Josh Allen*, OLB/ILB, Kentucky
Height: 6-5. Weight: 230. Projected 40 Time: 4.63. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 2/22/18: The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Allen was one of the top edge defenders in college football during the 2017 season. The junior had seven sacks along with 65 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and three passes batted on the year. Allen produced well as a sophomore in 2016 with 62 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and four forced fumbles. One national scout compared Allen to Leonard Floyd coming out of Georgia with Allen's ability to rush off the edge. That scout said Allen isn't as freaky of an athlete as Floyd was, and Allen is not a top-10 pick, but he did grade Allen as a first-rounder.
Another director of college scouting said he had given Allen a high second-round grade, but thought Allen would definitely end up going in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, if he had declared. That director said Allen was an interesting player because he also can play inside linebacker, whereas Floyd was just an outside edge defender. That college director said that as an inside linebacker, Allen has similarities to current Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham in terms of his height, speed, length, and athleticism in the middle.
Anfernee Jennings*, OLB/ILB, Alabama
Height: 6-3. Weight: 262. Projected 40 Time: 4.63. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 2/22/18: Jennings was coming on strong in 2017 and looking like a potential dominant force before a knee injury ended his season early in Alabama's win over Clemson in the semi-final. For the year, Jennings totaled 41 tackles with six for a loss, one sack, two passes batted and two forced fumbles. If Jennings can get healthy and pick up where he left off, he has early-round potential.
Brian Burns*, OLB/DE, Florida State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 218. Projected 40 Time: 4.72. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 2/22/18: In 2017, Burns had 48 tackles with 13.5 for a loss, 4.5 sacks, and four passes batted. He put more pressure on the quarterback than the numbers indicate. The 6-foot-5, 218-pounder notched 9.5 sacks in his debut season for Florida State and finished 2016 in impressive fashion. Scouts have said that Burns has a ton of athletic ability and upside. He should gain weight as he ages and fill out to being a starting edge defender.
Montez Sweat, OLB/DE, Mississippi State
Height: 6-6. Weight: 241. Projected 40 Time: 4.76. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 2/22/18: Sweat debuted for the Bulldogs with an excellent 2017 season as a dynamic edge defender. He totaled an SEC-leading 10.5 sacks, with 15.5 tackles for a loss and 48 tackles for the year. To start out his collegiate career, Sweat played at Michigan State before some disciplinary issues led to him leaving for the junior college ranks at Co-Lin Community College. Sweat could add weight to become a defensive end, stay as an outside linebacker, or be a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
T.J. Edwards, OLB/ILB, Wisconsin
Height: 6-1. Weight: 244. Projected 40 Time: 4.74. Projected Round (2019): 2-3. 2/22/18: Edwards is an instinctive defender who is a physical presence in the tackle box. He also is dangerous in zone coverage, consistently putting himself in position to make plays on the ball. As a junior, he recorded 81 tackles with 11 for a loss, two sacks, seven breakups and four interceptions. In 2016, Edwards had 89 tackles with three interceptions, 8.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks and two passes batted. He totatled 84 tackles with four breakups as a freshman.
Shaquille Quarterman*, OLB/ILB, Miami
Height: 6-1. Weight: 240. Projected 40 Time: 4.68. Projected Round (2019): 2-4. 2/22/18: In 2017, Quarterman totaled 83 tackles with seven tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, and five passes broken up. He impressed for Miami as a freshman in 2016, recording 84 tackles with 10 for a loss, three sacks and a pass broken up. Quarterman is a quick defender with instincts.