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    Rounds 3-5 OLB for Rams?

    OLB (and/or standing DE) prospects being lined up for the Round 3-5 range in a couple of recent mocks. Not huge priorities for Rams but perhaps worth considering after selecting our DBs?

    Jeremiah Attaochu--- Georgia Tech Sr 6-3 252
    Adrian Hubbard ------ Alabama rJr 6-6 255
    Dee Ford -------------- Auburn Sr 6-2 240
    Devon Kennard ------ So. Calif. rSr 6-3 250
    Christian Kirksey ---- Iowa Sr 6-2 237
    Ronald Powell ------- Florida rJr 6-3 240
    Prince Shembo ------ Notre Dame Sr 6-2 250
    Jordan Tripp --------- Montana rSr 6-3 237
    Kyle Van Noy -------- BYU Sr 6-3 240
    Jordan Zumwalt ---- UCLA Sr 6-4 235

    Source: ESPN, CBS / NFL Sports


    I've read that all the above could adapt into 3-4 or 4-3 defenses. In bold, my hopeful candidates.

    - - Jeremiah Attaochu, GT

    - - Christian Kerksey, Iowa

    - - Kyle Van Noy, BYU


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    Re: Rounds 3-5 OLB for Rams?

    I like Van Noy a lot, but think he will be taken in the early-mid of the 2nd round. Wouldnt mind grabbing him if we have more than one 2nd round picks. Good list.


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    Re: Rounds 3-5 OLB for Rams?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tampa_Ram View Post
    I like Van Noy a lot, but think he will be taken in the early-mid of the 2nd round. Wouldn't mind grabbing him if we have more than one 2nd round picks. Good list.
    Yes, this youngster's stock seems to be on the rise lately. He may, as you said, be as high as an early 2nd rounder. Of the three I highlighted as hopefuls, he'd be my top candidate for the Rams.




    Senior Bowl 2014: BYU LB Kyle Van Noy lining up all over the place in practice
    BY Jack Jorgensen - Jan. 23, 2014 @ 11:29 AM
    SI.com / NFL Fansided


    BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy was one of the more disruptive forces in college football in the Cougars’ 3-4 defense. This was no more evident than in the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl when Van Noy virtually won the game on his own with his special teams and defensive play.

    But this week at the Senior Bowl, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is giving him the chance to show the NFL scouts what more he can do by not only lining him up at his linebacker slot, but defensive end as well.

    Van Noy spoke to the NFL Network about the chance to display his versatility to the folks at the next level.

    "It's hard," Van Noy told the College Football 24/7 podcast. "You got to learn a lot of assignments in a little amount of time. You learn something new everyday. You get to play with different players, learn different techniques from those players, and continue to improve."

    There’s no doubt that despite primarily playing in the 3-4 at BYU, Van Noy could prosper as a stand-up defensive end in the 4-3 scheme.
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    Re: Rounds 3-5 OLB for Rams?

    This partial WalterFootball.com page on OLBs was last updated Feb. 8, 2014. I think it would be great to have one of these players, highlighted in blue, available for us.


    1. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 248.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2014): Top-10 Pick.
    2/8/14: In 2013, Barr totaled 65 tackles with 20 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and a pass batted. He showed his amazing burst off the snap and pass-rushing ability with steady pressure all season.

    In his penultimate game for the Bruins, he helped beat rival USC with five tackles, three tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and two sacks. Prior to that, Barr had seven tackles with a 2.5 tackles for a loss and a sack against Arizona State. His numbers were solid, but the Sun Devils did a pretty good job of keeping him from making game-changing plays.

    Barr stepped up with a big game against Oregon, recording four tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. A week before taking on the Ducks, the senior had eight tackles with a tackle for a loss against Stanford. He recorded three tackles and sack versus California. Barr notched two sacks, five tackles and three tackles for a loss against Utah. He picked up three tackles and a sack versus New Mexico State in the contest before that. His performance against Nebraska was monstrous as he collected forced three fumbles, 11 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss.

    Barr's performances against Oregon and Stanford confirm his high draft grade. While Will Sutton won the conference defensive player of the year, Barr had the better season.

    8/14/13: Barr may have done the most to help himself during the 2012 season of any player in college football. He went from being an obscure fullback who had a total of 12 receptions across two seasons into a potential high first-round pick as a pass-rushing outside linebacker. Barr owes Jim Mora, Jr. and his coaching staff a lot for making the position change.

