Plenty of 3-4 tweener prospects to watch in the Senior Bowl

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South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) scrambles for a big gain as Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) gives chase. Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports photograph

On Jan. 25, the Reese’s Senior Bowl will showcase some of the top talent college football has to offer. As seniors from across the country gather in Mobile, AL, this week to impress NFL scouts, the Senior Bowl game gives us fans a glimpse at some of the top prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft.

The Senior Bowl is one of the marquee events in evaluating NFL draft prospects, and to many scouts and analysts, it provides even more insight on players than the NFL Combine in February.

In anticipation of this Saturday’s game, I would like to highlight some of the top players in the Senior Bowl that could be good fits for the Green Bay Packers in the draft. I will break these players down by position, and primarily focus on positions of need for the Packers, starting with outside linebacker.

Green Bay could use more pass rushers and add depth at outside linebacker, considering the injury history of Clay Matthews and Nick Perry - not to mention Green Bay may lose Mike Neal to free agency.

Fortunately for the Packers, it appears there are plenty of 3-4 tweeners in this year’s draft class. Whether they played outside linebacker in a 3-4 system in college or are college defensive ends projected to make the transition to linebacker in the NFL, some of the top tweeners will be on display this weekend in Mobile.

Underclassmen Anthony Barr and Khalil Mack are clearly the top of the class, but both the North and South teams have plenty of early-round edge rushers athletic enough to make the switch to 3-4 outside linebacker.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Chris Smith Green Bay Packers Jeremiah Attaochu Kyle Van Noy Marcus Smith Michael Sam Senior Bowl Trent Murphy