2022 NFL Draft Prospects: 3-4 Outside Linebacker



The top 2022 3-4 Outside Linebacker prospects available for the 2022 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2022 prospect. ** - denotes 2025 prospect.

This page was last updated Jan. 15, 2022. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.

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2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2023 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Chase Young, Ohio State
  • '19 - Nick Bosa, Ohio State
1. Oregon image Kayvon Thibodeaux*, 3-4OLB/DE, Oregon
Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
Projected Round (2022): Top-10.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Thibodeaux recorded 49 tackles, seven sacks, one pass batted and two forced fumbles in 2021, but he also spent much of the year dealing a balky ankle. He missed a few games with the ankle injury and decided to skip Oregon's bowl game in favor of draft preparation. Thibodeaux was productive in 2021 despite playing at less than 100 percent and teams sending a steady amount of extra blocking his direction or moving plays away from him. Team sources say Thibodeaux is worthy of being a high first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and feel he could be a Khalil Mack-type rusher in the NFL.

7/10/21: Thibodeaux recorded 32 tackles, three sacks and three passes batted in 2020. He had a superb freshman season for the Ducks, doing an excellent job of getting after the quarterback and totaling nine sacks, 35 tackles, a forced fumble and three passes batted. It would help Thibodeaux (6-5, 242) to gain more strength, as he will need more weight to hold up as a run defender and to shed blocks from NFL offensive linemen. He has plenty of time to add weight and grow stronger over the next year.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2019 Oregon 14 8 2 9 16 35 1
2020 Oregon 7 3 0 3 11 32 0
2021 Oregon 11 7 0 7 10 49 2

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/4/2021 Fresno St. W 31 - 24 1 1 2 1
9/11/2021 @ Ohio St. W 35 - 28 0 0 0 0
9/18/2021 Stony Brook W 48 - 7 0 0 0 0
9/25/2021 Arizona W 41 - 19 0 0 0 0
10/2/2021 @ Stanford L 24 - 31 (1OT) 0 1 6 0
10/15/2021 California W 24 - 17 1 1 5 0
10/23/2021 @ UCLA W 34 - 31 2 2 9 1
10/30/2021 Colorado W 52 - 29 0 0 3 0
11/6/2021 @ Washington W 26 - 16 0 1 3 0
11/13/2021 Washington St. W 38 - 24 2 2 6 0
11/20/2021 @ Utah L 7 - 38 0 0 7 0
11/27/2021 Oregon St. W 38 - 29 0 1 5 0
12/3/2021 Utah
@ Las Vegas, NV
L 10 - 38 1 1 3 0
12/29/2021 Oklahoma
@ San Antonio, Texas
L 32 - 47 0 0 0 0




Previous Seasons

  • '20 - K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
  • '19 - Josh Allen, Kentucky
2. Michigan image Aidan Hutchinson, 3-4OLB/DE, Michigan
Height: 6-6. Weight: 261.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2022): 1.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: In 2021, Hutchinson had 62 tackles, 14 sacks, three passes batted, a fumble recovered and two forced fumbles - another one was mistakenly given to a teammate. He was a steady pass rusher and a big presence for the Wolverines defense. Even with extra attention, Hutchinson was a consistent force to get after the quarterback, and Hutchinson helped teammate David Ojabo have a breakout season across from him.

Here's how a team's director of player personnel summarized Hutchinson, "I think he's a good athlete with speed and a pretty good get-off. I'm concerned with strength. He really doesn't want that smoke as a run defender. He wants to with suddenness and athletic ability as a run defender, moving and slanting. Hutchinson has issues holding up at point of attack. He's sufficient vs. the run because he can find it and can win with quicks and athletic ability. But when they run right at him, it's alarming."

7/10/21: Hutchinson was excellent to open 2020, collecting 13 tackles and a pass batted before going down with an ankle fracture that required surgery. He broke out as a sophomore for the Wolverines as a tough defender who flashed pass-rush ability. In 2019, he had 68 tackles with 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Hutchinson has good size for the next level in that he could be a base end in a 4-3 or a 3-4 five-technique defensive end. Improving his pass-rush production would help Hutchinson, but he is a phenomenal run defender who flashes an ability to get to the quarterback. He is quick at the point of attack and causes a lot of disruption behind the line of scrimmage.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2018 Michigan 13 0 0 0 1 14 0
2019 Michigan 13 3 3 4.5 13 68 2
2020 Michigan 3 0 0 0 0 15 0
2021 Michigan 13 12 4 14 18 58 2

