Outside Linebackers 4) Barkevious Mingo School: LSU, Jr. Height: 6’ 4” Weight: 241 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: 4.58
8” broad jump and a 6.84 second three-cone drill. All of these were top 10 performances even when combining all linebackers with defensive ends into one group. 2012 stats: 38 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 FF
5) Michael Buchanan School: Illinois, Sr. Height: 6’ 5” Weight: 255 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: 4.78 In a nutshell: Buchanan is one of the more interesting and less discussed 3-4 outside linebacker prospects in this draft. He has several pass rush moves and is particularly effective with inside moves. Buchanan is very fluid and flexible for his height, which he demonstrated at the NFL Combine. 38 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 FF
In a nutshell: Though used mainly as a strong side defensive end at LSU (why?), Mingo has 3-4 rush linebacker written all over him. Possessing elite speed and athleticism, Mingo will struggle against the run in the NFL, although he was better than his lean frame would suggest. Mingo added 12 lbs. to get to 241 at the Combine, but will need to continue to build up his strength. NFL Combine: Mingo showed plenty of the “wow” factor at the combine, confirming his athleticism with a 4.58 40, 37” vertical leap, 10’
He’s added some much-needed weight and with more strength work, could become a complete 3-4 OLB. College career: Buchanan played a hybrid OLB/DE position at Illinois, following in the footsteps of Whitney Mercilus. Buchanan is the better athlete, but had a tougher time as a senior with teams not having to focus on Mercilus. He also lost weight prior to the season as a result of having his jaw wired shut after an off-field altercation. 2012 stats: 57 tackles, 7 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 INT
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6) Corey Lemonier School: Auburn, Jr. Height: 6’ 3” Weight: 255 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: 4.60 In a nutshell: Lemonier is a question mark as a conversion to 3-4 outside linebacker. Although he did occasionally play from a two-point stance, it was mostly as a pass-rusher.
He does not look comfortable out in space and lacks fluid change of direction skills. Still, his 4.60 speed on the edge will get him drafted on the second day as a potential pass-rush specialist with upside. College career: Lemonier burst onto the NFL Draft map with a firstteam All-SEC sophomore season where he amassed 47 tackles, 13.5 for a loss, 9.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.
He started out 2012 with five sacks in the first four games, but then disappeared, recording only 15 tackles and half a sack the rest of the way as Auburn lost six of their last eight games. This, of course, is a major red flag to NFL teams. 2012 stats: 34 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 blocked kick
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