2011 NFL Draft Outside Linebacker Rankings: Kadar vs Dove

CHESTNUT HILL MA - SEPTEMBER 25: Mark Herzlich #94 and Thomas Claiborne #78 of the Boston College Eagles lead the team out on the field before the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies on September 25 2010 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Pro days workouts are over, so it's time to finalize positional rankings. One of the most intriguing thing about the NFL Draft process is that each person values prospects differently. For NFL talent evaluators and draft analysts alike, the rankings at the top look similar, but opinions vary on mid-level players.

Here at Mocking the Draft we wanted to show you how our opinions differ.  Dan Kadar and Jon Dove are breaking down each position giving you their top 10 in each. Make sure to check out our scouting report page to get full reports on some of the prospects.  Also don't hesitate to leave some feedback about our rankings or maybe even your own.

We're back with more 4-3/3-4 rankings today as we look at outside linebackers. Our 4-3 rankings are pretty similar with Jon liking Lawrence Wilson and Ross Homan higher while I have Brooks Reed and Colin McCarthy in there.

 

It can be tough to judge which players fit a scheme the best. As you can see with our 3-4 rankings, we vary quite a bit. Jon sees Ryan Kerrigan, Aldon Smith, and Justin Houston more as defensive ends and rates them lower in the 3-4 outside linebacker ratings. I think Smith and Houston would fit best as 3-4 players. Jon also gets Robert Quinn on his 3-4 linebacker board while he's not on mine at all. So you can clearly see our opinions differ here – and it's surely no different among NFL teams.

So let us know what you think and we'd love to see how you have this year's outside linebackers slotted.

Rank Dan Kadar's Ranking Jon Dove's Ranking
1 Von Miller Von Miller
2 Justin Houston Mason Foster
3 Akeem Ayers
Akeem Ayers
4 Bruce Carter  Martez Wilson
5 Mason Foster Bruce Carter
6 Brooks Reed Lawrence Wilson
7 Colin McCarthy Ross Homan
8 Mark Herzlich K.J. Wright
9 Dontay Moch Mark Herzlich
10 K.J. Wright Dontay Moch

 

3-4 Rankings

Rank Dan Kadar's Ranking Jon Dove's Ranking
1 Von Miller Von Miller
2 Aldon Smith Robert Quinn
3 Justin Houston Akeem Ayers
4 Martez Wilson Brooks Reed
5 Ryan Kerrigan Jabaal Sheard
6 Brooks Reed Ryan Kerrigan
7 Dontay Moch Aldon Smith
8 Jabaal Sheard Justin Houston
9 Akeem Ayers Martez Wilson
10 Chris Carter Dontay Moch
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