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DorianSmith
05-24-2007, 08:39 PM
Who is the Best LB i know alot of the prospects but idk who the best Prospect is My thought was Vince Hall

Smokey Joe
05-24-2007, 08:43 PM
James Laurinaitis is likely going to be going first round, and he has produced and played great for tOSU. But I don't know about the best.

LitoSheppard
05-24-2007, 08:44 PM
I'v heard something about some Conner guy, from Penn State..don't know for sure..don't care about Penn State.

Mr. Stiller
05-24-2007, 08:45 PM
OLB: Between Dan Connor/Keith Rivers

ILB: Jasper Brinkley/James Laurainitis(Possibly Rey Maualaga)

bills_red
05-24-2007, 08:45 PM
Dan Connor, Keith Rivers, Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga and James Laurinaitis have a chance at best LB

remix 6
05-24-2007, 08:45 PM
some top guys:
-Rivers (USC)
-Connor (PSU)
-Laurinatis (OSU)
-Vince Hall (VTech)
-Xavier Adibi (VTech)
-Maluga(spelling, USC)

Don Vito
05-24-2007, 08:46 PM
I think it will be one of the USC guys, either Ray Maulaluga or Keith Rivers. Xavier Adibi and Dan Connor are both really athletic guys who could also be #1 by seasons end imo.

ATLDirtyBirds
05-24-2007, 08:47 PM
Xavier Adibi.

CC.SD
05-24-2007, 09:19 PM
It's definitely Keith Rivers. Trojan defense will be sick this year, superstar on each level; Jackson, Rivers, Mays

P-L
05-24-2007, 09:45 PM
Dan Connor. Also, don't sleep on J Lehman of Illinois.

draftguru151
05-24-2007, 09:47 PM
Dan Connor. Also, don't sleep on J Lehman of Illinois.

J>Laurinatis. Lehman knows how to get off a block.

For #1 I have Rivers, but him and Connor are very close.

Sniper
05-24-2007, 10:08 PM
Besides the ones already mentioned, Shawn Crable of Michigan can play. Great fit as a 3-4 OLB. I really don't think Laurinaitis will come out after his junior season, just doesn't strike me as the type.

keylime_5
05-24-2007, 10:15 PM
Probably Keith Rivers. There is a 0% chance Laurinaitis leaves early and even if he did he wouldn't go first round - he can't shed a block yet, he needs time. Dan Connor is better than Posluszny, he will probably go in the mid to late first.

Paranoidmoonduck
05-24-2007, 10:22 PM
Rivers is a Sims-esque playmaker and Connor is a better Posluszny. Both are very close in my books. Rivers runs the risk of being overshadowed or downgraded for playing alongside such talent at USC (although I suppose Sims wasn't for playing alongside Davis and Nicholson).

Right now it is Rivers by the slimmest of margins. A strong year by Adibi could launch him over several players to the top spot.

keylime_5
05-24-2007, 10:25 PM
Rivers is probably a little bigger but a little less athletic than Sims, but he is still a great rangey sideline-to-sideline tackler. He'd be a perfect weakside linebacker in any kind of 4-3 scheme. That Meluagua guy from SC will probably be a better pro even, but I don't expect to see him until 2009's draft.

critesy
05-24-2007, 10:31 PM
Xavier Adibi.

exactly, this guy. i dont know how you can love him. my favourite prospect this upcoming year.

-black
05-24-2007, 10:36 PM
exactly, this guy. i dont know how you can love him. my favourite prospect this upcoming year.

how big is he right now?

