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Frontrunners: Shaun Phillips, Jonas Mouton, Antwan Barnes, Larry English
Shaun Phillips has pretty much locked in his position at left outside linebacker. Let's leave him alone, now that we've established this.
What's left is the right outside linebacker spot, where there's a three-man race.
Jonas Mouton is a rookie, so no one's sure how he'll play and adapt at the pro level; however, his college ball was pretty decent but he's still a raw talent.
Antwan Barnes is the incumbent and had a solid season for the Chargers after he was acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles mid-season. He didn't shock anyone, by any means, but he did his job well enough to receive consideration as a starer in 2011.
Larry English is widely considered a bust and deservedly so -- he only recorded two sacks and 23 tackles in his rookie year and didn't see the field too often in 2010. He has been a huge disappointment, but he's still relatively young, so it's possible that he's improved over the past year.
Any one of these three may end up as an inside linebacker, too -- James Holt is untested, so it's possible that Jonas Mouton sneaks in there.
Winner: Shaun Phillips, Antwan Barnes