2019 NFL Draft Prospects: Inside Linebackers



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2019 inside linebacker prospects available for the 2019 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2020 prospect. ** - denotes 2021 prospect.

This page was last updated Sept. 22, 2018. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

  1. Devin White*, ILB, LSU
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 236.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2019): 1.

    9/29/18: White made some huge plays to help LSU pull off a road upset at Auburn. He had eight tackles with one for a loss. White had a quality start to the season with eight tackles versus Miami. Through three games, he has 27 tackles with two for a loss and one forced fumble.

    8/29/18: White had an excellent 2017 season, totaling 133 tackles with 14 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes broken up and one interception. White didn't get the attention of other SEC linebackers like Roquan Smith and Rashaan Evans, first-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, but that could easily change this fall. Here is how one of the National scouts summarized White.

    "This kid could end up being similar to Ray Lewis. I'd take White over any of the linebackers this year. He's unbelievable. Unless he gets hurt or completely shuts it down to protect himself, he'll be the first linebacker drafted next year. He's the complete package. Great character. He's the signal-caller of the defense with a super football IQ. He's big, study, and stout enough for Mike - middle linebacker; swift enough for Will - weakside linebacker -, great athlete and coverage instincts. Stacks up the stat boxes, all of them. He's fast, an explosive tackler, and [has] elite reactionary quickness.

    "Right now, he's among the best, and maybe the best, I've scouted. Better athlete and versatility than [Dont'a] Hightower. More explosive, violent, and bigger than C.J. Mosley; same level of instincts. Better than Jerod Mayo at Tennessee. Bigger than Jonathan Vilma while being more violent and instinctive than D.J. Williams, same kind of freak athlete explosiveness-wise. [A] thumper like Sean Weatherspoon. Basically, he's a bigger version of Roquan Smith in the 240-250-pound range. He's FUN to watch. Unbelievable stamina and motor. He could be the best linebacker ever to come out of LSU."






  2. Josh Allen, ILB/OLB, Kentucky
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

    9/22/18: Allen has been tremendous thus far in 2018. He looks heavier, stronger, and more well-rounded. On the season, Allen has 19 tackles with 4.5 for a loss, two sacks, one pass broken up and a forced fumble.

    Allen was phenomenal against Florida, leading Kentucky to snap its 31-game losing streak to the Gators. He dominated Gators left tackle Martez Ivey in the pass rush and made two superb pass breakups downfield, including a critical two-point conversion attempt.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Allen checks in at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds with 33.25-inch arms, 8.5-inch hands and an 80-inch wingspan. They have Allen running the 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds.

    In early October of 2017, WalterFootball.com was first to report that Allen was receiving early-round grades from NFL teams. One national scout compared Allen to Leonard Floyd coming out of Georgia with Allen's ability to rush off the edge. That scout said Allen isn't as freaky of an athlete as Floyd was, and Allen while is not a top-10 pick, they did grade Allen as a first-rounder.

    Another director of college scouting said they had given Allen a high second-round grade, but thought Allen would definitely end up going in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, if he had declared. That director said Allen was an interesting player because he also can play inside linebacker, whereas Floyd was just an outside edge defender. That college director said that as an inside linebacker, Allen has similarities to current Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham in terms of his height, speed, length, and athleticism in the middle. Allen considered entering the 2018 NFL Draft, but chose to return to Kentucky instead.

    Allen was one of the top edge defenders in college football during the 2017 season. The junior had seven sacks along with 65 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and three passes batted on the year. He started the season fast and wasn't as good late 2017. Allen produced well as a sophomore in 2016 with 62 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and four forced fumbles.


  3. Tre Lamar*, ILB, Clemson
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 243.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    9/22/18: Lamar has 20 tackles thus far this season.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Lamar checks in 6-foot-3, 243 pounds with 32.5-inch arms, 9.5-inch hands and a 78-inch wingspan. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds.

    Sources have told me that Lamar has a ton of potential and athletic upside. He possesses an impressive skill set with length, size and speed. As a sophomore, he flashed with 50 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble. His initial projection from teams is that he has late first-round to early second-round potential if he continues to improve.


  4. Anfernee Jennings*, ILB/OLB, Alabama
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 262.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    9/22/18: Jennings has seven tackles with a sack and two passes batted so far in 2018.

    8/29/18: Jennings was coming on strong in 2017 and looking like a potential dominant force before a knee injury ended his season early in Alabama's win over Clemson in the semi-final. For the year, Jennings totaled 41 tackles with six for a loss, one sack, two passes batted and two forced fumbles. If Jennings can get healthy and pick up where he left off, he has early-round potential.




  5. T.J. Edwards, ILB, Wisconsin
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 247.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    9/22/18: Edwards has 14 tackles with 2.5 for a loss so far in 2018. He had an underwhelming performance in the loss to BYU.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Edwards checks in at 6-foot, 247-pounds with 31.13-inch arms, 9-inch hands and a wingspan of 74.25 inches. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.80 seconds.