Mr. Stiller
05-24-2007, 10:42 PM
My Pre-Season Rankings:

OLB:

1. Keith Rivers, Southern Cal (3-4 ILB)
2. Dan Connor, Penn State(3-4 ILB)
3. Xavier Adibi, Virginia Tech(3-4 ILB)
4. Phillip Wheeler, Georgia Tech(3-4 ILB)
5. Shawn Crable, Michigan(3-4 ILB/OLB)
6. Brian Toal, Boston College(3-4 ILB)
7. Ali Highsmith, Louisiana State(3-4 ILB)
8. Robert Killebrew, Texas(3-4 ILB)
9. Malik Jackson, Louisville(3-4 ILB)
10. Bo Ruud, Nebraska(3-4 ILB)

Top Juniors

1. Brian Cushing, Southern California(3-4/4-3 OLB)
2. Erin Henderson, Maryland(3-4/4-3 OLB)
3. Sean Lee, Penn State (3-4 ILB)
4. Geno Hayes, Florida State (3-4ILB)
5. Jerod Mayo, Tennessee (3-4 ILB)

MLB:

1. Jasper Brinkley, South Carolina
2. Jonathan Goff, Vanderbilt
3. Vince Hall, Virginia Tech
4. Corey McKeon, Nebraska
5. Jeremy Leman, Illinois
6. Romeo Davis, Miami
7. Nelson Coleman, Tulsa
8. Mike Klinkenborg, Iowa
9. Luke Sanders, LSU
10. Roderick Johnson, Oklahoma State

Top Juniors

1. James Laurainitis, Ohio State
2. Rey Maualaga, Southern California
3. Curtis Lofton, Oklahoma
4. Ronnie Palmer, Arizona
5. Rashad Bobino, Texas

DorianSmith
05-24-2007, 10:48 PM
Derrick Doggett is underrated but i really like Shawn Crable

Michigan
05-24-2007, 11:08 PM
Rey Maualuga is the top LB in next years draft. The guy's a BEAST.

Laurenaitis better not come out until he learns how take better angles and shed blocks.

wogitalia
05-24-2007, 11:33 PM
I really like Adibi. Cool name, great prospect. Certainly has the potential to put up the kind of "wow" numbers that shoot you up the draft charts.

Cashmoney
05-24-2007, 11:49 PM
Jonathan Goff isnt getting much love here.

-black
05-24-2007, 11:57 PM
I was waiting for Golfs name....since some here feel he is the best ILB in the draft

JoeMontainya
05-25-2007, 12:15 AM
J>Laurinatis. Lehman knows how to get off a block.

For #1 I have Rivers, but him and Connor are very close.

WOW, getting off blocks? How else do you finish in the top 3 in the big ten for tackles if you cant get off a block? They said this same thing about Hawk .....

JoeMontainya
05-25-2007, 12:16 AM
Rey Maualuga is the top LB in next years draft. The guy's a BEAST.

Laurenaitis better not come out until he learns how take better angles and shed blocks.

James finished in the top 3 LB's in the nation this year as a true sophmore and your going to try and point out weaknesses as if he doesnt have 5 strengths to make up for every little nitpick you attempt to throw out? Hes a game changer and teams strategically played to keep him away from the ball.

Tigers60
05-25-2007, 01:51 AM
WOW, getting off blocks? How else do you finish in the top 3 in the big ten for tackles if you cant get off a block?

You can make tackles 5-10 yards down the field he has a little problem not to big but, it can turn into a major one if he does not correct this problem.

Me I have Xavier Adibi as the next best linebacker.

luckyjackaubrey
05-25-2007, 07:06 AM
Brian Toal of BC is injured and contemplating a redshirt season.

GSOT
05-25-2007, 08:00 AM
My favourites are Dan Connor, Xavier Adibi, James Laurinaitis, Sean Lee, J. Leman, Keith Rivers and Vince Hall....IMO i think Connor will be the best next year, but they are all great.

supermario86
05-25-2007, 08:01 AM
Shawn Crable :)

bored of education
05-25-2007, 08:20 AM
Laurintis gets critisized for now shedding blocks and not taking the best angles of pursuit. So, even with another year of development and gym work, I think he could be considered 1st rounder. But if I was him I'd stay for a senior year and become beastly. He would be a hybrid of Hawk/Vrabel with proper development, which will happen.

constant cough
05-25-2007, 08:30 AM
Count me as another vote for Xavier Adibi.

