Outside Linebackers can be huge difference makers for NFL teams—especially in the 3-4 where they blitz a lot.
4-3 outside linebackers are more valued for their coverage skills on tight ends, and running backs also supporting the run.
A good outside linebacker has great strength and acceleration to the football; good instincts and awareness; and they should be able to shed blocks and play with a solid base.
They also play sideline to sideline—being relentless, attacking the ball, and making big plays.
Pittsburgh's James Harrison and Green Bay's Clay Matthews are big reasons why their teams made the Super Bowl.
Here are my Top 10 Outside Linebackers for the 2011 NFL Draft.