Arden Key, 3-4OLB, LSU
Height: 6-6. Weight: 231. Projected 40 Time: 4.70. Projected Round (2019): 1. 8/22/17: Key was one of the best players in college football in 2016. He recorded 56 tackles with 14.5 for a loss, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes broken up on the year. Key flashed a ton of potential as a freshman for LSU, totaling 41 tackles with 6.5 for a loss, five sacks and one pass broken up. The junior is a dangerous pass-rusher with excellent speed and the ability to bend around the corner. He is lightning-fast off the edge and has a ton of upside to develop.
Dorance Armstrong Jr., 3-4OLB, 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.
Josh Sweat, 3-4OLB, Florida State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 250. Projected 40 Time: 4.75. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 8/22/17: Sweat has a lot of talent and was starting to flash as a sophomore in 2016. He had seven sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss, 41 tackles and one forced fumble on the year. Sources say that Sweat has a first-round skill set and could explode as a junior.
James Hearns, 3-4OLB, 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.
Clelin Ferrell*, 3-4OLB, Clemson
Height: 6-5. Weight: 265. Projected 40 Time: 4.77. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 8/22/17: Ferrell turned in an impressive redshirt freshman season for the Tigers in 2016 as he totaled 44 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks and two passes batted. Ferrell has a good skill set with size, so he could easily rise with his year of experience.
Nick Bosa*, 3-4OLB, Ohio State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 270. Projected 40 Time: 4.85. Projected Round (2019): 1-3.
Brian Burns*, 3-4OLB, Florida State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 218. Projected 40 Time: 4.70. Projected Round (2019): 1-3.
Porter Gustin, 3-4OLB, 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.