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2012 NFL Draft: Inside Linebacker Rankings


The top 2012 inside linebacker prospects available for the 2012 NFL Draft in the order in which I believe they will be drafted. * - denotes 2013 prospect.

This page was last updated May 28, 2011. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

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  1. Vontaze Burfict*, ILB, Arizona State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2012): Top 15 Pick.

    5/28/11: Vontaze Burfict is unbelievably talented; he had 90 tackles and 8.5 TFL in 2010. The only issue with him is that he's a personal foul machine, a la Nick Fairley.

    8/10/10: Vontaze Burfict had an incredible freshman year, registering 69 tackles, seven TFL, two sacks and five pass break-ups. He can play in any system.

  2. Luke Kuechly*, ILB, Boston College
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2012): Top 20 Pick.

    5/28/11: Luke Kuechly, a consensus All-America, is a terrific, instinctive tackler. He's not the athlete that Vontaze Burfict and Manti Te'o are, but he's a possible first-round prospect.

    8/10/10: As a mere freshman, Luke Kuechly had a whopping 158 tackles, 13 TFL and four pass break-ups.



  3. Manti Te'o*, ILB, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2012): Top 25 Pick.

    5/28/11: Manti Te'o headlines this very talented linebacker class along with Vontaze Burfict. He had 129 tackles and 8.5 TFL in 2010.

    8/10/10: Manti Te'o totaled 63 tackles and 5.5 TFL as a true freshman. A terrific athlete, Te'o is a great fit for any scheme.

  4. Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2011): 2.

    5/28/11: Dont'a Hightower had a disappointing 2010 campaign, registering 69 tackles and 3.5 TFL. Fortunately, he says that he feels much better now that he's nearly two years removed from a nasty injury.

    10/9/10: Hightower is ridiculously overrated right now. I've seen a very slow, sluggish player on tape with no range (though this could be the result of his knee injury). He's always getting to the play late and delivering a big hit at an irrelevant time when he's the second or third player to the ball-carrier. I don't like his lethargic body language or jogging around on the field in the middle of the play. Buyer beware.

    5/12/10: Dont'a Hightower is a very talented linebacker, but played only four games in 2009 because of a knee injury that required surgery.

  5. Tank Carder, ILB, TCU
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 237.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2012): 2-3.

    5/28/11: Tank Carder, the unquestionable leader of TCU's defense, had 61 tackles and 9.5 TFL. He was an AP All-America second-teamer.

    8/10/10: Every linebacker should have a name like Tank Carder. Carder totaled 89 tackles, 10 TFL and 10 pass break-ups. He's a 4-3 prospect who would be great in any scheme.





  6. James-Michael Johnson, ILB, Nevada
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

    5/28/11: James-Michael Johnson totaled 88 tackles and eight TFL in 2010.

    8/10/10: James-Michael Johnson had just 58 tackles, but 11.5 of them were for loss. He also broke up five passes.

  7. Korey Williams, ILB, Southern Miss
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 243.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.66.
    Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

    5/28/11: Korey Williams bulked up from 234 to 243 in the past year. He had 92 tackles and 14.5 TFL in 2010.

    8/10/10: Korey Williams had a monstrous sophomore campaign, notching 119 tackles, 12 TFL, 8.5 sacks and four pass break-ups.

  8. Chris Marve, ILB, Vanderbilt
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 232.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-4.

    5/28/11: Battled through a knee injury in 2010, but still recorded 80 tackles and eight TFL.

    10/9/10: Marve is a quick athlete who diagnoses and makes plays. He has shown the ability to cover tight ends in man coverage. He's battling a knee injury at the moment, but should return to his stellar play when healthy.

  9. Chris Galippo, USC
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    5/28/11: Had just 29 tackles in 2010. He lost his starting job at the beginning of the year.

    5/12/10: Once in the first round of my 2011 NFL Mock Draft, Chris Galippo really struggled in coverage as a sophomore. He's 3-4 only.

  10. D.J. Holt, ILB, California
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    5/28/11: D.J. Holt totaled 85 tackles and 5.5 TFL in 2010.

    8/10/10: Playing in California's 3-4, D.J. Holt had 36 tackles, three TFL and three pass break-ups in 2009.

  11. Carmen Messina, ILB, New Mexico
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 236.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

    5/28/11: Carmen Messina bulked up from 222 to 236 this past year. He had 115 tackles and six TFL in 2010.

    8/10/10: A tackling machine, Carmen Messina had 163 tackles as a sophomore. He also had eight TFL and three sacks.



  12. Will Ebner, ILB, Missouri
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.

    5/28/11: Missed some time with a neck injury. Had 47 tackles last season.

    8/10/10: Will Ebner tallied 78 tackles, nine TFL and three sacks in 2009.

  13. Adrien Cole, ILB, Louisiana Tech
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.

    5/28/11: A 3-4 inside linebacker, Adrien Cole had 80 tackles and 4.5 TFL last season.

    8/10/10: Adrien Cole tallied 93 tackles, four TFL and two sacks in 2009.

  14. Brandon Maye, ILB, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.67.
    Projected Round (2012): 5-7.

    5/28/11: Brandon Maye has transferred to Mississippi State via the graduate program/loophole. He had 44 tackles for Clemson in 2010.

    8/10/10: Brandon Maye had 95 tackles and seven TFL as a sophomore. He recorded eight tackles in Clemson's spring game.


  15. Barquell Rivers, ILB, Virginia Tech
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 237.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.67.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.

    5/28/11: Missed the 2010 season with a leg injury.

    8/10/10: Barquez Wilson had 96 tackles, 6.5 TFL and three pass break-ups as a sophomore.

  16. J.K. Schaffer, ILB, Cincinnati
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.61.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.



  17. Ronnie Sneed, ILB, Kentucky
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 233.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.



  18. Brian Hendricks, ILB, Wyoming
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.

    8/10/10: Brian Hendricks missed some time in 2009 with various leg injuries, but still totaled 116 tackles and five TFL.

  19. Steve Sloan, ILB, UCLA
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 228.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2012): 7-FA.





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