Woody56
05-25-2007, 08:52 AM
Jasper Brinkley

http://i.pbase.com/o6/09/691409/1/70169613.M5d5Gtd6.D2H_8688.JPG

lionsfan81
05-25-2007, 10:47 AM
J leman will stun some people and be a 1st round MLB. He is THAT good. Hes the patrick willis of a very bad illinois team, yet every game he routinely stands out. He led the big 10 in tackles and ranked 8th nationally in tackles per game with 10.9. He had something like 19 tackles vs ohio state. His season stats were 152 total tackles/75 solo, 19 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 5 qb hurries. Plus he is extremely smart and already graduated early from illinois, which teams will love. Hes a guy that come combine time is really going to shoot up the boards.

princefielder28
05-25-2007, 10:49 AM
I love the Penn State LBs so I have to go with Connor

draftguru151
05-25-2007, 11:01 AM
I love Adibi's physical tools but he really needs to play more fundamental football. He can be very impressive at times but still has a lot of work, both mentally and physically, is he even over 230 yet?

-black
05-25-2007, 11:01 AM
exactly how big is Xavier now? has he bulked up this off season? does anybody know?

although he is a very strong and muscular dude, I do think S could be calling for him if his listed weight is exagerated. I'd like to see him in the 230 range

-black
05-25-2007, 11:02 AM
wow, we both had the basic same idea at the same time.......

coCANES17
05-25-2007, 12:42 PM
Seniors: Brinkley, Adibi, Rivers are going to fight it out for the top spot. Connor, Leman, and Goff could also be first rounders.
Juniors: Maualuga, Laurinitis, Henderson, Cushing, and Hayes all could be the #1 player in their class.

Phrost
05-25-2007, 02:25 PM
I personally like this coming year's talent at LB.

Connor possibly benefited from playing next to Puz, but from what I have heard he could be better. He was last year at least.

Inside is probably initially going to Lauadlnfas-itis, but gradually move to Rey Madsfadsf-lua by the end.

remix 6
05-25-2007, 02:30 PM
exactly how big is Xavier now? has he bulked up this off season? does anybody know?

although he is a very strong and muscular dude, I do think S could be calling for him if his listed weight is exagerated. I'd like to see him in the 230 range

hes listed as 6"2 226 right now on their 2007 spring roster

i hope he gets around 235. i love the kid..hes my fav. LB

-black
05-25-2007, 02:33 PM
I loved Xavier ever since he was a senior in HS. I knew Tech was getting a gamer. Outstanding speed. It would be a great benefit for hom to continue this summer to bulk up. If he can get to 235 he will be a top 15 pick IMHO

evershot
05-25-2007, 07:12 PM
Just to be different I'm saying Bruce Davis of UCLA. I know he plays DE right now but he seems to be the tweener type which 3-4 teams go for and he did play OLB during his sophmore season. Also if UCLA puts him back at OLB (doubtful after his 12.5 sack season at DE) he could showcase his overall skill as a linebacker.

sodar21
05-25-2007, 07:13 PM
J Leman.
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-black
05-25-2007, 07:18 PM
no mention of Erin Henderson or Jered Mayo? suprising

Pit Bull #53
05-25-2007, 07:26 PM
Mayo is a stud. We'll see how he gets through this year though. If he plays, he'll be great. He has to prove that he is durable now and make it through a full season. Apparently he's gonna be playing MLB this year so we can get that wildman Rico McCoy on the field at WLB. When Mayo is on, he's a great disruptor. Health is the biggest question mark for him.

Twister18
05-25-2007, 07:43 PM
J leman will stun some people and be a 1st round MLB. He is THAT good. Hes the patrick willis of a very bad illinois team, yet every game he routinely stands out. He led the big 10 in tackles and ranked 8th nationally in tackles per game with 10.9. He had something like 19 tackles vs ohio state. His season stats were 152 total tackles/75 solo, 19 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 5 qb hurries. Plus he is extremely smart and already graduated early from illinois, which teams will love. Hes a guy that come combine time is really going to shoot up the boards.

