The Put up’s Ryan Dunley gave his prime 10 linebackers on this yr’s NFL draft, based mostly on evaluations and interactions with folks across the league:
1. Micah Parsons, Penn State, 6-foot-3, 246 kilos
Prime-two defensive prospect within the draft. Character nervousness from earlier occasions in his highschool and school profession. Elite blitzer and run-stuff that may cowl, too. Performs any lineback spot.
2. Jeremiah Owusu-Coremoa, Notre Dame, 6-foot-1, 221 kilos
Is the Butkus Award winner too younger to play NFL lineback? Even with cowl expertise shouldn’t be beneficial as a security. The sideline-to-sideline game-changer with a first-in, last-one-out mentality.
3. Zeven Collins, Tulsa, 6-foot-4, 259 kilos
A uncommon dimension and pace mixture appeared within the 96-yard pick-six. Huge for an inside linebacker, however not a lot edge expertise. Received the 2020 Nagersky Award as one of the best defensive participant in school soccer.
4. Jamin Davis, Kentucky, 6-foot-3, 234 kilos
Solely 11 profession begins, however the stat sheet has been stuffed in 2020, together with a blocked kick. Reads the quarterback’s eyes, reacts to what’s about to occur and follows the odor of the ball.
5. Nick Bolton, Missouri, 5-foot-11, 237 kilos
Baha is understood for blocks. Stands the ball-carrier regardless of falling in need of NFL requirements. At all times speaking – like a real midlinear.
6. Jabril Cox, LSU, 6-foot-3, 232 kilos
Three-time FCS Nationwide Champion at North Dakota State who’s principally match because the chief of LSU. Course pace to match one of the best pass-catching backs.
7. Chase Saratt, North Carolina, 6-foot-2, 229 kilos
Performed quarterbacks till 2019. There isn’t any change within the place you see daily. Nonetheless studying the fundamentals of linebacks however athleticism, soccer IQ and willingness to provoke contact.
8. Dylan Moses, Alabama, 6-foot-1, 225 kilos
5-star recruit who by no means put it collectively like anticipated. Lacking from the 2019 season because the captain of a workforce that outperforms the others, however that’s typically not sufficient.
9. Monty Rice, Georgia, 6-foot, 233 Pound
He suffered a leg damage final season, however may do greater than hurt to his inventory. Ball-carrier-making exhausting hitters need to step out of bounds.
10. Pete Werner, Ohio State, 6-foot-2, 238 kilos
Three-year starter who seemed snug at numerous linebacker venues and particular groups. Will rapidly perceive not solely his duty but additionally 10 others on any sport.
Jamin Davis, Kentucky, 6-foot-3.5, 234 kilos
Scouts are buzzing in a 42-inch vertical leap and a 4.41-second 40-yard sprint.
Tony Fields, West Virginia, 6-foot, 222 kilos
The Arizona switch piled the deal with however didn’t make game-changing performs. At his dimension, cross protection must get higher or he’ll get misplaced in an enormous physique shuffle.
Riley Cole, South Alabama, 6-foot-2, 240 kilos
East Alabama held its competitors in opposition to large faculty merchandise within the Senior Bowl. Everybody will do the soiled work, together with particular groups.