Paddy Fisher*, OLB/ILB, Northwestern
Height: 6-4. Weight: 241. Projected 40 Time: 4.69. Projected Round (2020): 1-3. 8/22/18: Fisher was a breakout performer in 2017. The redshirt freshman was one of the best linebackers in the Big Ten and was always around the ball for the Wildcats. On the year, he totaled 113 tackles with nine for a loss, four forced fumbles, three passes batted and one interception. If Fisher develops his pass-coverage skills, that will really help him to be an early-round prospect.
Devin Bush*, OLB, Michigan
Height: 5-11. Weight: 233. Projected 40 Time: 4.60. Projected Round (2020): 1-3. 8/22/18: Bush was an impressive defender for the Wolverines in 2017. He was around the ball and was impressive in pass coverage with eight passes broken up. He totaled 101 tackles with five sacks, 9.5 tackles for a loss and an interception as well. The undersized Bush could be downgraded for his lack of height and length.
Anfernee Jennings, OLB/ILB, Alabama
Height: 6-3. Weight: 262. Projected 40 Time: 4.63. Projected Round (2020): 1-3. 8/22/18: 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.
Terrell Lewis, OLB/DE, Alabama
Height: 6-5. Weight: 254. Projected 40 Time: 4.71. Projected Round (2020): 1-3. 8/22/18: 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, but tragedy struck again as Lewis tore an ACL in the summer of 2018. He is trying to come back and play later in the 2018 season, but that seems unlikely.
The edge defender, formerly known as Terrell Hall, Lewis developed behind the scenes for Alabama in 2016. Scouts have told me that in practice Lewis was very impressive as he 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.
Brian Burns, OLB/DE, Florida State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 218. Projected 40 Time: 4.72. Projected Round (2020): 1-3. 8/22/18: 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. 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.