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    NFP -- Scout Talk: Outside LBs in the 2012 Draft

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/...litz-9178.html

    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.

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    Article is talking more about 4-3 OLBs but in terms of the names mentioned, I would like to see the Jets take long hard looks at Keenan Robinson and Nigel Bradham for the ILB position...

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    Article is talking more about 4-3 OLBs but in terms of the names mentioned, I would like to see the Jets take long hard looks at Keenan Robinson and Nigel Bradham for the ILB position...
    I thought as much after Upshaw, Perry and the usual suspects weren't in the list. Don't know that much about Bradham. Would you see either of the two you mentioned as potential starters/replacement for Scott in the event that he is released as speculated by some?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FijiJet View Post
    I thought as much after Upshaw, Perry and the usual suspects weren't in the list. Don't know that much about Bradham. Would you see either of the two you mentioned as potential starters/replacement for Scott in the event that he is released as speculated by some?
    Yes absolutely. Both are good athletes and violent hitters. They scare people coming over the middle, have the ability to chase plays down sideline to sideline and they got potential in coverage.

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