negatives: Just an okay athlete. He’s better on tape than he is in workouts. … He’ll know what to do, but he might not have the foot speed to make the plays on the next level he did in college. He might have problems when the game is a half-click faster. … Has to get stronger. Only average functional strength with a game that might not translate.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He might not have the prototypical NFL tools, but he’s going to be a ten-year starter who’ll quickly be the heart-and-soul of a defensive front.
8. Sio Moore, Connecticut 6-1, 245 Proj. 2
Positives: A terrific tackler. He doesn’t miss a stop with good strength and a terrific punch. Great at facing a runner head on and making the stop. … Smart. He seems to be one step ahead of the play and he always knows how to get around the ball. He’ll fight to make a play. … Ultra-productive. A good football player who doesn’t make a slew of big mistakes.
Negatives: Not exactly the most fluid of athletes. He might turn out to be better on the inside and might have to be surrounded by guys who can move. … Mediocre speed. He’s better when he gets to battle and punch rather than in the open field. … Not a pass rusher at the next level. He won’t make too many plays behind the line.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He might not be a game-changing all-around playmaker, but he’ll lead his team in tackles.
9. DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina 6-1, 243 Proj. 3
Positives: A beefed up defensive back, he’s big, active and productive. … Good in pass coverage. He’s not going to stay with the speed backs, but he can keep up with most tight ends. He’s a three down defender. … Could work inside if needed. He’s not afraid to mix it up.
Negatives: Not the greatest of athletes considering his time spent as a defensive back. He’s fine, but he’s not going to blow anyone away with his tools. … Has to get functionally stronger. He’s not going to blast anyone and stays blocked way too easily. … Doesn’t have room to get any bigger. He had to work just to get to this point.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He might be coming into his own. There’s a high ceiling, and while it might take a little while, he’ll eventually become a good, sound starter.
10. Jelani Jenkins, Florida 6-0, 243 Proj. 4
Positives: The talent is undeniable. A sure-thing out of high school, he has the speed and athleticism to fit the NFL prototype. … Great range and hitting ability. When he arrives, he arrives with a big pop and can be an intimidating force. … Won’t get outquicked. Great in the open field and doesn’t have any issues holding his own against the speed backs.
Negatives: Hurt. He had problems staying healthy and was never right last season. He’s going to need a little while before he’s 100%. … Okay size. He’s thick, but he’s not that tall and doesn’t exactly look the part. … Can get overpowered. Needs to use his speed and quickness to be effective.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? Once he gets healthy, he’ll be all over the field as a disruptive outside force in a 3-4 scheme. He’ll grow into a dangerous playmaker in the backfield.
CFN Pre-Combine OLB Rankings, No. 11 to 25