Dorance Armstrong Jr., OLB/DE, Kansas
Height: 6-4. Weight: 241. Projected 40 Time: 4.60. Projected Round (2019): 1-2. 8/22/17: In 2016 as a sophomore, Armstrong had some serious production with 10 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss, 56 tackles and three forced fumbles while being a First-Team All-Big XII selection. One general manager told me that they think Armstrong is a stud and can't see him staying for his senior year in 2018. They said that Armstrong could be on a par or better than Boston College senior edge rusher Harold Landry. That general manager thought Landry would have been a late first- or second-round pick if he had entered the 2017 NFL Draft.
Malik Jefferson, OLB/ILB, Texas
Height: 6-3. Weight: 238. Projected 40 Time: 4.68. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 8/22/17: In 2016, Jefferson recorded 59 tackles with 5.5 sacks and three passes broken up. The numbers don't illustrate how good of a linebacker he was. Jefferson was highly recruited and showed why as a freshman contributor for the Longhorns. He totaled 61 tackle with seven for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three passes broken up and one forced fumble in 2015. Jefferson had a bigger presence than the numbers illustrate.
The junior has a nice combination of size and speed. He has a ton of upside, and it wouldn't be surprising if he is in store for some massive seasons for Texas.
James Hearns, OLB, Louisville
Height: 6-3. Weight: 249. Projected 40 Time: 4.65. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 8/22/17: Sources label Hearns is a bigger version of Devonte Fields. They say that Hearns is loose, limber, quick and fast to close. He needs to be more consistent, but his pass-rush talent is developed. In 2016, Hearns totaled 42 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, two passes batted and five forced fumbles. He could produce a big 2017 season.
Brian Burns*, OLB/DE, Florida State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 218. Projected 40 Time: 4.70. Projected Round (2019): 1-3.
Tremaine Edmunds, OLB, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-5. Weight: 236. Projected 40 Time: 4.71. Projected Round (2019): 2-3. 8/22/17: When watching the Hokies last year, Edmunds was impossible to ignore as he was all over the field for them. He recorded 106 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes broken up, one forced fumble and one interception on the season. Edmunds is a quick, instinctive linebacker with good length.
Porter Gustin, OLB/DE, USC
Height: 6-5. Weight: 260. Projected 40 Time: 4.74. Projected Round (2019): 2-3. 7/24/17: Gustin may end up growing into a defensive end, but he showed some edge skills as a freshman and sophomore. In 2015, he totaled 5.5 sacks while also chipping in 25 tackles with 6.5 for a loss. It was an impressive season from a freshman, and he was only a rotational player with two starts. As a sophomore, Gustin notched 68 tackles with 5.5 sacks and four passes batted. He started at outside linebacker and could be a good fit for a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
Kendall Joseph, OLB/ILB, Clemson
Height: 6-0. Weight: 230. Projected 40 Time: 4.65. Projected Round (2019): 2-4. 8/22/17: Ben Boulware got a lot of attention, but Joseph was the best linebacker on Clemson's National Championship team. Joseph totaled 108 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, 3.5 sacks and one interception in 2016. He is a quick, solid and instinctive defender. Scouting sources say that they saw Joseph as the same as Jerome Baker. Both run around blocks more than they take on. They are good players, although not complete or exceptional. Jospeh is a good, solid player with instincts and could play in the NFL in the right system. He is seen as more of a second-day to early third-day prospect.
Shaquille Quarterman*, OLB/ILB, Miami
Height: 6-1. Weight: 240. Projected 40 Time: 4.68. Projected Round (2019): 2-4. 8/22/17: Quarterman was impressive for Miami as a freshman in 2016. In his debut season, he totaled 84 tackles with 10 for a loss, three sacks and a pass broken up. Quarterman was a quick defender with instincts. He could be primed for big seasons as a sophomore and junior as he gains experience.
Jack Cichy, OLB/ILB, Wisconsin
Height: 6-2. Weight: 233. Projected 40 Time: 4.77. Projected Round (2019): 3-4. 8/22/17: Cichy will miss the 2017 season due to tearing an ACL in the preseason. He could decide to enter the NFL, but is more likely to play collegiately in 2018 prior to going to the pros. Cichy was a tough defender for the Badgers in 2016. He was good versus the run and a leader on the defense. In 2016, the junior recorded 60 tackles with seven for a loss, 1.5 sacks, two passes broken up and two forced fumbles in seven games. As a sophomore in 2015, he had 60 tackles with eight for a loss, five sacks and four passes broken up.