With the NFL Draft fast approaching, the New York Jets seem to be pretty set in their front seven. Quinton Coples showed promise for a young linebacker last season, and Calvin Pace is newly re-signed. Maybe the Jets draft an outside linebacker this spring, but it won’t be early. There are too many holes on the roster and pretty much everywhere in the front seven is solidified for 2014.
Over at the main site, we have a ranking of the top 10 outside linebackers in the upcoming NFL Draft. Click here to read the full piece. Here is an excerpt:
10. Christian Kirksey (Iowa)
The 6-foot-2, 233 pound senior is a projected third round pick with a ton of upside. He’s a guy whose stock is on the rise, particularly after a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. Some concerns about stopping the run have surfaced, but his ability to get to the quarterback and help in pass coverage have many scouts liking what they see.
9. Jordan Zumwalt (UCLA)
Zumwalt had a big senior season at UCLA, his best as a collegiate athlete, recording 93 tackles (5.5 for loss) and hauling in two interceptions. The 6-foot-4, 235 pound Zumwalt has that “motor” scouts fawn over this time of year, but some concerns about his durability and raw strength have surfaced. Still, the former four star recruit should have a long and productive NFL career.