    Edwards is an instinctive defender who is a physical presence in the tackle box. He also is dangerous in zone coverage, consistently putting himself in position to make plays on the ball. As a junior, he recorded 81 tackles with 11 for a loss, two sacks, seven breakups and four interceptions. In 2016, Edwards had 89 tackles with three interceptions, 8.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks and two passes batted. He totaled 84 tackles with four breakups as a freshman.


  6. Mack Wilson*, ILB, Alabama
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 238.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    9/22/18: So far in 2018, Wilson has 12 tackles with two passes broken up.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Wilson checks in at 6-foot-1, 238-pounds with 32.13-inch arms, 9.13 inch-hands and a wingspan of 74.63 inches. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.79 seconds.

    Team sources say that Wilson has been projected to have potential as a first- through fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, entering the 2018 season. In 2017, Wilson collected 40 tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss, two passes batted and four interceptions. Inside linebackers with pass-coverage skills are always in demand, so if Wilson maintains that kind of play in coverage, there will be plenty of NFL teams hoping to land him.


  7. Devin Bush*, ILB, Michigan
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 232.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    9/22/18: Bush has 23 tackles with 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss on the season.

    8/29/18: If Bush were taller and had more length, he would be rated higher as he has been an impressive defender for the Wolverines. In 2017, Bush totaled 101 tackles with five sacks, eight passes broken up and an interception. He has speed, instincts, and some athleticism.


  8. Cameron Smith, ILB, USC
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 253.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    9/22/18: Smith is a solid inside linebacker who is a good run defender. He has improved his pass-coverage skills, but he is a bit stiff and slow to cover for the NFL. He will need more development to be a pro three-down starter. In 2018, Smith has 25 tackles with three for a loss, one sack and two passes batted.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Smith checks in at 6-foot-2, 253 pounds with 33.25-inches, 10-inch hands and a wingspan of 77.38 inches. He is said to run the 40 in 4.65 seconds.

    Smith has a thick build, yet runs faster than would think. In 2017, Smith totaled 112 tackles with 11 tackles for a loss, three passes broken up and one interception. He was a solid defender for the Trojans. As a sophomore, Smith totaled 83 tackles with seven for a loss, one sack, four passes broken up and one forced fumble. He started as a freshman in 2015 while totaling 78 tackles, three interceptions and three passes broken up.






  9. Jordan Jones, ILB/OLB, Kentucky
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 212.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    9/22/18: So far this season, Jones has 16 tackles with four passes broken up.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Jones checks in 6-foot-1, 212 pounds with 31.25-inch arms, 9-inch hands and a 75.25-inch wingspan. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds.

    Jones has been a solid linebacker for the Wildcats over the past two seasons. He broke out as a sophomore with 109 tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, four passes batted and one forced fumble. In 2017, Jones had a drop in production due to missing four games. He totaled 64 tackles with 7.4 tackles for a loss, two sacks, one breakup and one forced fumble on the year. Jones could benefit as a senior with teams focusing on Josh Allen.


  10. Te'Von Coney, ILB/OLB, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 231.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    9/22/18: On the year, Coney has 29 tackles with 3.5 for a loss, one sack and one pass broken up. He has played well for Notre Dame.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Coney checks in 6-foot, 231-pounds with 33 inch arms, 9.25 inch hands, and a wing span of 77.5. inches. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds.

    Coney had 116 tackles with three sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss and one forced fumble in 2017. He played well for Notre Dame. Coney is a good run defender who has instincts and intelligence. He totaled 61 tackles as a sophomore in his first season as a starter. Coney has talent and could rise as a senior.


  11. Germaine Pratt, ILB, N.C. State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 241.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    9/22/18: Thus far in 2018, Pratt has 19 tackles with one for a loss.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Pratt checks in 6-foot-2, 241-pounds with 31.5 inch arms, 8.75 inch hands, and a wingspan of 75.88 inches. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds.

    The Wolfpack defensive line was loaded with four future draft picks in 2017, but the program also had some quality linebackers who went under the radar. Pratt was one of those players, as he totaled 69 tackles with two pick-sixes, 5.5 tackles for a loss and two passes broken up. Pratt possesses a good build and some surprising speed.




  12. Joe Bachie, ILB, Michigan State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    9/29/18: Bachie has 21 tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss and one sack so far this year.

    8/29/18: Michigan State has produced a lot of pro linebacker talent in recent years, and Bachie will keep that going. He broke out in 2017 with 100 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two passes batted and three interceptions. Sources say that Bachie has the potential to grade out in the first four rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.


