Mostly agree with your rankings; with the optimism bias from being a cardinals fan personally, I'd argue you could make a 1 star increase at each position, but their current rankings are also fair. I very much disagree with the 1 star ranking at special teams however, as we have a pro bowl gunner in Justin Bethel being joined by some high upside athletes in the kick coverage team and kick return game. Probably the best coverage unit in the game, which coupled with a punter who is below average (don't think he's as bad as stats show- his hangtime is rediculous, and it seems the staff went with him for this reason. I'd choose a distance leg with our coverage team, butI digress). In short, I'd say 3 stars is fair. A perfectly average special teams unit, whose only limitation really seems to be Drew Butler's distance and the uncertainty of a new long snapper (but both seem pretty reliable this far)
This is the 2013 NFL Combine Field Workout Recap for the linebackers. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
There were a ton of eyes on the 40 time for Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. He had an official time of 4.82 with a 10-yard split of 1.62. Te'o's 40 was disappointing and not as fast as he needed it to be. Te'o did OK in the field drills, but demonstrated tightness. He got better with each rep and seemed to relax. When thrown the ball, Te'o had some nice hands on display.
Te'o is a better football player than he would show in combine tests. The most important part of the Combine for him was interviewing well with teams, and all the reports have been very positive on his interviews. Te'o looks reasonably secure in the 20-40 range.
LSU's Kevin Minter also disappointed in the 40 with an official time of 4.81 seconds and 1.67 seconds in the first 10 yards. The 6-foot, 246-pounder was slower than expected in the 40 and stiffer than expected in the field work. The Combine really isn't suited for the physical and instinctive Minter, so teams probably won't hold it against him significantly.
Georgia inside linebacker Alex Ogletree is the top prospect at his position, and many expected the athletic defender to test well at the Combine. However, he didn't dominate as he ran the 40 in 4.7 seconds with a 10-yard split of 1.60. Ogletree looked better in the bag drills. He was fluid and fast in the field work. Ogletree moved like a big safety, and that isn't surprising considering he used to play that positions. He, too, is a better football player than the Combine indicates.
Ogletree's teammate Cornelius Washington turned out to be one of the most impressive linebackers. The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder ran a surprising 40-yard dash of 4.78 seconds officially with 1.66 seconds in the first 10 yards. Washington did pretty well in the field work too, but he needs to improve his ability to keep his eyes up and not watching his feet.
The previous day, Washington led all of the linebackers with 36 reps on the bench press. His tremendous Combine performance could cause some teams to do more digging on him and reevaluate where he belongs on the draft board.
Another linebacker who really helped himself at the Combine was Florida's Jonathan Bostic. He had an impressive 40-yard time of 4.61 seconds with a 10-yard split of 1.58 seconds. Bostic did well on the bench press (22 reps) and looked good in the field drills. It was a nice day for Bostic to help himself stand out among the linebackers and help him earn a mid-round grade.
Southern Mississippi linebacker Jamie Collins had a phenomenal workout. He ran the 40 in 4.64 seconds with an impressive 10-yard split of 1.56 seconds. Collins then jumped out of the gym on the broad jump (139) and vertical jump (41.5). Both of those numbers led the linebackers. Collins (6-3, 250) also excelled in the field work and clearly has a lot of upside. He had a lot of production in college, so his Combine performance could help him to get teams to reevaluate his ranking and move him higher prior to draft day.
Connecticut's Sio Moore has been rising up draft boards since the end of bowl season. He played well at the East-West Shrine and the Senior Bowl, and followed those showings up with an excellent Combine performance. Moore packed on weight and is now up to 6-foot-1, 245-pounds. He put up a fast 40 at 4.65 seconds and stood out with 29 reps on the bench press. The other tests went well, and he looked good in the field work. Moore is a versatile player who should really interest 3-4 teams on the second day of the 2013 NFL Draft.