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Draft Watch - LB watch (Mid-September edition)

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  In the first installment of the draft watch, I looked at some O-linemen who will be in the 2009 NFL draft.  Another group the Rams will be looking at drafting is linebacker.  The Rams last 5 drafts have brought in 6 different linebackers.

  LB draftee recap and prospects after the fold.

  Since the 2003 NFL draft, the Rams have nabbed the following linebackers:

2008 NFL draft

  • David Vobora, Idaho - Rd. 7, pick 45 (252nd overall): currently on STL

2006 NFL draft

  • Jon Alston, Stanford - Rd. 3, pick 13 (77th): OAK
  • Tim McGarigle, Northwestern - Rd. 7, pick 13 (221st): STL

2004 NFL draft

  • Brandon Chillar, UCLA - Rd. 4, pick 34 (130th): GB

2003 NFL draft

  • Pisa Tinoisamoa, Hawaii - Rd. 2, pick 11 (43rd): STL
  • Scott Shanle, Nebraska - Rd. 7, pick 37 (251st): NO

Just for some perspective.  Anyway, the LB crop coming out of college this year is LOADED.  Depending on how where the Rams end up, we could definitely land a serious field general.

Here's how I see them right now:

Middle Linebackers

5-star

1.) Rey Maualuga, USC (Sr.) - 6'2", 260 lbs.

2.) James Laurinaitis, Ohio St. (Sr.) - 6'3", 240 lbs.

3.) Darry Beckwith, LSU (Sr.) - 6'1", 232 lbs.

4.) Dannell Ellerbe, Georgia (Sr.) - 6'1", 232 lbs.

4-star

5.) Jason Phillips, TCU (Sr.) - 6'1", 234 lbs.

6.) Joshua Mauga, Nevada (Sr.) - 6'2", 245 lbs.

7.) Jasper Brinkley, South Carolina (Sr.) - 6'2", 275 lbs.

8.) Scott McKillop, Pitt (Sr.) - 6'2", 240 lbs.

Outside Linebackers

5-star

1.) Aaron Curry, Wake Forest (Sr.) - 6'3", 247 lbs.

2.) Brian Cushing, USC (Sr.) - 6'3", 255 lbs.

3.) Marcus Freeman, Ohio St. (Sr.) - 6'1", 239 lbs.

4.) Clint Sintim, Virginia (Sr.) - 6'3", 254 lbs.

4-star

5.) Tyrone McKenzie, South Florida (Sr.) - 6'2", 235 lbs.

6.) Jonathan Casillas, Wisconsin (Sr.) - 6'2", 226 lbs.

7.) Zach Follett, Cal (Sr.) - 6'1", 238 lbs.

 

Depending on how the picks fall, we could see 4 linebackers drafted in the first 10 picks: Mauluaga, Laurinaitis, Curry, and Cushing.  Between O-line and linebacker, the Rams will have an incredibly difficult position, given the caliber of those four LB's and the O-line pair of Oher and Monroe.