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Scouting The Senior Bowl: Outside Linebackers

OLB/ILB Haason Reddick, Temple
*6-foot-1, 237 pounds; Draft projection = second round
*Reddick went from a walk-on player, who didn't earn a scholarship until his senior year, to a legitimate Day 2 draft pick. Reddick played defensive end in college, but will transition to outside linebacker or inside linebacker in the NFL given his size. He played both positions at the Senior Bowl and was one of the standouts of the second day. Reddick showed explosiveness off the edge in rushing the passer, which is his forte, but was also sound in coverage and physical in the run game. He showed why he logged a nation-leading 21.5 tackles for loss (including 9.5 sacks). He was tutored by Ravens cornerback Tavon Young, who Baltimore picked in the fourth round last year.

OLB Ryan Anderson, Alabama
6-foot-2, 258 pounds; Draft projection = second round
Alabama's defense was littered with talent this season, which may have led some to overlook all that Anderson brings to the field. Football scouts weren't fooled in Mobile this week, as Anderson flashed as one of the strongest edge players on the field. He finished his career with 19 sacks, including 8.5 as a senior, and had a whopping 39.5 career tackles for loss. Anderson has a good blend of run defense with an ability to get after the passer. Some have compared him to former Ravens second-round outside linebacker and Alabama product Courtney Upshaw, but Anderson is better in coverage and may have a higher ceiling.

OLB Tyus Bowser, Houston
*6-foot-2, 244 pounds; Draft projection = third-fourth round
*Bowser led Houston with 8.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss last season. It was his first year as more than a situational pass rusher and he made the most of it. Bowser is a physical specimen with 33-inch arms and a chiseled frame. He does come with some question marks, however, after he missed five games this season because of broken bones in his face from a fight with a teammate. The two reportedly got too competitive during a team-building exercise.

OLB/DE Derek Rivers, Youngstown State
6-foot-4, 250 pounds; Draft projection = third-fourth round
The most imposing outside linebacker in Mobile is definitely Rivers. Standing in at towering 6-foot-4, the college defensive end was asked to stand up at outside linebacker throughout Wednesday's practice and adjusted well. He's physical setting the edge. The Ravens have a history of converting big college defensive ends such as Terrell Suggs, Pernell McPhee and Za'Darius Smith.

OLB Vince Biegel, Wisconsin
6-foot-3, 242 pounds; Draft projection = fourth round
Biegel was a consistent standout on one of the nation's top defenses for the past three seasons. He's a playmaker with 15 career sacks who has done a better job than expected holding the edge in Senior Bowl practices. Despite his height, Biegel doesn't have as much raw power as some other outside linebackers. He's also a three-time Academic All-Big 10 selection.

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