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and not Justin Durant. So now the competition is on to replace Durant. Here are the top three competitors for the starting role:
1. Ashlee Palmer (in photo) has started six games at linebacker in his career which gives him an edge over Travis Lewis and Tahir Whitehead. Palmer has been a force on special teams.
2. Travis Lewis, who was a seventh-round pick out of Oklahoma, last year saw time on special teams as a rookie. He led the Sooners in tackles in his first three seasons and was slowed down in his senior year with a broken bone in his left foot but still had 83 tackles, four tackles for loss and one sack.
3. Tahir Whitehead is much the same as Lewis — he saw mostly special team work last season where he displayed his speed and athletic ability. He was a fifth-round pick from Temple.