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2011 NFL Draft Rankings: Top 3-4 Outside Linebackers

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The 3-4 defensive teams in recent years have really taken some chances on elite level talents that can hopefully play in space and be a 3-4 outside linebacker. What's so tough about the position in it's translation is how either a defensive end can play with his hand off the ground and having to read more than just rush, or an outside linebacker can consistently bring pressure off the edge. Because very few teams run the 3-4 defense in the NFL fashion, it's somewhat of a workout/guessing game for these NFL teams.

So, we'll take a look at the prospects so far that we feel can fit in a 3-4 defense as a pass rushing outside linebacker. Keep in mind that some defensive end's can play in both a 4-3 or 3-4, but may not be ranked higher than their fellow defensive ends in this list because of they don't fit as well in a 3-4 scheme.

 
**List only includes seniors as of now**


    Name College Height Weight Proj. Round Notes
1 . Von Miller Texas A&M 6'3 240 Top 20 Elite athlete, perfect fit for the 3-4, and workouts will help
2 . Bruce Miller UCF 6'2 255 3rd-5th Versatile pass rusher, he's a good athlete with upside
3 . Greg Lloyd Connecticut 6'2 259 3rd-5th A bigger version of former Uconn 2nd rounder Cody Brown
4 . Cliff Matthews South Carolina 6'4 262 3rd-5th Has been able to go inside and out with moves impressively
5 . Ryan Kerrigan Purdue 6'4 236 1st-2nd Better fit for the 4-3, great athlete to work in many schemes
6 . Jabaal Sherad Pittsburgh 6'4 265 1st-2nd Fights through blocks well, a power rusher in a 3-4
7 . Jonas Mouton Michigan 6'2 240 5th-7th  
8 . Dontay Moch Nevada 6'1 226 5th-7th  
9 . Sam Acho Texas 6'3 260 4th-6th  
10 . Markell White Central Arkansas 6'4 260 6th-Undrafted Sleeper talent, great athlete, needs to show more strength
11 . Ugo Chinasa Oklahoma State 6'5 252 5th-7th  
12 . Jon Freeney Rutgers 6'3 250 6th-Undrafted  
13 . Kentrell Lockett Ole Miss 6'5 258 6th-Undrafted  
14 . Chris Walker Tennessee 6'2 236 6th-Undrafted  
15 . Pierre Allen Nebraska 6'5 265 6th-Undrafted  
16 . Steven Friday Virginia Tech 6'4 238 6th-Undrafted  
17 . Stafford Gatling Ohio 6'4 233 6th-Undrafted  
18 . Terrence Thomas Villanova 6'1 235 6th-Undrafted  
19 Mario Addison Troy 6'2 230 6th-Undrafted  
20 . Xavier Brown CW Post 6'5 245 6th-Undrafted