Five 3-4 OLB’s to Watch

Ryan Kerrigan

Ryan Kerrigan is one of our 3-4 OLB prospects to watch.

Later this week, Patriots Insider will be publishing our Top Five 3-4 OLB’s for the Patriots to draft this spring. After the jump, check out a sneak preview. Make sure you sign up with Patriots Insider to read the rest!

As the Patriots continue to eke out wins this year with a great offense and a young defense, pass-rush continues to be a part of the equation that fans want to see more of. Typically, that is going to come from the 3-4 OLB position. Here are our top five (plus one sleeper) prospects that the Patriots might be able to get their hands on this spring.

Ryan Kerrigan – Purdue

Kerrigan is a Senior with a lightning-quick first step and a motor that just won’t stop. His consistent production at a school that has produced the likes of Shaun Phillips shows that he should be able to produce at a high level in the NFL as well.

He has assembled quite the repertoire of rush moves, giving slower tackles fits with dips, spins, and feints. That said, when a fleet-footed tackle is able to keep up with him, Kerrigan has the strength to go to a bull-rush.

Kerrigan gives nothing against the run either – he is truly a complete player. We will be shocked if he lasts too far into the 2nd half of the first round.

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One Response to “Five 3-4 OLB’s to Watch”

  1. Ryan says:

    I’m thinking the Patriots will pick up atleast ONE UNC guy this year. Espicially if they keep falling, they are almost a Brandon Spikes type of guy or Hernandez. They could be steals but we’ll see. Kerrigan is a Purdue man much like Ninkovich. Just have to wait and see.

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