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Best OLB Draft Bargains

The Panthers will probably need to add some OLB depth, either in the draft, or after the draft, as an UDFA. Here are some of the OLB's that I consider to be draft bargain's, meaning that their talent exceeds their probable draft position (nfldraftscout.com's ranking, as of 4/11/13. The key word being bargain, some well known players will not be on this list.

Draft Picks:

Measurements - Jamie Collins (#74) - John Simon (#107) - Eric Martin (#177)

Height - 6'3 1/2" - 6'1 1/2" - 6'0 3/4"

Weight - 250 - 257 - 237

Arm Length - 33 3/4" - 33 1/4" - 32 3/4"

Hand Size - 9 3/4" - 9 1/2" - 9 7/8"

40 Time - 4.64 - 4.62 - 4.53

10 Yard Time - 1.56 - NA - 1.61

Bench Reps - 19 - NA - 20

Vertical Jump - 41.5" - 34.0" - 30.5"

Broad Jump - 11'7" - 10'1" - 10'0"

3-Cone Drill - 7.10 - 7.10 - 6.63

20 Yard Shuttle - 4.32 - 4.42 - 3.97

2012 Tackles - 92 - 44 - NA

2012 TFL's - 20 - 14.5 - 17

2012 Sacks - 10 - 9 - 8.5

Both these players played DE in college, but will convert to OLB's in the NFL. Collins is more of a 3-4 OLB (though he has the speed to play 4-3 OLB), and one of the most explosive players in the draft, with the longest broad jump of anyone, along with the 3rd highest vertical jump. While Martin had a very good sack total (8.5), it's his movement/change of direction skills that will set him apart as a 4-3 OLB, as his 3-cone and 20 yard shuttle times would rank 2nd among all WR's in the draft. I like both Collins and Martin more than Simon, but Martin is a little better value.

Likely UDFA OLB's, Conversions:

Measurements - Cooper Taylor (#275 SS) - Troy Davis (#277 DE) - Gerald Rivers (#316 DE)

Height - 6'4 3/4" - 6'1 3/4" - 6'4 3/4"

Weight - 228 - 251 - 249

Arm Length - 32 1/4" - NA - NA

Hand Size - 9 5/8" - NA - NA

40 Time - 4.49 - 4.65 - 4.56

10 Yard Time - 1.60 - 1.58 - 1.59

Bench Reps - 23 - 24 - 20

Vertical Jump - 36.5" - 31.0" - 37.5"

Broad Jump - 10'7" - 9'9" - 10'8"

3-Cone Drill - 6.96 - 7.03 - 7.19

20 Yard Shuttle - 4.29 - 4.14 - 4.46

UDFA OLB's:

Measurements - Alex Debniak (#263 also FB) - Brandon Hepburn (#267 MLB) - Jeremiah Green (#474)- Korey Diede-Jones (#685)

Height - 6'1 3/4" - 6'2 1/2" - 6'1 1/8" - 5'11 1/8"

Weight - 236 - 240 - 245 - 232

40 Time - 4.65 - 4.54 - 4.49 - 4.60

10 Yard Time - 1.60 - 1.63 - 1.55 - NA

Bench Reps - NA - 21 - NA - 26

Vertical Jump - 33.5" - 36.0" - 39.5" - NA

Broad Jump - 10'3" - 10'4" - 10'1" - 10'10"

3-Cone Drill - 6.94 - 7.31 - 6.91 - NA

20 Yard Shuttle - 4.22 - 4.47 - 4.28 - 4.26




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