The college football season is creeping closer and closer which means it is time to start ranking draft prospects. These rankings will be subject to change throughout the season. Each week the players will either help or hurt their draft stock impacting the position ranking. Don't forget that someone always emerges and becomes a surprise top prospect, like Nick Fairley.
With the emergence of the 3-4 defense, outside linebackers are getting graded more on their pass rush ability rather than there overall play. The below ranking has that in mind which is why Florida State's Brandon Jenkins is my top rated player at this position. He has a good first step and an uncanny ability to get to the quarterback. However, look out for Zack Brown who showed late last season that he is a legitimate prospect.
After the jump, check out my preseason outside linebacker rankings for the 2012 NFL Draft.
|1||Brandon Jenkins||Florida State|
|5||Bruce Irvin||West Virginia|
Sleeper: Gerald Hodges- Penn State, Jonathan Massaquoi- Troy