2019 NFL Draft Prospects: Outside Linebackers



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2019 outside linebacker prospects available for the 2019 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2020 prospect. ** - denotes 2021 prospect.

This page was last updated June 15, 2018. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
2017 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 | P

2018 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 | P

2019 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 | P

  1. Josh Allen, OLB/ILB, Kentucky
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    6/15/18: In early October of 2017, WalterFootball.com was first to report that Allen was receiving early-round grades from NFL teams. 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 while is not a top-10 pick, they did grade Allen as a first-rounder.

    Another director of college scouting said they 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. Allen considered entering the 2018 NFL Draft, but chose to return to Kentucky instead.

    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.






  2. Terrell Lewis*, OLB/DE, Alabama
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 254.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    6/15/18: Lewis was playing well in the 2017 season opener before sustaining an injury that cost him most of the season. He totaled just 16 tackles with a sack for the year, but scouts who watched 2018 spring football were raving about him. Sources believe Lewis has a ton of potential. The edge defender, formerly known as Terrell Hall, developed behind the scenes for Alabama in 2016, but he could be poised for a breakout year in 2018. Scouts have told me that the 6-foot-5, 247-pounder is big and quick, plus possesses surprising change-of-direction skills. They said that Lewis has a great build and is dripping with upside. He has really impressed them watching him in practice during the past few seasons.


  3. Anfernee Jennings*, OLB/ILB, Alabama
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 262.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    6/15/18: 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.


  4. Montez Sweat, OLB/DE, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 241.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    6/15/18: 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.




  5. Brian Burns*, OLB/DE, Florida State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 218.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    6/15/18: 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. Burns 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.


  6. Porter Gustin, OLB/DE, USC
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/15/18: Gustin had 16 tackles with three tackles for a loss and three sacks in 2017. A toe and biceps injury sidelined him after three games. He missed five games, came back to play against Arizona State, and then missed the remaining contests. Gustin was wise return to USC for 2018 to put together a healthy season before going pro.

    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 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.


  7. Chase Winovich, OLB/DE, Michigan
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 258.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/15/18: Winovich was a gritty defender who was always around the ball for the Wolverines in 2017. He had an excellent season, totaling 79 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, eight sacks and two forced fumbles. He had five sacks in the previous season. Given his length and weight issues, Winovich might be better off moving to 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.




  8. Jordan Jones, OLB/ILB, Kentucky
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/15/18: Jones has been a solid linebacker for the Wildcats over the past two seasons. He broke out as a sophomore with 109 tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, four passes batted, and one forced fumble. In 2017. Jones had a drop in production due to missing four games. He totaled 64 tackles with 7.4 tackles for a loss, two sacks, one breakup and one forced fumble on the year. Jones could benefit as a senior with teams focusing on Josh Allen.


  9. Jamal Davis II, OLB, Akron
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 233.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/15/18: Davis has impressed NFL advance scouts enough to warrant a first- through fourth-round potential grade entering the 2018 season. Davis started out his collegiate career redshirting at Pittsburgh before transferring to Akron. In 2017, Davis totaled 69 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and one forced fumble. He has a good skill set with size and speed.


  10. Andrew Van Ginkel, OLB, Wisconsin
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 229.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/15/18: Wisconsin has produced a lot of good linebackers in recent years, and Van Ginkel should keep that tradition going with T.J. Edwards and Ryan Connelly in the 2019 NFL Draft. In 2017, Van Ginkel totaled 6.5 sacks, 39 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and two passes batted. Adding weight and playing 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL could be a nice fit for him.




  11. Te'Von Coney, OLB/ILB, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/15/18: Coney had 116 tackles with three sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss and one forced fumble in 2017. He played well for Notre Dame. Coney is a good run defender who has instincts and intelligence. Coney totaled 61 tackles as a sophomore in his first season as a starter. He has talent and could rise as a senior.


  12. D'Andre Walker, OLB, Georgia
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 251.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/15/18: Georgia fielded a superb defense in 2017, and Walker was one of the impressive defenders in the middle of the field who helped make the Bulldogs so tough. He had 5.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 40 tackles and a forced fumble on the year. Walker has a thick build to go with speed.


  13. Terrill Hanks, OLB, New Mexico State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/15/18: Hanks has been a tackling machine at New Mexico State over the past three seasons. As a junior in 2017, he totaled 111 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, six passes broken up, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. The previous season saw him collect 103 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss with two interceptions and five passes broken up. Team sources say Hanks has received a preseason projection of having potential to be a first- through fourth-round pick.




  14. Nate Hall, OLB, Northwestern
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/15/18: Hall has been a tough edge defender for Northwestern over the past few seasons. He is a quality run defender with intelligence and instincts. In 2017, Hall collected 79 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, six passes broken up and two interceptions. He had 73 tackles as a sophomore.


  15. Daelin Hayes, OLB, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/15/18: Hayes is a thick edge defender who might fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. He had three sacks, 6.5 tackles for a loss and 30 tackles in 2017. Hayes has the skill set to produce more as an upperclassman.


  16. Otaro Alaka, OLB, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/15/18: In 2017, Alaka had 78 tackles with 12 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks. He notched 74 tackles with two sacks as a sophomore. If Alaka can build off his junior year, he could rise. Team sources projected him as having first- through fourth-round potential.


  17. Ryan Connelly, OLB, Wisconsin
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 237.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/15/18: Wisconsin has produced a lot of good linebackers in recent years, and Connelly should keep that tradition going with T.J. Edwards and Andrew Van Ginkel in the 2019 NFL Draft. In 2017, Connelly totaled 88 tackles with 11 tackles for a loss, three sacks, one pass broken up, one forced fumble and one interception. Connelly has a good build with some speed.


