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OSUGiants17
07-26-2007, 04:07 PM
Who do you think is the best 08 Linebacker?

ricky bobby
07-26-2007, 04:10 PM
Talent wise, it's Rey Maualuga, but his character issues will drop him to the #2 LB behind Lauranitis. Cushing and Rivers are up there also.

PACKmanN
07-26-2007, 04:19 PM
Rivers, this guy has a lot of talent just needs to display it this season to higher his rank.

San Diego Chicken
07-26-2007, 04:25 PM
I'd go with Dan Connor. He's got the skills to play ILB or OLB, and solid athleticism.

moc182
07-26-2007, 06:27 PM
Maualuga by a large margin.

JT Jag
07-26-2007, 07:24 PM
I like Maualuga the most, but recently the trend has been for the hyped ILB to be drafted first over the talented OLBs. That means that Lauranitis has a good chance to be drafted earlier.

Dan Connor I expect to end up being the really good LB who drops to the top of the 2nd round and plays better then everyone else his first year.

Cashmoney
07-26-2007, 07:27 PM
im from nashville but im not a vandy fan, but i can honestly say that jonathan goff is awesome and is gonna convert a lot of you all.

LarryJohnson27
07-26-2007, 07:27 PM
I'll go with Dan Connor, but it's close with Maualuga. Rivers is also up there.

princefielder28
07-26-2007, 08:27 PM
Maualuga is certainly towards the top, but does anyone like Xavier Adibi up there?????

scottyboy
07-26-2007, 08:28 PM
Maualuga is certainly towards the top, but does anyone like Xavier Adibi up there?????

i was just about to put Adibi. the guy is a freakin animal. Him and Hall are gonne wreak havoc for VT.

Woody56
07-27-2007, 12:15 AM
Beau Bell --

Sniper
07-27-2007, 12:24 AM
I like Maualuga the most, but recently the trend has been for the hyped ILB to be drafted first over the talented OLBs. That means that Lauranitis has a good chance to be drafted earlier.

Dan Connor I expect to end up being the really good LB who drops to the top of the 2nd round and plays better then everyone else his first year.

Like Paul Posluszny did/will end up doing?

Hawk
07-27-2007, 12:48 AM
Shawn Crable

HoopsDemon12
07-27-2007, 12:53 AM
Talent wise, it's Rey Maualuga, but his character issues will drop him to the #2 LB behind Lauranitis. Cushing and Rivers are up there also.

you dont even have dan connor up there? connor IMO is the most complete linebacker and will be #2 at worst #3 linebacker when all is said and done.. he is fast... he tackles.. and he is always aroudn the ball... he is going to dominate this year and be #1 on some teams boards

HoopsDemon12
07-27-2007, 12:54 AM
Like Paul Posluszny did/will end up doing?

BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michigan
07-27-2007, 06:16 AM
WOW sig sniper26

anyways, i'd go with maualuga. i like ali highsmith alot too.

Sniper
07-27-2007, 06:25 AM
WOW sig sniper26

anyways, i'd go with maualuga. i like ali highsmith alot too.

Haha glad you like it. :)

Iamcanadian
07-27-2007, 09:21 AM
Maualuga, Rivers and Connor should all be high 1st rounders. Jasper Brinkley and Abibi are just behind them. For 3-4 teams Tommie Blake, Jameel McClain and Quintin Groves are solid prospects. Vince Hall certainly is in the mix. All have 1st round potential.

tylerb929
07-27-2007, 10:36 AM
Like Paul Posluszny did/will end up doing?

Or Demeco Ryans....

Titans10
07-27-2007, 10:41 AM
Jonathan Goff, he is a man child and you will all see after this season. Best linebacker to come from Vandy

http://www.insidevandy.com/drupal/image/view/664/inline

BufFan71
07-27-2007, 10:42 AM
Jordan Dizon (homer lol)

keylime_5
07-27-2007, 10:55 AM
I don't think you should count Laurinaitis and Maualuga as 08 LBs for the draft. MLBs rarley leave school early, and even OLBs don't do it much. I expect both to be in the 09 draft really. But as far as the seniors, Connor is the best followed by Rivers. Connor can play all 3 positions and I think he's better by a little bit.

