Monday is the day linebackers get to take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., for the 2013 NFL Combine workouts, and the group features a few potential first round picks in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Let's take a look, in no particular order, at five linebackers to watch at the Combine:
- Jarvis Jones. The playmaking linebacker from Georgia is predicted by SB Nation's Dan Kadar to be the first at his position selected in the draft, with the eighth overall pick by the Buffalo Bills. Jones began his collegiate career with the USC Trojans, but transferred to the Bulldogs following a neck injury that put a damper on his freshman year.
Jones spends most of his time in the backfield, getting sacks, forcing fumbles or knocking down passes, and the Combine will be important for him to assure NFL teams that any injury concerns are behind him.
- Arthur Brown. Also a transfer player -- he spent two seasons with the University of Miami (Fla.) -- Brown will likely be an inside linebacker at the next level. Hard-nosed and versatile, Brown piled up over 100 tackles this season for the Wildcats. Largely considered undersized for an inside linebacking spot, Brown could use the Combine to make his athleticism impossible to ignore, regardless of his size.
- Alec Ogletree. Ogletree, another defender from the Georgia Bulldogs, is a blend of safety and linebacker that many NFL defenses covet these days. After also playing inside linebacker for the Bulldogs, Ogletree, with his speed, seems capable of covering any position within the unit.
He will undoubtedly have to answer questions about his decision-making off the field at the Combine, after a report came out Sunday stating that Ogletree was recently hit with a DUI charge. This adds to a list of issues including suspensions for failed drug tests and a theft arrest as a freshman.
- Kevin Minter. The former LSU Tiger notched 130 total tackles, 15 of those going for a loss, in 2012. Minter racks up so many tackles because he specializes in run defense, finding his way through piles of linemen to find and destroy the running back.
Minter's speed and skills in covering both running backs out of the backfield and downfield receivers, will be challenged at the Combine.
- Manti Te'o. Te'o has work to do in reminding people of the linebacker that led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to the National Championship game rather than the guy who fell in love with a fake girl on the Internet. Good against the run with a flair for big plays at Notre Dame, Te'o still remains one of the better inside linebacker prospects in the draft.
His speed will be watched closely at the Combine along with his strength, as Te'o was dominated for much of the night against the physical, bruising Alabama Crimson Tide offense in the national title game.
Here's a complete list of the linebackers who'll be working out at the Combine:
Brown, Arthur ILB Kansas St.
Jones, Jarvis OLB Georgia
Te'o, Manti ILB Notre Dame Scouting Report
Ogletree, Alec ILB Georgia
Minter, Kevin ILB LSU
Porter, Sean OLB Texas A&M
Thomas, Chase OLB Stanford
Greene, Khaseem OLB Rutgers
Hodges, Gerald OLB Penn
St. Mauti, Michael ILB Penn St.
Reddick, Kevin ILB North Carolina
Pough, Keith OLB Howard
Holloman, DeVonte OLB South Carolina
Gooden, Zaviar OLB Missouri
Washington, Cornelius OLB Georgia
Collins, Jamie OLB Southern Miss
Moore, Sio OLB Connecticut
Alonso, Kiko ILB Oregon
Jenkins, Jelani OLB Florida
Johnson, Nico ILB Alabama
Magee, Brandon OLB Arizona State
Taylor, Bruce ILB Virginia Tech
Bostic, Jon ILB Florida
Sabino, Etienne OLB Ohio St.
Beauharnais, Steve ILB Rutgers
Knott, Jake OLB Iowa St.
Taylor, Mike OLB Wisconsin
McCray, Lerentee OLB Florida
Wort, Tom ILB Oklahoma
Klein, A.J. ILB Iowa St.
Lotulelei, John ILB UNLV
Barrington, Sam OLB South Florida
Stewart, Jonathan ILB Texas A&M
Hepburn, Brandon ILB Florida A&M
Moody, Nick OLB Florida St.