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1. Jarvis Jones, Georgia
A potential top-five pick, Jarvis Jones blew up the SEC in 2012. He can be a devastating pass-rusher, particularly on 3rd-and-long, and he also has the range and burst to drag down ball carriers in the backfield.
2. Barkevious Mingo, LSU
Explosive, quick, long and fluid, Barkevious Mingo rose above teammate Sam Montgomery in 2012, making him a potential top-10 pick in the draft as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
3. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
Possessing the range, tackling ability and coverage skills as a former safety, Khaseem Greene should make for an impact player as a 4-3 linebacker at the next level.
4. John Simon, Ohio State
John Simon has great upper-body strength to go along with a relentless motor. That, combined with his smarts and ability to make an impact against the run and the pass, makes him a top-five linebacker at the next level in my eyes.
5. Chase Thomas, Stanford
Chase Thomas is the kind of do-it-all player that NFL scouts love. What he lacks in big-time explosiveness, he makes up for in range, intelligence, tackling ability and a relentless playing style.
6. Brandon Jenkins, Florida State
There is no question that Brandon Jenkins has the talent to be an impact player in the NFL. His quickness, explosiveness and instincts made him a terror in his first three years at Florida State. However, a season-ending foot injury has some wondering if he'll regain his swagger.
7. Sean Porter, Texas A&M
Sean Porter still needs to improve his take-on skills and there are some who wonder if his lack of physicality will hinder him in the NFL, but he has great fluidity and athleticism for his size. He should be able to find a home as a weakside linebacker or lined up in the slot.
8. Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi
Jamie Collins possesses the strength, length, speed and fluidity to make a difference at the pro level, but he figures to be a project from the start, given his awareness and ability to play sound football need some work.
9. Jelani Jenkins, Florida
Jelani Jenkins doesn't have great size and he comes with injury concerns, but if you are looking at him as a weakside linebacker in a 4-3, he could pleasantly surprise in the NFL. His quickness and coverage ability make him an asset.
10. Travis Long, Washington State
Travis Long's lack of size, strength and explosiveness probably means he will never be an impact starter in the NFL, but his vision, awareness and versatility makes him an intriguing prospect. I could see him being a player who can make some impact plays for teams in a limited role.