YAYareaRB
07-27-2007, 12:47 PM
I like Maualuga the most, but recently the trend has been for the hyped ILB to be drafted first over the talented OLBs. That means that Lauranitis has a good chance to be drafted earlier.

Dan Connor I expect to end up being the really good LB who drops to the top of the 2nd round and plays better then everyone else his first year.

I thought Maualuga was a ILB.

HoopsDemon12
07-27-2007, 01:12 PM
I thought Maualuga was a ILB.

he is a MLB

Sniper
07-27-2007, 01:18 PM
Or Demeco Ryans....

Yup. I thought Ryans was once slated to go top 10, maybe before his last year. Shows how things change. When maybe they shouldn't have.

Vikes99ej
07-27-2007, 01:24 PM
I like Erin Henderson, Ray Maualuga, and Xavier Adibi the best.

Addict
07-27-2007, 01:36 PM
why aren't there any ILB's with normal names?

HoopsDemon12
07-27-2007, 01:44 PM
why aren't there any ILB's with normal names?

Dan Connor isnt normal enough for you?

PACKmanN
07-27-2007, 02:26 PM
Shawn Crable

you homer. Its going to be the animal son because of the LBers Ohio State produces in the nfl or Rivers because of his talent and skill.

Man_Of_Steel
07-27-2007, 02:29 PM
Lots of good linebackers. Id like to see the Steelers get Laurenitis or Blake.

OhioState
07-27-2007, 03:17 PM
i am not a Maulaluga fan but i do like Rivers and of course James Laurinaitis

OhioState
07-27-2007, 03:20 PM
also, definitely don't count on Laurinatitis leaving after this year, i think he will stay and advance his game. If he does leave the draftniks will pick him apart for his instincts and stuff like that so i think he will follow the lead of Hawk and stay another year.

goblue8888
07-27-2007, 06:09 PM
I really like cushing and crable as 3-4 olb prospects. Both of them will blow away the combine with their size speed combo's.

Mr. Stiller
07-27-2007, 08:06 PM
I really like cushing and crable as 3-4 olb prospects. Both of them will blow away the combine with their size speed combo's.

don't forget Erin Henderson.. 3-4 OLB/ILB Maryland.

BamaFalcon59
07-27-2007, 08:22 PM
I like Xavier Adibi as purely the most talented for a OLB this year.

For MLB it is Rey Maualuga out of all eligible in my opinion.

Mr. Stiller
07-27-2007, 09:15 PM
3-4: OLB

Tommy Blake
Derrick Harvey
Brian Cushing
Quentin Groves
Chris Ellis
Shawn Crable
Kenny Iwebema


3-4 ILB:

Dan Connor
Jasper Brinkley
Rey Maualaga
Jeremy Leman
Keith Rivers
Shawn Crable
Ben Moffitt

4-3: OLB

Dan Connor
Erin Henderson
Keith Rivers
Brian Cushing
Shawn Crable
Ali Highsmith
Xavier Adibi
Ezra Butler

Man_Of_Steel
07-27-2007, 09:25 PM
3-4: OLB

Tommy Blake
Derrick Harvey
Brian Cushing
Quentin Groves
Chris Ellis
Shawn Crable
Kenny Iwebema


3-4 ILB:

Dan Connor
Jasper Brinkley
Rey Maualaga
Jeremy Leman
Keith Rivers
Shawn Crable
Ben Moffitt

4-3: OLB

Dan Connor
Erin Henderson
Keith Rivers
Brian Cushing
Shawn Crable
Ali Highsmith
Xavier Adibi
Ezra Butler

I dont like how you just labeled players into one pos, many of those guys can do everything and arent limited to being ______.

Mr. Stiller
07-27-2007, 09:26 PM
I dont like how you just labeled players into one pos, many of those guys can do everything and arent limited to being ______.

... Did you see I put the players I felt could do both were on both lists.

