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February 22, 2007

NFL Draft: Underclassmen beef up LB corps

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If not for underclassmen, this year's crop of linebackers entering the NFL draft would be underwhelming.

In fact, Rivals.com NFL Draft partner Frank Coyle of draftinsiders.com gives the linebackers an average rating overall even after the addition of a couple top-end youngsters. But that doesn't mean there are no impact players.

Penn State's Paul Posluszny is far and away the top senior on the outside linebackers list, but early entries Lawrence Timmons of Florida State and Jon Beason of Miami make this a much better group at the top. On the other hand, a pair of seniors lead the inside linebackers list as Patrick Willis of Ole Miss and Buster Davis of Florida State hold the top spots.

Check out Coyle's lists of the top available linebackers: Outside linebacker rankings and Inside linebacker rankings.

Frank Coyle's NFL Draft position rankings:
OFFENSE: QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | G | T | C | DEFENSE: DT | DE | OLB | ILB

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