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Positional Analysis: Outside linebackers

While there are a few top-end prospects at outside linebacker, after that it depends on what a team is looking for. Some fit more of a specialty role for 3-4 teams while others might only become special-teams contributors. We detail the analysis, stats and projections for 15 of the top choices.

POSITION ANALYSIS – A position of typical need with the increase in the number of teams running a 3-4 defense and the standard use of backup linebackers on special teams. However, last year's draft class was among the worst in draft history. Only one OLB was taken on the first day and only four went in the first two days. In all, just 14 outside linebackers got selected – a number that could...

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