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Position Analysis: Outside linebackers

Alec Ogletree

The draft is loaded with potential at OLB but very few sure things. Taking into account players caught between positions and off-field concerns, every prospect seems to have legitimate concerns about them. We review the possibilities with the top 10 outside linebackers (including some that could be inside linebackers), examining their strengths, weaknesses, statistics, measurables and projections.

POSITION OVERVIEW: In recent years, the position of linebacker has been greatly devalued. With more passing going on in the NFL, college linebackers have become standup defensive ends in the NFL and rotations have been developed that have watered down the need for using top picks on linebackers. Once one of the most heavily drafted positions early, linebacker has become a position like guard and...

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