NFL Draft Report: Outside linebacker grades
Courtney Upshaw (Marvin Gentry/USP)
Courtney Upshaw (Marvin Gentry/USP)
NFL Draft Report
Posted Apr 24, 2012


The NFL Draft Report's Dave-Te Thomas ranks the top 79 outside linebackers, headlined by Alabama's Courtney Upshaw. For the most part, these players are at their best playing outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme.

Here are the top 79 outside linebacker in the draft, as rated by NFL Draft Report’s Dave-Te' Thomas. “Round” is Thomas’ prediction. “Grade” is based on pro potential.

UPSHAW, Courtney

Alabama

Height: 6:014 Weight: 272 40 time: 4.74

Round: 1 Grade: 7.0


DAVID, Lavonte

Nebraska

Height: 6:005 Weight: 233 40 time: 4.57

Round: 2 Grade: 6.9


BROWN, Zach

North Carolina

Height: 6:012 Weight: 244 40 time: 4.44

Round: 2-3 Grade: 6.4


SPENCE, Sean

Miami

Height: 5:113 Weight: 231 40 time: 4.66

Round: 3 Grade: 6.0


BRADHAM, Nigel

Florida State

Height: 6:017 Weight: 241 40 time: 4.56

Round: 3-4 Grade: 5.9


KADDU, Josh

Oregon

Height: 6:031 Weight: 239 40 time: 4.67

Round: 4-5 Grade: 5.7


DAVIS, Demario

Arkansas State

Height: 6:020 Weight: 235 40 time: 4.49

Round: 4-5 Grade: 5.6


WILBER, Kyle

Wake Forest

Height: 6:036 Weight: 249 40 time: 4.73

Round: 3-4 Grade: 5.5


MANNING, Terrell (J)

North Carolina State

Height: 6:021 Weight: 237 40 time: 4.71

Round: 4-5 Grade: 5.4


HOFFMAN-ELLIS, Alex

Washington State

Height: 6:004 Weight: 232 40 time: 4.53

Round: 5 Grade: 5.2


NIELSEN, Tyler

Iowa

Height: 6:033 Weight: 238 40 time: 4.63

Round: 6-7 Grade: 5.1


FLEMING, Darius

Notre Dame

Height: 6:015 Weight: 245 40 time: 4.71

Round: 7 Grade: 5.1


BURRIS, Miles

San Diego State

Height: 6:021 Weight: 246 40 time: 4.73

Round: 5-6 Grade: 5.0


WHITEHEAD, Tahir

Temple

Height: 6:012 Weight: 237 40 time: 4.62

Round: PFA Grade: 5.0


TOOMER, Korey

Idaho

Height: 6:021 Weight: 234 40 time: 4.54

Round: 7/FA Grade: 5.0


ROBINSON, Donavan

Jackson State

Height: 6:024 Weight: 232 40 time: 4.72

Round: 7/FA Grade: 4.9


ROBINSON, Adrian

Temple

Height: 6:010 Weight: 250 40 time: 4.73

Round: PFA Grade: 4.9


MARSHALL, Brandon

Nevada

Height: 6:013 Weight: 242 40 time: 4.72

Round: 7/FA Grade: 4.9


TREVATHAN, Danny

Kentucky

Height: 6:002 Weight: 237 40 time: 4.84

Round: 7/FA Grade: 4.8


HARRIS, Jerrell

Alabama

Height: 6:022 Weight: 239 40 time: 4.76

Round: PFA Grade: 4.8


BROWN, Sammy

Houston

Height: 6:017 Weight: 242 40 time: 4.64

Round: PFA Grade: 4.8


STUPAR, Nathan

Penn State

Height: 6:015 Weight: 241 40 time: 4.65

Round: PFA Grade: 4.8


SWEAT, Andrew

Ohio State

Height: 6:004 Weight: 232 40 time: 4.74

Round: FA Grade: 4.7


HERRON, Brandon

Michigan

Height: 6:011 Weight: 223 40 time: 4.59

Round: FA Grade: 4.7


STANFORD, Julian

Wagner

Height: 6:022 Weight: 232 40 time: 4.55

Round: FA Grade: 4.7


HOLLAND, Joe

Purdue

Height: 6:010 Weight: 231 40 time: 4.49

Round: FA Grade: 4.7


PARRISH, C.J.

