2013 Draft

Steelers 2013 Draft Analysis: Outside Linebacker – Early Look At The Rankings

Christopher DiMarino

It\’s time to start looking at the positions that the Pittsburgh Steelers will look to draft in April. I like to start with a very broad scope, so if certain players surge leading up to the draft, I\’m prepared. It is also a good idea to get a feel for a player before the combine, so you can tell if players are rated high just based on one weekend of workouts. Outside linebacker is an integral position for the Steelers and regardless of the status of James Harrison, there is a good chance that one will be targeted early in the draft. LaMarr Woodley has been inconsistent and Jason Worilds has only begun to show what he can do so depth is direly necessary.

Below is a list of the top players who should figure as a possibility to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme like the Steelers\’. This list includes profile information like school, class, height and weight. It also includes 3 different ways that I\’ve ranked the players. I will get more into these rankings in a bit, but it is useful to establish a baseline. This will help us understand who should be available when, which is the hardest battle a mock drafter faces. The first category ranks the player\’s skill level out of 100. The second gives a general idea what round the player should be drafted in, while the last category guesses the draft position more precisely.

Bjoern WernerFlorida StateJr6\’425692early 16
Jarvis JonesGeorgiarJr6\’224292mid 16
Barkevious MingoLSUrJr6\’424094mid 19
Dion JordanOregonrSr6\’624391late 119
Damontre MooreTexas A&MJr6\’425093early 125
Alex OkaforTexasSr6\’526182late 135
Sam MontgomeryLSUrJr6\’5260871-236
Ezekiel AnsahBrigham YoungSr6\’527491mid 155
Jamie CollinsSou MissSr6\’324566382
Brandon JenkinsFlorida StateSr6\’326080385
Cornellius CarradineFlorida StateSr6\’426585late 295
Chase ThomasStanfordrSr6\’3241792-3101
Corey LemonierAubrunJr6\’3242813102
Michael BuchananIllinoisSr6\’5252704-4114

The next chart contains the information that I gathered to create the 3 rankings above. The NFL.com and ESPN.com sites were used to establish the player ranking attribute. The WalterFootball and NFLDraftScout sites were referenced for the approximate draft round. Finally, the CBS.com and DraftTek sites were used to approximate the exact pick where the player should be drafted. Also included in the chart below are 4 sets of positional rankings to consider.

PlayerNFL.comESPNCBSDraftTekWalterfootballNFL Draft Scout
 *ScoreScorePos RkOvr RkPos RkOvr RkPos RkOvr RkPos RkOvr Rk
Bjoern Werner90.99412392top 1011st
Jarvis Jones88.8951*8134top 201*1st
Barkevious Mingo92.89539285top 2031st
Dion Jordan889372741161-271st
Damontre Moore89.296247451top 1011st
Alex Okafor85.27862564471-261st
Sam Montgomery81.49283253981-281-2nd
Ezekiel Ansah89.39241612943top 2041st
Jamie Collins68.86410*96968142-410*3rd
Brandon Jenkins82.9787*761193122-47*2-3rd
Cornellius Carradine85.48511951394112-3113rd
Chase Thomas79.4796*7317128102-36*2-3rd
Corey Lemonier71.29013120108492-3134th
Michael Buchanan69.57117171857163-5175-6th

*Rank for outside linebacker position (rather than defensive end)
With all of the information out there, at least a baseline is established for future conversation. I will try to break down this data before the combine, but if not, please give me an idea of who you like at OLB by commenting below. Please try to keep the discussion about the OLB position only for this post and I will continue thru the positions ASAP. Also, if you have any other sites that you think have thorough and insightful draft information, please post them below.



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