Linebackers a hot commodity in NFL Draft second round

PASADENA CA - NOVEMBER 06: Akeem Ayers #10 of the UCLA Bruins is tackled by James Dockery #4 of the Oregon State Beavers during the first quarter at the Rose Bowl on November 6 2010 in Pasadena California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Linebackers have been popular picks at the start of the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Three have been taken in the first 10 picks. Houston took Arizona's Brooks Reed 42nd, Dallas took Bruce Carter 40th and Tennessee got everything started by taking Akeem Ayers 39th.

Each is a good choice for three teams needing help on defense. The most questionable one is Reed going to Houston. It seems they already have a player with his skill set in Connor Barwin.

Carter was fittingly introduced by Cowboys legendary pass rusher Charles Haley. Thought by many as a first-round pick before a knee injury, Carter is one of the more athletic linebackers in this year's class.

Top available linebackers:

Justin Houston | 6'3, 254 pounds | DE/OLB | Georgia *
Mason Foster | 6'2, 240 pounds | OLB | Washington
Colin McCarthy | 6'2, 240 pounds | OLB | Miami (Fla.)
Mark Herzlich | 6'4, 248 pounds | OLB | Boston College
Dontay Moch | 6'1, 240 pounds | DE/OLB | Nevada

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