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2008 Outside Linebacker Rankings

The top 2008 outside linebacker prospects available for the 2008 NFL Draft. More will be added as time progresses. * - denotes underclassmen.

This page was last updated April 5, 2008.

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  1. Keith Rivers, USC
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 241.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.51.
    Benchx225: . Vertical 42.5.
    Projected Round: Top 10 Pick.

    As if Keith Rivers' stock couldn't get any higher... He ran a 4.51 and notched a vertical of 42.5 at his Pro Day. Holy-

    Rivers made a number of tremendous plays at Washington, including one tackle where he chased down Huskies quarterback Jake Locker from a few yards away and pulled him down before he had a chance of crossing the first-down line.

  2. Xavier Adibi, Virginia Tech
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.69.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.62.
    Benchx225: 18. Vertical 33.
    Projected Round: 2.

    It doesn't seem like Xavier Adibi hurt or helped his stock at the combine, but remember, Ali Highsmith performed poorly.

    Xavier Adibi has registered three sacks each of the previous two seasons.

  3. Erin Henderson, Maryland
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 244.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.73.
    Benchx225: 23. Vertical 31.
    Projected Round: 2.

    E.J. Henderson performed well at the combine, unlike some other linebackers in this class.

    A major reason Maryland made a late run to close the 2006 season. Registered 18 tackles in a crucial game against Clemson. Brother of NFL linebacker E.J. Henderson.

  4. Marcus Howard, Georgia
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 237.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.40.
    Benchx225: 27. Vertical 36.
    Projected Round: 2.

    Marcus Howard is a linebacker who, for whatever reason, worked out with the defensive ends. Still, his combine numbers were good enough to vault him into the second round, especially in the wake of Ali Highsmith's disappointing performance.

    Howard didn't start as a junior, but came on really strong in 2007, especially toward the end of the season.

  5. Tavares Gooden, Miami
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 234.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.41.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.64.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.53.
    Benchx225: 22. Vertical 39.
    Projected Round: 2-3.

    Tavares Gooden improved his 40 by .1 and increased his vertical by four inches. He's probably a lock to go in the third round. I would still be worried about his injury history.

    Tavares Gooden's workouts will have scouts salivating, but the coaches won't be so impressed. First of all, Gooden's not that productive. In fact, he started just four of the 10 games he played in last year. Secondly, he's very injury-prone. Still, his combine numbers may propel him into the second or third round (see Chris Henry, circa April 2007).

  6. Ezra Butler, Nevada
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.50.
    Benchx225: 18. Vertical 39.
    Projected Round: 3.

    60-yard shuttle: 7.1; 20-yard shuttle: 4.1; broad jump: 10'1".

    Ezra Butler did not work out at the combine. Butler, who runs an incredible 40 for his size, accumulated seven sacks in 2006. He had 5.5 in 2005.


  7. Shawn Crable, Michigan
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.64.
    Benchx225: 29. Vertical .
    Projected Round: 3.

    I thought that in a disappointing day for linebackers, Shawn Crable looked and ran pretty solid. Putting up 29 reps of 225 didn't hurt him either.

    Has a habit of getting to the opposing signal caller. Crable should be able to play in the 4-3 or 3-4, although he's more suited for the former.

  8. Wesley Woodyard, Kentucky
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 227.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.41.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.49.
    Benchx225: . Vertical .
    Projected Round: 3-4.

    I thought Wesley Woodyard would play strong safety in the NFL, but apparently not. He put on about 12 pounds, so it definitely looks like he'll be a linebacker. His 40 time went up just a bit, but a 4.49 is still really good.

    Recruited as a safety, moved to linebacker but will probably have to change back into a strong safety in the NFL. Dazzled everyone by running a 4.41 at Kentucky's 2007 Pro Day. That may have moved him from the seventh round to the early part of the third. An instinctive player who is always around the football.

    Wesley Woodyard's Official Web Site.

  9. Ali Highsmith, LSU
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 221.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.96.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.74.
    Benchx225: 23. Vertical 29.
    Projected Round: 4.

    Yeesh. A 4.96 40? From a 230-pound linebacker? Ali Highsmith killed his draft stock.

    Highsmith struggled against the run in the first half against Mississippi State, often getting beat by Bulldog running back Anthony Dixon.

    A second-team All-SEC member in 2006, Highsmith has registered seven sacks the past two seasons. A bit undersized for an outside linebacker.

