This is the 2016 NFL Combine Stock Report for the linebackers. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri
Big and slow thumper linebackers were great in the 1990s and just fine last decade. They don't fly anymore in today's NFL, meaning Kentrell Brothers is due for a draft-weekend slide. Brothers (6-0, 245) clocked in at 4.89. His 3-cone time was great (6.99), but his other testing numbers (28.5 vertical, 9-2 broad) were also poor.
Su'a Cravens, S, USC
I wanted to give Su'a Cravens a stock-down arrow for living up to his last name when he decided he was too scared to run the 40. However, Cravens did two great things at the Combine. The first was perform extremely well in the drills, looking like the new type of safety-linebacker hybrids who are being used to cover tight ends and large receivers. Second, Cravens interviewed extremely well, as Charlie Campbell reported.
Deion Jones, LB, LSU
Deion Jones ran a 4.59, though considering he's 222 pounds, that's not incredibly impressive. Where Jones did thrive, however, was in the drills. He was very explosive and smooth in coverage, perhaps propelling himself into second-round consideration.
Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
Darron Lee had such a dominant Combine performance that he was trending on Twitter for a good five hours. He ran faster than most of the receivers did on Saturday, clocking his 40 in at 4.47 with a 1.55 split. He also recorded a 35.5-inch vertical and an 11-1 broad jump, and then he proceeded to show extremely well in coverage drills. Lee was perhaps a fringe first-round prospect heading into Indianapolis, but now he almost seems like an opening-round lock.
Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
Jaylon Smith had the saddest Combine of any prospect. Many teams flunked him medically, and one scout even said he wanted to "cry for the kid" after seeing Smith struggle with his knee during the weigh-in. It's apparent that Smith will miss all of 2016, and it's fair to question if he'll ever play.
Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona
Scooby Wright, once considered a first-round prospect, has fallen off because of recent injuries. It doesn't appear as though he has completely recovered, as evidenced by his atrocious 4.90 40 at the Combine. Wright was fine in the drills, but teams will be scared to take him early because of speed and health concerns.