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/4/2021 Western Mich. W 47 - 14 1 1 4 1
9/11/2021 Washington W 31 - 10 2.5 3 4 0
9/18/2021 Northern Ill. W 63 - 10 1 1 2 0
9/25/2021 Rutgers W 20 - 13 1 1 5 0
10/2/2021 @ Wisconsin W 38 - 17 0 1 3 0
10/9/2021 @ Nebraska W 32 - 29 0 0 6 0
10/23/2021 Northwestern W 33 - 7 .5 1 3 0
10/30/2021 @ Michigan St. L 33 - 37 1 1 3 0
11/6/2021 Indiana W 29 - 7 0 0 5 0
11/13/2021 @ Penn St. W 21 - 17 3 4 7 1
11/20/2021 @ Maryland W 59 - 18 0 1 5 0
11/27/2021 Ohio St. W 42 - 27 3 3 7 0
12/4/2021 Iowa
@ Indianapolis, IN
W 42 - 3 1 1 4 0
12/31/2021 Georgia 11 - 34 0 1 4 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
  • '19 - Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
3. Purdue image George Karlaftis*, 3-4OLB/DE, Purdue
Height: 6-4. Weight: 265.
Projected 40 Time: 4.84.
Projected Round (2022): 1.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: In 2021, Karlaftis had 36 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two passes broken up and two forced fumbles. He is an interesting player because team sources say he shows some ability as a pass rusher, including functional strength to get off blocks, but that does not translate to defending the run, where he needs to get stronger for the NFL.

7/10/21: Karlaftis recorded four tackles and two sacks in 2020 while missing time with a leg injury. He broke out for the Boilermakers in 2019, totaling 7.5 sacks with 54 tackles in his debut. The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder has the upside to get better.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2019 Purdue 12 6 3 7.5 19 54 1
2020 Purdue 3 2 0 2 2 4 0
2021 Purdue 12 5 0 5 12 41 3

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/4/2021 Oregon St. W 30 - 21 0 1 4 0
9/11/2021 @ UConn W 49 - 0 0 0 5 1
9/18/2021 @ Notre Dame L 13 - 27 1 2 2 0
9/25/2021 Illinois W 13 - 9 1 1 5 1
10/2/2021 Minnesota L 13 - 20 0 1 5 0
10/16/2021 @ Iowa W 24 - 7 1 1 1 0
10/23/2021 Wisconsin L 13 - 30 0 0 2 0
10/30/2021 @ Nebraska W 28 - 23 0 1 2 0
11/6/2021 Michigan St. W 40 - 29 0 1 4 1
11/13/2021 @ Ohio St. L 31 - 59 0 1 3 0
11/20/2021 Northwestern
@ Chicago, IL
W 32 - 14 1 2 5 0
11/27/2021 Indiana W 44 - 7 1 1 3 0
12/30/2021 Tennessee 48 - 45 0 0 0 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Zack Baun, Wisconsin
  • '19 - Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
4. Michigan image David Ojabo, 3-4OLB/DE, Michigan
Height: 6-5. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2022): 1.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: With Aidan Hutchinson commanding a lot of attention, Ojabo broke out in 2021, recording 35 tackles, 11 sacks, five forced fumbles and three passes defended. There is no doubt that Ojabo is very fast off the edge with the ability to bend underneath offensive tackles. Ojabo could stand to get better as a run defender for the NFL. He is a 1-year wonder who could find his best fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2019 Michigan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020 Michigan 6 0 0 0 0 1 0
2021 Michigan 13 10 2 11 13 35 5

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/4/2021 Western Mich. W 47 - 14 0 0 1 0
9/11/2021 Washington W 31 - 10 1 1 2 0
9/18/2021 Northern Ill. W 63 - 10 0 0 2 0
9/25/2021 Rutgers W 20 - 13 0 0 3 1
10/2/2021 @ Wisconsin W 38 - 17 2.5 3 7 1
10/9/2021 @ Nebraska W 32 - 29 1 1 1 0
10/23/2021 Northwestern W 33 - 7 .5 1 1 0
10/30/2021 @ Michigan St. L 33 - 37 2 2 4 1
11/6/2021 Indiana W 29 - 7 1 1 2 1
11/13/2021 @ Penn St. W 21 - 17 2 2 4 1
11/20/2021 @ Maryland W 59 - 18 0 0 3 0
11/27/2021 Ohio St. W 42 - 27 1 1 3 0
12/4/2021 Iowa
@ Indianapolis, IN
W 42 - 3 0 1 2 0
12/31/2021 Georgia 11 - 34 0 0 0 0




Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Jon Greenard, Florida
  • '19 - Brian Burns, Florida State
5. Florida State image Jermaine Johnson*, 3-4OLB/DE, Florida State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 255.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2022): 1-2.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Johnson totaled 70 tackles, 11.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two passes batted in 2021. He made big plays in run defense and the pass rush. Johnson was a high-effort player for the Seminoles, making a lot of stops in the ground game along with putting steady pressure on the quarterback.

