By Connor Rogers, Staff Writer
It’s clear the Jets will be taking at least one outside linebacker in the 2013 draft, it’s just not clear when. Majority of the mock drafts have LSU’s Barkevious Mingo coming off the board at number nine to the Jets, but there are no guarantees.
Let’s take a look at three pass rushers (3-4 outside linebackers, primarily) who have the potential to be stars, but most likely won’t come off the board until day two or three of the draft.
Greene is a phenomenal playmaker, converting from safety to outside linebacker his junior season. After an underwhelming combine, he’ll most likely come off the board in round two. Although he’ll have to add a few pounds to be a three down linebacker, he possesses a skill set to never come off the field. He has good hands, can rush the passer, and also displays solid coverage ability (as previously mentioned, he’s a former defensive back).
2) Trevardo Williams, UCONN
Williams is coming into the draft off a two straight double digit sack seasons, which alone bumps him into a day two projected pick. Much like Greene, he’s undersized to stay on the field in the NFL at 3-4 outside linebacker. Unlike Greene, his combine was stellar. Not only is Williams fast (4.57 40), but his 30 bench reps say a lot about his work ethic and potential to add weight.
Collins is much bigger than Greene and Williams, making it even more impressive how fluid he moves. His 4.64 40 yard dash displays his straight line speed, but his agility played a large role in his ten sack season. I’m more intrigued by Collins on day two then Greene and Williams as he’s already ten pounds heavier, has longer arms, stands at 6-3, and his numbers are just as impressive.