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2008 Inside Linebacker Rankings

The top 2008 inside linebacker prospects available for the 2008 NFL Draft. More will be added as time progresses. * - denotes underclassmen.

This page was last updated Jan. 24, 2008.

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  1. Dan Connor, Penn State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 234.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.67.
    Benchx225: 21. Vertical 35.
    Projected Round: 1.

    Dan Connor had the flu and could not work out at the combine.

    Determined to be the leader of Penn State's defense last year, Connor was finally be able to shine now that Paul Posluszny's off to the NFL. Suspended a few games in 2005 for prank calling former coaches.

  2. Jerod Mayo, Tennessee
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 242.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.67.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.56.
    Benchx225: . Vertical .
    Projected Round: 1-2.

    Jerod Mayo weighed in 12 pounds heavier than I thought he would be, yet managed a 40 .11 seconds quicker than what I had him listed at. Mayo now has an outside shot at rising to the first round.

  3. Curtis Lofton, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 246.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.66.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.77.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.67.
    Benchx225: 23. Vertical 32.
    Projected Round: 2.

    Curtis Lofton didn't have a bad combine, but his stock may have slipped because fellow inside linebacker Jerod Mayo performed really well.

    Lofton has emerged to become one of the greatest defenders in the country. In fact, he won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award, thanks to 157 tackles, sixth most in school history.

  4. Jonathan Goff, Vanderbilt
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.63.
    Benchx225: 28. Vertical 35.5.
    Projected Round: 2-3.

    Jonathan Goff had the best 40 time of any inside linebacker. Goff could vault into the second round.

    One of the top defensive players in the SEC, Goff had 93 tackles in 2006 and was the leader of the Commodores.

  5. Philip Wheeler, Georgia Tech
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 248.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.73.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.66.
    Benchx225: 24. Vertical 36.5.
    Projected Round: 2-3.

    Phillip Wheeler had a solid combine and has a shot at the bottom of the second round.

    Wheeler will be playing inside linebacker for Georgia Tech in 2006, but he's better suited on the outside when he gets to the pros. He followed up a four-sack, four-pick 2005 campaign with a whopping nine sacks in 2006.

  6. Beau Bell, UNLV
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 244.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Benchx225: 25. Vertical .
    Projected Round: 2-3.

    Didn't run at the combine, but managed to put up 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench.

    Led UNLV in tackles before missing a good portion of the 2006 season with an ankle injury. Can play outside and inside.



  7. Jameel McClain, Syracuse
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 249.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.76.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.73.
    Benchx225: 24. Vertical 32.5.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    It seemed like Jameel McClain was in Louisville's backfield on every single play during Syracuse's inexplicable upset. He picked off Brian Brohm in the third quarter.

    A 3-4 prospect who can get to the quarterback; McClain recorded 9.5 sacks in 2006. Can also play inside linebacker.

  8. Ben Moffitt, South Florida
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 234.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.58.
    Benchx225: 23. Vertical 37.5.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    Ben Moffitt returned an interception for a touchdown in South Florida's upset victory over West Virginia. Moffitt seemed to be in the right place at the right time on every single play.

    Led South Florida with 112 tackles in 2006.

  9. Vince Hall, Virginia Tech
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 232.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Benchx225: . Vertical .
    Projected Round: 5.

    Vince Hall didn't work out at the combine.

  10. Jeremy Leman, Illinois
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.77.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Benchx225: 26. Vertical .
    Projected Round: 5-6.

    Jeremy Leman didn't run at the combine. The greatest linebacker to play at Illinois in more than a decade, Jeremy Leman recorded 152 tackles (19 for a loss) in 2006. Coming off ankle surgery.

  11. Spencer Larsen, Arizona
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 238.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.90.
    Benchx225: 27. Vertical .
    Projected Round: 5-6.

    A leader on the field and in the locker room, Spencer Larsen led the Wildcats in tackles last season.


  12. Corey McKeon, Nebraska
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 225.
    40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Reminds me a bit of Zach Thomas, in that Corey McKeon's lacking size may cause him to slip come April. Whoever drafts him will be getting a steal. McKeon plays bigger than his size. He registered seven sacks in 2005, but struggled with an ankle injury last year.

  13. Rodrick Johnson, Oklahoma State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 250.
    40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Needs to work on the fundamentals, but Rodrick Johnson's impressive size will get him drafted.

  14. Joe Brockington, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 235.
    40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Started nine games in 2006, collecting 59 tackles and one sack.

  15. Steve Allen, West Texas A&M
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 236.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.84.
    Benchx225: 17. Vertical .
    Projected Round: 6-7.





  16. Ahijah Lane, Fresno State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 225.
    40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round: 6-7.

    Not the biggest middle linebacker in the world, but his speed makes up for it.

  17. Brandon Miller, Georgia
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 254.
    40 Time: 4.84.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Played outside linebacker for three seasons, but could be moving to defensive end for the 2007 campaign. He has the size and quickness to get to the quarterback. Doesn't have much experience there, but that'll change soon.

  18. Brannon Jackson, Louisiana Tech
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 260.
    40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Commanded Louisana Tech's defense, as he was just one of two returning starters on the stop unit. Nice 40 considering his size.

  19. Marc Magro, West Virginia
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 245.
    40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round: 7.



  20. Red Keith, Central Michigan
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 240.
    40 Time: 4.76.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Red Keith, a member of the 2006 All-MAC First Team, has registered at least 100 tackles the past two seasons. May slip because he doesn't have the workout numbers, but I think he could be a bit of a sleeper.

  21. Joe Mays, North Dakota State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 245.
    40 Time: 4.83.
    Projected Round: 7-FA.



  22. Nelson Coleman, Tulsa
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 235.
    40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round: 7-FA.

    A member of the All-Conference USA First Team, Nelson Coleman has registered 208 tackles over the past two seasons.



  23. Weston Dacus, Arkansas
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 237.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.61.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.60.
    Benchx225: 17. Vertical 37.5.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Pulled a peck muscle during his bench press; was expected to do 24-26 reps.

    10-yard: 1.61 20-yard: 2.66; 3-cone: 6.99; broad jump: 10'2"; short shuttle: 4.11.

  24. Jeremy Jones, UTEP
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 264.
    40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Missed most of the 2006 season with a fractured leg. Was a member of the All-Conference USA Second Team in 2005, notching 130 tackles, three sacks and two picks.

  25. Trey Bennett, McNeese State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 235.
    40 Time: 4.82.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Was fourth on the team with 84 tackles.

  26. Kaleb Thornhill, Michigan State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 240.
    40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Three knee surgeries in his football career. Not the best thing in the world.

  27. Brandon Monroe, North Texas
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 234.
    40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Brandon Monroe was benched during the 2006 season.

  28. Adam Kadela, Northwestern
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 242.
    40 Time: 4.82.
    Projected Round: FA.



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