7/10/21: In 2020, Johnson was part of a loaded group of edge rushers at Georgia. Azeez Ojulari was the featured defender, while Johnson, Adam Anderson and Nolan Smith rotated for snaps. Anderson and Johnson both flashed, with Johnson recording four sacks and 14 tackles in backup duty. With Anderson and Smith returning to the Bulldogs, Johnson transferred to Florida State. Some NFL scouts gave Johnson a high projection on their preseason watch list. Johnson has good size and speed off the edge.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2019 Georgia 14 2 1 2.5 4 20 1
2020 Georgia 7 4 0 4 5 16 0
2021 Florida St. 12 10 4 12 20 70 2

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/5/2021 Notre Dame L 38 - 41 (1OT) 1.5 3 7 0
9/11/2021 Jacksonville St. L 17 - 20 3 5 11 0
9/18/2021 @ Wake Forest L 14 - 35 .5 1 10 0
9/25/2021 Louisville L 23 - 31 1 1 3 0
10/2/2021 Syracuse W 33 - 30 0 0 7 0
10/9/2021 @ North Carolina W 35 - 25 1 1 6 0
10/23/2021 Massachusetts W 59 - 3 0 0 1 0
10/30/2021 @ Clemson L 20 - 30 1 2 4 1
11/6/2021 NC State L 14 - 28 0 0 5 0
11/13/2021 Miami (FL) W 31 - 28 3 5 7 1
11/20/2021 @ Boston College W 26 - 23 0 1 3 0
11/27/2021 @ Florida L 21 - 24 1 1 6 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Terrell Lewis, Alabama
  • '19 - D'Andre Walker, Georgia
6. USC image Drake Jackson*, 3-4OLB/DE, USC
Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
Projected Round (2022): 1-3.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: In 2021, Jackson totaled 37 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble and an interception. He came up with some clutch plays in USC's comeback win over Washington State. Jackson showed pass-rushing talent off the edge and played hard. USC hurt his production by moving him around, playing him somewhat at outside linebacker, dropping him into coverage, and reducing his pass-rushing opportunities.

7/10/21: Jackson played well in 2020, recording 20 tackles, two sacks and an interception. He was more disruptive than the numbers illustrate. Jackson (6-4, 275) had an impressive debut for the Trojans in 2019. He showed some pass-rush potential alongside quality size and speed. With his skill set, Jackson has the upside to improve his production as he gains more experience.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2019 Southern California 11 4 3 5.5 14 46 1
2020 Southern California 6 2 0 2 6 20 0
2021 Southern California 11 5 0 5 8 37 1

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/4/2021 San Jose St. W 30 - 7 0 0 2 0
9/11/2021 Stanford L 28 - 42 0 1 4 0
9/18/2021 @ Washington St. W 45 - 14 1 1 4 1
9/25/2021 Oregon St. L 27 - 45 0 0 3 0
10/2/2021 @ Colorado W 37 - 14 2 2 4 0
10/9/2021 Utah L 26 - 42 0 0 1 0
10/23/2021 @ Notre Dame L 16 - 31 1 2 6 0
10/30/2021 Arizona W 41 - 34 1 1 3 0
11/6/2021 @ Arizona St. L 16 - 31 0 0 8 0
11/20/2021 UCLA L 33 - 62 0 0 0 0
11/27/2021 BYU L 31 - 35 0 1 2 0
12/4/2021 @ California L 14 - 24 0 0 0 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Josh Uche, Michigan
  • '19 - Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
7. Iowa State image Wil McDonald IV, 3-4OLB/DE, Iowa State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 245.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Team sources rave about McDonald's pass-rush ability and his natural skills at getting after the quarterback. He is fast and athletic, allowing him to shoot past blockers and put steady heat on the signal-caller. NFL teams, however, say McDonald is terrible versus the run and even bad opponents can destroy him in the ground game. Hence, he might be more of a designated pass rusher as a pro. McDonald totaled 36 tackles, 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and three passes batted in 2021. He recorded 10.5 sacks and 33 tackles in 2020 after recording six sacks in 2019.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
  • '19 - Jachai Polite, Florida
8. Ole Miss image Sam Williams, 3-4OLB/DE, Ole Miss
Height: 6-3. Weight: 256.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Teams sources say Williams would be a first- or second-round pick if it weren't for significant character concerns. They say that his tape and skill set are superb, but the off-the-field issues could push him down into the mid-rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft. Williams was phenomenal in 2021 and one of the best defensive lineman in the nation. He had 57 tackles, 12.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and one pass defended on the year.

7/10/21: Williams had a solid 2020 season, showing run-stuffing skills and some ability to play in pass coverage. For the second straight year, Williams showed blitzing ability as well. He looks like a potential three-down starter in the NFL. Williams did a nice job of blitzing the quarterback off the edge in 2019, and he showed some nice ability to put pressure on the signal-caller. Similar to teammate Lakia Henry, Williams is a junior college product who could be better in his third season with Ole Miss.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2019 Ole Miss 12 5 2 6 11 37 1
2020 Ole Miss 10 4 0 4 8 40 1
2021 Ole Miss 13 10 1 10.5 14 59 4

