Devin White, ILB, LSU
Height: 6-2. Weight: 236. Projected 40 Time: 4.64. Projected Round (2020): 1. 8/22/18: 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 [from the 2018 NFL Draft]. He's unbelievable. Unless he gets hurt or completely shuts it down to protect himself, he'll be the first linebacker drafted .... 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."
Paddy Fisher*, ILB/OLB, Northwestern
Height: 6-4. Weight: 241. Projected 40 Time: 4.69. Projected Round (2020): 1-3. 8/22/18: Fisher was a breakout performer in 2017. The redshirt freshman was one of the best linebackers in the Big Ten and was always around the ball for the Wildcats. On the year, he totaled 113 tackles with nine for a loss, four forced fumbles, three passes batted and one interception. If Fisher develops his pass-coverage skills, that will really help him to be an early-round prospect.
Tre Lamar, ILB, Clemson
Height: 6-3. Weight: 243. Projected 40 Time: 4.65. Projected Round (2020): 1-3. 8/22/18: 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.
Anfernee Jennings, ILB/OLB, Alabama
Height: 6-3. Weight: 262. Projected 40 Time: 4.63. Projected Round (2020): 1-3. 8/22/18: 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.
Mack Wilson, ILB, Alabama
Height: 6-1. Weight: 238. Projected 40 Time: 4.79. Projected Round (2020): 2-3. 8/22/18: Team sources say that Wilson has been projected to have potential as a first- through fourth-round potential, 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.