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Three requirements to play OLB in NFL

THE PHILM ROOM

Wed, Oct 16, 2013

We're looking at outside linebackers -- those that line up along the line of scrimmage.

There are really three components pro scouts are looking for in these particular athletes.

1. ABILITY TO PLAY AT POINT OF ATTACK vs RUN.

2. HAS INITIAL QUICKNESS AND MOVEMENT SKILLS. 

3. PASS RUSH ABILITY AND SKILL SET TO MAKE PLAYS. This is the most important attribute.

Watch the video above to see examples of these attributes, featuring UCLA's Anthony Barr and former LSU standout Barkevious Mingo.