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McShay on his best OLBs

Posted by Chris Brown on March 19, 2010 – 9:23 am

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay provided some of his preferences at OLB in a 3-4 scheme.

First, he had Michigan’s Brandon Graham, followed by Texas’ Sergio Kindle, TCU’s Jerry Hughes and Utah’s Kyle Misi and Ohio State’s Thaddeus Gibson.

“Brandon Graham is as good as you’re going to get in this class,” said McShay. “Now I don’t classify Derrick Morgan or Jason Pierre-Paul or Everson Griffen in that category of 3-4 outside linebackers. Just Graham’s motor, intensity and toughness… I went back and watch Lamar Woodley’s (Steelers) as a senior coming out and compared it to Brandon Graham and there’s not a big difference.”

Though McShay thinks Sergio Kindle is very talented he does have some concerns about his overall game, which he believes could drop him to the 20’s in round one.

“Sergio Kindle would be the next guy and he was productive at Texas, but he wasn’t as productive that you’d like to see,” McShay said. “He’s at his best when you turn him loose and let him get up the field. He has good athleticism, but he needs to get stronger against the run and that could keep him out of the top 20 picks.

“After that I would go with Jerry Hughes from TCU. He’s just 6’2″, but he’s 252 pounds and explosive pass rusher, can get after the quarterback. I would go Koa Misi or Thaddeus Gibson in that mid to late second round range. Misi had a really good Senior Bowl, he’s tough and can get good pressure on the passer.”

Personally I would put Missouri’s Sean Weatherspoon third ahead of Hughes. I like Hughes game, but Weatherspoon is a big time playmaker.

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