2014 DRAFTTEK BIG BOARD - Ranked by Position
4-3 Outside Linebackers
Most Recent Revision:  4/18/2014


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1 (4)  +2 Buffalo
Khalil Mack
Sr          6'3"          251
#46
BIO
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2 (8)   0 Alabama
C.J. Mosley
Sr          6'2"          234
#32
BIO
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3 (33)  +1 Ohio State
Ryan Shazier
Jr          6'1"          237
#10
BIO
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4 (41)   0 BYU
Kyle Van Noy
Sr          6'3"          243
#3
BIO
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5 (51)  +15 Florida State
Christian Jones
Sr          6'3"          240
#7
BIO
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6 (52)   -3 Georgia Tech
Jeremiah Attaochu
Sr          6'3"          252
#45
BIO
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7 (101)  +4 Iowa
Christian Kirksey
Sr          6'2"          233
#20
BIO
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8 (120)   -4 Illinois
Jonathan Brown
Sr          6'0"          238
#45
BIO
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9 (125)  +3 Oregon
Boseko Lokombo
Sr          6'2"          225
#25
BIO
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10 (135)  +8 Kentucky
Avery Williamson
Sr          6'1"          246
#40
BIO
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11 (156)  +1 Michigan State
Denicos Allen
Sr          5'11"          225
#28
BIO
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12 (163)   0 Colorado State
Shaquil Barrett
Sr          6'2          250
#56
BIO
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13 (179)  +5 Notre Dame
Prince Shembo
Sr          6'1"          253
#55
BIO
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14 (205)   -8 Syracuse
Marquis Spruill
Sr          6'0"          230
#11
BIO
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15 (224)   -6 South Florida
Devekeyan Lattimore
Sr          6'1"          237
#34
BIO
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16 (237)   -2 Iowa
James Morris
Sr          6'1"          230
#44
BIO
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17 (255)   -2 California
Khairi Fortt
Jr          6'2"          240
#11
BIO
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18 (269)  +1 Wake Forest
Justin Jackson
Sr          6'1"          220
#39
BIO
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19 (302)   -1 Iowa
Anthony Hitchens
Sr          6'1"          225
#31
BIO
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20 (319)   -4 Arizona
Marquis Flowers
Sr          6'2"          230
#2
BIO
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21 (330)   -2 Arizona State
Junior Onyeali
Sr          5'11"          240
#5
BIO
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22 (365)  +7 Oklahoma
Corey Nelson
Sr          6'0"          220
#7
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OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
4-3

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The Outside Linebackers in a 4-3 are referred to as "Sam" for the strongside (the side with the TE) and "Will" for the weakside. Their responsibilities include:

1) Stop the run, particularly off-tackle slants and end sweeps
2) Support the MLB gap responsibilities
3) Pass coverage - typically dump-offs to backs or Tight Ends. Also blitzing if called on to do so.

This diagram shows the Outside LBs in a 4-3 alignment. One prospect may be selected over another based on the following factors:

A. Prevailing defensive philosophy: In a "read and react" 4-3, the defensive line controls the offensive line to allow the LBs to flow to the ball. In "attack and penetrate", the defensive line takes more of a 1-gap approach and the LBs have more gap responsibilities.

B. Opponent's offensive philosophy: On off-tackle slants and sweeps, the OLBs have primary responsibility. On running plays up the middle, Sam and Will support the MLB and Strong Safety. Responsibilities in the passing game responsibilities are ioutside the hashmarks. If the TE and RB do not go wide, then keying a running QB or executing a blitz is possible.
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