Outside linebackers have many different looks, first between 3-4 and 4-3 teams, then from strong and weak side, and even between teams that play the same general scheme. The major categories of skills for an outside linebacker are pass rush ability, run defense, and dropping into coverage. Each defense will have two spots that value each of these three attributes differently. There are schemes where outside linebackers rarely move backward, and those that have outside linebackers that rarely move forward, but most require one primary skill and need the other at least not to be a major liability. The “jerk route” is named after a wide receiver getting into a route that requires a linebacker to cover when it is clearly a mismatch. Finding the right linebackers for the scheme is paramount in eliminating this problem.
The Goods: School: Vanderbilt Position: OLB Class: Junior Height: 6-4 Weight: 230 lbs Projected Draft Round: 1-2 Quick Quote: “Unlike most linebackers with his length, Cunningham shows good recognition and body control to slip cut […]