    Barr had a breakout 2012 season and was one of the nation's leader in sacks. The junior collected 13 sacks, 83 tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, five passes batted and four forced fumbles. His sack total was the second largest in the nation behind only Georgia's Jarvis Jones. Barr is a tremendous blitzer who would fit well in a NFL 3-4 defense.

    Barr is explosive off the edge with fantastic closing speed. He also is a physical player who dishes out some punishing hits on the quarterback.

    Barr was consistently good throughout last year, but he was utterly dominant to close out the regular season. Barr then made the smart decision to return to UCLA for the 2013 season. He can still use some developmental time and that further growth could easily push him into the top 10.

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    2. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2014): Top-20 pick.
    2/8/14: The fast and strong Mack is a downhill defender who makes lots of plays in the backfield. He is adept at shedding blocks with the speed and athleticism to be an edge-rusher in the NFL. Mack would fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

    The senior dominated Ohio State to open this season. Mack had nine tackles with 2.5 sacks versus the Buckeyes, plus an interception that he returned 45 yards for a touchdown. Mack notched a sack, a pass batted and six tackles versus Western Michigan. Early in the season, he recorded eight tackles and a sack against Connecticut.

    In the regular-season finale against Bowling Green, Mack had 12 tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss. He exploded against Miami of Ohio for three forced fumbles, three sacks and eight tackles. Mack recorded 10 tackles, an interception and a sack taking on Kent State. He notched a sack, a pass batted, an interception and three tackles against Massachusetts.

    Mack closed out 2013 with 10.5 sacks, 100 tackles, five forced fumbles, seven passes broken up, three interceptions and 19 tackles for a loss.

    8/14/13: There is a real buzz about Mack heading into the 2013 season and when one sees his production, it is easy to understand the genesis of the hype. The senior has 56 career tackles for a loss and has been a downhill play-maker for three years. He registered 94 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, four forced fumbles, one blocked kick and two passes broken up last year. Mack totaled 65 tackles with 20.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, two passes batted and five forced fumbles in 2011. He had 68 tackles with 14.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, 10 passes batted and two forced fumbles as freshman.

    Mack is fast, a hard hitter, instinctive and has excellent pursuit skills. He could use more strength to defend runs that come straight at him.

    Mack decided to return for his senior season in order to complete his degree. For the NFL, he projects as 3-4 outside linebacker. His ability to drop into pass coverage will get a lot of scrutiny this season.


    3. C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 234.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2014): 1.
    2/8/14: In 2013, Mosley totaled 102 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and five passes broken up. He played well against Oklahoma and had 14 tackles versus Auburn. The senior also got burned on some of the Tigers' misdirection read-option runs.

    Mosley's best game of the season came against LSU. He was around the ball all night making tackles and having a physical presence. Mosley finished with 12 tackles, two passes broken up and 1.5 tackles for a loss, although he did drop an easy interception.

    Mosley was solid in every game in 2013, including against Arkansas when he recorded 10 tackles. Mosley had a good outing versus Texas A&M with 12 tackles. He has showcased a well-rounded game with good run defense, pass coverage and blitzing ability.

    8/14/13: Mosley played excellent football for Alabama last season. He led the team with 107 tackles. The junior also notched two interceptions, four sacks, eight tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and two passes broken up. One of his interceptions was returned 16 yards for a touchdown against Michigan.

    Mosley has a real presence playing fast and physical football. Alabama's other defenders struggled against Texas A&M in 2012, but he was excellent, making 14 tackles and a sack.

    NFL scouts will love Mosley's pass defense. He is a phenomenal defender in the passing game in man coverage, zone coverage and blitzing. Mosley is reliable in the ground game and he is a special player.

    Mosley had an excellent debut in 2010. The freshman was third on Alabama's defense with 67 tackles. He also had 10 pass break-ups with two interceptions that were both returned for touchdowns.

    Mosley split a starting role with linebacker Nico Johnson in 2011; Mosley was used more in pass defense. He also missed two games with a dislocated elbow, but ended up with 37 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and an interception. Mosley was injured again in the national championship after he intercepted a pass from Jordan Jefferson. Mosley dislocated his hip on the tackle by Jefferson, but was fine for the start of the 2012 season.

    Mosley has a lot of talent and figures to be very productive for Nick Saban in 2013. The senior is extremely fast and has good instincts.