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/26/2020 Florida L 35 - 51 1 1 3 1
10/3/2020 @ Kentucky W 42 - 41 (1OT) 0 0 4 0
10/10/2020 Alabama L 48 - 63 1 2 5 0
10/17/2020 @ Arkansas L 21 - 33 0 0 3 0
10/24/2020 Auburn L 28 - 35 1 3 11 0
10/31/2020 @ Vanderbilt W 54 - 21 0 0 2 0
11/14/2020 South Carolina W 59 - 42 0 0 0 0
11/21/2020 @ Texas A&M - 0 0 0 0
11/28/2020 Mississippi St. W 31 - 24 0 0 2 0
12/19/2020 @ LSU L 48 - 53 1 1 7 0
1/2/2021 Indiana
@ Tampa, Fla.
W 26 - 20 0 1 3 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Curtis Weaver, Boise State
  • '19 - Chase Winovich, Michigan
9. Penn State image Arnold Ebiketie, 3-4OLB/DE, Penn State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 240.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Ebiketie played well for the Nittany Lions in 2021, picking up 62 tackles, 9.5 sacks and two forced fumble. He was impactful in Penn State's close wins over Wisconsin and Auburn. Ebiketie has size limitations for the NFL, but some team sources have compared him to Yannick Ngakoue.

7/10/21: Ebiketie impressed NFL advance scouts with his 2020 performance while playing for the Temple Owls. He totaled 42 tackles with four sacks. For the NFL, Ebiketie is undersized to be a defensive end and probably would fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 Temple 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 Temple 6 0 0 0 0 4 0
2019 Temple 12 2 0 2 2 13 0
2020 Temple 6 4 0 4 9 42 3
2021 Penn St. 12 9 1 9.5 19 62 2

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
10/10/2020 @ Navy L 29 - 31 0 1 10 1
10/17/2020 South Fla. W 39 - 37 1 4 6 1
10/24/2020 @ Memphis L 29 - 41 0 0 4 0
10/31/2020 @ Tulane L 3 - 38 1 2 7 0
11/7/2020 SMU L 23 - 47 1 1 6 0
11/14/2020 @ UCF L 13 - 38 1 1 9 1
11/21/2020 East Carolina L 3 - 28 0 0 0 0




Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Bradley Anae, Utah
  • '19 - Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
10. Georgia image Nolan Smith*, 3-4OLB/OLB, Georgia
Height: 6-3. Weight: 235.
Projected 40 Time: 4.84.
Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Smith started 2021 well, was not as good in the back half of the season, but finished better with two quality games in the college football playoff. He had 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and 55 tackles in 2021. Smith has illustrated he still needs more development for the NFL. Team sources say they like Smith's quickness and how hard he plays, but they feel he needs to get stronger and bigger for the NFL. Therefore, returning for his senior year could be the best move for Smith's development as a player and his draft grade.

7/10/21: In 2020, Smith recorded 22 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He flashed ability as an underclassman and should improve as he gains experience. Smith has the ability to take on a bigger role as a pass rusher and run defender in 2021.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
  • '19 - Christian Miller, Alabama
11. Virginia Tech image Amaré Barno*, 3-4OLB/DE, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-4. Weight: 237.
Projected 40 Time: 4.6.
Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: In 2021, Barno had 35 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He was not as tenacious as a pass rusher. Barno must get stronger because his run defense is a real liability entering the NFL.

7/10/21: Barno has some serious speed with a frame to get bigger as he ages in the NFL. Barno broke out in 2020, recording 6.5 sacks with 43 tackles, two forced fumbles and two passes batted. He could be even better now that he has a year of experience, and NFL advance scouts were impressed with his 2020 tape.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Kenny Willekes, Michigan State
  • '19 - Ben Banogu, TCU
12. Coastal Carolina image Jeffrey Gunter, 3-4OLB, Coastal Carolina
Height: 6-4. Weight: 260.
Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Gunter was solid for Coastal Carolina in 2021, but it would have helped him to have a more productive season. He totaled 35 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass batted.

7/10/21: Over the past two seasons, Gunter was a dangerous edge rusher for the Chanticleers. He broke out in 2018 with 49 tackles and five sacks, but transferred to N.C. State after the season. Gunter was forced to sit out the 2019 season before transferring back to Coastal Carolina for 2020. In 2020, he was even better than his sophomore year, recording 58 tackles with 6.5 sacks, one interception, one pass defended and a tremendous six forced fumbles. Gunter has quality size to be an edge defender in the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Darrell Taylor, Tennessee
  • '19 - Austin Bryant, Clemson
13. Cincinnati image Myjai Sanders, 3-4OLB/OLB, Cincinnati
Height: 6-4. Weight: 240.
Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Sanders had a quality year for Bearcats even though he did not produce a big stat line. He totaled 41 tackles, 2.5 sacks and six passes broken up in 2021.