I also cast the homer vote for J. He is a beast.

ricky bobby
05-25-2007, 08:07 PM
James Lauranitis and Rey Maualuga both underclassmen. Both very physically gifted. James has better instincts and character, so i'll give him the slight edge. Both top 15 picks if they come out.

lionsfan81
05-25-2007, 09:30 PM
I also cast the homer vote for J. He is a beast.

its funny tho, i actually dont even like illinois, im an msu fan. so im not really a homer.

Phrost
05-25-2007, 09:32 PM
Both top 15 picks if they come out.

ummm no????

underscore
05-26-2007, 06:54 AM
Dan Connor is playing MLB in 2007. However, it's not like Poz's move to MLB. Connor already has successful MLB experience and would rather play there. He's also more suited for the middle than Poz.

gbpackers0065
05-26-2007, 11:01 AM
I think its cushing but im very biased i think Connor can be solid at the pro level although i dont see a team spending a very high pick on him

-black
05-26-2007, 11:07 AM
Dan Connor is playing MLB in 2007. However, it's not like Poz's move to MLB. Connor already has successful MLB experience and would rather play there. He's also more suited for the middle than Poz.

this is correct. I dont know why people keep listing him as an OLB

Michigan
05-26-2007, 11:19 AM
James Lauranitis and Rey Maualuga both underclassmen. Both very physically gifted. James has better instincts and character, so i'll give him the slight edge. Both top 15 picks if they come out.

what makes you say that?

ricky bobby
05-26-2007, 12:43 PM
what makes you say that?
Lauranitis seems to be a smarter player and has a nose for the ball, while Maualuga is more of a fierce free lancer.

College comparison for both
Lauranitis - AJ Hawk
Maualuga - Lavar Arrington

Character wise, Maualuaga has had some off field issues with rage and bullying.

underscore
05-26-2007, 04:40 PM
I think its cushing but im very biased i think Connor can be solid at the pro level although i dont see a team spending a very high pick on him

He was the best LB on his team in 2006.

Paranoidmoonduck
05-26-2007, 05:14 PM
Lauranitis seems to be a smarter player and has a nose for the ball, while Maualuga is more of a fierce free lancer.

College comparison for both
Lauranitis - AJ Hawk
Maualuga - Lavar Arrington

Character wise, Maualuaga has had some off field issues with rage and bullying.

I don't think Lauranaitis is nearly as much of a disruptor as AJ Hawk was at Ohio State. A lot of those turnovers were gimme's, and if he doesn't fortune fall his way as often this coming season, people are going to see that he isn't all that great at fighting through garbage or racking up tackles.

Maualuga needs to become way more disciplined, but his ceiling is much higher than Lauranaitis' in my opinion.

JeffSamardzijaIRISH
05-26-2007, 06:01 PM
To me, Mauluaga seems like a Ray Lewis type player. Someone that will become super dominant and a major disruptor at the next level but not necesarrily be picked all that high.

T-Rat42
05-26-2007, 06:04 PM
Lauranitis. Smartest of all the prospects and has the most pro-potential. But to agree with my fellow Beaver fan here I have to also say that Derrick Doggett is one of the top sleepers.

Michigan
05-26-2007, 06:06 PM
when did laurenaitis become a "smart" linebacker? he's aggressive, but i wouldn't call him "smart". overruns way too many plays and takes awful angles.

BufFan71
05-27-2007, 02:05 PM
why is no 1 talking about Jordan Dizon? OLB Colorado

familyguy555
05-27-2007, 02:11 PM
can keith rivers play ILB?

