Login  |   Register
On Now
Coming Up
  • Tue., Feb. 28, 2017 12:00 AM MST Combine Timing and Testing The Combine begins in Indianapolis and runs through March 6.
  • Wed., Mar. 01, 2017 2:00 PM MST Deadline to designate Francise or Transition Players Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
  • Tue., Mar. 07, 2017 12:00 AM MST Teams may negotiate with their own Unrestricted Free Agents

    During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 7th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2016 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.

    During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.

  • Thu., Mar. 09, 2017 12:00 AM MST 2017 League Year and Free Agency begin

    The 2017 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The first day of the 2017 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9.

    Trading period for 2017 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2016 contracts.

  • Sun., Mar. 26, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Annual League Meeting Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Mon., Apr. 03, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Clubs with new head coaches may begin offseason workouts Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2016 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
  • Fri., Apr. 21, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
  • Wed., Apr. 26, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents. Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
  • Thu., Apr. 27, 2017 12:00 AM MDT 2017 NFL Draft The 2017 NFL Draft begins in Philadelphia and runs through April 29.
Print
RSS

2012 NFL Draft Preview: Linebackers

Posted Apr 2, 2012

Take a closer look at some of the top prospects at linebacker as the 2012 NFL Draft approaches.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In the weeks leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, DenverBroncos.com is taking a look at the draft prospects position-by-position.

We will devote a week to each group, looking back at some of the Broncos' previous picks at the position and showcasing some of the top prospects through top stories, blogs and Broncos TV videos.

Fourth in the nine-part series: linebackers.

Below you will find six of the top prospects at the linebacker position. Later in the week, we will profile another player to keep an eye on -- North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown.

TOP PROSPECTS AT THE POSITION:

DONT'A HIGHTOWER
• POSITION: Inside Linebacker
• COLLEGE: Alabama
• HEIGHT: 6'2"
• WEIGHT: 265
On how playing at Alabama and against high-level SEC competition made him better:
"We all compete and that’s another reason why we came to Alabama and the SEC, to compete against some of the best athletes in the country."
Player
MYCHAL KENDRICKS
Player • POSITION: Inside Linebacker
• COLLEGE: California
• HEIGHT: 6'0"
• WEIGHT: 239
On his thoughts on playing special teams:
"Oh yeah. Gotta get on the special teams to earn your spot. That’s the ticket, without a doubt. That’s the in and out this business, wherever I go."
LUKE KUECHLY
• POSITION: Inside Linebacker
• COLLEGE: Boston College
• HEIGHT: 6'3"
• WEIGHT: 242
On how he would you describe himself as a player?:
"Instinctual player is something that pops up for a lot of people. That, coupled with, I think I'm a smart player. I think I do a pretty good job preparing myself."
Player
TRAVIS LEWIS
Player • POSITION: Outside Linebacker
• COLLEGE: Oklahoma
• HEIGHT: 6'1"
• WEIGHT: 246
On his leadership skills:
"I’ve always been at good at firing people up and keeping people excited about the game. That’s something I want to continue to do in the NFL. I think that’s one of my most valuable traits."
SEAN SPENCE
Player • POSITION: Linebacker
• COLLEGE: Miami
• HEIGHT: 5'11"
• WEIGHT: 231
On his strengths:
"I think I’m a three down linebacker, very fast, I can go sideline to sideline, I’m a smart, very instinctive player, I’m going to play hard, I’m a leader, I lead by example, and most of all I make plays."
COURTNEY UPSHAW
• POSITION: Outside Linebacker
• COLLEGE: Alabama
• HEIGHT: 6'2"
• WEIGHT: 272
On whether he is comfortable in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defensive scheme:
“I'm very comfortable. We had a nickel package where I played a 4-3 as the end, away from the tight end, in a five-technique, hand-on-the-ground, dropping out of a three-point stance in coverage if the D-end had to. So I'm real comfortable with doing that.”
Player