LB rankings: Teams 11-32
The Steelers have a very rich history at linebacker, but the overall production of the group wasn't great last year -- especially from an edge pass-rushing standpoint in their 3-4 scheme. To remedy the situation, Pittsburgh drafted two outside linebackers, Lawrence Timmons and LaMarr Woodley, in the first two rounds. These two should ignite the entire unit and both players will be used in a variety of ways. Clark Haggans is very solid on the outside, but isn't a game-changer. On the inside, James Farrior is the consummate professional and is still playing very well, while Larry Foote is productive, but isn't real dynamic.
Scouts Inc.: Position rankings
With training camps approaching, Scouts Inc. ranks the NFL teams 1-32 at nine positions.
Monday, July 9: Quarterbacks
Tuesday, July 10: Running backs
Wednesday, July 11: Wide receivers
Thursday, July 12: Tight ends
Friday, July 13: Offensive line
Monday, July 16: Defensive line
Tuesday, July 17: Linebackers
Wednesday, July 18: Defensive backs
Thursday, July 19: Special teams