LarryJohnson27
05-27-2007, 02:53 PM
Keith Rivers IMO

DorianSmith
05-27-2007, 03:11 PM
Also for the Beavers Alan Darlin has greatly imporved and is a Very great player along with JR collage Transfer Joey LaRogue are top sleepers i think

High Roller
05-28-2007, 09:20 AM
Xavier Adibi = Animal

MP123
05-28-2007, 11:03 AM
Does it really matter? Next year's draft is deep with linebackers. It would matter if the class was weak.

DorianSmith
05-28-2007, 11:09 AM
Thats Because we want to know whos the best right now top 5:
1.Keith Rivers
2.Xavier Adibi
3.Dan Connor
4.Vince Hall
5.James Laurnitis

'backer
05-28-2007, 06:23 PM
Top 4-3 ILB
James Laurinitas/Rey Malagua
Top 3-4 ILB
J. Lehman/Jasper Brinkley

Top 4-3 OLB
Keith Rivers/Dan Connor
Top 3-4 OLB
Brian Cushing/Bruce Davis/Vernon Gholston

OhioState
05-28-2007, 06:38 PM
there are a ton of good ones but i will say that i like Laurinaitis best, i mean he was a first team all american as a sophomore

Twister18
05-28-2007, 07:18 PM
its funny tho, i actually dont even like illinois, im an msu fan. so im not really a homer.

Sorry, I meant me being the homer. ;)

gstock05
05-28-2007, 08:22 PM
He struggled getting off blocks a little bit, but thats not as big a weakness as people think it is.

I'd say at least 60% of that is from the scheme we played in (Which I couldn't stand last year) that required to linebackers to play off the line and drop deeper into covereage than 2005 with Hawk, Carp, and Schlegel.

For 2007, we're going back to a scheme more similar to the 2005 one. It'll be fun to watch Laurinaitis play a more run stuffing role.

As for his strengths, Laurinaitis is easily the best pass defending MLB in the past few drafts, he's an awesome blitzer, and has really solid measurables.

DorianSmith
05-28-2007, 08:49 PM
I like Hall alot and Hope he can Start in the NFL

underscore
05-29-2007, 06:48 AM
For 2007, we're going back to a scheme more similar to the 2005 one. It'll be fun to watch Laurinaitis play a more run stuffing role.

As for his strengths, Laurinaitis is easily the best pass defending MLB in the past few drafts, he's an awesome blitzer, and has really solid measurables.

So he'll be stuffing the run, blitzing and dropping into coverage all at the same time. Nice.

Vikes99ej
05-29-2007, 10:51 AM
I like Adibi and Hall a lot, but I will say Dan Connor will be the best.

DorianSmith
05-29-2007, 11:36 AM
im not sure about Connor what's his 40???

stephenson86
05-29-2007, 12:39 PM
im not sure about Connor what's his 40???

looking at a picture of him...his age?

DorianSmith
05-29-2007, 12:53 PM
No his 40 Yard Dash Time and No i just havent really watched any Penn State Games so i dont know if hes any good but it seems he is because of what ive heard of him and all his hype

gstock05
05-29-2007, 01:09 PM
So he'll be stuffing the run, blitzing and dropping into coverage all at the same time. Nice.

Yeah, every play he's going to be blitzing and covering at the same time.... Please tell me you're not this dumb.


What I'm saying is he'll be playing closer to the line than he did in 2006. In 2006, he dropped into zone coverage more often than he will in 2007. Therefore, he should be blitzing and stuffing the run more often in 2007. Will he still be asked to cover? Yeah... no sh!t...

gstock05
05-29-2007, 01:11 PM
BTW, my 2 favorite linebackers for next year regardless of class are J Lehman and Keith Rivers.

Connor is a good player, but I've never really noticed him making any big plays. Lehman and Rivers have the best instincts of any linebacker in next year's draft AT THIS POINT, and I really think for linebackers and safeties thats the #1 most important trait. Either way, next year's linebacking crop is looking a lot stronger than this year's crop.

underscore
05-29-2007, 04:34 PM
I'd guess Connor is a high 4.5 guy.

underscore
05-29-2007, 04:35 PM
Yeah, every play he's going to be blitzing and covering at the same time.... Please tell me you're not this dumb.


