The Dolphins have just one viable three-down linebacker on the roster in Jelani Jenkins. Koa Misi is a solid, two-down defender, but Miami has to find a third linebacker. Since the Dolphins didn't accomplish that in the 2015 NFL Draft, they could select someone like Jaylon Smith in the first round next April.
Many thought the Broncos would add inside linebacker help early in the 2015 NFL Draft, but they didn't. Wade Phillips is going to need more help in the middle of his 3-4.
Smith (6-2, 235) was an impressive defender for Notre Dame in 2014. He was all over the field for the Fighting Irish with 112 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, 3.5 sacks and two passes defended. Smith has speed and athleticism in the middle of the field.
The Packers could easily have a big need for an inside linebacker next offseason. Depending on fourth-round rookie Jake Ryan to be the answer seems risky.
Many expected teammates Trey DePriest and Denzel Devall to be the players who stepped up and replaced C.J. Mosley, but it has been Ragland as the Crimson Tide's best interior linebacker. Ragland notched 95 tackles, 10.5 for a loss, three passes broken up, one interception, one forced fumble and 1.5 sacks in 2014. The 6-foot-2, 254-pounder is a big, physical in-the-box defender.
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Kris Frost, ILB, Auburn
San Francisco lost its run-stuffers in Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, so inside linebacker will have to be addressed next offseason.
In 2014, Frost had 87 tackles, three passes broken up, three forced fumbles, 3.5 sacks and 10 tackles for a loss. The 6-foot-2, 234-pounder is a tough in-the-box defender who could use some development against the pass.