We’ve reached the linebacker portion of our pre-draft preview. Today, we’ll look at both true off-ball inside linebackers, as well as players labeled as edge rushers who would be outside linebackers in the Patriots’ defensive system. Some players may be able to play both spots too.
Outside linebacker is pretty straight forward from a Patriots perspective. With Josh Uche and Anfernee Jennings entering contract years, and not much depth behind them, it would make sense if the Patriots want to add at that position as a look-ahead. It’s something they’ve done before – they drafted outside linebackers in the top 100 three years in a row from 2019-2021, and in four of five years going back to 2017.