2013 NFL Draft - Outside Linebackers

Posted Apr 20, 2013

From a college football perspective, the analysis of the top outside linebacker prospects.

2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Outside Linebackers

By Pete Fiutak
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2013 NFL Draft Analysis
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers
- Defensive Ends | Inside Linebacker
- 2012 Outside Linebackers
- 2013 Outside Linebackers - No. 6-25

2014 Top OLB Prospects
1. C.J. Mosley, Alabama
2. Dion Bailey, USC (Jr.)
3. Trent Murphy, Stanford
4. Kyle Van Noy, BYU
5. Anthony Barr, UCLA
6. Adrian Hubbard, Alabama (Jr.)
7. Ryan Shazier, Ohio State (Jr.)
8. Denicos Allen, Michigan State
9. Tony Steward, Clemson (Soph.)
10. Jonathan Brown, Illinois
11. Corey Nelson, Oklahoma
12. Roosevelt Nix, Kent State
13. Christian Jones, Florida State
14. Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
15. Keith Smith, San Jose State
*Not eligible until 2015
2012 CFN Prospect Rankings & Breakdowns
- QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs
- Cs | OTs | OGs | DTs
- ILBs | OLBs | CBs | Ss

2011 CFN Prospect Rankings & Breakdowns
- QBs | RBs | FBs | WRs
- TEs | OTs | OGs | Cs 
- OLBs | ILBs | DTs | DEs
- CBs | Ss  

2010 CFN Position Rankings & Analysis

- QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs
- Cs | OTs | OGs | DEs
- DTs | ILBs | OLBs
- Ss | CBs
This Class Is … going to get someone fired. There are enough tremendous talents and excellent pass rushers that a few great ones are going to slip through the cracks and be drafted after seemingly stronger prospects.

Oregon's Dion Jordan might be a top five pick and could go No. 2 overall to Jacksonville, but he has huge holes in his game and isn't even the most dangerous passing rushing linebacker in the draft – he might not even be in the top five. Jamie Collins of Southern Miss and Khaseem Greene of Rutgers are considered stat guys, but on film they're as good and productive as any of the outside linebackers in this draft; they just don't quite have all the right tools.

Barkevious Mingo is hardly a sure thing despite having a world of upside, Jarvis Jones has a spine issue and Alec Ogletree is a top overall talent with sixth round problems.

There are try-hard types like John Simon and Sean Porter and Gerald Hodges who should be steady, but not spectacular, while there are freakish athletes like Zaviar Gooden, Jelani Jenkins and Trevardo Williams who might be spectacular, but not steady. There's something for everyone, and it's going to be a roll of the dice to come up with the right one at the right spot.

The Best Value Pick Will Be … Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
Most Underrated … Jamie Collins, Southern Miss
Most Overrated … Dion Jordan, Oregon
The Deep, Deep Sleeper Is … Deon Lacey, West Alabama

1. Jarvis Jones, Georgia (Jr.) 6-2, 245
With Von Miller and Clay Matthews showing what a dangerous linebacker-sized outside pass rusher can do, Jones fits the type with a phenomenal burst off the ball and peerless closing speed. Smooth as glass, he cuts on a dime and doesn't miss when he chases down a quarterback or a ball-carrier. Brilliant when he gets an offensive tackle out of position, one false step means it's over and he's in the backfield. He's physical, but he can be run at and powered over – he's at his best when he gets to chase people down. While there's some concern about a wee bit of inconsistency in his motor and production, the big, glaring problem is his neck with a spinal issue that could potentially ruin his career with one wrong hit. Every football player at this level probably has spinal stenosis to some degree, but considering where he'll likely be taken, there's a big risk factor at play. However, if he's fine and he's able to last, he's the best defensive prospect in a weak overall draft.
CFN Projection: First Round

2. Alec Ogletree, Georgia (Jr.) 6-3, 242
On pure talent, there's no questioning that he might be one of the five best players in the draft. People with his size, speed and athleticism are rare, playing fast and always getting around the ball in a hurry with big-hitting skills once he arrives. He could be used as a pure pass rusher or kick inside when needed to hold up against the run. Again, on skill he has superstar, Pro Bowl potential, but his off the field, personality concerns are glaring. He's had a ton of off-the-field problems and there are glaring, red flag character question marks. On the field, he didn't have the offseason workouts to suggest that he's an elite of the elite athlete, but on film and when the lights are on, he's fantastic. There's a risk considering his history, but on talent, and considering he could play in the middle or out, he could become a phenomenal steal outside of the top 15.
CFN Projection: First Round

3. Barkevious Mingo, LSU (Jr.) 6-4, 241
An elite athlete among elite athletes, he has unbelievable tools and upside. He might be a bit tall and rangy, but there's room to add another 10-to-15 pounds and be a devastating end or stay as is and be a dangerous pass rushing specialist on the outside. A rare prospect, he has perennial Pro Bowl potential with the right coaching staff and the right fire lit under him. However, while he has the dream skills and has prototypical talents, he wasn't that good an actual football player in college. If you're looking at the Mingo as half full, the right defensive coordinator and position coach will look at him and think superstar. The Mingo is half empty view sees a mega-bust just waiting to happen who'll be a maddening disappointment. You can't teach what he already has, but you can teach what he can become.
CFN Projection: First Round

4. Arthur Brown, Kansas State 6-0, 241
Able to work inside or out, Brown could be thrown in the middle if needed but will end up shining on the outside. Very smart, very sound and very tough, he's an ideal leader who could quickly become a star of a defense. He doesn't make a slew of mistakes and he's always around the ball to get in the right position. Steady but not spectacular, he's not going to be a pass rusher and he's not going to come up with a slew of game-changing plays, but he'll come up with a ton of tackles and will be fine in pass coverage. Not huge, there's no room to get any bigger at an already rocked up 240 – this is it. He'll be a long-time starter and a pro's pro with no bust potential.
CFN Projection: Second Round

5. Jamie Collins, Southern Miss 6-4, 250
On a miserable team with nothing positive happening, he turned in a scintillating season as a big-time pass rusher and a great tackler. A former quarterback, he plays like it with great smarts and instincts to be a few moves ahead of everyone else. Phenomenally athletic, he blew up the Combine jumping out of the stadium and cutting and moving like a defensive back. Able to work inside or out, or be used as a defensive end, he's one of the most versatile all-around defenders in the draft. He's a little bit tall and rangy and he has to get stronger – he's not a blow-up tackler – and he'll get and stayed blocked a little too easily. He'll find a role in some way and could become a terror of a pass rusher in time, but there's too much talent and too much athleticism to not find a good role in any style of defense.
CFN Projection: Third Round

- 2013 Outside Linebackers - No. 6-25