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SEC Football: Ranking top five outside linebacker returning for 2017

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

After taking a look at defensive ends, defensive tackles and inside linebackers, we now zero in on edge/coverage linebackers better known as outside ‘backers.’ Having the speed to stunt blitz with defensive ends and the coverage skills to play passing lanes make up a sound edge backer.

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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