2022 NFL Draft Prospects: 3-4 Outside Linebacker



The top 2022 3-4 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 - Chase Young, Ohio State
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '20 - Chase Young, Ohio State
    • '19 - Nick Bosa, Ohio State
    Gregory Rousseau*, 3-4OLB, Miami
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.82.
    Projected Round (2022): 1-2.
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    7/13/20: Rousseau was one of the best edge defenders in college football during 2019. Despite being a redshirt freshman, he collected 15.5 sacks with two forced fumbles and 54 tackles on the year. Rousseau has an excellent skill set with upside to develop. His sack numbers may decline as a redshirt sophomore and/or junior with double teams and scheming, but he could become a more developed player in the years to come




  2. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Kwity Paye, Michigan
    • '21 - Kwity Paye, Michigan
    • '21 - Kwity Paye, Michigan
    • '21 - Kwity Paye, Michigan
    • '20 - K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
    • '19 - Josh Allen, Kentucky
    Joe Tryon, 3-4OLB, 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 - Jonathan Garvin, Miami
    • '21 - Micah Parsons, Penn State
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Joseph Ossai, Texas
    • '21 - Zaven Collins, Tulsa
    • '21 - Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh
    • '20 - Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
    • '19 - Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
    Kayvon Thibodeaux*, 3-4OLB, 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 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Kwity Paye, Michigan
    • '21 - Joseph Ossai, Texas
    • '21 - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
    • '21 - Joseph Ossai, Texas
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Zaven Collins, Tulsa
    • '21 - Zaven Collins, Tulsa
    • '21 - Zaven Collins, Tulsa
    • '20 - Zack Baun, Wisconsin
    • '19 - Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
    Zach Harrison*, 3-4OLB, Ohio State
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 255.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2022): 1-3.
    View Ranking History

    7/13/20: Harrison was a top recruit because he has a great skill set that he flashed as a freshman in 2019. Harrison showed the potential to emerge as an impactful defensive end during his sophomore year and beyond. With Chase Young in the NFL, Harrison could take over as a starter and enjoy a breakout 2020 for the Buckeyes




  5. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Curtis Weaver, Boise State
    • '21 - Jonathan Garvin, Miami
    • '21 - Joseph Ossai, Texas
    • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
    • '21 - Zaven Collins, Tulsa
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '20 - Jon Greenard, Florida
    • '19 - Brian Burns, Florida State
    Joseph Ossai, 3-4OLB, 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 - Merlin Robertson, Arizona State
    • '21 - Merlin Robertson, Arizona State
    • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Joseph Ossai, Texas
    • '21 - Joseph Ossai, Texas
    • '21 - Joseph Ossai, Texas
    • '21 - Joseph Ossai, Texas
    • '20 - Terrell Lewis, Alabama
    • '19 - D'Andre Walker, Georgia
    Brenton Cox, 3-4OLB, Florida
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 247.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-4.
    View Ranking History



  7. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Patrick Johnson, Tulane
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
    • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
    • '20 - Josh Uche, Michigan
    • '19 - Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
    Brandon Smith*, 3-4OLB, Penn State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-4.
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  8. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Big Kat Bryant, Auburn
    • '21 - Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
    • '21 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
    • '21 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
    • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
    • '21 - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
    • '20 - Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
    • '19 - Jachai Polite, Florida
    Tyree Johnson, 3-4OLB, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
    View Ranking History



  9. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Patrick Johnson, Tulane
    • '21 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
    • '21 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
    • '21 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
    • '21 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
    • '20 - Curtis Weaver, Boise State
    • '19 - Chase Winovich, Michigan
    Azeez Ojulari*, 3-4OLB, Georgia
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
    View Ranking History





  10. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Big Kat Bryant, Auburn
    • '21 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
    • '21 - Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
    • '21 - Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
    • '21 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
    • '21 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
    • '21 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
    • '20 - Bradley Anae, Utah
    • '19 - Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
    Tyreke Smith, 3-4OLB, Ohio State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 267.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
    View Ranking History



  11. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
    • '21 - Xavier Thomas, Clemson
    • '21 - Xavier Thomas, Clemson
    • '21 - Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
    • '21 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
    • '21 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '20 - Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
    • '19 - Christian Miller, Alabama
    Joshua Kaindoh, 3-4OLB, Florida State
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 258.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
    View Ranking History



  12. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Xavier Thomas, Clemson
    • '21 - Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
    • '21 - Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
    • '21 - Xavier Thomas, Clemson
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
    • '21 - Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
    • '20 - Kenny Willekes, Michigan State
    • '19 - Ben Banogu, TCU
    Xavier Thomas, 3-4OLB, Clemson
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 265.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
    View Ranking History



  13. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
    • '21 - Charles Snowden, Virginia
    • '21 - Charles Snowden, Virginia
    • '21 - Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
    • '21 - Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
    • '21 - Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
    • '21 - Xavier Thomas, Clemson
    • '21 - Xavier Thomas, Clemson
    • '20 - Darrell Taylor, Tennessee
    • '19 - Austin Bryant, Clemson
    Kameron Butler, 3-4OLB, Miami (Ohio)
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 252.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
    View Ranking History



  14. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Charles Snowden, Virginia
    • '21 - Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame
    • '21 - Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame
    • '21 - Charles Snowden, Virginia
    • '21 - Xavier Thomas, Clemson
    • '21 - Xavier Thomas, Clemson
    • '21 - Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
    • '21 - Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
    • '20 - Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame
    • '19 - Jalen Jelks, Oregon
    Randy Charlton, 3-4OLB, Central Florida
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 258.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2022): 7-FA.
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  15. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame
    • '21 - Sam Williams, Ole Miss
    • '21 - Sam Williams, Ole Miss
    • '21 - Janarius Robinson, Florida State
    • '21 - Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
    • '21 - Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
    • '21 - Charles Snowden, Virginia
    • '21 - Charles Snowden, Virginia
    • '20 - Jabari Zuniga, Florida
    • '19 - Joe Jackson, Miami
    Boye Mafe, 3-4OLB, Minnesota
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2022): 7-FA.
    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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