    4. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 226.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2014): 1-2.
    2/8/14: In 2013, Shazier recorded 143 tackles with 22.5 tackles for a loss, four passes broken up, four forced fumbles and six sacks. He has good instincts and covers a lot of ground with explosive speed. Shazier needs to get stronger to shed blocks and hold up on runs coming straight at him.

    The junior opened 2013 with seven tackles and a tackle for a loss versus Buffalo. He missed time with cramps and also was burned on a wheel route for a touchdown. Against Wisconsin and Northwestern, Shazier played well to help Ohio State stop those teams' ground-based offenses. He also had good performances against Illinois and Michigan.

    8/14/13: Shazier had an excellent sophomore season in 2012 with 115 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, one interception, 11 passes broken up, five sacks and three forced fumbles. He recorded 58 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles in 2011.

    There is no doubt that Shazier is extremely fast and instinctive. He jumps off the screen when watching Ohio State and is constantly around the ball making plays. In a defense filled with good NFL talent like Bradley Roby, Johnathan Hankins, John Simon and C.J. Barnett, Shazier was may be the Buckeyes' most consistent defender.

    It would be ideal if the junior could add 10-15 pounds before going pro. Shazier would be best off in the NFL as a Will (weakside) linebacker in a 4-3 defense. He could play on the inside of some 3-4 defenses.

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    5. Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 243.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2014): 2-3.
    2/8/14: Ford was Auburn's best edge rusher in the Tigers' fast front seven. He ended 2013 with 29 tackles with 14.5 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Ford has excellent speed off the edge with moves to get away from blockers. In the National Championship, the senior dominated Florida State's right tackle. He missed the first two games of the season.

    While Ford is very explosive off the edge, he isn't big enough to remain at defensive end in the NFL. Ford will have to move to outside linebacker. In a 4-3 defense, he would have to play as a linebacker who rushes off the edge in passing situations, similar to Von Miller in Denver. Ford projects best as an edge rusher for a 3-4 defense.

    Behind Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Ford was the most impressive defensive prospect at the Senior Bowl. Ford had a great week and continued his tremendous play in the game. All week, he used his great get-off and quickness to burn edge blockers in one-on-ones. Ford has the agility to drop his hips and juke tackles to the inside. He also has enough upper body strength to help him break the grip of tackles hands and use his speed to close in an instant.

    8/14/13: Ford plays defensive end for Auburn, but he'll have to move to outside linebacker in the NFL. Ford had six sacks with 34 tackles and a forced fumble in 2012. He missed the majority of the 2011 season with a back injury. Ford recorded 11 tackles and two sacks as a freshman.

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    6. Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 244.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2014): 2-3.
    2/8/14: Even though it was a moderately disappointing season, Van Noy made a lot of impact plays for BYU in 2013. He recorded 68 tackles with 17.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, seven passes batted and two interceptions. Teams also game planned for Van Noy to go away from him. He was solid at the Senior Bowl but didn't do enough to help himself get back into first-round consideration.

    Against Wisconsin, Van Noy had eight tackles with two tackles for a loss and an interception. He recorded six tackles and three sacks versus Georgia Tech. The senior picked off a pass and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown against Utah State. A week earlier against Middle Tennessee on a tackle for a loss, Van Noy knifed through the line to tackle the running back in the end zone for a safety.

    Van Noy had a big impact against Texas, recording eight tackles with a sack. He also had a ton of other pressures and hits on the quarterback. In Week 1 versus Virginia, Van Noy racked up four tackles with two tackles for a loss. He also caused an interception while tackling the quarterback.

    8/14/13: Van Noy is extremely explosive coming off the edge. He is a solid run-defender, but really excels in pass defense. Van Noy is a good athlete who drops into coverage well, yet he is still a phenomenal blitzer.

    Van Noy has an excellent physical skill set with a lot of upside to develop in the NFL. He was one of the nation's leading sackers in 2012 with 13 quarterback takedowns. The junior also recorded 53 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss, six forced fumbles, two interceptions and five passes batted. Van Noy was the most impressive player on the BYU defense and that includes the 2013 NFL Draft's fifth overall-pick, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.

    Van Noy closed out last season with a game for the ages. He scored two touchdowns against San Diego State. On the first, Van Noy dropped into coverage and picked off a pass to set up a 17-yard touchdown return. The other touchdown came on recovering a fumble in the end zone.

    Van Noy had 68 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, three forced fumbles, three passes batted and three interceptions in 2011.


