Listen to Ourlads on
God Bless America

2021 NFL Prospect Rankings: Inside Linebackers

Penn State

Projected Round: 1

Ourlads' Snippet - Has ideal size for an off the ball linebacker. Versatile prospect who can line up inside or outside. Explosive athlete with outstanding lateral movement and a closing burst in pursuit. Instinctive versus the run he plays downhill, fit inside gaps and chase outside with equal ability. Consistently gets to plays on the edge before a back can turn the corner. Redirects well in space and gets to top speed in a hurry. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Tulsa

Projected Round: 1/2

Ourlads' Snippet - Showed remarkable improvement in 2020 to become a complete player with ideal size for a linebacker. Versatile prospect he has played inside and outside in a 3-3 stack. Instinctive with run reads he gets downhill quickly fitting inside gaps. Will take an open window with no hesitation and has made several big plays in the backfield. Downhill reactions often resemble inside blitzes. Quick with his hands he can slip blocks on the move. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Ohio State

Projected Round: 2/3

Ourlads' Snippet - Prior to 2020 his versatility put him on the field most of the time either rotating in the middle or in sub packages. Has the length, size and athletic ability NFL teams dream about for a linebacker. Flashed big play ability in 2019 and picked up where he left off last fall. Athletic with lateral movement, quick change of direction and playing speed. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

North Carolina

Projected Round: 3/4

Ourlads' Snippet - An instinctive player with athleticism. Quick fitting inside gaps he gets downhill with solid angles to the ball. Scrapes off tackle to outside with range to fill the alley and get to the perimeter. Fluid changing directions he can react in space keeping leverage on the ball. Aggressive attacking blocks, flashes ability to stun and separate. In coverage is quick with pass read and gets into his drop with depth. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

LSU

Projected Round: 3/4

Ourlads' Snippet - Athletic linebacker with versatility to play inside and as an overhang player. High motor player he is at his best in run and chase situations with speed to make plays across the field. Excellent lateral movement he is outstanding getting to the alley on outside runs. Flashes explosive downhill ability he can make plays in the backfield when he gets an open window. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Kentucky

Projected Round: 3/4

Ourlads' Snippet - Davis burst onto the scene as a starter after being a solid role and special team player. Long and athletic with some still untapped upside. Has played both as an overhang player and in the box. Uses his length to control straight up blocks with knee bend and a quick punch to separate and shed. Can come off a block and make a play. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Alabama

Projected Round: 3/4

Ourlads' Snippet - Quick initial read and react with disciplined movement. Shuffles downhill and fits gaps with precision. Will take an open window and make a play in the backfield. Physical tackler with knee bend and finish. Attacks blocks with power and flashes quick hands to stun and shed. Normally can get over the top of a block and stay square to the line. Has range to get to the outside and chase ball carriers on the perimeter. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Georgia

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Solid fundamental linebacker with instincts versus inside runs. Fits inside gaps and can take an open window to make plays in the backfield. Powerful attacking blocks bending his knees and using his hands to stun and create separation. Does a nice job shedding while working to the ball. Has good lateral agility and can make plays in space. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Purdue

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - A versatile player who has been an inside linebacker and edge rusher. His frame fits the profile of an NFL Mike and he may have upped his stock in that role at the Senior Bowl. Quick and powerful with his hands engaging blockers he can stun and separate working to the ball. Fits gaps well play side and shows good lateral movement working outside. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Michigan

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - Physical inside linebacker prospect who is still a work in progress as he only played in nineteen games counting the shortened season. Has a compact frame with lower body power. Solid with inside fits he is quick getting downhill and can sift through the wash to make plays inline. Has excellent short space agility and recovers well on cutbacks. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

TCU

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - Athletic prospect, Wallow has lined up inside the box and as an overhang player. As a former safety is still developing read and react to keys but has improved. Normally gets downhill on tackle to tackle fits he shows agility in traffic to get to ball carriers. Sudden getting through open windows to make plays in the backfield. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Texas A&M

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - Instinctive versus the run he is aggressive getting downhill on run reads and normally fits inside gaps well. Explosive attacking blocks he plays with knee bend and is powerful with initial strike. Can separate from blocks and shed on the move. Can slip a block working off-tackle. Plays with solid functional strength and holds up well against interior linemen. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

West Virginia

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - At West Virginia he played in the box and on the edge in the Mountaineers’ scheme. High energy player he is quick with read and is explosive getting downhill to fit inside gaps. Uses his hands with a quick punch to separate from blockers on the move. More powerful than his frame suggests. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Auburn

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Physical at the point of attack he is quick to get downhill to fit inside gaps. Instinctive with reads and can be physical attacking blocks. Uses his hands to stun and separate from blocks straight ahead. Has alley to alley range and downhill quickness allows him to shoot through open windows and make plays in the backfield. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Northwestern

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Has been the leader of the Northwestern defense in his career and is a smart, fundamentally sound player. Has the size you look for in a run stuffing inside linebacker. Takes deliberate but precise reads and has instincts to fit inside gaps. Can fit open windows and make the occasional play in the backfield. Has range to the alley and is consistently around the ball. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

South Carolina

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Played inside with occasional reps as an overhang player. Has been productive in the South Carolina defense leading the team in tackles the last two seasons. At his best in pursuit he has sideline to sideline range and makes a lot of tackles chasing to the perimeter. Takes good angles to the ball and can square up a tackle in the alley. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Mississippi State

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Physical middle linebacker with above average instincts and playmaking skill. Quick to diagnose run and pass, he gets downhill to fit inside gaps. Adept at taking open windows to make a play in the backfield. Plays with knee bend and can take on powerful blockers with explosiveness and the ability to quickly separate. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Virginia

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - Run stuffing inside linebacker with tackle to tackle ability. High energy player with relentless second effort. Has been productive against the run flashing quick initial read and reactions to inside gaps. Shows a quick punch with his hands versus blocks and can work through the wash to the ball. Used often as an inside blitzer he has made a lot of plays in the backfield with good snap anticipation. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Virginia Tech

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - Played a stack middle linebacker close to the ball in the Hokies’ defense. Attacks quickly on tight reads and consistently plays downhill. Attacks blocks with knee bend and quick hands to punch and separate from blocks. Plays with a good base and holds up inline against offensive linemen. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Ohio State

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - A smart and instinctive prospect who has been a leader on the talented Buckeyes’ defense. More than adequate ability to read keys his run fits are usually quick and precise. Moves well laterally with solid angles to the ball from alley to alley. Quick to shoot his hands when confronted by a blocker, he flashes the ability to slip blocks on the move. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Georgia Tech

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - Played inside as a stack linebacker in the Georgia Tech defense. High effort and aggressive he can be quick with initial read. Working downhill he has had success finding open windows and making plays in the backfield. Has alley to alley range and takes good angles working outside. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Georgia State

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - A hungry, nasty linebacker who can add instant energy to a special teams unit. Runs well, packs a powerful punch, and has a nose for the ball with multiple bodies around. There is a natural sense of pop and violence when he comes in contact with his target. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Illinois

Projected Round: PFA


Louisville

Projected Round: PFA


Northwestern

Projected Round: PFA


SMU

Projected Round: PFA


Oklahoma State

Projected Round: PFA


Stanford

Projected Round: PFA


Oklahoma State

Projected Round: PFA


Marshall

Projected Round: PFA


Liberty

Projected Round: PFA


Georgia Southern

Projected Round: PFA


Kansas State

Projected Round: PFA


Boston College

Projected Round: PFA


Maryland

Projected Round: PFA


UTEP

Projected Round: PFA