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11) Trevardo Williams (6-1/241)
Williams made All-Big East the last two seasons. This past year he recorded 11.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for a loss. This is a former track guy is who from Jamaica. Williams looks like a 3-4 rush linebacker that has shown the ability to really rush the passer. He tested very well at NFL Combine.
12) Jelani Jenkins (6-0/243)
Jenkins battled a hamstring issue and broken hand this past season, which impacted his playing time, therefore production. Still, this kid is a very good linebacker who’s athletic and fast. He can run and chase plays down. He’s better at that then when things come his way.
13) Gerald Hodges (6-1/243)
Hodges has racked up an impressive 215 tackles over the past two years at Penn State. He’s a former quarterback and safety that made the move to linebacker as a freshman for the Nittany Lions. He’s a very good downhill play who can move inside-out.
14) Lerentee McCray (6-2/250)
McCray came to Gainesville as an undersized linebacker and now he’s bulked up to 250-pounds. Despite all that bulk and the weight gain he’s maintained excellent speed and quickness off the ball. He can rush the passer and play in space. McCray is better suited to be an outside ‘backer in a 3-4.
15) Keith Pough (6-1.5/239)
This small school outside linebacker prospect makes a ton of plays. He started all four years at Howard and registered 72 tackles for a loss. That is a FCS record. Pough can make plays sideline to sideline. He’s quick in recognition and has a good initial bust to the ball. Pough is physical and can bring the wood. He does need to work on his strength to battle the combat of the NFL.
16) Ty Powell (6-2/249)
Powell played defensive end, safety and linebacker in college. This past season he recorded 15 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks. He’s a former JUCO standout at DeAnza College. He tested well and had a good pro day this spring. He has good closing speed and shows a lot of versatility.
17) Brandon Magee (5-11/223)
Just how good of an athlete is Brandon Magee? He has been drafted on three different occasions by three different Major League Baseball teams. A torn Achilles in 2011 slowed him down this past season but he was still productive and played well for the Sun Devils. He had 113 tackles, 12 for a loss, and 6.5 sacks last year.
18) Jake Knott (6-2/243)
Knott has been a tackling machine over the past three years, notching 314. He only had 79 in 2012 but he missed four games because of injury (shoulder). He has good size and athleticism. Knott can be vicious taking on blockers and he can play in coverage. This is a versatile ‘backer that could fit into many schemes and play a few different linebacker positions.
19) Mike Taylor (6-1/234)
Taylor isn’t the biggest or the fastest linebacker but he’s a good, solid football player. He plays hard and is a scraper. He had 150 tackles in 2011 and 123 last year despite having surgery on a torn labrum that spring. Taylor can take on and defeat blocks and go get the football. He lacks ideal size but is big enough in today’s NFL.
20) Travis Johnson (6-2/240)
San Jose State
Johnson was the WAC Defensive Player of the Year. He had a super 2012 season, recording 13 sacks and 21.5 tackles for a loss. Johnson totaled 31 sacks in his college career. He plays with a super motor and can do a lot of different things showing versatility. Johnson’s smart and a playmaker on that side of the ball.
Outside Linebacker Rankings, Part One
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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.