Arizona State

Height: 6:006 Weight: 242 40 time: 4.53

Round: FA Grade: 4.7


KNOX, Kyle

Fresno State

Height: 6:004 Weight: 230 40 time: 4.72

Round: FA Grade: 4.7


WILLIAMS, Greg

Pittsburgh

Height: 6:016 Weight: 239 40 time: 4.77

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


HOLMES, Tyler

Massachusetts

Height: 5:104 Weight: 223 40 time: 4.61

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


LAMUR, Emmanual

Kansas State

Height: 6:036 Weight: 232 40 time: 4.59

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


LOVE, Glenn

UCLA

Height: 6:034 Weight: 220 40 time: 4.65

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


SCHILLER, Pat

Northern Illinois

Height: 6:010 Weight: 234 40 time: 4.72

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


WEBB, Nick

Weber State

Height: 6:030 Weight: 245 40 time: 4.78

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


GOODEN, Gerald

Purdue

Height: 6:032 Weight: 251 40 time: 4.83

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


BINNS, Broderick

Iowa

Height: 6:001 Weight: 258 40 time: 4.69

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


TUANI, Jabaree

Navy

Height: 6:000 Weight: 258 40 time: 4.76

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


CARR, Nigel

Alabama State

Height: 6:012 Weight: 226 40 time: 4.68

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


BRYANT, D.J.

James Madison

Height: 6:034 Weight: 248 40 time: 4.75

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


LEWIS, Monte

Jacksonville State

Height: 6:024 Weight: 240 40 time: 4.56

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


HOLLOWAY, Max (J)

Boston College

Height: 6:012 Weight: 242 40 time: 4.82

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


TEVIS, Aaron

Boise State

Height: 6:030 Weight: 239 40 time: 4.74

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


KURN, Mario

San Diego University

Height: 6:021 Weight: 238 40 time: 4.62

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


FREEMAN, Eltoro

Auburn

Height: 5:111 Weight: 236 40 time: 4.65

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


VIVEIROS, Shane

Massachusetts

Height: 5:115 Weight: 243 40 time: 4.62

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


LYONS, Shelly

Arizona State

Height: 6:016 Weight: 238 40 time: 4.80

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


STORMS, A.J.

Idaho State

Height: 6:002 Weight: 230 40 time: 4.73

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


FORT, L.J.

Northern Iowa

Height: 6:005 Weight: 228 40 time: 4.67

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


PARISH, C.J.

Arizona

Height: 6:006 Weight: 242 40 time: 4.52

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


SYLVESTER, Steven

Georgia Tech

Height: 6:005 Weight: 242 40 time: 4.84

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


PENDLETON, Jordan

Brigham Young

Height: 6:014 Weight: 235 40 time: 4.59

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


AARON, Oliver

Arizona State

Height: 6:005 Weight: 219 40 time: 4.54

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


DUDLEY, Jay

Louisiana Tech

Height: 6:036 Weight: 226 40 time: 4.80

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


SISSON, Mychal

Colorado State

Height: 5:100 Weight: 218 40 time: 4.95

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


ORANGE, Gelo

Wake Forest

Height: 6:007 Weight: 232 40 time: 4.78

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


MARAH, Mohamed

San Jose State

Height: 6:000 Weight: 241 40 time: 4.79

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


HUNTER, Grant

Butler

Height: 6:021 Weight: 243 40 time: 4.69

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


ROBERTS, Tristan

Pittsburgh

Height: 6:005 Weight: 222 40 time: 4.67

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


DAVIS, Claude

South Florida

Height: 6:020 Weight: 221 40 time: 4.67

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


JONES, John

Tennessee State

Height: 6:021 Weight: 225 40 time: 4.76

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


ANDREWS, Will

Montana State-Northern

Height: 6:001 Weight: 228 40 time: 4.72

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


HAZELTINE, Clayton

Wingate

Height: 6:001 Weight: 237 40 time: 4.56

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


ROBINSON, Marcus

Miami

Height: 6:011 Weight: 243 40 time: 4.80

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


Hall, Michael (SS)

