This year’s class of linebackers is stacked with value picks that will be starters in the league. The biggest deficiency is in true 4-3 middle linebacker, but there is an abundance of nickel linebackers and, particularly at the top of the draft, 3-4 outside linebackers. Look for a significant amount of players from this selection to be off by the board by the conclusion of Round 2.
I have included comparisons to other NFL linebackers, but keep in mind these are based on style and not necessarily skill level.
1. Dion Jordan, OLB Oregon (6-6, 248)
86 tackles, 23.5 TFL, 12.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles between 2011-12
Jordan is a very intriguing prospect. He arrived at Oregon as a tight end, but eventually shifted over to the defensive side of the ball. His role for the Ducks was as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker and I envision him in a similar scenario in the pros. He dropped into coverage a lot in college, but he’s at his best You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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