    7. Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 243.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2014): 2-3.
    2/8/14: Bradford played really well in 2013. He has a unique skill set with toughness as a run-defender and pass-rushing ability.

    Bradford was impressive against Notre Dame with a lot of disruption. He was superb against Washington State with forced fumbles and a sack. The junior was suspended against Oregon State. Bradford had 61 tackles with 19 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, four passes broken up, one interception and three forced fumbles in 2013. He could be a nice weapon in a 3-4 defense who plays on the inside and outside. Bradford would fit best as a Sam (strongside) linebacker in a 4-3, but he could also be trained on the inside.

    9/5/13: Bradford broke out last year with 81 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 20.5 tackles for a loss, five passes defended, three forced fumbles and one interception. The sophomore started strong and was on fire to close out the season. He had sacks in the final six games with a total of seven sacks in that stretch. With Will Sutton causing havoc on the inside, Bradford could have another big season as a junior in 2013.


    8. Christian Jones, OLB/ILB, Florida State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 234.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Projected Round (2014): 2-3.
    2/8/14: Jones recorded 56 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss, one interception and two sacks in 2013. He had good games against Clemson, Miami and Florida. Florida State was looking for some edge rushers after losing Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine to the 2013 NFL Draft, so the Seminoles played Jones at defensive end a lot. That significantly hurt his tackle totals and didn't use him in a manner that helped his draft stock.

    8/16/13: Jones totaled 56 tackles, six tackles for a loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles in 2011. He made a lot of improvements as a junior. The second-year starter led FSU in tackles with 95, plus recorded seven tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles.

    There is a nice buzz about Jones heading into the his senior season. Scouts have told WalterFootball.com that Jones has a lot of what they are looking for and they feel he is on his way to being an early-round pick. Jones is fast and athletic, so he could produce a huge senior season. If Jones improves as much as he did after his first year as a starter, he could rise into the first round.


    9. Jeremiah Attaochu, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 252.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
    Projected Round (2014): 2-3.
    2/8/14: In 2013, Attaochu collected 45 tackles with 16 tackles for a loss, two passes batted and 12.5 sacks. He beat North Carolina left tackle James Hurst for one of those sacks. Attaochu had big games against Clemson and Georgia. He is a good speed rusher, but he'll most likely have to move to outside linebacker in the NFL. Attaochu played well at the Senior Bowl.

    8/12/13: Attaochu is fast and is very athletic. He has some natural pass-rush ability as he enters his senior year with 19 career sacks. Attaochu is moving from outside linebacker to defensive end for 2013. He should gain weight for the NFL and looks like he would fit well as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

    Attaochu totaled 69 tackles, 10 sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, one pass broken up and one forced fumble last year. He had solid sophomore season with 59 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks, one interception, two passes broken up and two forced fumbles.

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    10. Marcus Smith, DE/OLB, Louisville
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 252.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2014): 2-3.
    2/8/14: The Cardinals had a tough defense in 2013, and Smith was the leader of the unit. He was the American Conference Defensive Player of the Year as he finished the season with 14.5 sacks for Louisville. Smith also had 42 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles and three passes broken up. The senior's sack total put him second in the nation behind only Stanford's Trent Murphy. Smith had multi-sack games against Florida International, Rutgers, South Florida, Connecticut and Miami. He then held his own at the Senior Bowl.

    Smith collected four sacks and 5.5 sacks as a junior and sophomore, respectively. He played defensive end for the Cardinals, but in the NFL, he will have to move to outside linebacker. Smith would fit best as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

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    Re: Rounds 3-5 OLB for Rams?

    I'm not sure I would want to spend a 3rd round pick on an OLB. Given that the current NFL is a passing league and that the third OLB is often replaced by a nickel DB, I'm guessing that this 3rd LB will only be playing one third of defensive snaps, at most.

    I wouldn't mind taking one in the 5th though.

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    Re: Rounds 3-5 OLB for Rams?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk247 View Post
    I'm not sure I would want to spend a 3rd round pick on an OLB. Given that the current NFL is a passing league and that the third OLB is often replaced by a nickel DB, I'm guessing that this 3rd LB will only be playing one third of defensive snaps, at most.

    I wouldn't mind taking one in the 5th though.
    Good point T on today's usage of the OLB.

    However, if Kyle Van Noy were still available in Rd 3, I'd snatch him immediately!

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