  10. Stanford Keglar, Purdue
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 239.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.58.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.55.
    Benchx225: 29. Vertical 39.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    What is it with these Purdue guys? On the same day Dustin Keller recorded a 41-inch vertical, Stanford Keglar notched a 39-incher. He also improved his already-impressive 40 time.

    Another Purdue linebacker? Keglar worked out well at the combine.

  11. Bruce Davis, UCLA
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 252.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.67.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.72.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.78.
    Benchx225: 19. Vertical 32.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    Bruce Davis managed to put on 15 pounds since the end of the season, and still was able to run well. He definitely helped his draft stock.

  12. Jordon Dizon, Colorado
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 229.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.72.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.63.
    Benchx225: 29. Vertical 34.5.
    Projected Round: 5.

    I still feel Jordon Dizon is undersized, but he ran well at the combine and managed to put up 29 reps of 225 pounds.

    A team captain and an All-Big-12 Second Team member, Dizon had 137 tackles and four sacks in 2006. Unfortunately, he needs to put on a lot of mass to be a legitimate NFL prospect.

  13. Gary Guyton, Georgia Tech
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.47.
    Benchx225: 22. Vertical 40.
    Projected Round: 5-6.

    Gary Guyton continued to dazzle scouts and GMs with his athleticism. He recorded a 40-inch vertical at Georgia Tech's Pro Day.

    Wow, a 245-pound linebacker who ran a 4.47? You can bet scouts and coaches will be looking at game film of him.

  14. Bryan Kehl, BYU
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 242.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.64.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.56.
    Benchx225: 26. Vertical 35.
    Projected Round: 5-6.

    Following a solid combine, Bryan Kehl dropped his 40 by close to .1 seconds, notching a 4.56 at his Pro Day.

    Bryan Kehl looked solid at the combine; one of the NFL Network analysts compared him to Brady Poppinga.

  15. Geno Hayes, Florida State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 226.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.64.
    Benchx225: 22. Vertical .
    Projected Round (2009): 6.

    Not the 40 I wanted to see from an undersized linebacker.



  16. Thomas Williams, USC
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 238.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.89.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.75.
    Benchx225: 26. Vertical 35.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Didn't start for the Trojans, but blew people away at the East-West game. Can play all three linebacker positions.

  17. Andy Studebaker, Wheaton
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
    40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round: 6.

    An intriguing prospect out of Wheaton. I've never seen Andy Studebaker play, but if he runs a 4.4 at 245 pounds, he's worth checking out.

  18. Chris Graham, Michigan
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 232.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.50.
    Benchx225: 37. Vertical 31.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Chris Graham put up some solid numbers at Michigan's Pro Day and improved his draft stock. Graham dropped his 40 time down to a 4.50 and benched 225 pounds 37 times. More importantly, he weighed in at 232, whereas most publications had him weighing about 220 before.

    Was in and out of the lineup last season with a leg injury.

  19. David Vobora, Idaho
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 236.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.70.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.59.
    Benchx225: 21. Vertical 35.5.
    Projected Round: 6-7.

    David Vobora rebounded off a mediocre combine in terms of measurables, producing a 4.59 40 and a 35.5-inch vertical at his Pro Day.

    Vobora won't get drafted high, but I liked the way he looked in some of the drills. Could be a late-round sleeper.

    Very productive. How productive? How about 134 tackles and two sacks in 12 games? Great 40 for his size. The only issue is level of competition.

  20. Mike Humpal, Iowa
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 244.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.80.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.68.
    Benchx225: 20. Vertical 38.
    Projected Round: 6-7.

    Easily one of the best tacklers in the Big Ten. Started every game as a junior at the Sam position.

  21. Bryan Smith, McNeese State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 231.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.73.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.65.
    Benchx225: . Vertical 36.5.
    Projected Round: 6-7.

    Another linebacker who worked out with the defensive linemen. Bryan Smith probably needed a better 40, but his vertical and broad (10') jumps were both impressive.

    There's quickness in the 40 and then there's speed on the field. Smith has both. Smith registered 13.5 sacks in 2006. Yeah, 13.5. Easily a school record.



  22. Curtis Gatewood, Vanderbilt
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.74.
    Benchx225: . Vertical 34.
    Projected Round: 6-7.



  23. Titus Brown, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 246.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.82.
    Benchx225: 19. Vertical 31.5.
    Projected Round: 6-7.

    Poor Titus Brown. I like him as a player, but a 4.82 and a 31.5-inch vertical won't have anyone excited about drafting him.