What I'm saying is he'll be playing closer to the line than he did in 2006. In 2006, he dropped into zone coverage more often than he will in 2007. Therefore, he should be blitzing and stuffing the run more often in 2007. Will he still be asked to cover? Yeah... no sh!t...


You're basically saying he's great at everything.

jdcozart
05-31-2007, 12:19 PM
Dan Connor, Keith Rivers, Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga and James Laurinaitis have a chance at best LB

Did you leave any USC LBs out? I'm guessing that you are a USC fan!

WarOnTheShore
05-31-2007, 12:41 PM
I haven't read through anything that's up, but I'm going with Keith Rivers.

Geo
05-31-2007, 01:13 PM
He struggled getting off blocks a little bit, but thats not as big a weakness as people think it is.

I'd say at least 60% of that is from the scheme we played in (Which I couldn't stand last year) that required to linebackers to play off the line and drop deeper into covereage than 2005 with Hawk, Carp, and Schlegel.

For 2007, we're going back to a scheme more similar to the 2005 one. It'll be fun to watch Laurinaitis play a more run stuffing role.

As for his strengths, Laurinaitis is easily the best pass defending MLB in the past few drafts, he's an awesome blitzer, and has really solid measurables.
I'm looking forward to this. I was impressed with how well Laurinaitis played in coverage last year, regardless. He reminds me more of Hawk than not, of course Hawk had the benefit of playing at WLB next to Schlegel and Carpenter (I do think Hawk could play MLB however).

Giantsfan1080
05-31-2007, 01:15 PM
Did you leave any USC LBs out? I'm guessing that you are a USC fan!

Well all 3 USC LB's have a shot at the first round so you have to mention them all.

JeffSamardzijaIRISH
05-31-2007, 01:17 PM
Rey Maualuga, 2nd coming of Ray Lewis.

Purple N Proud
05-31-2007, 03:55 PM
Rey Maualuga....NOTTTTTT hahaha! I GOTTA CASE OF LAURINAITIS WOOOOOO!

fischbowl
05-31-2007, 03:58 PM
Rey Maualuga....NOTTTTTT hahaha! I GOTTA CASE OF LAURINAITIS WOOOOOO!

the caps are intimidating

fischbowl
05-31-2007, 03:58 PM
Brian Toal could turn some heads

Hes been one of my favorite prospects for about two years now.

ricky bobby
05-31-2007, 04:11 PM
Brian Toal could turn some heads

Hes been one of my favorite prospects for about two years now.
BJ Raji is my favorite BC player. Toal has a nice big body to take up blockers for him.

BPSL-Baller
05-31-2007, 04:17 PM
Brian Toal could turn some heads

Hes been one of my favorite prospects for about two years now.

Me too. just needs to shake the injury bug

luckyjackaubrey
05-31-2007, 05:19 PM
Last I heard Toal was expected to redshirt due to injury. He is a talented kid who gets the most out of limited tools through superior attitude and determination.

Green Bay Scat
05-31-2007, 07:00 PM
Its all about Goff for me, at 6'4" 240, hes got a perfect size for the inside, at ether 3-4, 4-3. Plus i believe hes been the captian the last 2 years on defense, since his soph year?(not sure)

Phrost
05-31-2007, 07:14 PM
I'd guess Connor is a high 4.5 guy.

40 times are overrated.

Zyro_1014
05-31-2007, 09:03 PM
Well all 3 USC LB's have a shot at the first round so you have to mention them all.

yeah you nailed that one man. I mean cmon Rivers is being talked about as being possibly the best linebacker in the draft, so there is one.

Cushing is a perfect fit for the 3-4 playing outside linebacker, because hes good enough to play coverage and rush the passer, and with the amount of teams playing the 3-4 now days who wouldnt want him?

