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Top linebackers in NFL Draft

UCLA’s Anthony Barr (left). AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

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UCLA’s Anthony Barr (left).

PLAYERSCHOOLHEIGHTWEIGHT40 TIMEROUND
Khalil MackBuffalo6-32514.651

Mack followed dominant senior season (10½ sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions, 19 tackles for loss) with a great Combine performance (40-inch vertical). Likely to play 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

Anthony BarrUCLA6-52554.661

Potential 3-4 outside linebacker likely to go in the top half of first round. Dominant senior season with 10 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, and 5 forced fumbles, plus huge games against Oregon and Stanford.

C.J. MosleyAlabama6-22344.651-2

Ball-hawker can play inside or weak side; had 102 tackles (nine for loss) in 2013 and showed good ability in all three phases — blitzing ability, run defense, pass coverage.

Ryan ShazierOhio State6-12374.451-2

Likely a 4-3 weak-side LB; exhibited outstanding speed at the Combine and recorded an incredible 143 tackles in 2013, including 22½ for losses.

Dee FordAuburn6-22434.602

Auburn’s best pass rusher, finished with 10½ sacks and 14½ tackles for losses last year; might have to put on a little weight to be a 3-4 rush LB

Christian JonesFlorida State6-32404.742

Played out of position at DE a lot last season, but can rush the passer, drop in coverage, play inside or outside LB and performed well at the Senior Bowl.

Kyle Van NoyBYU 6-32444.712

Versatile, solid as a pass rusher (4 sacks, 17½ tackles for loss last year) but even better in coverage, finishing with 7 passes defended and 2 interceptions.

Chris BorlandWisconsin5-112484.833

Might be best pure run-stuffer in draft, but will drop because of size and slow 40 time. Still, physical player who can rush the passer or be a thumper in the run game.

Trent MurphyStanford6-52504.863

Likely fit at 3-4 OLB, he was slow at Combine but is a solid all-around pass rusher; 15 sacks in 2013 led nation, plus 24½ tackles for losses.

Best of the rest: Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech (6-3, 252 pounds, 4.71, 3); Marcus Smith, Louisville (6-3, 251 pounds, 4.68, 3); *Carl Bradford, Arizona State (6-1, 243 pounds, 4.76, 3); Telvin Smith, Florida State (6-3, 218 pounds, 4.52, 3-4); Lamin Barrow, LSU (6-1, 237 pounds, 4.64, 3-4); Shayne Skov, Stanford (6-2, 245 pounds, 4.75, 3-4); Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State (6-3, 251 pounds, 4.80, 3-4).

 * underclassman.

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