  18. Ben Banogu, OLB/DE, TCU
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-4.

    6/15/18: Banogu can get away with playing defensive end in the Big XII, but for the NFL, he will probably have to move to outside linebacker. Banogu is a fast edge rusher with some plus athletic ability. In 2017, he totaled 49 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He had 45 tackles and five sacks in 2016.


  19. Shaquille Quarterman*, OLB/ILB, Miami
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/15/18: 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.


  20. Jabari Zuniga*, OLB/DE, Florida
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/15/18: Zuniga is a 3-4 outside linebacker candidate for the NFL. He has some speed and athleticism on the edge. In 2017, Zuniga totaled 34 tackles with eight tackles for a loss and four sacks. In 2016, he flashed as a rotational player and situational pass-rusher with five sacks, 8.5 tackles for a loss and 25 tackles. Zuniga needs to get stronger.


  21. Jachai Polite*, OLB/DE, Florida
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/15/18: Polite is a bit of tweener in that he has the height of a tackle but the weight of a defensive end. Polite has good speed and athleticism at the point of attack. In 2017, he totaled 22 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss, and two sacks. Polite had two sacks as a freshman.


  22. Charles Wright, OLB/ILB, Vanderbilt
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/15/18: Wright showed some edge potential in 2017 on his way to nine sacks on the year. He also collected 43 tackles with 10.5 tackles for a loss. Wright needs to build on his 2017 season to move his stock higher.




  23. Drue Tranquill, OLB/ILB, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 231.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    6/15/18: Tranquill is a good college player who may not have the skill set to transition to the NFL. However in 2017, he was a big presence for Notre Dame who made a lot of clutch tackles. He totaled 85 stops with 10.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, three passes broken up and an interception on the year. In 2016, he had 80 tackles with two breakups and a pick.


  24. Kendall Joseph, OLB/ILB, Clemson
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    6/15/18: Joseph recorded 96 tackles with five tackles for a loss, .5 sacks and a pass broken up in 2017. He was solid but unimpressive. Joseph runs around too many blocks and needs to improve at taking blocks on. Ben Boulware got a lot of attention in 2016, but Joseph was the best linebacker on Clemson's National Championship team. That season, Joseph totaled 108 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, 3.5 sacks and one interception.


  25. Michael Pinckney*, OLB, Miami
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    6/15/18: Pinckney is a quick linebacker who is a solid contributor for the Hurricanes. In 2017, Pinckney had 68 tackles with 11 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, two passé broken up and an interception. As a freshman, he totaled 61 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, two passes broken up and an interception. Pinckney needs to get stronger and add weight to his frame for the NFL.






  26. Ulysees Gilbert III, OLB/ILB, Akron
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    6/15/18: Gilbert is a tackling machine for Akron. He flies all over the field, taking down ball-carriers and making his presence felt. In 2017, Gilbert totaled 140 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, four passes broken up and three interceptions. He had 122 tackles with four sacks, three breakups and 11.5 tackles for a loss as a sophomore.


  27. Marcel Spears Jr.*, OLB, Iowa State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    6/15/18: Spears broke out in 2017 with 107 tackles, 8.5 for a loss and three breakups. He needs to get stronger for the NFL.


  28. Joe Giles-Harris*, OLB/ILB, Duke
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    6/15/18: Giles-Harris is a smart defender who has been a steady linebacker in the ACC over the past two seasons. He had 125 tackles with 16 for a loss, 4.5 sacks, four breakups, one forced fumble, and one interception in 2017. For 2016, Giles-Harris totaled 107 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, one interception and two breakups.




  29. Dre Greenlaw, OLB, Arkansas
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 227.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    6/15/18: In 2017, Greenlaw totaled 103 tackles with one sack and two passes broken up. Greenlaw had 42 tackles over seven games as a sophomore while being limited by a foot injury. In 2015 as a freshman, he recorded 95 tackles with one sack, two forced fumbles and a pass broken up.


  30. Khalil Hodge, OLB/ILB, Buffalo
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    6/15/18: Hodge is a tackling machine for Buffalo. In 2017, he notched 154 stops with three sacks, two pass breakups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. The previous season saw him collect 123 tackles with seven tackles for a loss, one sack and one breakup. Hodge is a steady player, and it will be interesting to see if he shows the skill set to translate to the NFL.


  31. Azeez Al-Shaair, OLB/ILB, Florida Atlantic
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 228.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    6/15/18: Al-Shaair was very productive in 2017, totaling 147 tackles with 11 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, four passes broken up and one forced fumble. He had 112 tackles as a sophomore and 94 in his freshman season.


  32. Bryan London II*, OLB, Texas State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    6/15/18: London has produced a lot of tackles the past few seasons with 91 as a redshirt sophomore and 141 as a freshman. He needs to add weight for the NFL.


  33. Jesse Aniebonam, OLB/DE, Maryland
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 259.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.77.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    6/15/18: Aniebonam was playing well against Texas in the 2017 season opener getting the better of Longhorns left tackle Connor Williams before suffering what looked like a leg injury. Maryland said Aniebonam would be out several months, and he didn't return to the field in 2017.

    Aniebonam had a quality junior year with nine sacks, 46 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and one pass batted. He totaled four sacks over his freshman and sophomore seasons as primarily a backup. Size issues could force Aniebonam to outside linebacker in the NFL.


  34. Christian Miller*, OLB, Alabama
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.77.
    Projected Round (2019): 7-FA.

    6/15/18: Miller went out for the year with a biceps injury against Florida State in the 2017 season opener. He will have to earn his way back onto the field for Alabama. Miller had 16 tackles with two sacks for Alabama in 2016.


2017 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 | P

2018 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 | P

2019 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 | P




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