2012 DRAFTTEK BIG BOARD - Ranked by Position
Top 2012 3-4 Outside Rush LB Prospects
Most Recent Revision:  4/27/2012


QB Center OG LOT ROT TE RBF RBC WRF WRP WRS FB
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
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The Outside Linebackers in a 3-4 alignment are the primary pass rushers. Athletic 4-3 DE's who can play standing up and maintain leverage make excellent prospects. Their responsibilities include:

1) Provide the outside pass rush on pass plays
2) Defend end sweeps and provide gap control on off-tackle slants
3) Pass coverage in the flanks, normally dump-offs to backs or tight ends

This diagram shows the Outside LBs in a 3-4 alignment. One prospect may be selected over another based on the following factors:

A. Prevailing defensive philosophy: In a "read and react" 3-4, the defensive line controls the offensive line to allow the LBs to flow to the ball. In "attack and penetrate", the defensive line takes more of a 1-gap approach and the LBs have more gap responsibilities.

B. Opponent's offensive philosophy: In facing a power running game, the OLB has to stay home and support the ILBs. Against slants and sweeps , the OLB has primary responsibility. Passing game responsibilities are outside the hashmarks. If the TE and RB do not go wide, then keying a running QB or executing a blitz is possible.
DE43 DE34 DT43 DT34 OLB43 OLB34 WILB SILB SS FS CB
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1 (14)   0 Alabama
Courtney Upshaw
Sr          6'2"          272
#41
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2 (17)   0 South Carolina
Melvin Ingram
Sr          6'1"          264
#6
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3 (23)   -1 Clemson
Andre Branch
Sr          6'4"          259
#40
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4 (34)  +7 Boise State
Shea McClellin
Sr          6'3"          260
#92
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5 (35)   -3 Illinois
Whitney Mercilus
Jr          6'4"          261
#85
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6 (56) +20 Syracuse
Chandler Jones
Jr          6'5"          266
#99
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7 (63)   0 Oklahoma
Ronnell Lewis
Jr          6'2"          253
#56
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8 (64)   -1 USC
Nick Perry
Jr          6'3"          271
#8
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9 (64)  +1 Marshall
Vinny Curry
Sr          6'3"          266
#99
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10 (97) -27 Troy
Jonathan Massaquoi
Jr          6'2"          264
#94
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11 (98)  +1 Virginia
Cam Johnson
Sr          6'3"          268
#56
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12 (126) -28 Wake Forest
Kyle Wilber
Sr          6'4"          249
#97
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13 (127)  +3 Alabama
Dont'a Hightower
Jr          6'4"          245
#30
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14 (127) -22 Arkansas
Jake Bequette
Sr          6'5"          274
#91
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15 (146)   -7 Pittsburgh
Brandon Lindsey
Sr          6'2"          254
#35
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16 (175)  +3 Miami (FL)
Olivier Vernon
Jr          6'2"          261
#35
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17 (176) +70 West Virginia
Bruce Irvin
Sr          6'3"          245
#11
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18 (176)  +10 Florida State
Nigel Bradham
Sr          6'2"          241
#13
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19 (216) +185 Vanderbilt
Tim Fugger
Sr          6'3"          248
#42
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20 (225)   -7 Temple
Adrian Robinson
Sr          6'1"          242
#43
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21 (228)  +9 Missouri
Jacquies Smith
Sr          6'3"          253
#3
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22 (240)   0 Notre Dame
Darius Fleming
Sr          6'2"          245
#45
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23 (276)   -8 Houston
Sammy Brown
Sr          6'2"          240
#8
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24 (282)   -2 Prairie View A&M
Adrian Hamilton
Sr          6'2"          248
#77
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25 (283)   -2 West Virginia
Julian Miller
Sr          6'3"          258
#97
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26 (353)   -6 Sacramento State
Zach Nash
Sr          6'2"          252
#98
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27 (376)   -1 Rutgers
Manny Abreu
Sr          6'2"          252
#51
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28 (377)   -1 Northwestern
Vince Browne
Sr          6'5"          265
#94
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29 (382)   0 Wofford
Ameet Pall
Sr          6'1"          245
#94
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30 (383)   -5 North Carolina
Donte Paige-Moss
Jr          6'3"          268
#98
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31 (383)   -2 Oklahoma
Frank Alexander
Sr          6'4"          270
#84
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32 (383)   -11 Southern Miss
Cordarro Law
Sr          6'2"          254
#49
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