2022 NFL Draft Prospects: Outside Linebacker



The top 2022 Outside Linebacker prospects available for the 2022 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2022 prospect. ** - denotes 2025 prospect.

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2020 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

2021 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

2022 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. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Dylan Moses, Alabama
    • '21 - Dylan Moses, Alabama
    • '21 - Micah Parsons, Penn State
    • '21 - Micah Parsons, Penn State
    • '21 - Micah Parsons, Penn State
    • '21 - Micah Parsons, Penn State
    • '21 - Micah Parsons, Penn State
    • '21 - Micah Parsons, Penn State
    • '21 - Micah Parsons, Penn State
    • '20 - Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
    • '19 - Josh Allen, Kentucky
    Micah Parsons, OLB/ILB, Penn State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
    Projected Round (2022): 1.
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    7/13/20: Parsons collected 109 tackles with five sacks, four forced fumbles and five passes defended in 2019. He was always around the ball and produced some splash plays for Penn State. Parsons broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman and showed he has lot of upside to develop into an intriguing player. For 2018, he totaled 83 tackles with five for a loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

    Parsons has good size and instincts. Sources from multiple teams said Parsons jumped out at them and some believe he could end up being a high first-round pick. It would be surprising if he returned to Penn State for his senior year and was in the 2022 NFL Draft




  2. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
    • '21 - Micah Parsons, Penn State
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Zaven Collins, Tulsa
    • '21 - Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
    • '20 - Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
    • '19 - Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
    Joe Tryon, OLB/DE, Washington
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 262.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2022): 1-3.
    View Ranking History

    7/13/20: After serving as a backup during his freshman season, Tryon broke out in 2019 as one of the top pass-rushers in the Pac-12. He totaled eight sacks with 41 tackles and one pass batted on the year. Tryon has a lot of upside and could be a player who develops well under Jimmy Lake


  3. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Willie Gay, Mississippi State
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Dylan Moses, Alabama
    • '21 - Dylan Moses, Alabama
    • '21 - Dylan Moses, Alabama
    • '21 - Dylan Moses, Alabama
    • '21 - Dylan Moses, Alabama
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Zaven Collins, Tulsa
    • '20 - K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
    • '19 - Brian Burns, Florida State
    Kayvon Thibodeaux*, OLB/DE, Oregon
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 242.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2022): 1-3.
    View Ranking History

    7/13/20: Thibodeaux had a superb freshman season for the Ducks, doing a great job of getting after the quarterback. As a sophomore and junior, it would help Thibodeaux to gain more strength as he will need more weight to hold up as a run defender and to shed blocks from NFL offensive linemen. He has plenty of time to add weight and get stronger as a sophomore


  4. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Jonathan Garvin, Miami
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Nick Bolton, Missouri
    • '21 - Nick Bolton, Missouri
    • '21 - Nick Bolton, Missouri
    • '21 - Nick Bolton, Missouri
    • '21 - Dylan Moses, Alabama
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '20 - Patrick Queen, LSU
    • '19 - D'Andre Walker, Georgia
    Christian Harris*, OLB/ILB, Alabama
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 244.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2022): 1-3.
    View Ranking History

    7/13/20: After an injury to Dylan Moses, Harris was thrust into a larger role and had an impressive freshman season for Alabama in 2019. Harris showed a lot of upside with the skill set to improve after gaining experience. He could be a fast riser as a sophomore and junior. Improving his production in pass coverage would help him




  5. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Micah Parsons, Penn State
    • '21 - Chazz Surratt, North Carolina
    • '21 - Joseph Ossai, Texas
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Joseph Ossai, Texas
    • '21 - Zaven Collins, Tulsa
    • '21 - Zaven Collins, Tulsa
    • '21 - Joseph Ossai, Texas
    • '21 - Joseph Ossai, Texas
    • '20 - Zack Baun, Wisconsin
    • '19 - Jachai Polite, Florida
    Joseph Ossai, OLB, Texas
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 255.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
    Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
    View Ranking History

    7/13/20: Ossai earned a starting spot as a sophomore and had a breakout 2019 for the Longhorns. Ossai made some big plays in pass defense getting after the quarterback and creating a number of splash plays. If Ossai can build on his sophomore season, he has the potential to be a riser as a junior and/or senior


  6. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Tuf Borland, Ohio State
    • '21 - Jonathan Garvin, Miami
    • '21 - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
    • '21 - Joseph Ossai, Texas
    • '21 - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
    • '21 - Joseph Ossai, Texas
    • '21 - Joseph Ossai, Texas
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
    • '20 - Josh Uche, Michigan
    • '19 - Chase Winovich, Michigan
    Damon Clark, OLB/ILB, LSU
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 236.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
    View Ranking History

    7/13/20: Clark is projected to be a replacement for Jacob Phillips as an inside linebacker for LSU. With his size and speed, Clark could continue the LSU tradition of strong linebacker play. He flashed as a rotational backup and in practice, so the NFL advance scouts put Clark on their preseason watch list


  7. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Merlin Robertson, Arizona State
    • '21 - JaCoby Stevens, LSU
    • '21 - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
    • '21 - JaCoby Stevens, LSU
    • '21 - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
    • '21 - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
    • '21 - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
    • '21 - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
    • '20 - Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
    • '19 - Terrill Hanks, New Mexico State
    Talanoa Hufanga, OLB/ILB, USC
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
    View Ranking History

