This has to be the year the Packers select an outside linebacker (OLB) early in the draft… right? Right? This is now the third draft where I’ve been expecting one of the first 2-3 picks to be a bookend linebacker to pair with Clay Matthews. I don’t anticipate being disappointed again.
So, I want you to be ready. I’m sure you’ve all read various position rankings from media experts, draftniks and bloggers, but have you seen what the real scouting organization used by NFL teams has to say? I think not.
This particular report deals with the general category of “rush defensive ends.” These are the college defensive ends athletic enough to be considered pass-rushing 4-3DEs or 3-4 OLBs in the pros.
We can’t show you everything (at least until after the draft), but here is something to help you out when the Packers select that 3-4 OLB. Which they will, right? Right?
CREAM OF THE CROP – MELVIN INGRAM – South Carolina
Ingram demonstrates the upper body power to stack, shed and press off coverage. He does a good job of making adjustments on the move and has the lateral range to get to the perimeter and force the outside running game back inside. When he stays low in his pads, he is capable of driving through blocks and also demonstrates functional ability to anchor at the point of attack…
For a potential move to linebacker, Ingram is explosive closing on the ball in the short area and has the valid foot speed to make plays outside the box. He hits, wraps and drives through the ball carrier with good technique, doing a good job of adjusting in space. He shows the leg drive to change direction in an instant. He also displays impressive hip snap turning and takes good angles while keeping his hands active to defeat the block…
BEST OF THE REST – WHITNEY MERCILUS – Illinois
MOST OVERRATED – BRUCE IRVIN – West Virginia
MOST UNDERRATED – SHEA McCLELLAN – Boise State
SUPER SLEEPER – JAKE BEQUETTE – Arkansas
Conspicuous by his absence on the rankings is Courtney Upshaw. The scouting organization has him pegged as a 4-3OLB.
RUSH END RANKINGS
|1||7.8||INGRAM, Melvin||South Carolina||6:014||264||4.69||RDE|
|1-2||7.3||MERCILUS, Whitney (J)||Illinois||6:035||261||4.67||RDE|
|1-2||6.9||McCLELLIN, Shea||Boise State||6:033||260||4.62||RDE|
|1-2||6.8||PERRY, Nick (J)||Southern Cal||6:026||271||4.55||RDE|
|2||6.5||JONES, Chandler (J)||Syracuse||6:053||266||4.77||RDE|
|3||6.0||LEWIS, Ronnell (J)||Oklahoma||6:016||253||4.65||RDE|
|2-3||5.6||IRVIN, Bruce||West Virginia||6:030||245||4.41||RDE|
|6-7||5.1||BROUGHTON, Braylon||Texas Christian||6:041||257||4.55||RDE|
|7||4.9||VERNON, Olivier (J)||Miami||6:021||261||4.73||RDE|
|PFA||4.8||LAW, Cordarro||Southern Mississippi||6:02||254||4.83||RDE|
|FA||4.8||JARRETT, Jamaar||Arizona State||6:046||265||4.96||RDE|
|FA||4.7||BLATNICK, Jamie||Oklahoma State||6:031||263||4.81||RDE|
|FA||4.7||NALL, Darius||Central Florida||6:024||256||4.78||RDE|
|FA||4.6||LATTIMER, Jake||Iowa State||6:017||247||4.74||RDE|
|FA||4.6||BRYANT, D.J.||James Madison||6:034||248||4.76||RDE|
|CMP||4.5||BELL, B.J.||Nevada-Las Vegas||6:02||250||4.74||RDE|
|CMP||4.4||NDUKA, E. J.||Sam Houston State||6:04||242||4.71||RDE|
|CMP||4.3||RIESKAMP, Jeff||North Carolina State||6:03||245||4.67||RDE|
|CMP||4.3||OSBORNE, Tyler||Southern Utah||6:02||242||4.84||RDE|
|CMP||4.3||LEAK, Antonio||Henderson State, Ark.||6:011||241||4.76||RDE|
|CMP||4.3||ADEBAYO, Bo||Western Kentucky||6:03||258||4.80||RDE|
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.