NFL Draft – Inside Linebacker Rankings

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7.) Max Bullough, Michigan St (6’3, 249): It’s been a tumultuous last few months for Bullough; He was suspended for MSU’s bowl game for undisclosed reasons and then showed up to Senior Bowl practices noticeably overweight. His draft stock was plummeting, but he stopped the slide at the combine with a better than expected 4.78 40-time and one of the best bench sets from the linebackers (30 reps). Bullough’s game tape is excellent, he was the leader of one of the best defenses in the country and is a force vs the run. He shows good timing and burst through holes to stuff plays at the LOS and is a heavy hitter with better than expected range sideline to sideline. He struggles in coverage and might just be a 2-down LB, but he can be a quality run-stuffer preferably in a 3-4 alignment. Draft Projection: 4th-5th round

8.) Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky (6’1, 254): One of my favorite late round players in the draft, Jackson is a throw-back MLB who is a big–time hitter and play-maker. He’s a step slow, but makes up for it with great instincts and is a good fit in the middle of a 3-4 scheme. He’s going to struggle in coverage so might only be a 2-down linebacker but he could be an elite run-stopper by the end of his rookie year. Draft Projection: 5th-6th round

9.) Lamin Barrow, LSU (6’1, 230): A great athlete who is still learning the linebacker position and is far from a finished product. Barrow needs work on his tackling and block shedding technique, but has elite athleticism, good speed  and has starter potential down the road. He should be an excellent special teams player right off the bat. Draft Projection: 4th-5th round

10.) Kahri Fortt, California (6’2, 246): Better athlete than football player at this point, but has a very good speed / strength ratio and could eventually become a solid 3-4 ILB or 4-3 WILL.  Fortt should be a solid special teams player while he improves his technique at linebacker. Draft Projection: 5th-6th round

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  • Guest

    Ok is it just me or is this possibly not the year to look for are future long term replacement at Middle LB? List only one guy as first round quality and then big drop off. Lets hope Williams can stay healty this year and maybe pick up our future hall of famer MLB next year.

    • Mike Flannery

      Yeah it’s not a strong group at MLB this year, but I think Mosley & Borland are pro bowl talents. There are a couple solid run-stoppers (Skov, Bullough, Jackson) that might only be 2-down players but they would improve the Bears run defense and should be available later in the draft.

    • Jon feigenbaum

      I think Mosely fits the bill-but he’s the only one. If the Bears can snag him, he’ll be their MLB for the next 10 years.

  • Tom Ward

    Ok is it just me or maybe this is not the year to get are future hall of fame MLB? Since we need DT, FS and CB first maybe this is not a great year for MLB’s. I think since we are staying a 4-3 defense the one position we are lacking LB’s is middle. I am expecting a good year out of Lance still and between Bostic, Shea and Greene hopefully are Strong side and future Weak side for when Lance does slow up already on the team. Lets just hope Williams can stay healthy this year and give us adequate play.

  • Jon feigenbaum

    I say that if Mosley is there at 14, the Bears grab him. He’s a future ALL Pro MLB , with all the skills. He’s an impact player-something Emory is looking for, and probably as close to a “sure thing” as they will get. Can’t “swing and miss” with this pick.