    Titus Brown gained seven pounds since the Senior Bowl. Not really sure if he's a rush linebacker or a SAM. He didn't work out.

    Honestly, I never had a great chance to check out Brown. What I saw in the LSU-Mississippi State game really impressed me. Brown dominated a very strong LSU line and was often unstoppable. Also showed great character when he went over to struggling quarterback Mike Henig and offered words of encouragement.

    The production is there - Brown had 7.5 sacks in 2006 after a 1.5-sack campaign in 2005. Started all but one game last year.

  24. Malik Jackson, Louisville
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 232.
    40 Time: 4.83.
    Projected Round: 7.

    A great 40 time for a linebacker who recorded nine sacks in 2006. Definitely on the rise. A member of the All-Big East second team.

  25. Bo Ruud, Nebraska
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.60.
    Benchx225: 18. Vertical 32.5.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Bo is the brother of Tampa Bay Buccaneer Barrett Ruud, who is slated to start this season. In terms of physical numbers, Bo is a better prospect than Barrett, who went in the second round of the 2005 Draft.

  26. Curtis Johnson, Clark Atlanta
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 242.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.69.
    Benchx225: 25. Vertical .
    Projected Round: 7.

    Another linebacker who worked out with the defensive ends.

    Not sure whom Curtis Johnson played against, but he does have a solid 40 for his size. Finished the 2007 campaign with 112 tackles.

  27. Alvin Bowen, Iowa State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 223.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.83.
    Benchx225: 15. Vertical 34.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Alvin Bowen is small, and consequently will have problems getting drafted, but I liked what I saw out of him in some of the drills. Could be a late-round sleeper.

    Severely undersized, though he played well as a first-year starter at Ames.



  28. Robert Killebrew, Texas
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 230.
    40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Missed some time with bruised legs in 2006, but nothing serious.

  29. Marcus Richardson, Troy State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.53.
    Benchx225: 22. Vertical 34.5.
    Projected Round: 7-FA.



  30. JoLonn Dunbar, Boston College
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 233.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.92.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.85.
    Benchx225: 19. Vertical 33.
    Projected Round: 7-FA.

    A slow 40 really hurt JoLonn Dunbar's draft stock.

  31. Demario Pleasant, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 231.
    40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round: 7-FA.

    With Clint Ingram moving on to the NFL, Demario Pleasant will have an opportunity to shine. We'll see if he makes the most out of it. By the way, I can't wait for one of Ron Jaworski's corny jokes: "Pleasant made that tackle! He was not so pleasant!" Ugh.


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  32. Nick Watkins, Clemson
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 223.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.86.
    Benchx225: 17. Vertical .
    Projected Round: FA.

    A bit undersized for the NFL.

  33. Anthony Hoke, Cincinnati
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 235.
    40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round: FA.



  34. Sir Darean Adams, Michigan State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 226.
    40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round: FA.

    A tweener; too small for an outside linebacker, too slow for a safety. However, Sir Darean Adams is a tremendous leader and I'd gladly take him with a second-day selection if I were an NFL GM.

  35. Durell Mapp, North Carolina
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 227.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.66.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.76.
    Benchx225: 27. Vertical .
    Projected Round: FA.

    A walk-on, so you know he's going to work hard. His 40 at his small frame, however, really hurt his chances of being drafted. He needs a great Pro Day.

  36. Robert James, Arizona State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 219.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.70
    Benchx225: 26. Vertical 31.
    Projected Round: FA.



  37. Tyler Clutts, Fresno State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 245.
    40 Time: 4.67.
    Projected Round: FA.

    A tweener who made the All-WAC Conference Second Team with five sacks.

  38. Jeremy Jones, UTEP
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 238.
    40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Coming off a brutal leg injury suffered in 2006. Appeared to improve toward the latter stages of 2007.

  39. Kelly Poppinga, BYU
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.74.
    Benchx225: 27. Vertical 34.
    Projected Round: FA.



  40. Nathan Peterson, Oklahoma State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 240.
    40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Severely undersized. Needs to gain weight or get a lot faster. Generated seven sacks in September and October 2006 (can't find season stats).

  41. Larry Grant, Ohio State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.71.
    Benchx225: 20. Vertical 31.5.
    Projected Round: FA.



  42. Steve Octavien, Nebraska
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 238.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.68.
    Benchx225: . Vertical .
    Projected Round: FA.



  43. Jon Banks, Iowa State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 219.
    40 Time: 4.66.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Needs to either gain some weight or improve his 40. Started five games in 2006.

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