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2012 NFL Draft: Outside Linebacker Rankings


The top 2012 outside linebacker prospects available for the 2012 NFL Draft in the order in which I believe they will be drafted. * - denotes 2013 prospect.

This page was last updated May 27, 2011. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | OG | C | DE | DT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | NT | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2014 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | 3-4 DE | NT | 3-4 OLB | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2015 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K

  1. Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Projected Round (2012): Top 25 Pick.

    5/27/11: Zach Brown was under the radar going into the 2010 season, but really stood out once Quan Sturdivant went down with an injury. The unbelievably fast Brown had 72 tackles and three picks in 2010. He's currently the top projected 4-3 linebacker.

    8/6/10: Zach Brown had 47 tackles and four TFL as a sophomore.

  2. Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma - Scouting Report
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 232.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2012): 1-2.

    5/27/11: Travis Lewis, once considered a potential top-20 prospect, admittedly had a disappointing 2010 campaign, which is a major reason why he returned to school. Lewis will need a strong senior season to move back into first-round consideration.

    10/9/10: Lewis is the crown jewel of the 4-3 outside linebacker class. He is a dominant force in his run support and range in coverage. He can play both the strongside and weakside, and this versatility certainly fuels his value. Lewis is a playmaker who will get drafted fairly high.

    1/8/10: Travis Lewis had 108 tackles and 9.5 TFL in 2009. Lewis has given no indication that he'll declare as a redshirt sophomore, but he'd probably be the top outside linebacker in the 2010 NFL Draft if he did.



  3. Nico Johnson*, OLB, Alabama
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2012): 2.

    5/27/11: Nico Johnson can play virtually every linebacker position in any scheme (except 3-4 rush linebacker). He recorded 33 tackles in 2010.

  4. Ronnell Lewis*, OLB, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round (2012): 2-3.

    5/27/11: Ronnell Lewis notched 36 tackles, 4.5 TFL and three sacks in 2010.

  5. Sean Spence, OLB, Miami
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2012): 2-3.

    5/27/11: Sean Spence has bulked up from 212 to 225. He had a monstrous 2010 campaign, notching 111 tackles and 17 TFL.

    8/6/10: Sean Spence is skilled (36 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 3 sacks in 2009), but is vastly undersized. He should be great on special teams.



  6. Keenan Robinson, OLB, Texas
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 239.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

    5/27/11: Once again an All-Big XII honorable mention, Keenan Robinson had 106 tackles and 6.5 TFL in 2010.

    8/6/10: Keenan Robinson notched 63 tackles and four TFL as a sophomore, earning an All-Big 12 honorable mention.

  7. Terrell Manning*, OLB, N.C. State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 224.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

    5/27/11: Terrell Manning is entering his third year as a starter. He had 75 tackles and 10.5 TFL in 2010.

    8/6/10: Terrell Manning made an impact as a freshman for N.C. State, collecting 42 tackles and 2.5 TFL.

  8. Emmanuel Acho, OLB, Texas
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-5.

    5/27/11: Emmanuel Acho battled through a nagging sprained knee in 2010, but was still able to record 81 tackles and 10.5 TFL.

    8/6/10: Emmanuel Acho is the brother of Sam Acho, wearing the reverse number (18) of his brother (81). Emmanuel had 45 tackles, 9.5 TFL and two sacks in 2009.

  9. Nigel Bradham, OLB, Florida State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 241.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-5.

    5/27/11: Nigel Bradham had 97 tackles, five sacks and five passes broken up in 2010. He's a potential Day 2 prospect.

    10/9/10: Bradham is a very talented player, but his instincts are sub-par at this point and he's been too inconsistent.

    5/9/10: Nigel Bradham notched 93 tackles, 5.5 TFL and two sacks as a mere sophomore in 2009.

  10. Bobby Wagner, OLB, Utah State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.67.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    5/27/11: Bobby Wagner bulked up from 217 to 230. He collected 133 tackles and eight TFL in 2010.

    8/6/10: Another undersized linebacker, Bobby Wagner had 114 tackles and seven TFL as a sophomore.

  11. Danny Trevathan, OLB, Kentucky
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    5/27/11: Danny Trevathan is small, but makes up for it with great speed. He had an SEC-leading 144 tackles in 2010. He also notched 16 TFL.

    8/6/10: Danny Trevathan notched a whopping 80 tackles and four TFL in 2009.

  12. Nathan Stupar, OLB, Penn State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 231.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.66.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    5/27/11: Nathan Stupar registered 73 tackles, 6.5 TFL and four passes broken up in 2010.

    8/6/10: Nephew of former Raiders quarterback Jeff Hostetler, Nathan Stupar had 31 tackles, 1.5 TFL and a sack as a sophomore.



  13. David Lavonte, OLB/SS, Nebraska
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 216.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.

    5/27/11: Lavonte David had a whopping 152 tackles, 12.5 TFL and six sacks. He really needs to bulk up if he wants to play linebacker in the NFL.

  14. Tyler Nielsen, OLB, Iowa
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.

    5/27/11: Tyler Nielsen played only eight games in 2010 because of a neck injury. He had 43 tackles in those contests.

  15. Andrew Sweat, OLB, Ohio State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 238.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.



