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Leonard Floyd, 3-4OLB/OLB, Georgia
The Chargers recently spent a couple of early-round picks on pass-rushers. Jeremiah Attaochu could develop into a starter, but Melvin Ingram hasn't been able to stay healthy. San Diego may have to use another first- or second-round choice on an outside linebacker soon.
Pick change; previously Scooby Wright, DE/OLB
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The Saints drafted injury-risk Hau'oli Kikaha in the second round of the 2015 draft. Even if he pans out, the team will need another pass-rusher to put pressure on the many talented quarterbacks in the NFC South.
The Dolphins have just one viable three-down linebacker on the roster in Jelani Jenkins. Koa Misi is a solid, two-down defender, but Miami has to find a third linebacker. Since the Dolphins didn't accomplish that in the 2015 NFL Draft, they could select someone like Jaylon Smith in the first round next April.
Pick change; previously Myles Jack, ILB
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Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
I liked the Trent Cole signing, but he's obviously just a short-term solution. The Colts will have to find a pass-rusher to help them get after the quarterback for the next decade.
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With Cameron Wake entering the latter stages of his career and Olivier Vernon hitting free agency soon, the Dolphins may want to add another pass-rusher.
Rd. 2, Pk. 32
Nyeem Wartman, OLB, Penn State
The Seahawks lost their former Super Bowl MVP in free agency to the Raiders. I thought they'd address the position in this past draft, but they'll have to wait until next offseason.
The Redskins could use a play-maker in the middle of their defense, and Jack is a great fit for Joe Barry. He can play inside linebacker in a 3-4 or Will (weakside) linebacker in a Tampa 2. Barry will love his pass-coverage skills.
Jack racked up 87 tackles with eight tackles for a loss, seven passes broken up, one interception and one forced fumble in 2014. His natural pass-coverage skills are extremely impressive. NFL evaluators are going to love what Jack can do in the passing game.
Jack was only a freshman starter in 2013, but became a superstar who was named the Pac-12's Offensive AND Defensive Freshman of the Year. On the defensive side of the ball, Jack recorded 75 tackles with 11 passes broken up and two interceptions. His pass-coverage skills for a freshman were outstanding. He ran for 267 yards on 38 carries (7.0 average) with seven touchdowns, too. Don't be surprised if Jack (6-1, 230) improves annually with his huge upside.
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Scooby Wright III, 3-4OLB/OLB, Arizona
The Falcons grab a difference-maker at linebacker. Wright will be a tough run-defender and pass-rusher to go on the other side from Vic Beasley.
Wright took college football by storm in 2014. The 6-foot-1, 246-pounder was a pass-rushing force for the Wildcats and one of the top defenders in the Pac-12. He had 14 sacks with 163 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss and six forced fumbles for the year. Wright is an instinctive linebacker and was all over the field for Arizona. In 2013, he notched 83 tackles with 9.5 for a loss and an interception.
The Dolphins need help at linebacker, and many expected to draft some talent at the position early in the 2015 NFL Draft. It didn't happen, so Miami will probably have a weakness at the position in 2015 and will have to address it next year.
Smith (6-2, 235) was an impressive defender for Notre Dame in 2014. He was all over the field for the Fighting Irish with 112 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, 3.5 sacks and two passes defended. Smith has speed and athleticism in the middle of the field.
Pick change; previously Ezekiel Elliott, RB
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Leonard Floyd, 3-4OLB/OLB, Georgia
Even if Courtney Upshaw breaks out in 2015, the Ravens will need to land another young pass-rusher to groom as a replacement for Elvis Dumervil (31) or Terrell Suggs (32).
Floyd is a speedy rusher who is just scratching the surface of his potential. He is a natural pass-rusher with agility and a knack for getting to the quarterback. In 2014, the sophomore had 55 tackles with six sacks, two forced fumbles and 8.5 tackles for a loss. Floyd's run defense was a liability, and it caused him to get benched for a time, so going back to Georgia to improve before going pro was a wise decision on his part.
In 2013, Floyd totaled 55 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder played at Hargrave Military Academy for a season after high school.
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The Giants still need some young talent in the middle of their defense. They need a difference-maker at linebacker.
In 2014, Cravens had 68 tackles with 17 tackles for a loss, five sacks, three interceptions and nine passes broken up. He was moved from safety to linebacker, and that looks like a better fit for him in the NFL. The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder is physical, strong and quick. As a freshman, he totaled 52 tackles with four interceptions, one pass batted and a forced fumble. Cravens was named a Freshman All-American and a All-Pac-12 honorable mention.