**UPDATED 1/27**

1) Whitney Mercilus, Illinois

Mercilus is the guy with the most upside at the position which is why he gets the slimmest of nods over Upshaw.

1B) Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

If I had to draft a rush linebacker with the 8th pick in the draft I would be stressed out of mind trying to pick between Upshaw and Mercilus. Upshaw is the slightly safer pick, but I wouldn't hesitate to take him in a heart beat because he is a game changer.

3) Nick Perry, USC

Perry is another guy with good upside that could see his stock explode from the combine.

4) Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma

Lewis has gamechange abilities, but he just won't be able to start from day one and succeed. Luckily his upside is great.

5) Vinny Curry, Marshall

Curry has the experience factor on his side, and he has been a consistent stud for years.