YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- OLB Rankings

  • With 15 teams going with the 3-4 defense this year, outside linebackers continue to be scouted differently.  With the NFL becoming more spread oriented, teams want their outside linebackers to be fast.  Height is not looked down upon as it used to.  There are differences between the weak and strong side linebackers.  I will get into that now.
  • Athleticism On the 4-3 weak-side, the outside linebacker must be able to do a bit of everything; rush, cover in man or zone, blitz, take on blocks and tackle.  You must be good in space.  On the strong-side, the OLB must be able to  stop the run, and take on the tight end by jamming.  In the 3-4, the linebackers play more like another defensive end.  The traits include rushing the passer and being able to stay low.
  • Read and React- I used to be a baseball umpire as a youth, and I was always told to keep my eye on the ball at all times.  It’s the same concept here; find the ball, read play-action, misdirection, when to run or just simply drop in coverage.
  • Range- Speed to get to a ball carrier and chase them down from sideline to sideline.  Operation in space.

4-3 ROLB

(Lance Briggs)

  1. Lance Briggs (8.25)
  2. Thomas Davis (7.5)
  3. Ernie Sims (7.5)
  4. Keith Rivers (7.25)
  5. Mike Peterson (7.25)
  6. Clint Session (7.25)
  7. Leroy Hill (7.25)
  8. Geno Hayes (7.25)
  9. Michael Boley (7)
  10. Justin Durant (7)
  11. Gerald McRath (7)
  12. Scott Shanle (7)
  13. Trevor Scott (7)
  14. Ben Leber (7)
  15. Zac Diles (7)
  16. Zack Follet (6.75)
  17. David Vobora (6.75)

4-3 LOLB

(Aaron Curry)

  1. Aaron Curry (8)
  2. Brian Cushing (8)
  3. Chad Greenway (7.5)
  4. Julian Peterson (7.5)
  5. Daryl Smith (7.25)
  6. Kamerion Wimbley (7.25)
  7. Rey Maualuga (7.25)
  8. Stephen Nicholas (7)
  9. David Thornton (7)
  10. Quincy Black (7)
  11. Dan Connor (7)
  12. Clint Sintim (7)
  13. Pisa Tinoisamoa (7)
  14. Dan Wheeler (7)
  15. Nail Diggs (7)
  16. Moise Fokou (6.75)
  17. Jo-Lann Dunbar (6.75)

3-4 ROLB

(DeMarcus Ware)

  1. DeMarcus Ware (9)
  2. James Harrison (8.75)
  3. Terrell Suggs (8.25)
  4. Shawne Merriman (8)
  5. Elvis Dumervil (8)
  6. Tamba Hali (7.5)
  7. Clay Matthews (7.5)
  8. Calvin Pace (7.25)
  9. Joey Porter (7.25)
  10. Andre Carter (7.25)
  11. Aaron Schobel (7.25)
  12. Parys Haralson (7.25)
  13. Cameron Wake (7)
  14. Matt Roth (7)
  15. Tully Banta-Cain (7) 

3-4 LOLB

(LaMarr Woodley)

  1. LaMarr Woodley (8.5)
  2. Brian Orakpo (8)
  3. Shaun Phillips (7.5)
  4. Anthony Spencer (7.25)
  5. Jarrett Johnson (7.25)
  6. Manny Lawson (7.25)
  7. Jason Taylor (7.25)
  8. Mike Vrabel (7)
  9. Robert Ayers (7)
  10. Chris Kelsay (7)
  11. Clark Hagans (7)
  12. Brad Jones (7)
  13. Pierre Woods (7)
  14. Charlie Anderson (7)
  15. Chris Gocong (6.75)
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