2021 NFL Draft Prospects: Inside Linebacker



The top 2021 Inside Linebacker prospects available for the 2021 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2021 prospect. ** - denotes 2024 prospect.

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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

2021 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

2022 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

Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
  • '19 - Devin White, LSU
  • '18 - Roquan Smith, Georgia
1. Penn State image Micah Parsons*, ILB/OLB, Penn State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 246.
Projected 40 Time: 4.39.
Projected Round (2021): 1.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Parsons is a decent run defender as a pursuit player, but he is not a force in a ground game who can take on and shed blocks. He can play zone coverage in the middle of the field, and blitzing is what he does best. With his combination of size, speed and athleticism, Parsons has athletic upside to develop, and that was given proof this spring. Some evaluators think Parsons would be better as a 3-4 outside linebacker rushing the passer because he is not that instinctive as an off-the-ball linebacker. Parsons put on a great pro-day workout, but some teams feel that his tape does not match the media hype.

As reported in the Hot Press in February, sources from multiple teams say Parsons' draft stock is hurt significantly by character concerns. Multiple team sources say Parsons is not as good of a player as other recent top-10 linebackers like Tampa Bay's Devin White or Chicago's Roquan Smith.

Here's what one director of college scouting said about Parsons, "He's very overrated to me. He doesn't play downhill, is not physical taking on [blocks], is a 'clean air' guy, and his instincts don't jump out. He is a freak athlete that can rush the passer. Someone will probably take him early, but I would scratch him from top-10 consideration."

9/5/20: Parsons collected 109 tackles with five sacks, four forced fumbles and five passes defended in 2019. He was always around the ball and produced some splash plays for Penn State. Parsons broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman and showed a lot of upside to develop into an intriguing player. For 2018, he totaled 83 tackles with five for a loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Parsons has good size and instincts. Sources from multiple teams said Parsons jumped out at them, and some believe he could end up being a high first-round pick. Prior to the Big Ten quitting on the 2020 season, Parsons announced he would not play and would start preparing for the NFL.





Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
  • '19 - Devin Bush, Michigan
  • '18 - Rashaan Evans, Alabama
2. Kentucky image Jamin Davis*, ILB/OLB, Kentucky
Height: 6-4. Weight: 234.
Projected 40 Time: 4.4.
Projected Round (2021): 1-2.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Davis had a phenomenal pro-day workout that displayed incredible speed in the 40 and excellent explosion in the jumps. He is a rising prospect, and some teams have him as their top linebacker prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Davis had an excellent 2020 season for the Wildcats, totaling 89 tackles with one sack, one forced fumble, two passes defended and two interceptions. The 6-foot-4, 234-pound Davis has good size with speed to cover a lot of ground. He has a lot of upside and could be a second-round steal, but some teams think he could sneak into the late portion of the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Justin Strnad, Wake Forest
  • '19 - Tre Lamar, Clemson
  • '18 - Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State
3. Tulsa image Zaven Collins, ILB/OLB, Tulsa
Height: 6-4. Weight: 256.
Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
Projected Round (2021): 1-2.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: To open the 2020 season, Collins was very good against Oklahoma State, recording three sacks and six tackles. That set the tone for him to produce a phenomenal 2020 season that featured a ton of splash plays, including an overtime pick-six walk-off winner against Tulane. Collins is big, quick, and a versatile athlete who displays some ability to drop into coverage, makes tackles in the run game, and rush the passer.

After some skepticism from NFL scouts at the start of the fall, many were raving about Collins by the end of the season. They feel he could be a 4-3 Sam linebacker or Mike - middle - linebacker while also being a great fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Collins has explosive speed, athleticism, the ability to cover, and the ability to play in space. Some teams don't like that Collins is not a linebacker who takes on a lot of blocks and believe he is not very physical, but others feel his strengths are rare and special. In the 2021 NFL Draft, Collins should go no lower than the second round.

