Bruce Irvin, Malcom Smith and the rest of the Seahawks linebackers had a banner year. In the playoffs and Super bowl they dismantled any hopes for the Saints, Niners and Broncos to run the ball.
You would think that the Seahawks are in a good position at linebacker, but if we’ve learned anything this offseason it’s that winning comes at a high price. Nearly a dozen free agents have already left for other teams and Seattle has yet to extend Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas to long-term deals.
Here’s how the current outside linebackers on the roster look as far as the salary cap is concerned (courtesy of spotrac.com):
K.J. Wright and Smith’s deals will expire at the end of this season, and bringing them back will require major payraises, so John Schneider may want to consider developing a cheap OLB in the draft. With that in mind, here’s a list of cover32’s top ten outside linebackers in the NFL draft this year.