2011 NFL Draft Rankings: Top 3-4 Outside Linebackers - Opposing Views

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
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Von Miller
Texas A&M
6'3
240
Top 20
Elite athlete, perfect fit for the 3-4, and workouts will help

2
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Bruce Miller
UCF
6'2
255
3rd-5th
Versatile pass rusher, he's a good athlete with upside

3
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Greg Lloyd
Connecticut
6'2
259
3rd-5th
A bigger version of former Uconn 2nd rounder Cody Brown

4
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Cliff Matthews
South Carolina
6'4
262
3rd-5th
Has been able to go inside and out with moves impressively

5
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Ryan Kerrigan
Purdue
6'4
236
1st-2nd
Better fit for the 4-3, great athlete to work in many schemes

6
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Jabaal Sherad
Pittsburgh
6'4
265
1st-2nd
Fights through blocks well, a power rusher in a 3-4

7
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Jonas Mouton
Michigan
6'2
240
5th-7th

8
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Dontay Moch
Nevada
6'1
226
5th-7th

9
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Sam Acho
Texas
6'3
260
4th-6th

10
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Markell White
Central Arkansas
6'4
260
6th-Undrafted
Sleeper talent, great athlete, needs to show more strength

11
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Ugo Chinasa
Oklahoma State
6'5
252
5th-7th

12
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Jon Freeney
Rutgers
6'3
250
6th-Undrafted

13
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Kentrell Lockett
Ole Miss
6'5
258
6th-Undrafted

14
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Chris Walker
Tennessee
6'2
236
6th-Undrafted

15
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Pierre Allen
Nebraska
6'5
265
6th-Undrafted

16
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Steven Friday
Virginia Tech
6'4
238
6th-Undrafted

17
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Stafford Gatling
Ohio
6'4
233
6th-Undrafted

18
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Terrence Thomas
Villanova
6'1
235
6th-Undrafted

19

Mario Addison
Troy
6'2
230
6th-Undrafted

20
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Xavier Brown
CW Post
6'5
245
6th-Undrafted

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