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1) Alec Ogletree (6-2/242)
Ogletree could slide in the draft because of his off the field issues. He was suspended in Athens for four games this past season and recently had a DUI. Ogletree is a dynamic athlete that used to play safety before converting to middle linebacker. He has terrific speed and still has plenty of room to add weight. This is a kid that can make a ton of plays in the open field
2) Manti Te'o (6-1/241)
On Saturday of the NFL Combine Te'o met with the media for the first time, answering all questions regarding the girlfriend hoax. He couldn't have handled the press conference any better, showing humility and maturity in talking about the controversy. As a player, Te'o has great leadership, plays with outstanding instincts and a terrific motor. He capped off senior season with 100+ tackles and seven INTs. But Te'o was smaller weight wise and didn't exactly run and test as well as everyone thought he would. Again, like Jarvis Jones, do you let his test results this past spring influence your rating? Te'o had a very good senior season with the exception of the Alabama game. His slide in the draft will certainly benefit one lucky team.
3) Kevin Minter (5-11.5/246)
Minter racked up huge numbers this past season, recording 130 tackles and 15 tackles for a loss at LSU. He's a middle linebacker very adept at sifting through the traffic, disengaging blockers and finding the ball. He can play inside-out and takes good angles but best in the box when things come right at him. Minter still needs to work on drops in coverage and his play against the pass.
4) Kiko Alonso (6-3/238)
Alonso had a nice 2012 season, recording 81 tackles and 14 tackles for a loss. That comes after missing his sophomore season with a torn ACL. He's also had a wrist injury and two arrests. Despite some issues this is a talented player when healthy. Alonso is athletic and always puts himself in position to make plays. And he plays hard.
5) Jon Bostic (6-0.5/245)
Bostic started 32 games for the Gators and finished with 237 tackles. This is a smart kid on and off the field. He's good and very adept at playing downhill from his middle linebacker position. He can shed blockers and locate the ball. Bostic is a good hitter and not bad in coverage.
6) A.J. Klein (6-1/250)
Klein logged a ton of playing time as he was a three-year starter. He racked up some impressive stat totals with 217 tackles over last two seasons. Klein is very adept at diagnosing plays and showing quick reaction to make the play. He's not the most athletic linebacker of this group but he makes up for it with his smarts and fundamentals for the position.
7) Steve Beauharnais (6-0.5/240)
Beauharnais had a really nice career for the Scarlet Knights. He started 40 consecutive games and recorded 268 tackles, 35 tackles for a loss and 12.5 sacks over his career. He's not a great forty runner but has good football speed on the field, showing quick reactions to locating the ball. Beauharnais is a good tackler and just a steady player. He also has a good, long and lean frame.
7) Nico Johnson (6-2/248)
In 18 starts in Tuscaloosa Johnson posted 162 career tackles. He's a terrific run defender with physical and can take on and defeat blockers at the point of attack. Johnson is a sound tackler who's best in the box.
8) Michael Mauti
There's no question that Mauti would be significantly higher in the overall ratings and the linebacker rankings if it wasn't for his knee injuries. He has torn both of his ACLs. But don't doubt this Nittany Lion because he has a love and passion for the game. Mauti had 96 tackles as a senior before injuring his knee once again. When healthy this is a throwback linebacker from linebacker ‘U'. He has good size and instincts for the position. Mauti has good fundamentals, is terrific against the run and good in coverage.
9) Vince Williams (6-1/247)
Williams has been impressive since he left Tallahassee. He was one of the big surprises at the Senior Bowl in Mobile back in January. Williams was inconsistent at FSU and didn't leave up to his recruiting hype. He has good size and can make some big time licks to the ball carrier. Williams is an aggressive ‘backer with some range to his game.
10) Jonathan Stewart (6-3.5/242)
Stewart started the past two seasons in College Station, recording 179 tackles. He has great size and good side to side quickness. Stewart's patient in the hole and shows pretty good closing speed to the ball. He first started out on the outside before to moving to inside linebacker in 2010.
NFL Draft Story Central
FULL DATABASE OVERALL RANKINGS WILL BE UPDATED from 1-300 on April 24. The current top 300 doesn't reflect the new positional rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft.