Chase Winovich, OLB/DE, Michigan Wolverines
Winovich is a good player and above-average pass rusher. He showed an ability to steamroll and get around blockers all season. Get this. He’s been compared to Clay Matthews. What other compliment can you ask for if you’re an up-and-coming linebacker?
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Cameron Smith, ILB, USC Trojans
Smith is a six-foot-two, 253-pound inside linebacker whose strong suit is he can help shut down the opposing team’s running game. The pass rush skills are there as well, though they’ll need some improvement.
He’s seen as a second-day or a third-day draft selection.
Terrill Hanks, OLB, New Mexico State Aggies
Yep, we found someone from New Mexico State. You can thank Hanks’ 101 tackles (nine resulted in loss yardage) for that. He also returned an interception for a touchdown and broke up two passes, so we know he can be effective in disrupting an opposing team’s passing game, well at the collegiate level at least.
We aren’t sure if he’d be as effective in disrupting NFL passing attacks. For that reason and a few others, people are thinking Hanks may hear his name called on the draft’s third day.
Tre Watson, ILB, Maryland Terrapins
Let’s here it for the Big Ten and the man that was Maryland’s best linebacker. He’s six-foot-two. He weighs 236 pounds, and he had a very impressive showing at the East-West Shrine Game. An impressive NFL Combine showing could vault him form third-day discussions to a second-day selection.
Vosean Joseph, OLB, Florida Gators
If the Gators didn’t have anything else, they had linebackers. Vosean Joseph isn’t getting the same attention that Jachai Polite is in some circles, but he still was one of the best linebackers in the SEC, if not the nation.
His final season in ‘The Swamp’ resulted in 93 tackles (nine produced lost yardage), four sacks and five pass break ups.