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


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OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
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The Outside Linebackers in a 4-3 are referred to as "Sam" for the strongside (the side with the TE) and "Will" for the weakside. Their responsibilities include:

1) Stop the run, particularly off-tackle slants and end sweeps
2) Support the MLB gap responsibilities
3) Pass coverage - typically dump-offs to backs or Tight Ends. Also blitzing if called on to do so.

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

A. Prevailing defensive philosophy: In a "read and react" 4-3, 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: On off-tackle slants and sweeps, the OLBs have primary responsibility. On running plays up the middle, Sam and Will support the MLB and Strong Safety. Responsibilities in the passing game responsibilities are ioutside 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 (30)   -7 North Carolina
Zach Brown
Sr          6'1"          244
#47
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2 (46)   -3 Utah State
Bobby Wagner
Sr          6'0"          235
#9
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3 (65)   -9 Nebraska
Lavonte David
Sr          6'1"          233
#4
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4 (89)  +2 Miami (FL)
Sean Spence
Sr          5'11"          231
#31
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5 (94)  +10 Arkansas State
Demario Davis
Sr          6'2"          235
#23
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6 (119)   -11 Oregon
Josh Kaddu
Sr          6'3"          239
#56
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7 (138)  +10 Florida State
Nigel Bradham
Sr          6'2"          241
#13
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8 (139)   -7 Oklahoma
Travis Lewis
Sr          6'1"          246
#28
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9 (148)   -5 North Carolina State
Terrell Manning
Sr          6'2"          237
#35
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10 (149)   0 Oklahoma
Ronnell Lewis
Jr          6'2"          253
#56
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11 (149)  +8 Texas
Keenan Robinson
Sr          6'3"          242
#1
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12 (149) -27 North Carolina State
Audie Cole
Sr          6'4"          242
#42
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13 (149)  +1 TCU
Tank Carder
Sr          6'2"          236
#43
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14 (161)  +1 Texas
Emmanuel Acho
Sr          6'1"          238
#18
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15 (171)  +1 Iowa
Tyler Nielsen
Sr          6'3"          238
#45
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16 (277)   -8 Penn State
Nathan Stupar
Sr          6'1"          238
#34
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17 (286)   -4 Temple
Tahir Whitehead
Sr          6'1"          233
#2
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18 (354)   -2 Kentucky
Danny Trevathan
Sr          6'0"          228
#22
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19 (385)   -2 Ohio State
Andrew Sweat
Sr          6'1"          235
#42
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