9/5/20: Collins has good height, weight and length to be an outside linebacker in the NFL. He was a solid run defender for Tulsa during the past two seasons. The senior needs to improve his pass-coverage ability and production for his draft stock to rise.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 Tulsa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 Tulsa 12 1 1 1.5 12 85 1
2019 Tulsa 12 2 0 2 10 97 0
2020 Tulsa 8 4 0 4 13 52 2

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/19/2020 @ Oklahoma St. L 7 - 16 3 4 6 0
9/26/2020 @ Arkansas St. - 0 0 0 0
10/3/2020 @ UCF W 34 - 26 0 4 10 0
10/23/2020 @ South Fla. W 42 - 13 0 1 6 1
10/30/2020 East Carolina W 34 - 30 0 0 6 1
11/14/2020 SMU W 28 - 24 1 2 6 0
11/19/2020 Tulane W 30 - 24 (2OT) 0 1 15 0
11/28/2020 @ Houston - 0 0 0 0
12/5/2020 @ Navy W 19 - 6 0 1 3 0
12/19/2020 @ Cincinnati L 24 - 27 0 0 0 0
12/31/2020 Mississippi St.
@ Fort Worth, Texas
L 26 - 28 0 0 0 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
  • '19 - Mack Wilson, Alabama
  • '18 - Darius Leonard, South Carolina State
4. LSU image Jabril Cox, ILB/OLB, LSU
Height: 6-3. Weight: 229.
Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
Projected Round (2021): 2-3.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Cox was solid for LSU and showed he can handle the jump in competition. With good size and speed, teams see him as a future starter and a player who should continue to improve as he gains experience. He is excellent in pass coverage with tremendous ball production over his career, but for the NFL, he needs to get stronger and tougher as a run defender. Due to those things, many teams have him projected to Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft.

9/5/20: Cox was an FCS All-American with North Dakota State, and he has transferred to LSU for his senior season. Cox was an instinctive defender who racked up a ton for tackles for the Bison. He was a leader on the defense, helping North Dakota State to win three FCS National Championships. Cox could really rise if he makes a seamless jump in the SEC, which is the closest thing the NFL has to a minor league.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 North Dakota St. 15 4 1 4.5 15 75 1
2018 North Dakota St. 15 3 2 4 11 91 0
2019 North Dakota St. 15 5 1 5.5 11 92 0
2020 LSU 6 1 0 1 5 34 0

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/26/2020 Mississippi St. L 34 - 44 1 1 6 0
10/3/2020 @ Vanderbilt W 41 - 7 0 1 7 0
10/10/2020 @ Missouri L 41 - 45 0 2 8 0
10/24/2020 South Carolina W 52 - 24 0 1 7 0
10/31/2020 @ Auburn L 11 - 48 0 0 3 0
11/14/2020 Alabama - 0 0 0 0
11/21/2020 @ Arkansas W 27 - 24 0 0 3 0
11/28/2020 @ Texas A&M - 0 0 0 0
12/5/2020 Ole Miss - 0 0 0 0
12/12/2020 @ Florida - 0 0 0 0




Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Troy Dye, Oregon
  • '19 - Germaine Pratt, N.C. State
  • '18 - Malik Jefferson, Texas
5. North Carolina image Chazz Surratt, ILB, North Carolina
Height: 6-1. Weight: 227.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2021): 2-3.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Surratt played well in 2020, generating media buzz. For the NFL, Surratt has a good skill set with size, speed, strength and athleticism. He is raw and needs development. Surratt has issues with missed tackles, and his instincts can be streaky. In time, he could be a good pro linebacker, but improving his instincts, tackling, and reading his keys will be imperative for him to develop into a good NFL player.

