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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Outside Linebackers

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Buffalo’s Khalil Mack is the star talent in a strong class of outside linebacker. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

This year’s crop of outside linebackers offers exactly what the NFL wants: Versatile edge defenders who can be moved around and contribute in a variety of roles within a multi-front defensive scheme. The value is diminishing for prospects that lack versatility.

Talent should be found throughout at the position, but the sweet spot is in the second to fourth rounds, where I have 12 players graded.

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2013 Holiday Bowl Prospect Preview: Arizona State vs. Texas Tech

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro could be a first-round pick if he declares for the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

After a disappointing 38-14 loss to Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game that cost them a trip to the Rose Bowl, Arizona State (10-3) will be looking to rebound with a victory over Texas Tech (7-5) in the Holiday Bowl (Monday, 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The Arizona State defense will be challenged by the nation’s second-ranked passing offense, which features standout tight end Jace Amaro. Several Sun Devils defenders with an NFL future will be relied upon to slow down the Red Raiders’ prolific spread aerial attack.

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Joe Marino’s Senior Outside Linebacker Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Buffalo’s Khalil Mack is the best of a star-studded class of senior outside linebacker prospects. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The senior outside linebacker class rivals offensive tackle in terms of having the most potential for first-round draft picks. Any of the top four would be valid first-round picks, while there are plenty of guys who are solid Day 2 selections.

There are several unique skill sets among the class. Whether a 3-4 defense is looking for a pass-rusher off the edge, or a 4-3 defense is looking for a rangy player, there are players who can help in this group.

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