7/10/21: In 2020 Sanders was a dangerous edge rusher for the Bearcats, notching seven sacks with 31 tackles and five passes batted. He had 40 tackles and four sacks in 2019. Sanders has speed and athleticism on the edge, but he needs to get stronger and fill out his frame. His best fit in the NFL could be as a 3-4 outside linebacker.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2018 Cincinnati 10 0 0 0 0 2 0
2019 Cincinnati 14 3 2 4 9 36 1
2020 Cincinnati 10 6 2 7 13 14 0
2021 Cincinnati 13 2 1 2.5 9 34 0

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/19/2020 Austin Peay W 55 - 20 .5 2 0 0
9/26/2020 Army West Point W 24 - 10 1 2 0 0
10/3/2020 South Fla. W 28 - 7 1 2 0 0
10/24/2020 @ SMU W 42 - 13 1 2 3 0
10/31/2020 Memphis W 49 - 10 1.5 3 6 0
11/7/2020 Houston W 38 - 10 0 0 0 0
11/13/2020 East Carolina W 55 - 17 0 0 1 0
11/21/2020 @ UCF W 36 - 33 0 0 3 0
12/19/2020 Tulsa W 27 - 24 2 2 0 0
1/1/2021 Georgia
@ Atlanta, Georgia
L 21 - 24 0 0 1 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame
  • '19 - Jalen Jelks, Oregon
14. Ohio State image Tyreke Smith, 3-4OLB, Ohio State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 255.
Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
Projected Round (2022): 3-4.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Smith had a slow start to the 2021 season, and his lack of pass-rush pressure really hurt Ohio State against Oregon and Minnesota. Smith started playing better afterward, including putting up a big game against Penn State. He didn't do enough in 2021 to be a riser and build momentum for the 2022 NFL Draft.

7/10/21: In limited action because of a lot of cancellations in 2020, Smith was solid. He started slowly, but he was coming alive in the final regular-season games for Ohio State. He made the right decision for his player development to go back to the Buckeyes for 2021. Smith needs to become a more consistent pass rusher this coming season.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2018 Ohio St. 11 0 0 0 0 9 0
2019 Ohio St. 11 3 0 3 5 12 0
2020 Ohio St. 7 2 0 2 2 9 1
2021 Ohio St. 9 3 0 3 5 25 1

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
10/24/2020 Nebraska W 52 - 17 0 0 0 0
10/31/2020 @ Penn St. W 38 - 25 0 0 1 0
11/7/2020 Rutgers W 49 - 27 0 0 3 0
11/21/2020 Indiana W 42 - 35 0 0 0 0
12/5/2020 @ Michigan St. W 52 - 12 1 1 3 0
12/19/2020 Northwestern
@ Indianapolis, IN
W 22 - 10 0 0 0 0
1/1/2021 Clemson
@ New Orleans, La.
W 49 - 28 1 1 2 1
1/11/2021 Alabama
@ Miami Gardens, FL
L 24 - 52 0 0 0 0




Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Jabari Zuniga, Florida
  • '19 - Joe Jackson, Miami
15. Oklahoma image Nik Bonitto*, 3-4OLB/OLB, Oklahoma
Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2022): 3-4.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Bonitto is an undersized edge rusher who has the speed to get after the quarterback. In 2020, Bonitto recorded 32 tackles, 8.5 sacks and two passes defended. He notched seven sacks and 39 tackles in 2021.

Area scouts say Bonitto is undersized and has to show he can play in the stack. They expect him to test well, but they have concerns with his football I.Q. and background. They feel Bonitto is a tweener end/linebacker. Some scouts like Bonitto, but they are not in love.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Bryce Huff, Memphis
  • '19 - Porter Gustin, USC
16. Florida image Brenton Cox Jr.*, 3-4OLB/OLB, Florida
Height: 6-4. Weight: 247.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2022): 3-4.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Cox recorded 41 tackles, 8.5 sacks and four passes battedr in 2021. Almost half of his sacks came versus Florida State, but Cox ended the year with 7.5 sacks over the final four games. He plays hard and shows the ability to power rush with heavy hands. While Cox has improved from 2020, he should probably go back to Florida for his senior year and work on his pass-rushing moves before heading to the NFL.

7/10/21: Cox recorded 41 tackles, four sacks and two passes broken up in 2020, but he played better than the numbers indicate. Cox possesses a great skill set with size, speed and athleticism off the edge. He has a lot of ability to become an early-round prospect.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Tipa Galeai, Utah State
  • '19 - Shareef Miller, Penn State
17. Western Kentucky image DeAngelo Malone, 3-4OLB, Western Kentucky
Height: 6-3. Weight: 234.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2022): 3-4.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Malone had 94 tackles, nine sacks, four passes defended and four forced fumbles in 2021.

7/10/21: Malone was a dangerous quarterback hunter over the past three seasons for the Hilltoppers. Along with getting after the quarterback, Malone was a solid pursuit run defender, providing a lot of tackles for his defense. In the NFL, Malone could be too undersized to play defensive end and might be better off as a 3-4 outside linebacker.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 Western Ky. 11 1 1 1.5 2 25 0
2018 Western Ky. 12 5 2 6 12 60 2
2019 Western Ky. 13 10 3 11.5 23 99 1
2020 Western Ky. 12 6 0 6 12 71 2
2021 Western Ky. 13 7 2 8 20 88 4