  13. Juwon Young, ILB, Marshall
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 243.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    9/29/18: Young has nine tackles on the season.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Young checks in 6-foot-1, 243 pounds with 31.75-inch hands, 9.75-inch hands and a wingspan of 77 inches. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds.

    Even though Young hasn't produced a big season in big-time college football, team sources have him on their preseason lists as having potential to be a pick in the first four rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. In 2017, Young had 41 tackles with three tackles for a loss, .5 sacks, three passes broken up and one forced fumble.




  14. Charles Wright, ILB/OLB, Vanderbilt
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    9/22/18: Wright has nine tackles thus far this season.

    8/29/18: Wright showed some edge potential in 2017 on his way to nine sacks on the year. He also collected 43 tackles with 10.5 tackles for a loss. Wright needs to build on his 2017 season to move his stock higher.


  15. Drue Tranquill, ILB/OLB, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 231.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    9/22/18: Tranquill has 25 tackles with one for a loss so far this season.

    8/29/18: Tranquill is a good college player who may not have the skill set to transition to the NFL. However in 2017, he was a big presence for Notre Dame who made a lot of clutch tackles. He totaled 85 stops with 10.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, three passes broken up and an interception on the year. In 2016, he had 80 tackles with two breakups and a pick.


  16. Shaquille Quarterman*, ILB/OLB, Miami
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    9/22/18: Quarterman is a good run defender who struggles in pass coverage. He needs to improve his pass-coverage skills significantly to be a three-down starter in the NFL. So far in 2018, Quarterman has 17 tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss.

    8/29/18: In 2017, Quarterman totaled 83 tackles with seven tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and five passes broken up. He impressed for Miami as a freshman in 2016, recording 84 tackles with 10 for a loss, three sacks and a pass broken up. Quarterman is a quick defender with instincts.


  17. Kendall Joseph, ILB/OLB, Clemson
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    9/22/18: Joseph has 13 tackles with one for loss and one pass broken up this year.

    8/29/18: Joseph recorded 96 tackles with five tackles for a loss, .5 sacks and a pass broken up in 2017. He was solid, but unimpressive. Joseph runs around too many blocks and needs to improve at taking blocks on. Ben Boulware got a lot of attention in 2016, but Joseph was the best linebacker on Clemson's National Championship team. That season, Joseph totaled 108 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, 3.5 sacks and one interception.


  18. Joe Giles-Harris*, ILB/OLB, Duke
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    9/22/18: So far this season, Giles-Harris has 20 tackles with two passes broken up and .5 sacks.

    8/29/18: Giles-Harris is a smart defender who has been a steady linebacker in the ACC over the past two seasons. He amassed 125 tackles with 16 for a loss, 4.5 sacks, four breakups, one forced fumble and one interception in 2017. For 2016, Giles-Harris totaled 107 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, one interception and two breakups.


  19. Khalil Hodge, ILB/OLB, Buffalo
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    9/22/18: So far this season, Hodge has 32 tackles with two for a loss and two passes broken up.

    8/29/18: Hodge is a tackling machine for Buffalo. In 2017, he notched 154 stops with three sacks, two pass breakups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. The previous season saw him collect 123 tackles with seven tackles for a loss, one sack and one breakup. Hodge is a steady player, and it will be interesting to see if he shows the skill set to translate to the NFL.


  20. Azeez Al-Shaair, ILB/OLB, Florida Atlantic
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 228.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    9/22/18: Al-Shaair has 17 tackles with one sack so far this year.

    8/29/18: Al-Shaair was very productive in 2017, totaling 147 tackles with 11 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, four passes broken up and one forced fumble. He had 112 tackles as a sophomore and 94 in his freshman season.


  21. Joe Dineen Jr., ILB, Kansas
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    9/29/18: Dineen has 40 tackles to this point in the season.

    8/29/18: Dineen was all over the field for Kansas in 2017, racking up a ton of tackles. He totaled 137 stops with 25 for a loss, 2.5 sacks, two passes broken up and one forced fumble. It was a nice rebound for Dineen, who had only played in three games in 2016. The previous year saw him collect 86 tackles and three sacks.


  22. Caleb Kelly*, ILB, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 229.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
    Projected Round (2019): 7-FA.

    9/29/18: Kelly has 10 tackles thus far in 2018.

    8/29/18: In 2017, Kelly totaled 56 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and one pass broken up. He began his career at outside linebacker but was moved to the middle, and that is a better fit for him. Kelly could easily rise in the months to come.


  23. Ulysees Gilbert III, ILB/OLB, Akron
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2019): 7-FA.

    9/22/18: Gilbert has 13 tackles in 2018.

    8/29/18: Gilbert is a tackling machine for Akron. He flies all over the field, taking down ball-carriers and making his presence felt. In 2017, Gilbert totaled 140 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, four passes broken up and three interceptions. He had 122 tackles with four sacks, three breakups and 11.5 tackles for a loss as a sophomore.


2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P




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