Maualuga is an absolute beast. Big, Strong, fast, and just hits like a train. Hes extremely raw, but if he gets some good coaching i can see him being a Pro bowler in a couple years. Just watch the hit he laid on Cowen in the UCLA game.

Green Bay Scat
06-01-2007, 12:32 AM
Maualuga is an absolute beast. Big, Strong, fast, and just hits like a train. Hes extremely raw, but if he gets some good coaching i can see him being a Pro bowler in a couple years. Just watch the hit he laid on Cowen in the UCLA game.

I will always say that that was the worst no call of Helmet to Helmet ive seen. you can plainly see it going down. Whats even better is that Cowen was a man and got right back up after that.

ThEvIcTR
06-01-2007, 01:20 AM
Connor is the best linebacker i think this draft has to offer. the USC linebackers are amazing and I would have no problem with the lions taking any of them. I just think Connor is the best all around linebacker because his instincts and play pursuit are very impressive.

NittanyLion2k7
06-01-2007, 02:10 PM
That USC LB corp is suffering from "NC State Syndrome". People forget that a little while back the NC State D Line had Mario Williams, John McCargo AND Tank Tyler all on the same line, but each was vastly overrated due to each other's presences and boosted their value in the draft.

I think ou tside of maybe Keith Rivers, Brian Cushing and Rey Maulauga have not played anywhere close to their potential. Brian Cushing especially hasn't been as dominant as his Blue Chip Status would lead you to believe he is.

Overall the USC LB Corp given it's rated talent, is one of the most underachieving LB corps in the entire nation. Penn State, Ohio State and Iowa even do way more with alot less "talent."

When it's all said and done I think it'll come down to River and Connor.

OhioState
06-01-2007, 06:28 PM
That USC LB corp is suffering from "NC State Syndrome". People forget that a little while back the NC State D Line had Mario Williams, John McCargo AND Tank Tyler all on the same line, but each was vastly overrated due to each other's presences and boosted their value in the draft.

I think ou tside of maybe Keith Rivers, Brian Cushing and Rey Maulauga have not played anywhere close to their potential. Brian Cushing especially hasn't been as dominant as his Blue Chip Status would lead you to believe he is.

Overall the USC LB Corp given it's rated talent, is one of the most underachieving LB corps in the entire nation. Penn State, Ohio State and Iowa even do way more with alot less "talent."

When it's all said and done I think it'll come down to River and Connor.

Manny Lawson was the other end on that line as well, they were stacked on the D-Line that year

DorianSmith
06-02-2007, 11:38 AM
Im not saying he is the best Prospect but i like Jolann Dunbar of BC

23trufant
06-02-2007, 12:54 PM
My personal favorite is Xavier Adibi.

Severe Punishment
06-03-2007, 04:31 PM
The best LB in the country last year was the son of an animal....this year will be no different.

MNRunLeft
06-08-2007, 01:19 AM
Brian Cushing especially hasn't been as dominant as his Blue Chip Status would lead you to believe he is.


One of the reasons Cushing hasn't lived up to his potenial is because he's been playing DE. Theres no question he is best suited for the 3-4 OLB, but playing at USC he's going to be playing a position that is not his ideal fit.

Rivers is going to be a great LB in the Cover 2 systems teams a leaning towards.

And Maualuga is going the be the best of them all. I also see him as a Ray Lewis type player in the middle. He will be a game changing force in the middle of a defense and just needs some to learn how to control his emotions.

Jericho@SC
06-19-2007, 12:51 PM
I will always say that that was the worst no call of Helmet to Helmet ive seen. you can plainly see it going down. Whats even better is that Cowen was a man and got right back up after that.

Cowan sort of ducked into that helmet to helmit hit. If you watch closely he kind of leans into the USC LB's. The smart thing would have been just to dive out of bounds.

Yea, it was great that Cowan got right back up. What's even better is that he didn't feel the concussion until a week later. Talk about getting knocked into next week lol.