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/12/2020 @ Louisville L 21 - 35 1 4 8 1
9/19/2020 Liberty L 24 - 30 0 1 9 0
10/3/2020 @ Middle Tenn. W 20 - 17 1 1 5 0
10/10/2020 Marshall L 14 - 38 0 1 7 0
10/17/2020 @ UAB L 14 - 37 0 1 5 0
10/24/2020 Chattanooga W 13 - 10 0 0 7 0
10/31/2020 @ BYU L 10 - 41 0 0 1 0
11/7/2020 @ Fla. Atlantic L 6 - 10 2 2 12 0
11/14/2020 Southern Miss. W 10 - 7 2 2 5 0
11/21/2020 FIU W 38 - 21 0 0 6 1
12/6/2020 @ Charlotte W 37 - 19 0 0 0 0
12/26/2020 Georgia St.
@ Mobile, Ala.
L 21 - 39 0 0 6 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Trevon Hill, Miami
  • '19 - Tim Ward, Old Dominion
18. South Carolina image Kingsley Engabare, 3-4OLB/DE, South Carolina
Height: 6-4. Weight: 259.
Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
Projected Round (2022): 3-4.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: In 2021, Engabare had 44 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two passes batted. He played well for the Gamecocks.

7/10/21: Enagbare started to make his presence felt as a sophomore, but showed real improvement as a pass rusher during his junior season. He totaled six sacks, three forced fumbles and 30 tackles for 2020. In 2021, it would help him to continue to improve as a rusher while adding strength to be a tougher run defender.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Keisean Lucier-South, UCLA
  • '19 - Anree Saint-Amour, Georgia Tech
19. Alabama image Christopher Allen*, 3-4OLB/OLB, Alabama
Height: 6-3. Weight: 242.
Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: In the 2021 season opener, Allen went out for the year with a fractured foot.

7/10/21: During Alabama's undefeated season and National Championship run, Allen showed some ability to rush off the edge and had some timely rushes for the Crimson Tide. In his first season of extended playing time, Allen had five sacks, two forced fumbles and 33 tackles. It will be interesting to see if Allen can build on his resume now that he some additional experience.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - LaDarius Hamilton, North Texas
  • '19 - Jesse Aniebonam, Maryland
20. Colorado image Carson Wells, 3-4OLB/OLB, Colorado
Height: 6-3. Weight: 243.
Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Wells recorded 51 tackles, an interception, four passes defended and 5.5 sacks in 2021.

7/10/21: Wells was a solid linebacker for the Buffaloes over the past three seasons. He showed pass rush ability in 2018 and 2020 when he combined for 11 sacks over those two seasons. As a senior, it would help Wells to produce more in run defense and pass coverage.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 Colorado 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 Colorado 12 4 1 4.5 7 25 0
2019 Colorado 11 1 0 1 3 41 0
2020 Colorado 6 6 1 6.5 20 31 0
2021 Colorado 12 5 1 5.5 15 51 1

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
11/7/2020 UCLA W 48 - 42 0 1 3 0
11/14/2020 @ Stanford W 35 - 32 1 2 0 0
11/28/2020 San Diego St. W 20 - 10 1 4 5 0
12/5/2020 @ Arizona W 24 - 13 1.5 6 11 0
12/12/2020 Utah L 21 - 38 1 4 6 0
12/29/2020 Texas
@ San Antonio, Texas
L 23 - 55 2 3 6 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Qaadir Sheppard, Ole Miss
  • '19 - Carl Granderson, Wyoming
21. Minnesota image Boye Mafe, 3-4OLB, Minnesota
Height: 6-4. Weight: 258.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Mafe had 34 tackles, seven sacks and one forced fumble in 2021.

7/10/21: Mafe played well in the shortened 2020 season, totaling 27 tackles with 4.5 sacks and two passes batted. The NFL advance scouts listed Mafe as an outside linebacker, but at his size, he could grow into being a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. Mafe's best fit might come as a 3-4 outside linebacker.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 Minnesota 10 0 1 .5 1 12 0
2019 Minnesota 13 3 0 3 4 14 0
2020 Minnesota 6 4 1 4.5 6 27 2
2021 Minnesota 12 6 0 6 8 30 1

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
10/24/2020 Michigan L 24 - 49 1 1 2 0
10/30/2020 @ Maryland L 44 - 45 (1OT) .5 1 4 0
11/7/2020 @ Illinois W 41 - 14 2 2 6 1
11/13/2020 Iowa L 7 - 35 0 0 4 0
11/20/2020 Purdue W 34 - 31 0 0 0 0
12/12/2020 @ Nebraska W 24 - 17 1 1 4 1
12/19/2020 @ Wisconsin L 17 - 20 (1OT) 0 1 7 0


Previous Seasons

  • '19 - CeCe Jefferson, Florida
22. LSU image Ali Gaye*, 3-4OLB/DE, LSU
Height: 6-6. Weight: 258.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Gaye recorded 19 tackles and 2.5 sacks over six games in 2021 before going out for the season with an injury that required surgery. He should return to college to put together a healthy season before going to the NFL.

