NFL Draft Update: OLB

Outside linebacker is a coveted position for teams that play a 3-4 defense because that’s where their pass rush comes from. For 4-3 defense teams like Seattle, it’s not a priority at all. This makes ranking OLBs on a big board to be more difficult that other positions.

This particular draft class is a little light on the top end, but has great depth in the middle rounds.

There’s plenty of outside linebackers in this year’s draft that Fit what the Seahawks like, but I think we should all pay close attention to Florida State’s Brandon Jenkins. I have him being drafted right about where I expect the Seahawks to be drafting in round 2. He’s a big and fast linebacker who’d be an upgrade of KJ Wright on the strong side, and would allow Wright to move inside to MLB where I think he’ll really excel.

Another player I think fits in will for the Seahawks is Tyler Nielsen from Iowa in the 4th round. He’s a very speedy LB with good pass rush skills who will really do well in the Seahawk’s WILL (weak side) linebacker spot.

Rank Player Pos

PRank

School

Ht.

Wt.

Zach Brown

OLB

1

North Carolina

6-2

230

Courtney Upshaw

OLB

2

Alabama

6-2

265

  Brandon Lindsey

OLB

3

Pittsburgh

6-2

250

Brandon Jenkins

OLB

4

Florida State

6-3

265

Ronnell Lewis

OLB

5

Oklahoma

6-2

244

Jarvis Jones

OLB

6

Georgia

6-2

242

Bruce Irvin

OLB

7

West Virginia

6-2

245

Lavonte David

OLB

8

Nebraska

6-1

225

Travis Lewis

OLB

9

Oklahoma

6-2

228

Sean Spence

OLB

10

Miami

5-11

224

Nigel Bradham

OLB

11

Florida State

6-2

240

  Keenan Robinson

OLB

12

Texas

6-3

240

Adrian Robinson

OLB

13

Temple

6-1

250

Tyler Nielsen

OLB

14

Iowa

6-3

235

Tank Carder

OLB

15

TCU

6-2

237

Darius Fleming

OLB

16

Notre Dame

6-2

255

Danny Trevathan

OLB

17

Kentucky

6-0

232

Kyle Wilber

OLB

18

Wake Forest

6-4

240

Tahir Whitehead

OLB

19

Temple

6-1

228

Sammy Brown

OLB

20

Houston

6-2

240

Josh Kaddu

OLB

21

Oregon

6-3

236

Manny Abreu

OLB

22

Rutgers

6-2

260

Jerrell Harris

OLB

23

Alabama

6-2

242

Demario Davis

OLB

24

Arkansas St

6-2

232

Alex Hoffman-Ellis

OLB

25

Washington St

6-1

232

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