    7/13/20: Hufanga had a nice sophomore season for the Trojans, showing some quickness and tackling ability. For the NFL, he needs to get stronger to hold up in the middle. If he is unable to gain weight, he will have be a Will - weak side - linebacker


  8. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Merlin Robertson, Arizona State
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Damon Clark, LSU
    • '21 - JaCoby Stevens, LSU
    • '21 - Damon Clark, LSU
    • '21 - Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
    • '21 - Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
    • '21 - Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
    • '21 - JaCoby Stevens, LSU
    • '20 - Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State
    • '19 - Christian Miller, Alabama
    Nolan Smith*, OLB/ILB, Georgia
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
    View Ranking History



  9. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
    • '21 - Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Damon Clark, LSU
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - JaCoby Stevens, LSU
    • '21 - JaCoby Stevens, LSU
    • '21 - JaCoby Stevens, LSU
    • '21 - Nick Bolton, Missouri
    • '20 - Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
    • '19 - Vosean Joseph, Florida
    Brenton Cox, OLB/DE, Florida
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 247.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-4.
    View Ranking History





  10. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Colin Schooler, Arizona
    • '21 - Colin Schooler, Arizona
    • '21 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
    • '21 - Damone Clark, LSU
    • '21 - Damone Clark, LSU
    • '21 - Damone Clark, LSU
    • '21 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
    • '20 - Willie Gay Jr., Mississippi State
    • '19 - Te'Von Coney, Notre Dame
    Nick Bolton, OLB, Missouri
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 232.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-4.
    View Ranking History



  11. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Blake Gallagher, Northwestern
    • '21 - Blake Gallagher, Northwestern
    • '21 - Nick Bolton, Missouri
    • '21 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Nick Bolton, Missouri
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '20 - Michael Divinity, LSU
    • '19 - Ben Banogu, TCU
    Owen Pappoe*, OLB, Auburn
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 219.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-4.
    View Ranking History



  12. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - David Woodward, Utah State
    • '21 - Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame
    • '21 - Amen Ogbongbemiga, Oklahoma State
    • '21 - Amen Ogbongbemiga, Oklahoma State
    • '21 - Amen Ogbongbemiga, Oklahoma State
    • '21 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
    • '21 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
    • '21 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
    • '21 - Pete Werner, Ohio State
    • '20 - David Woodward, Utah State
    • '19 - Jalen Jelks, Oregon
    Brandon Smith*, OLB/ILB, Penn State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-4.
    View Ranking History



  13. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Big Kat Bryant, Auburn
    • '21 - Terrel Bernard, Baylor
    • '21 - Jabril Cox, LSU
    • '21 - Jabril Cox, LSU
    • '21 - Jabril Cox, LSU
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Damone Clark, LSU
    • '20 - Casey Toohill, Stanford
    • '19 - Porter Gustin, USC
    Tyree Johnson, OLB, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
    View Ranking History



  14. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Ale Kaho, Alabama
    • '21 - David Woodward, Utah State
    • '21 - Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
    • '21 - Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
    • '21 - Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
    • '21 - Amen Ogbongbemiga, Oklahoma State
    • '21 - Amen Ogbongbemiga, Oklahoma State
    • '21 - Malcolm Koonce, Buffalo
    • '21 - Malcolm Koonce, Buffalo
    • '20 - Bryce Huff, Memphis
    • '19 - Otaro Alaka, Texas A&M
    Azeez Ojulari*, OLB/ILB, Georgia
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
    View Ranking History





  15. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Big Kat Bryant, Auburn
    • '21 - Cameron Goode, California
    • '21 - Cameron Goode, California
    • '21 - Cameron Goode, California
    • '21 - Jabril Cox, LSU
    • '21 - Jabril Cox, LSU
    • '21 - Grant Stuard, Houston
    • '21 - Grant Stuard, Houston
    • '20 - Cam Brown, Penn State
    • '19 - Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame
    Anthony Hines III, OLB/ILB, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
    Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
    View Ranking History



  16. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Ale Kaho, Alabama
    • '21 - Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
    • '21 - Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
    • '21 - Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
    • '21 - Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
    • '21 - Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
    • '21 - Amen Ogbongbemiga, Oklahoma State
    • '21 - Amen Ogbongbemiga, Oklahoma State
    • '20 - Kamal Martin, Minnesota
    • '19 - Chase Hansen, Utah
    K'Vaughan Pope, OLB/ILB, Ohio State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 231.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
    View Ranking History



  17. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Charles Snowden, Virginia
    • '21 - Charles Snowden, Virginia
    • '21 - Charles Snowden, Virginia
    • '21 - Cameron Goode, California
    • '21 - Cameron Goode, California
    • '21 - Jabril Cox, LSU
    • '21 - Jabril Cox, LSU
    • '20 - Francis Bernard, Utah
    • '19 - Andrew Van Ginkel, Wisconsin
    Chris Oats, OLB/ILB, Kentucky
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 227.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
    Projected Round (2022): 5-7.
    View Ranking History





2020 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

2021 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

2022 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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