7/10/21: Gaye has never put together a big season of production, but he has an excellent skill set and could break out in 2021. In 2020, he recorded 32 tackles with two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. Some of the NFL advance scouts have a high preseason projection on Gaye.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2020 LSU 10 2 0 2 10 32 1
2021 LSU 4 2 1 2.5 3 19 0

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/4/2021 @ UCLA L 27 - 38 1 1 4 0
9/11/2021 McNeese W 34 - 7 0 0 0 0
9/18/2021 Central Mich. W 49 - 21 0 0 0 0
9/25/2021 @ Mississippi St. W 28 - 25 1 1 6 0
10/2/2021 Auburn L 19 - 24 0 0 4 0
10/9/2021 @ Kentucky L 21 - 42 .5 1 5 0
10/16/2021 Florida W 49 - 42 0 0 0 0
10/23/2021 @ Ole Miss L 17 - 31 0 0 0 0
11/6/2021 @ Alabama L 14 - 20 0 0 0 0
11/13/2021 Arkansas L 13 - 16 (1OT) 0 0 0 0
11/20/2021 ULM W 27 - 14 0 0 0 0
11/27/2021 Texas A&M W 27 - 24 0 0 0 0
1/4/2022 @ Kansas St. - 0 0 0 0


23. Oklahoma image Isaiah Thomas*, 3-4OLB, Oklahoma
Height: 6-4. Weight: 268.
Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Thomas played well for Oklahoma in 2021, getting after the quarterback. He notched 38 tackles, seven sacks, three passes batted and three forced fumbles on the year. Some team sources said they have Thomas graded on Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft as a potential backup in the NFL.

7/10/21: Thomas enjoyed a breakout 2020 season, racking up 8.5 sacks with 32 tackles, 13 for a loss, two passes defended and one forced fumble. It was a big jump from his underclassmen years as a backup. Thomas has quality size to him to go along with speed and athleticism. Now that he has a year of experience, Thomas could be even better in 2021 and rise for the 2022 NFL Draft.



24. LSU image Andre Anthony, 3-4OLB, LSU
Height: 6-3. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
Projected Round (2022): 5-7.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Anthony was playing well for LSU and on his way to a good season, but he suffered a non-contact knee injury versus Central Michigan that ended his 2021 season. The sixth-year senior might be better off taking a medical redshirt and returning to LSU.

7/10/21: Anthony was a backup in 2018 and 2019 before earning playing time as a junior in 2020. He totaled 5.5 sacks with 24 tackles in a solid debut. Anthony will need to increase his pass-rush production and show improvement as a run defender to rise. He should benefit in 2021 from Ali Gaye commanding attention across from him.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 LSU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 LSU 13 0 1 .5 1 14 0
2019 LSU 9 1 0 1 1 9 0
2020 LSU 10 5 1 5.5 6 24 0
2021 LSU 3 3 1 3.5 5 8 0

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/26/2020 Mississippi St. L 34 - 44 0 0 0 0
10/3/2020 @ Vanderbilt W 41 - 7 1 1 6 0
10/10/2020 @ Missouri L 41 - 45 0 0 3 0
10/24/2020 South Carolina W 52 - 24 1 1 1 0
10/31/2020 @ Auburn L 11 - 48 0 0 2 0
11/21/2020 @ Arkansas W 27 - 24 2 2 4 0
11/28/2020 @ Texas A&M L 7 - 20 0 0 0 0
12/5/2020 Alabama L 17 - 55 0 0 2 0
12/12/2020 @ Florida W 37 - 34 .5 1 2 0
12/19/2020 Ole Miss W 53 - 48 1 1 4 0


25. Texas A&M image Tyree Johnson, 3-4OLB, Texas A&M
Height: 6-2. Weight: 237.
Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
Projected Round (2022): 5-7.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Johnson was a dangerous pass rusher for Texas A&M in 2021, recording 8.5 sacks and 31 tackles. He is very undersized for the NFL, however, making him look like a backup who might fit only as a designated pass rusher. Team sources say Johnson beat up on some bad tackles and really struggled against Alabama left tackle Evan Neal. They don't see freaky traits of speed and explosion to make up for Johnson's lack of size.

7/10/21: Johnson flashed some pass-rush ability in 2020, but he also illustrated limitations in the ground game. He could be more of a backup designated pass-rusher in the NFL. Johnson was wise to go back to school and improve before going to the next level.

