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2021 NFL Prospect Rankings: Outside Linebackers

Georgia

Projected Round: 1

Ourlads' Snippet - Playing with a non-stop motor he was primarily used to set the edge and rush the passer. He also had limited reps dropping in flat coverage. Quick with his get off he can engage a blocker and put him on his heels. Quick punch with ability to push, pull and shed. Sets the edge run well and is tough to get around. Shows range to chase and can make plays in space. Fundamentally sound tackling he drives through the ball carrier. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Notre Dame

Projected Round: 1

Ourlads' Snippet - Plays the Rover position which is like the hybrid/outside linebacker position in the NFL. While somewhat undersized to play in the box, he has the skills NFL teams covet as a big nickel. Instinctive versus the run he takes good angles to the ball with outstanding chase ability. Flashes hand usage and can slip blocks on the move. Explosive with gather and finish he can drop a ball carrier in his tracks. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Texas

Projected Round: 2/3

Ourlads' Snippet - A versatile prospect with experience in a three point on the edge and off the ball as a linebacker. Aligned on the edge he is sudden at the snap, he engages a blocker with a quick punch. He flashes hand usage to stun and separate from the block. His frame and wingspan allows him to get blockers off his frame and shed working to the ball. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Ohio State

Projected Round: 3/4

Ourlads' Snippet - A versatile player working at the “Buzz” position in the Ohio State defense. Has lined up in the box, as an overhang player and a middle safety. His role has been as a hybrid who plays in and out of the box which projects well to the NFL. Instinctive, he shows quick, accurate fits at inside gaps. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Penn State

Projected Round: 3/4

Ourlads' Snippet - An undersized and athletic defensive end who played primarily a wide nine alignment at Penn State. His size and frame projects to outside linebacker. Flashed hand usage and ability to set the edge versus the run. Excellent lateral movement he can chase on the perimeter and is fundamentally sound tackling. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Missouri

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Athletic, high motor linebacker with remarkable instincts versus the run and pass. Has played both in the box and as an overhang player. Quick with initial read he plays downhill versus the run and fits inside gaps with precision. Can take open windows and make plays in the backfield. Usually takes good angles and makes a lot of plays squaring up in the alley. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Miami

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - A straight-line athlete with interesting physical traits. Plays a strong and tough style of football, showing the ability to violently strike blockers with his hands while maintaining good position against the run. His pass rush repertoire is still developing, but he has flashed over the past two seasons in a big way. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Oregon State

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Physical and athletic prospect with excellent length and wing span for the edge. Played a traditional 3-4 outside linebacker in the base defense and defensive end in the even front. Played from a two point stance primarily in a wide nine alignment. Plays with a lot of energy and second effort. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Virginia

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Long and lean he has over the top length and wingspan. In the Cavalier’s base defense his responsibility was that of a traditional 3-4 Sam linebacker in a wide alignment. In nickel looks he was an edge rusher in a two point stance. For his frame he has agility and can play in space. Flashes snap quickness and the ability to shoot his hands to separate from a block. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Duke

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - A lengthy undersized defensive end whose frame may project to an outside linebacker. Lined up most often in a wide nine alignment but has some off the ball reps and also occasionally as an overhang blitzer. Was often used as a situational rusher off the edge. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

UAB

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - A lengthy prospect with long arms and wingspan. Played as a traditional 3-4 outside linebacker along with defensive end on most passing downs. Plays with a lot of energy. Fluid athlete, he changes direction easily and has outstanding range in pursuit. Uses his long arms to control edge blockers and shows a violent punch to stun and separate from blocks. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Ohio State

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Playing outside linebacker in the Ohio State 4-3 he has lined up in the box and as an overhang player. High energy player he explodes downhill on inside runs. Attacks open windows and can make plays in the backfield. Above average lateral agility he can scrape to the alley and make tackles in space. Usually gathers well and drives through tackles. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

South Alabama

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Has played both outside and inside in the South Alabama defense. In prior years lined up both on the edge and as an overhang player. This past season made the conversion to inside linebacker. It took some time to get used to run reads but he made progress. Flashes downhill ability he will take an open window and make a play in the backfield. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Kentucky

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Versatile player with extreme quickness and athletic ability. Lines up as an outside linebacker and as an edge rusher with his hand on the ground. Lined up on the edge he is sudden at the snap and uses his hands well to shed working the edge. As a pass rusher he has been productive working around the corner with a quick hand slap or arm under. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Duke

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - A thick, muscular low-to-ground edge presence that gets by on power and effort. He is a relentless pursuer that will play through the whistle and make plays away from his starting point. Doesn’t have an explosive or dynamic trait to his game, but he is the kind of defender who inevitably makes an impact week to week. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Buffalo

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Played from a two point stance in a wide alignment for the most part. Solid initial movement with strong hands to take on blocks. Plays with knee bend attacking blocker and flashes shed ability on the move. Can be violent with a push pull move. Above average agility he moves well laterally to set the edge or sift inside to make plays on inside runs. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Iowa

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - An instinctive and relentless pressure player when called on to blitz. Sells out with a quick and explosive takeoff. Good use of hands using a combination of speed, quickness, and strength. Adjusts well on the move. Good change of direction. Has good anticipation and burst to the quarterback. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Boston College

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - High motor athletic player who has been highly productive. With a clear path gets quickly downhill fitting inside gaps. Adjusts well working to the ball. Has sideline to sideline range and gets to a lot of plays from the alley to the perimeter. Excellent range and closing burst in pursuit. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

BYU

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - Played both inside in a 4-2 and outside/overhang in a 3-3. Quick with read and react moves downhill and laterally with no wasted movement. Instinctive with run fits he’s patient working outside in from an overhang. Once he sees it he shifts inside locating the ball. Inside he adjusts well on the move working downhill. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Boston College

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - High effort player with instinctive reactions versus the run. Lined up as a stack linebacker in the Boston College scheme. Patient with initial read he shuffles downhill and is generally precise with inside fits. Shoots his hands into blockers and keeps separation slipping blocks working to the ball. Solid range in pursuit he gets to the alley and can tackle in space. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Houston

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - A short compact player with a non-stop motor. Solid inside run fits he explodes downhill and consistently locates the ball. Can outrun blockers to find open windows. Has made several plays in the backfield as a result. Aggressive attacking blocks with a quick punch and shed on the move. Doesn’t stay blocked and still gets in on plays even if knocked off the ball. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Concordia St. Paul

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - An undersized edge defender who has dominated Division II. Set an NCAA Division II career record for forced fumbles. Quick at the snap he uses his hands well to control blockers. Has the ability to set the edge with power along with lateral movement to track outside runs. Powerful arm extension keeps blockers at bay. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Idaho

Projected Round: PFA


Old Dominion

Projected Round: PFA


Texas A&M

Projected Round: PFA


Alabama

Projected Round: PFA


Vanderbilt

Projected Round: PFA


Virginia Tech

Projected Round: PFA


Michigan State

Projected Round: PFA


Louisville

Projected Round: PFA


Marshall

Projected Round: PFA


Cincinnati

Projected Round: PFA


Houston Baptist

Projected Round: PFA


Florida Atlantic

Projected Round: PFA


Army

Projected Round: PFA


Buffalo

Projected Round: PFA


Army

Projected Round: PFA


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Western Kentucky

Projected Round: Camp


Kansas State

Projected Round: Camp