9/5/20: Surratt broke out at linebacker for the Tar Heels in 2019, totaling 115 tackles with 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble, three passes defended and an interception. He has had an interesting college career, having served as North Carolina's starting quarterback for seven games in 2017, where he completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,342 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for five scores that season. In 2018, Surratt was suspended for four games for selling team-issued shoes and then had a season-ending wrist injury in his first game after suspension.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 North Carolina 9 0 0 0 0 1 0
2018 North Carolina 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 North Carolina 13 5 3 6.5 17 115 1
2020 North Carolina 11 6 0 6 8 91 1

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/12/2020 Syracuse W 31 - 6 2 3 9 0
10/3/2020 @ Boston College W 26 - 22 1 1 8 0
10/10/2020 Virginia Tech W 56 - 45 0 0 4 0
10/17/2020 @ Florida St. L 28 - 31 0 0 3 0
10/24/2020 NC State W 48 - 21 1 1 8 1
10/31/2020 @ Virginia L 41 - 44 0 0 10 0
11/7/2020 @ Duke W 56 - 24 0 0 12 0
11/14/2020 Wake Forest W 59 - 53 1 2 14 0
11/27/2020 Notre Dame L 17 - 31 1 1 7 0
12/5/2020 Western Caro. W 49 - 9 0 0 6 0
12/12/2020 @ Miami (FL) W 62 - 26 0 0 10 0
1/2/2021 Texas A&M
@ Miami Gardens, FL
L 27 - 41 0 0 0 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Malik Harrison, Ohio State
  • '19 - Te'Von Coney, Notre Dame
  • '18 - Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Western Kentucky
6. Missouri image Nick Bolton*, ILB/OLB, Missouri
Height: 6-0. Weight: 232.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2021): 2-3.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Bolton did not have an impressive 2020 season. For the NFL, Bolton looks like a backup middle linebacker who could contribute on special teams. He might develop into a starter eventually, but Bolton lacks speed, explosion, and is just an average athlete in the eyes of pro evaluators. Some team sources have said they graded Bolton in the mid-rounds for the 2021 NFL Draft. Others in the media, however, project Bolton to the first or second round.

9/5/20: Bolton showed some nice pass-coverage skills as a sophomore, making plays on the ball for Missouri. He was also a solid tackler in the ground game and showed the instincts to be around the ball. With a year of starting experience, Bolton could be better as an upperclassman. His height and length limitations could hurt him with evaluators.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2018 Missouri 13 0 2 1 2 17 0
2019 Missouri 12 1 0 1 9 107 0
2020 Missouri 10 2 0 2 9 95 0

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/26/2020 Alabama L 19 - 38 0 1 8 0
10/3/2020 @ Tennessee L 12 - 35 0 0 17 0
10/10/2020 LSU W 45 - 41 0 0 11 0
10/24/2020 Kentucky W 20 - 10 1 1 7 0
10/31/2020 @ Florida L 17 - 41 0 2 10 0
11/21/2020 @ South Carolina W 17 - 10 0 2 14 0
11/28/2020 Vanderbilt W 41 - 0 1 2 9 0
12/5/2020 Arkansas W 50 - 48 0 0 4 0
12/12/2020 Georgia L 14 - 49 0 0 8 0
12/19/2020 @ Mississippi St. L 32 - 51 0 1 7 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Joe Bachie, Michigan State
  • '19 - Blake Cashman, Minnesota
  • '18 - Oren Burks, Vanderbilt
7. Georgia image Monty Rice, ILB, Georgia
Height: 6-1. Weight: 235.
Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
Projected Round (2021): 2-3.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Rice was a solid defender for Georgia in 2020. He is tough in the ground game and shows some ability to cover. Rice could be a sleeper prospect who ends up being a nice value pick and a future three-down starter.