Jericho@SC
06-19-2007, 12:56 PM
That USC LB corp is suffering from "NC State Syndrome". People forget that a little while back the NC State D Line had Mario Williams, John McCargo AND Tank Tyler all on the same line, but each was vastly overrated due to each other's presences and boosted their value in the draft.

I think ou tside of maybe Keith Rivers, Brian Cushing and Rey Maulauga have not played anywhere close to their potential. Brian Cushing especially hasn't been as dominant as his Blue Chip Status would lead you to believe he is.

Overall the USC LB Corp given it's rated talent, is one of the most underachieving LB corps in the entire nation. Penn State, Ohio State and Iowa even do way more with alot less "talent."

When it's all said and done I think it'll come down to River and Connor.

Come on. Brian Cushing hasn't even played a full season at Linebacker yet.

It's true that Rivers/Maualuga/Cushing have all world potential. So in the sense that they haven't all been named first team unanimous All Americans you can say that they've underacheived, but jeez, the USC defense played great at the end of last season.

That's part of what makes me excited about USC. To know that Maualuga and Cushing haven't even scratched the surface of what they can do. Add Taylor Mays to that, and yikes.

Phrost
06-19-2007, 12:56 PM
Cowan sort of ducked into that helmet to helmit hit. If you watch closely he kind of leans into the USC LB's. The smart thing would have been just to dive out of bounds.

Yea, it was great that Cowan got right back up. What's even better is that he didn't feel the concussion until a week later. Talk about getting knocked into next week lol.

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Big_Pete
07-01-2007, 05:27 PM
Many teams use college DEs as 3-4 OLBs

which DEs are good 3-4 OLB prospects?

How does Quentin Groves compare with the top LBs for 2008?

PACKmanN
07-01-2007, 05:28 PM
Keith Rivers without a doubt.

saintsfan912
07-01-2007, 06:05 PM
I think Darry Beckwith from LSU is gonna be a monster again this year. Maybe not recognized like the rest of the guys but that's probably because he Dorsey, Jackson and Highsmith get all the recognition.

gator3guy
07-01-2007, 06:17 PM
OLB:
1. Keith Rivers
2. Xavier Adibi
3. Erin Henderson*
4. Brian Cushing*
5. Brian Toal (assuming he's healthy)
6. Alvin Bowen
7. Shawn Crable
8. Ali Highsmith
9. Willie Williams* (this may sound like a joke but I have faith in his talent)
10. Jordan Dizon

MLB:
1. Dan Conner
2. Rey Maualuga*
3. James Laurinaitis*
4. Jonathan Goff
5. Vince Hall
6. J Leman
7. Jasper Brinkley
8. Philip Wheeler
9. Corey McKeon
10. Jerod Mayo*

Middle Linebacker is definately more deep it seems this year.

gator3guy
07-01-2007, 06:24 PM
Many teams use college DEs as 3-4 OLBs

which DEs are good 3-4 OLB prospects?

How does Quentin Groves compare with the top LBs for 2008?

It's hard to compare him with the other LB's because we haven't seen him in that role but Groves looks like a possible 3-4 candidate.

Other 3-4 OLB's

Vernon Gholston*- Ohio State
Quentin Groves- Auburn
Tommy Blake- TCU
Bruce Davis- UCLA

LB's
Shawn Crable- Michigan
Xavier Adibi- Virginia Tech (if he puts on weight, big if)
Brian Cushing*- USC
Casper Brinkley- South Carolina

draftguru151
07-01-2007, 07:20 PM
Adibi is far from a 3-4 OLB. He barely weighs enough to be a WLB and he isn't very physical or much or a pass rusher.

CC.SD
07-01-2007, 09:46 PM
That's part of what makes me excited about USC. To know that Maualuga and Cushing haven't even scratched the surface of what they can do. Add Taylor Mays to that, and yikes.


On the official Charger message board I have a Taylor Mays countdown in my signature. Right now it's at two years, but I can wait. and dream.