2020 NFL Draft Outside Linebacker Rankings

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2020 NFL Draft Outside Linebacker Rankings includes a prospect ranking, a breakdown of scouting for the position, key questions about the position, and a link to learn more.

 

Outside Linebacker Rankings:

  1. Terrell Lewis, Alabama
  2. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
  3. Curtis Weaver, Boise State
  4. Zack Baun, Wisconsin
  5. Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
  6. Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
  7. Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
  8. Alex Highsmith, Charlotte
  9. K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU
  10. Josh Uche, Michigan
  11. Evan Weaver, California
  12. Jabari Zuniga, Florida
  13. Jonathan Garvin, Miami
  14. David Woodward, Utah State
  15. Colin Schooler, Arizona
  16. Quincy Roche, Temple
  17. Darrell Taylor, Tennessee
  18. Michael Pinckney, Miami
  19. Malik Harrison, Ohio State
  20. Charles Snowden, Virginia
  21. Michael Divinity Jr., LSU

2020 NFL Draft Outside Linebacker Rankings

  • First trick is determining the position in the NFL- if possibly a defensive end. Most 4-3 DE’s are fairly long and built, but some 4-3 DE’s in certain systems are “designated pass rushers” or “pass rush specialists”, that might come in on 3rd down or any obvious passing down. That is generally a smaller, speedier defensive end that could be a liability against the run.
  • Primary skills to evaluate:
    • Ability to drop into coverage (including covering matchup nightmares like speedy tight ends and running backs that move into the slot to receive).
    • Run stopping ability.
    • Blitzing ability (or general pass rush ability).
    • “Sideline to sideline” agility and range.
    • Can “break down”, which is a tackling technique of stopping before you tackle someone so you don’t get beat by last second moves.
    • Number of sacks / INT’s, TFL’s
    • Most of the OLB’s in the scouting reports are either middle linebackers in 4-3’s or OLB’s in 3-4… the skillset is often pretty close. Guys that are destined to play strongside or weakside in a 4-3 are generally a tier below and skew strongly to either better against the run, or better in coverage.
Who are the top 2020 NFL Draft Outside Linebackers?

Anfernee Jennings, Alabama, Isaiah Simmons, Clemson, Chase Young, Ohio State, and Curtis Weaver, Boise State.

What are the key traits for scouting Outside Linebackers for the 2020 NFL Draft?

Ability to read and react to plays, coverage skills, ability to get around the edge, run defense, overall speed and strength.

When and where is the 2020 NFL Draft?

In April of 2020 at Paradise, Nevada.

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