Editor's note: This is the seventh installment in Bleacher Report's CFB 250 for the 2013 season. This signature series runs through December, with National College Football Lead Writer Michael Felder ranking the best players at every position. You can read more about the series in this introductory article. See the CFB 250 page for more rankings.
Outside linebackers, depending on the scheme, operate in a unique space. They run the gamut from primary tacklers in some schemes to big-time pass-rushers in others. Meanwhile, other coaches like to use smaller outside linebackers all over the field instead of putting true nickel packages in the game.
With that vast array of responsibilities in mind, we took everything into account as a means of evaluating these talented players. We evaluated pass rush, run defense, coverage and tackling skills in rating these outside linebackers. If there were any ties, the edge went to the player we would rather have.
Keep in mind, these outside linebackers are being rated on their performance in college, not NFL potential. But to see where these players may go in the NFL draft (whether they are eligible in 2014 or later), check out Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller's projections at the end of each player's slide.