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I've never been one to put a lot of stock into the 40-yard dash outside of the pure entertainment value, but I was actually noting it for the linebackers this year. The Ravens' linebackers were painfully slow and unathletic in 2012, and they need a jolt of youthful speed and explosion.
Unfortunately, none of the top prospects excelled in any of the running events. If the Ravens want a jolt of speed, they'll need to wait in the draft, but that may not be such a bad thing.
I am not a fan of Manti Te'o, and Alec Ogletree is the most overrated prospect in this draft. He plays like a safety out of position at inside linebacker, but he actually ran a mediocre 40-yard dash of 4.7 seconds. Kevin Minter also ran slowly.
There were two sub-4.7 linebackers who stand out to me.
Jon Bostic of Florida is big at 245 pounds, with great burst and solid strength. He was one of the leaders of a great defense at Florida in 2012, and he should be available in the third or fourth round.
A.J. Klein also ran well, which was a relative surprise. He is a high-effort spark plug at inside linebacker, who plays with good field-awareness. He also displayed solid athleticism, and he too should be available in the middle rounds of the draft.
This really is a mediocre group of linebackers, but the depth is excellent. The Ravens should take advantage of that depth and wait until the later rounds to make their pick.