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1) Jarvis Jones (6-2/245)
Jones shocked many and signed with the Trojans. After sustaining a stinger during his freshman season it was discovered he had spinal stenosis. Jones left USC because their team doctors would not clear him to play. But they did at UGA, where Jones starred in the SEC. Over last two seasons he racked up 44 tackles for a loss and 28 sacks. Will his medical issue scare away teams at the top of the draft? Just remember what happened with Clemson’s DaQuan Bowers. It doesn’t help that Jones didn’t exactly knock it out of the park at his pro day. But he’s one of those guys that will never test well. Come Sundays in the fall, he will be ready to go. Just watch what he did on Saturdays. To drop because of medical is one thing. To drop him because of testing is altogether different.
2) Arthur Brown (6-0/241)
For many months during his recruitment Brown was considered the top prospect in the nation in his class. Brown originally signed with Miami before transferring to Kansas State. He red-shirted his first season in Manhattan and then played two terrific years for the Wildcats. Brown is one of the fastest/quickest 'backers in this draft and really can close to the ball in a hurry. He can play inside or out. He's the older brother of Eagles running back Bryce Brown.
3) Khaseem Greene (6-0.5/241)
Greene is another high school safety that turned into a linebacker. He won't blow you away with a forty time but he sure is football fast. This is a physical talent who is always around the ball. Greene had 277 tackles over last two seasons. He was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year this past season and he shared that honor in 2011. All he does is make plays.
4) Sio Moore (6-0.5/245)
This is an explosive linebacker that runs well and has a 38-inch vertical jump and a 10+ foot broad jump. Moore is also strong with 28 reps on the bench press in Indy at NFL Combine. Those are some super measurable to match with his very good play. This past season he had 75 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 15.5 tackles for a loss. Moore also had 11 pass breakups. This kid is active and everywhere.
5) Jamie Collins (6-3/250)
Collins was an Auburn commitment before electing to sign with the Golden Eagles. He about jumped out of Lucas Oil Stadium at NFL Combine with a broad jump of 11'7". Collins also had a vertical jump of 41'6" and clocked a 4.64 forty. He's a long 6-3 with an arm length of 33 3/4. Collins had very productive final two seasons in Hattiesburg with 190 tackles, 39.5 tackles for a loss and 16.5 sacks. This is a kid where his measurables match his production as a player.
6) Kevin Reddick (6-1/243)
Reddick was a two-time captain in Chapel Hill and is a quality leader. He recorded 85 tackles and an ACC leading 18.5 tackles for a loss in 2012. He can play outside or inside. This is a strong 'backer who's a good tackler and shows the ability to beat lineman and find the ball. Reddick isn't a speed demon but is quick and fast in the box. Reddick does a nice job of diagnosing plays and locating the ball.
7) Devonte Holloman (6-1/243)
Holloman came into to Columbia as a safety and played strong safety for his first three seasons but moved to the South Carolina 'Spur' position as a senior and shined. There, he was a hybrid safety/linebacker. This is a physical defender that runs well who finally filled out his frame and still has room to grow. Holloman is a big hitter with a lot of upside in the NFL.
8) Zaviar Gooden (6-1/243)
Gooden made a successful transition from safety to linebacker. He has to be one of the most athletic defensive prospects in this class. He had a really good combine showing, running 4.47 in the forty and broad jumping close to 11'. This is a speedy linebacker that can play in space.
9) Chase Thomas (6-3/244)
Thomas was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, recording 71 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for losses and a forced fumble as a senior. This former lacrosse standout can rush the passer or play the run. He's tough and very aggressive. Thomas plays with a great motor and looks like an ideal SAM 'backer.
10) Sean Porter (6-1/229)
Porter played both strong and weak-side linebacker this past season in College Station, recording 66 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, and an interception. This is a long and athletic player who can re-direct in space. He can rush the passer and his play in coverage improved in 2012.
Outside Linebacker Rankings, Part Two
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FULL DATABASE OVERALL RANKINGS WILL BE UPDATED from 1-300 on April 24. The current top 300 doesn't reflect the new positional rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft.