I have seen countless posters opining that Mario will need to lose "significant weight" in order to be able to perform as a 3-4OLB. Various people have thrown out target weights, but many seem to have come to 250 being the size Mario needs to be. I think this is based on the perpetuated belief that the 3-4 OLB usually is in the 240-250lb range. I thought it would be interesting to look at the numbers. Is is true that most of the top 3-4 OLBs are in fact in the 240-250lb range? Many people seem to believe this theory. The best way to test the theory is to go to the numbers. Here were the top 15 3-4 OLBs in terms of sacks last year: 1. Demarcus Ware, Dallas: 6'4 260lbs 2. Tambi Hali, Kansas City : 6'3 270lbs 3. Cameron Wake, Miami : 6'3 250 lbs 4. Clay Matthews III, Green Bay, 6'3 255lbs 5. Terrell Suggs, Baltimore, 6'3 260 lbs 6. Shaun Phillips, San Diego, 6'3 250 lbs 7. James Harirson, Pittsburgh, 6'0 243 lbs 8. LeMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh, 6'2 265 lbs 9. Brian Orakpo, Washington 6'4 255 lbs 10. James Farrior, Pittsburgh 6'4 243 11. Bryan Thomas, NYJ 6'4 260lbs 12. Calvin Pace, NYJ, 6'4 265 13. Jason Taylor NYJ, 6'6 250 14. Mario Hagan, Denver 6'3 267 15. Tully Banta-Cain, New England 6'2 250lbs. Conclusions 1) Of the top 15 3-4 OLB last year 8 weighed more than 250 lbs while 7 weighed less than 250. Clearly the notion that the 3-4 OLB is usually in the 240-250 lbs range is discredited. It would be morwe accruate to say the 3-4 OLB is in the 240-265lb range. 2. Another result which is not as clearcut is the that taller players are heavier. While generally the trend holds, the tallest in the group Jason Tayler is not the heaviest. Tambi Hali, is the heaviest at 270 and only 6'3. 3. So what should Mario's ideal weight be? There is no nice neat formula. Remember Mario is taller, leaner, and more msucular than most of the other OLBs on this list. I think its pretty clear he will not be able to play OLB at 290lbs. I would say if he was in the 270s he will probably be fine. Given his size he should be able to carry the weight well. 4. I see Mario as playing the elephant in Wade's 1 gap 3-4. He will be moved around bit. Other 3-4 elephants include Charles Haley, Terrell Suggs, Julian Peterson, and Jason Taylor.