Johnson contributed some pass rush in previous years, so he could rise now that he has some starting experience, plus he has a good end in Michael Clemons drawing attention on the other side. Johnson's best fit in the NFL could come as a 3-4 outside linebacker.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2018 Texas A&M 13 1 1 1.5 3 14 1
2019 Texas A&M 12 4 0 4 7 32 0
2020 Texas A&M 10 3 2 4 8 23 1
2021 Texas A&M 12 8 1 8.5 9 31 1

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/26/2020 Vanderbilt W 17 - 12 0 0 1 0
10/3/2020 @ Alabama L 24 - 52 0 0 0 0
10/10/2020 Florida W 41 - 38 0 0 2 0
10/17/2020 @ Mississippi St. W 28 - 14 .5 1 1 0
10/31/2020 Arkansas W 42 - 31 1 1 3 0
11/7/2020 @ South Carolina W 48 - 3 0 1 3 0
11/21/2020 @ Ole Miss - 0 0 0 0
11/28/2020 LSU W 20 - 7 0 0 2 0
12/5/2020 @ Auburn W 31 - 20 0 0 2 0
12/19/2020 @ Tennessee W 34 - 13 1 2 3 1
1/2/2021 North Carolina
@ Miami Gardens, FL
W 41 - 27 1.5 3 6 0


26. South Carolina image Jordan Strachan*, 3-4OLB/OLB, South Carolina
Height: 6-3. Weight: 223.
Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
Projected Round (2022): 6-FA.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Strachan did not stand out in 2021, recording only 23 tackles, an interception and three sacks.

7/10/21: Strachan broke out for Georgia State in 2020, really impressing NFL advance scouts. He showed dangerous edge-rushing ability, recording 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and 41 tackles. It will be great to see how Strachan performs against better competition in the SEC and if he can play true outside linebacker. Strachan is undersized to be an every=down edge rusher in the NFL and will have to be an off-the-ball linebacker who rotates in as an edge rusher in obvious passing situations.



27. California image Kuony Deng, 3-4OLB, California
Height: 6-6. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
Projected Round (2022): 7-FA.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Deng recorded four tackles over two games before losing the rest of the season to injury. This was his sixth season at California after he took advantage of the extra of eligibility stemming from COVID-19's effects on the 2020 season. Deng could take an injury redshirt return to California for a seventh season in 2022, and that might be his best option to try to improve his draft stock.

7/10/21: Deng has played some inside linebacker for California, but some NFL advanced scouts had list him as an outside linebacker. Unless his listed numbers are vastly exaggerated, he probably will fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker as a pro. After coming to California from the junior college ranks, Deng had a productive 2019 season and was a solid run defender. He then played well in California's shortened 2020 season. Showing additional edge ability could help him to rise.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2019 California 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
8/31/2019 UC Davis W 27 - 13 0 0 0 0
9/7/2019 @ Washington W 20 - 19 0 0 0 0
9/14/2019 North Texas W 23 - 17 0 0 0 0
9/21/2019 @ Ole Miss W 28 - 20 0 0 0 0
9/27/2019 Arizona St. L 17 - 24 0 0 0 0
10/5/2019 @ Oregon L 7 - 17 0 0 0 0
10/19/2019 Oregon St. L 17 - 21 0 0 0 0
10/26/2019 @ Utah L 0 - 35 0 0 0 0
11/9/2019 Washington St. W 33 - 20 0 0 0 0
11/16/2019 Southern California L 17 - 41 0 0 0 0
11/23/2019 @ Stanford W 24 - 20 0 0 0 0
11/30/2019 @ UCLA W 28 - 18 0 0 0 0
12/30/2019 Illinois
@ Santa Clara, Calif.
W 35 - 20 0 0 0 0


28. Mississippi State image Randy Charlton, 3-4OLB, Mississippi State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 258.
Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
Projected Round (2022): 7-FA.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Charlton was decent for Mississippi State in 2021 with 35 tackles and four sacks.

7/10/21: Charlton was a solid defender for Central Florida in 2020. He decided to transfer to Mississippi State after the season. Charlton has the ability to be a capable edge defender, but needs to get stronger. He also has to up his pass-rush production with the Bulldogs.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2018 UCF 13 1 0 1 3 21 0
2019 UCF 10 1 0 1 4 28 0
2020 UCF 5 2 0 2 5 18 0
2021 Mississippi St. 12 4 0 4 6 35 1

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/19/2020 @ Georgia Tech W 49 - 21 0 2 5 0
9/26/2020 @ East Carolina W 51 - 28 0 0 1 0
10/3/2020 Tulsa L 26 - 34 0 1 2 0
10/17/2020 @ Memphis L 49 - 50 0 0 6 0
10/24/2020 Tulane W 51 - 34 2 2 4 0
10/31/2020 @ Houston W 44 - 21 0 0 0 0
11/14/2020 Temple W 38 - 13 0 0 0 0
11/21/2020 Cincinnati L 33 - 36 0 0 0 0
11/27/2020 @ South Fla. W 58 - 46 0 0 0 0
12/22/2020 BYU
@ Boca Raton, Fla.
L 23 - 49 0 0 0 0


29. Miami (Ohio) image Kameron Butler*, 3-4OLB, Miami (Ohio)
Height: 6-3. Weight: 252.
Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
Projected Round (2022): 7-FA.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Butler was productive in 2021, notching 49 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and one pass batted.

7/10/21: Butler put together quality production in his three games of 2020. He was wise to go back to school for the 2021 season. Butler had a solid sophomore season, and that landed him on the radar for the NFL advance scouts. Butler needs to improve his pass-rush production and grow stronger for the next level.





2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
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QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2023 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P





 








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