Outside linebackers carry their position

Lack of elite inside linebackers could worry teams looking to bolster their interiors

Updated: February 25, 2011, 1:02 PM ET
By Steve Muench |

Three outside linebackers -- Texas A&M's Von Miller, UCLA's Akeem Ayers and Georgia's Justin Houston -- could come off the board in the first round, but there is a glaring lack of elite talent at the top of the inside linebacker class.

Who is carrying the flag for inside linebackers in 2011? Which college teammates must put some concerns to rest in Indianapolis? And which non-AQ prospect is flying under the radar coming into the combine? Insider

Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.