This is the 2018 NFL Combine Stock Report for the linebackers. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
Genard Avery, LB, Memphis
Genard Avery was a strong performer at the combine. In addition to being very fluid in the drills, he also posted some terrific numbers. His 4.59 40 was great for his size (6-0, 248), and his 10-4 broad jump, 36-inch vertical and 6.90 3-cone time showed off his terrific athleticism.
Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbilt
Oren Burks was perhaps the top-testing linebacker at the combine. His 4.59 40 was solid, but he was so much better elsewhere. He leapt 39.5 inches in the vertical and 10-11 in the broad jump. His 3-cone time (6.82) was also exceptional. Burks was very smooth in the drills, and he received positive marks for his intangibles in interviews. He should be a second-day selection.
Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia
Lorenzo Carter was expected to thrive at the combine, and he definitely did not disappoint. He didn't participate in the 3-cone, but his 4.50 40 at 6-5, 250 was extremely impressive. He also hit 36 inches in the vertical and 10-10 in the broad jump.
Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
Of all the linebackers at the combine, Rashaan Evans performed the best in the field workouts. He was extremely fluid in the coverage drills, and those alone may have cemented his first-round status. His agility numbers weren't bad either, as he posted a 6.95 3-cone time.
Shaquem Griffin, LB, Central Florida
NFL Network hyped up Shaquem Griffin like crazy, and rightfully so. Griffin was one of the top winners from this weekend. It all began when he benched 20 reps with a prosthetic hand. He then ran a 4.38 40 - the fastest-recorded time ever for a linebacker at the combine. Griffin didn't stop there, catching passes in the drills better than most of the other linebacker prospects. He finished his day with a 6.88 3-cone. It would be shocking, at this point, if Griffin were to fall into Day 3.
James Hearns, DE/OLB, Louisville
Of all the linebackers at the combine this year, James Hearns was the slowest, running a 4.89.
Jeff Holland, DE/OLB, Auburn
Jeff Holland lost weight to improve his 40 time. It didn't work. The 249-pounder ran just a 4.79, and he didn't do any of the other workouts, save for the broad jump (9-8).
Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas ???
Malik Jefferson was great Sunday. He had a fast 40 (4.52) and also posted strong jumping numbers (36-inch vertical, 10-5 broad). However, I'm hesitant to give him a stock-up arrow because none of this matters if he didn't nail his interviews. Teams had concerns about Jackson's passion for football, so I look forward to hearing about what they currently think of Jefferson.
Dorian O'Daniel, LB, Clemson
There were several big winners among the linebackers at the combine, and one of them was definitely Dorian O'Daniel. A very talented coverage defender, O'Daniel posted one of the best 3-cone times for the players at his position with a 6.84. His other numbers weren't great (4.61 40, 32-inch vertical), but O'Daniel was awesome in the drills, looking very fluid. He should be a day-two pick.
Matthew Thomas, LB, Florida State
Matthew Thomas posted elite athletic numbers Sunday. He started with a 4.58 40, then registered some amazing leaping numbers, hitting 41.5 inches in the vertical and 10-11 in the broad jump. His 3-cone (6.85) placed him along the leaders at his position.
Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
Leighton Vander Esch's 40 time of 4.65 was slower than Roquan Smith's (4.51) and Tremaine Edmunds (4.54), but his other numbers were better. He notched 39.5 inches in the vertical and 10-4 in the broad jump. His 3-cone time of 6.88 was also excellent. Vander Esch was also very smooth in the drills. He'll likely be chosen Thursday night.
Fred Warner, LB, BYU
Fred Warner had a tremendous workout Sunday, thriving in the drills and posting some excellent numbers. He had a 38.5-inch vertical, a 4.64 40-yard time and a 6.90 3-cone.