Scouts Inc. on outside linebackers

Originally Published: August 5, 2009
Scouts Inc.

Outside linebackers are becoming freakishly athletic for their size at the collegiate level. Much like the way defensive linemen are recruited, schools choose an outside linebacker depending on whether they primarily play a 4-3 or 3-4. Ideally, the linebacker will be able to play in both schemes.

In 4-3 defenses, the outside linebacker must be a good athlete who can play in space. They have considerable cover responsibilities and should be able to drop into zones and cover running backs out ...

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