  16. Jerrell Harris, OLB, Alabama
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 231.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.66.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.




  17. Ronnie Thornton, OLB, Southern Miss
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.66.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.

    8/6/10: Gotta love Ronnie Thornton's sophomore numbers - 110 tackles, 8.5 TFL and two sacks.

  18. Demario Davis, OLB, Arkansas State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 231.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.

    8/6/10: Demario Davis had a prolific sophomore campaign, registering 82 tackles, eight TFL, three sacks and a pick-six.

  19. Aaron Tevis, OLB, Boise State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 228.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.67.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.

    8/6/10: Aaron Tevis had a great sophomore year for Boise State, totaling 54 tackles, 6.5 TFL and three interceptions.

  20. Jordan Pendelton, OLB, BYU
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 228.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.

    5/27/11: Played in only six games in 2010 because of a leg injury.

    8/6/10: Jordan Pendleton had 51 tackles, six TFL and three sacks in 2009.


  21. Marcus Dowtin, OLB, Georgia
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 224.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round (2012): 7-FA.

    5/27/11: Marcus Dowtin won't be returning to Georgia next season. He's leaving the program after being charged with assault.

    8/6/10: Marcus Dowtin had a productive sophomore campaign, totaling 56 tackles, 6.5 TFL and two sacks.

  22. Dwayne Maddox, OLB, N.C. State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 237.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2012): 7-FA.

    8/6/10: Dwayne Maddox collected 43 tackles and 3.5 TFL as a sophomore.

  23. Greg Williams, OLB, Pittsburgh
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2012): 7-FA.

    5/27/11: Had 63 tackles and 5.5 TFL in 2010.

    8/6/10: Cousin of Edgerrin James, Greg Williams notched 34 tackles and four TFL.

  24. Manny Abreu, OLB, Rutgers
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2012): 7-FA.

    8/6/10: Straight out of the Madden franchise mode name-creation machine, Manny Abreu had 18 tackles in eight games in 2009.

  25. Richard Samuel, OLB/RB, Georgia
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2012): 7-FA.

    5/27/11: Missed the entire 2010 season with a leg injury.

    8/6/10: Richard Samuel rushed for 395 yards on a 4.5 average in 2009, but will be switching to linebacker.



2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | OG | C | DE | DT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | NT | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2014 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | 3-4 DE | NT | 3-4 OLB | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2015 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K



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Lily 01-04-2014 11:34 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.205 (total posts: 1)
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Three things snprig to mind looking at that:1. Hopefully Davis will have Cox open some of those lanes for him this year.2. If Barwin's got the QB, who the hell is #94 tackling in that last picture?3. When checking out his 2012 sacks, it might be worth looking at the sacks of whoever the DT/DE on his side was too; maybe he was doing the inside moves and throwing off the OL, but the D-lineman he stunted around was the one to get the QB more often than not? In fact, if (as people are saying) he moved to the opposite side and was stunting around JJ, then that could be exactly what happened.
Telvin Smith 10-14-2013 01:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.227 (total posts: 1)
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He is a beast he make a lot of stops he is one of the fastest player on the deffense.
Bryan 04-24-2013 04:47 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.218 (total posts: 1)
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Mississippi State L/B Cameron Lawrence #10 2011-2012 Back to Back 120+Tackle seasons. 291 Tackles, 7 Sacks, 9 pass break ups, 5 forced fumbles and 4 interceptions. All-SEC football, ALL-SEC academics, Team Captain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWTKrpnFNao
James 04-10-2013 05:41 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.94 (total posts: 1)
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Great list but I would put the Major kid from Colorado up there as well. Like his film better than all on the list. Tremendous closing speed, great in coverage and space and a thumper. Major may be the steal of the draft. His vid is awesome. Shows all relevant skills, etc.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DutuE3N0vvU
Draft him! 03-26-2013 06:27 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.104 (total posts: 1)
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The bills should draft khaseem greene and kevin minter... they should also trade there 8th overall to the 49ers for 31st, 34th, and 61st
BucktheTruck 03-12-2013 01:30 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.226 (total posts: 1)
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Where is Donte Hightower on this list???
Linbackerswag 02-26-2013 08:52 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.11 (total posts: 1)
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He is not undersized he is a beast
RUfaninfla 02-10-2013 03:52 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.158 (total posts: 1)
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Khaseem Greene from Rutgers is the REAL deal! His instinct for the ball is second to none, including the Butkus award winner!
SeniorBowl 01-26-2013 07:30 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.125 (total posts: 1)
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Sio Moore. Nuf said.
rudolph 01-20-2013 04:32 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.64 (total posts: 1)
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Remember when kenny tate was a first round prospect as a free safety?
Kevin 12-22-2012 10:57 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.211 (total posts: 1)
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Seriously, if your going to update the list on 12/22 you should realize Mosley announced he's going back to school on 12/20.
Alec 12-21-2012 05:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.23 (total posts: 1)
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What about Michael Mauti?
mike 12-15-2012 02:23 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.240 (total posts: 1)
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what about Storm Klein and Zack Boren from Ohio State?
Brian 11-26-2012 07:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.130 (total posts: 1)
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Kiko Alonso from Oregon?
Nurp 11-25-2012 09:41 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.10 (total posts: 1)
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Highsmith?


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