CARDIAC CAT 7
07-28-2007, 12:51 AM
Keith Rivers and Jasper Brinkley have the size, attitude, and tools to be studs in the NFL

Iamcanadian
07-28-2007, 10:16 AM
I really like cushing and crable as 3-4 olb prospects. Both of them will blow away the combine with their size speed combo's.

Considering almost all OLB's in a 3-4 were tweeners who played DE in college, I don't think Cushing and Cable will be of much interest to 3-4 teams.

Mr. Stiller
07-28-2007, 11:12 AM
Considering almost all OLB's in a 3-4 were tweeners who played DE in college, I don't think Cushing and Cable will be of much interest to 3-4 teams.

Cushing played standup DE all last seasons, in a 3-4 style defense.

He has the size, speed and power to play either a 3-4 WOLB, or 4-3 SLB.

Crable will be because he's a Mike Vrabel type, only more athletic. Could play inside or outside in a 3-4.

P-L
07-28-2007, 11:12 AM
Considering almost all OLB's in a 3-4 were tweeners who played DE in college, I don't think Cushing and Cable will be of much interest to 3-4 teams.
Well first of all Cushing has played both OLB and DE in his time at USC. In fact, he played DE for the majority of last season. Secondly, 3-4 teams want players who they think can play the position. A GM that automatically rules out a player because he didn't play DE in college isn't going to last long in the league. At 6'5" 250 Shawn Crable has the ideal size, speed, and athleticism to play OLB in a 3-4. Cushing probably needs to bulk up a bit, but has great athleticism and was very good at rushing the passer last year. Any team who ignores these guys is going to regret it.

goblue8888
07-28-2007, 11:57 AM
Crable will play a lot of de this year for michigan.

Man_Of_Steel
07-28-2007, 01:40 PM
Im starting to really like Crable, 6'5 250 and how sick of a name is Crable.

keylime_5
07-28-2007, 02:13 PM
Cushing did play DE/OLB in 3-4 style last year, but he is not a great fit there in the pros. I heard he was uncomfortable there and is much better suited for 4-3 OLB. So don't let the fact that he played that spot in college deceive you, I don't think he's a grea fit there in the pros, which is a whole different ballgame, he'd be better off keeping his hand off the ground and rushing the passer only as a blitzer in the 4-3. I think he'll be a heck of a Sam Linebacker in the NFL, but I do not think a 3-4 team will draft him unless they are only hybrid 3-4 (like Miami and Arizona) and play 4-3 more. He'd be a great fit on a team like the Ravens, Dolphins, Cardinals, or maybe at ILB in a 3-4 on the strongside like Mike Vrabel or Akin Ayodele. Crable on the other hand is a great fit for the elephant spot in the 3-4. He's really fast and powerful, and could be a good pass rusher in that system.

keylime_5
07-28-2007, 02:16 PM
Derrick Harvey and Vernon Gholston will probably be top 20 picks as OLBs for teams with 3-4 defenses, but both definitely can hold up as 4-3 DEs as well. Quentin Groves might be a late round 1, early round 2 guy as well, but he's not as strong or as stout against the run as the former two players.

Sniper
07-28-2007, 02:27 PM
Crable will play a lot of de this year for michigan.

On passing downs, I would assume you'd be correct. But we need all the experience we can get in the linebacker corps, so we need him more as an OLB than DE.

keylime_5
07-28-2007, 04:47 PM
Well Sniper, even in the Big Ten the nickel package is usually more common than the base defense, so there tend to be a lot more 2 LB sets than you'd think. Even if Crable doesn't line up at DE, he is always blitzing anyways, so same difference really.

Sniper
07-29-2007, 12:06 PM
Well Sniper, even in the Big Ten the nickel package is usually more common than the base defense, so there tend to be a lot more 2 LB sets than you'd think. Even if Crable doesn't line up at DE, he is always blitzing anyways, so same difference really.

You are correct Key. Basically I'm just praying him and Terrance Taylor make up a nasty D up front to cover for Morgan Trent and Johnny Sears.

toonsterwu
08-02-2007, 09:37 PM
Off the top, I'd probably say Rivers as well. But I don't know many LB's off the top right now.