Georgia State

Height: 6:003 Weight: 224 40 time: 4.44

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


AKPUNKU, Brandon

North Texas

Height: 6:002 Weight: 238 40 time: 4.70

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


PROSSER, Michael

St. Xavier

Height: 6:000 Weight: 235 40 time: 4.74

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


WATKINS, Alex

Alabama

Height: 6:032 Weight: 237 40 time: 4.79

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


LEWIS-BUCHANAN, Devon

Louisiana-Lafayette

Height: 6:010 Weight: 215 40 time: 4.59

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


FRAZIER, Jameson

Brigham Young

Height: 6:012 Weight: 230 40 time: 4.80

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


RAYMOND, Jerome

Morehead State

Height: 6:021 Weight: 226 40 time: 4.76

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


PALL, Ameet

Wofford

Height: 5:101 Weight: 243

5.09

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


ROBERTS, Ryan

Indiana State

Height: 6:03 Weight: 222 40 time: 4.70

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


HATCHER, Karnell

Louisiana State

Height: 6:01 Weight: 215 40 time: 4.97

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


DAVIS, Ryan

California

Height: 6:03 Weight: 250 40 time: 4.84

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


SIMIEN, Terence

Louisville

Height: 6:02 Weight: 208 40 time: 4.72

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


JOHNSON, Tony

Merrimack (NY)

Height: 6:02 Weight: 246 40 time: 4.84

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


HART, Corey

Alabama A&M

Height: 6:01 Weight: 229 40 time: 4.84

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


HARTIGAN, Josh

Colorado

Height: 6:01 Weight: 228 40 time: 4.79

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


McNAUL, Bryce

Northwestern

Height: 6:03 Weight: 234 40 time: 4.83

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


THOMAS, Terrence

Memphis

Height: 5:11 Weight: 228 40 time: 4.87

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3





Thomas' grades are based on pro potential and are not round projections.

8.5-9.0


Franchise Player: Immediate starter. ... Should have a major impact to the success of the franchise, barring injury. ... Possesses superior critical factors in all areas. ... Plays with consistency and without abnormal extra effort. ... Rare talent.

7.8-8.4


Top Ten Player: Immediate starter. ... Should have a major impact to the success of the franchise, barring injury. ... Possesses superior critical factors in most areas. ... Plays with consistency and without abnormal extra effort. ... Rare talent.

7.3-7.7


Star Quality: Eventual starter. ... Should make a significant contribution in his first year. ... Possesses above average critical factors. ... Has the talent and skills to start. ... Will contribute to upgrading the team. ... Can play without abnormal effort, but has some inconsistency in his play that will improve with refinement and development. ... Has no real weakness.

6.9-7.2


Impact Player: Possesses at least average to above average critical factors in all areas. ... Will contribute immediately, whether as a starter or a valuable reserve. ... Will move into the starting lineup with seasoning. ... Above average player who needs to refine certain areas.

6.4-6.8


Eventual Starter: Could move into the starting lineup within three years. ... Has average critical factors in all areas. ... Needs further development, but has the ability to contribute.

6.0-6.3


Potential Starter: Could force himself into the starting lineup with improved performances. ... Will make a team. ... Has average critical factors in most areas, but at least one with less than average quality that he will have a hard time overcoming. ... Probable draft choice.

5.5-5.8


Roster Player: Has the ability to serve as a key reserve and possible future starter. ... Has average critical factors, but more several areas that are less than average. ... Plays with normal extra effort.

5.0-5.4


Project: Has the skills to play pro ball with proper tutoring. ... May make a team based on need. ... Possesses no real strong critical factors and is probably below average in several areas that the player will have a hard time overcoming.. Possible draft choice, but only if that team is caught short on talent available at that position.

4.6-4.9


Developmental : Could make a team with an impressive showing in training camp. ... Not strong in most critical factors. ... Deficient in more than one area that he will not be able to overcome. ... At least average in the factor of competitiveness. ... May not make a team due to his limitations.

4.1-4.5


Camp Player: Has redeeming qualities that could allow him to play in the pros with improved performances. ... Deficient in more than one critical factor. ... Might make a team, but will always be the player that squad will look to replace.

3.5-4.0


Reject: Might make a team, but has glaring deficiencies in several critical factors. ... Below average competitor whose athletic skills will allow him to enter training camp, but has a difficult time in trying to make a team.

2.0-2.5


Unrated: Serious injury (2.0) or off-field problem (2.5).


Dave-Te' Thomas has more than 40 years of experience scouting for the NFL. With the NFL Draft Report, Thomas handles a staff that evaluates and tests college players before the draft and prepares the NFL's official Draft Packet, which is distributed to all 32 teams prior to the draft. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.




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