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PFW Draft Prospect Rankings: Outside Linebacker

PROSPECT RANKINGS: QB | WR | TE | RB | DT | DE | OLB | ILB | S | CB

The writers of Patriots Football Weekly have done their homework on all the prospects in this year's NFL Draft. Now, you can download the actual notes they took on all the top players, broken down by position for your convenience. Today, they offer their notes on the outside linebackers.
* - indicates underclassman

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

1 | Vic Beasley, Clemson

6-2, 246, 4.53

Andy Hart: Elite first step. Gets edge. Seems to lack instincts. Decent motor. DE?

2 | *Eli Harold, Virginia

6-3, 247, 4.6

Andy Hart: Undersized DE. Fires off ball. Decent hands and power, but gets swallowed up and walled off at times. Good motor and inside move. Has clear upside.

3 | Nate Orchard, Utah

6-3, 252, 4.76

Andy Hart: See DE notes. Productive edge guy. Ninkovich comp.

4 | Jordan Hicks, Texas

6-1, 236, 4.68

Andy Hart: Major injury history. Tackle machine. Can cover and run. Solid recognition. Athlete. Physical. Feel for plays.

5 | Geneo Grissom, Oklahoma

6-3, 262, 4.81

Andy Hart: TE/OLB/DE experience. Big athlete. Uses hands. 3-4 OLB type. Decent power. Closes and finishes. Raw with potential.

THE REST:

*Shaq Thompson, Washington

6-0, 228, 4.64

Andy Hart: Looks more like hybrid safety at NFL level. Obvious athlete. Not stout or overly physical. Gets stuck on too many blocks.

*Kwon Alexander, LSU

6-1, 227, 4.67

Andy Hart: Very aggressive. Quick and explosive. Closes. Not much of a hitter and doesn't always wrap up. Good range.

Paul Dawson, TCU

6-0, 235, 4.93

Andy Hart: NFL ILB, at best. May be SPT. Run around guy. Good burst to ball. Not elite anything.

Tony Washington, Oregon

6-3, 247, 4.99

Andy Hart: Long arms. Good production. Decent quickness and athlete. Beats blocks. Good motor. Definite potential upside.

Lorenzo Maudlin, Louisville

6-3, 259, 4.85

Andy Hart: DE and OLB in college. Good length. Closes and finishes. OK hands. Avg. get-off. Tweener.

Zack Hodges, Harvard

6-3, 250, 4.68

Andy Hart: Good SB. Moved around. Rusher. Lean build. Not elite quickness. Athletic. SPT upside.

Marcus Golden, Missouri

6-2, 260, 4.9

Andy Hart: Jitterbug with pop. Violent finish. Good motor and effort. Good production.

Martrell Spaight, Arkansas

6-0, 236, 4.88

Andy Hart: Allo SEC. Not as fast as should be. False steps and slow to react. Good motor in pursuit. Wrap-up tackler. SPT?

Derrick Malone, Oregon

6-1, 230, 4.71

Andy Hart: Probably ILB. Avg. speed. Run-around guy. Good motor.

Xzavier Dickson, Alabama

6-3, 260, 4.74

Andy Hart: Long arms. Decent edge athlete. Plays pass and run. NFL backup. Not explosive.

*Max Valles, Virginia

6-5, 240, 4.83

NO COMMENTS

J.R. Tavai, USC

6-2, 249, 4.91

Andy Hart: Tweener with some intjury issues. Good motor and pursuit. Physical finish. Solid athlete.

James Vaughters, Stanford

6-2, 258, 4.73

NO COMMENTS

Davis Tull, Chattanooga

6-2, 246, 4.57

Andy Hart: 3-Time All American. Competition level. Undersized for OLB. Finishes. Good motor. Not elite quickness. Move inside?

Alani Fua, BYU

6-5, 228, 4.74

NO COMMENTS

Junior Sylvestre, Toledo

6-0, 233, 4.52

Andy Hart: Safety? Tweener. Short. Athletic. Aggressive.

Aaron Davis, Colorado State

6-0, 225, 4.76

Andy Hart: ILB. 3 year starter. Finishes his tackles. Good tackle production, nose for ball.

Edmond Robinson, Newberry

6-3, 251, 4.64

NO COMMENTS

Houston Bates, Louisiana Tech

6-1, 245, 4.77

NO COMMENTS

Zaire Anderson, Nebraska

5-11, 224, 4.68

NO COMMENTS

C.J. Olaniyan, Penn State

6-3, 250, 4.82

NO COMMENTS

Dyshawn Davis, Syracuse

6-1, 222, 4.72

Andy Hart: Too stiff. Undersized. 4 year starter but limited NFL potential.

Maurice Falls, East Carolina

6-3, 247, 4.67

NO COMMENTS

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