NFP -- Scout Talk: Outside LBs in the 2012 Draft
Scout Talk: Outside Linebackers in the 2012 Draft
There does not appear to be a top of the draft outside linebacker this year. Bruce Irvin of West Virginia carried high grades early, but his stock has fallen according to a few scouts Iíve spoken with. He still is an attractive candidate for 3-4 teams because of his explosive first step, but Irvin canít do much beside pass rush, and some scouts question his intangibles. He could be taken off some draft boards, and isnít likely to be taken before the second round.
Itís possible four outside linebackersóZach Brown of North Carolina, Keenan Robinson of Texas, Danny Trevathan of Kentucky and Lavonte David of Nebraska--could be chosen ahead of Irvin.
Brown, who has excellent size and athleticism to make plays sideline to sideline, might be the only slam dunk first rounder. Teams with four man fronts will like him a lot better than teams with three man fronts.
Robinson had a good season and is athletic and physical. Trevathan is a little undersized but his movement skills will fit great in some 4-3 schemes. David scores high with instincts and toughness, but isnít quite as big as youíd like.
Two backers who could be third round considerations are Notre Dameís Darius Fleming (heíll be coveted by 3-4 teams for his pass rush) and Oklahomaís Travis Lewis (his 2012 season didnít live up to the hype, but he still has potential).
Others to keep an eye on include Brandon Lindsey of Pittsburgh, Brandon Marshall of Nevada-Reno, Sean Spence of Miami and Nigel Bradham of Florida State.