Green Bay Packers Position Analysis, Volume VI: Linebackers


Published: April 7, 2009


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However, I return to analyze the next unit, linebackers, grading both the 2008 season and immediate future at the position. As with the defensive line, I will be grading players for the unit they are listed in now, after the transition to a 3-4 defense, rather than where they played in 2008.

Aaron Kampman, OLB (6'4", 265 lbs., eight years experience): 9.5 sacks, 62 tackles, 47 solo in 2008

Kampman, who played OLB at Iowa, is the key to this unit. As a DE in a 4-3, he has excelled. He is top-three in the league in sacks since 2006, averaging over 12 sacks and 70 tackles (50 solo) over the three seasons.

If he can make the transition, he gives the Packers the playmaker at the 3-4 defense's most...

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