9/5/20: Rice took a big step as a junior, showing improved run defense and some ability to contribute in pass coverage. If he can build off that performance and continue to make more plays in both phases, he could rise into receiving three-down starting potential for the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Jacob Phillips, LSU
  • '19 - Cameron Smith, USC
  • '18 - Josey Jewell, Iowa
8. Ohio State image Baron Browning, ILB, Ohio State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
Projected Round (2021): 2-3.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Browning was quiet in the early going of 2020 before finishing the season well. He made some nice plays in the playoff against Clemson and Alabama. Browning has a quality skill set and some upside to develop. Some teams feel he is not instinctive enough for middle linebacker and should be a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

9/5/20: Browning rotated with Tuf Borland at middle linebacker in the Buckeyes' 4-3 defense in 2019. Browning put together respectable production for a part-time player. He needed the opportunity to show more pass-coverage ability in 2020.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 Ohio St. 12 0 0 0 2 14 0
2018 Ohio St. 12 1 0 1 5 23 0
2019 Ohio St. 12 4 2 5 12 43 0
2020 Ohio St. 7 1 0 1 3 30 2

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
10/24/2020 Nebraska W 52 - 17 0 0 5 0
10/31/2020 @ Penn St. W 38 - 25 0 0 1 0
11/7/2020 Rutgers W 49 - 27 0 1 5 0
11/21/2020 Indiana W 42 - 35 0 0 8 0
12/5/2020 @ Michigan St. W 52 - 12 0 0 4 1
12/19/2020 Northwestern
@ Indianapolis, IN
W 22 - 10 0 0 0 0
1/1/2021 Clemson
@ New Orleans, La.
W 49 - 28 0 1 2 0
1/11/2021 Alabama
@ Miami Gardens, FL
L 24 - 52 1 1 5 1


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - David Woodward, Utah State
  • '19 - Josiah Tauaefa, Texas-San Antonio
  • '18 - Tegray Scales, Indiana
9. Alabama image Dylan Moses, ILB, Alabama
Height: 6-3. Weight: 233.
Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
Projected Round (2021): 3-4.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: The 2020 season was underwhelming overall for Moses. While Moses showed some coverage skills and tackling ability, his instincts were just average at best, per team sources. Reading his keys faster and showing more anticipation are points of development for Moses.

9/5/20: Alabama has been a factory for linebacker talent, and Moses will keep that tradition alive for the 2021 NFL Draft, provided he can stay healthy. Team sources were really excited about seeing him in 2019, but a torn ACL in training camp ended his season before it started. Some sources think that if Moses had entered the 2020 NFL Draft, he still would have been an early-rounder despite the injury. They were very impressed with his performance in 2018, when he recorded 86 tackles, 10 for a loss, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass batted while rotating with other linebackers.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 Alabama 11 1 1 1.5 6 30 1
2018 Alabama 15 3 1 3.5 13 86 1
2019 Alabama 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020 Alabama 13 1 1 1.5 8 80 1

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/26/2020 @ Missouri W 38 - 19 .5 3 8 0
10/3/2020 Texas A&M W 52 - 24 0 1 6 0
10/10/2020 @ Ole Miss W 63 - 48 0 1 13 0
10/17/2020 Georgia W 41 - 24 1 1 10 0
10/24/2020 @ Tennessee W 48 - 17 0 1 6 0
10/31/2020 Mississippi St. W 41 - 0 0 0 7 0
11/21/2020 Kentucky W 63 - 3 0 0 0 0
11/28/2020 Auburn W 42 - 13 0 0 6 0
12/5/2020 @ LSU W 55 - 17 0 0 3 0
12/12/2020 @ Arkansas W 52 - 3 0 0 3 0
12/19/2020 Florida
@ Atlanta, GA
W 52 - 46 0 1 6 1
1/1/2021 Notre Dame
@ Arlington, Texas
W 31 - 14 0 0 6 0
1/11/2021 Ohio St.
@ Miami Gardens, FL
W 52 - 24 0 0 6 0




Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Michael Divinity, LSU
  • '19 - Juwon Young, Marshall
  • '18 - Tre' Williams, Auburn
10. Purdue image Derrick Barnes, ILB, Purdue
Height: 6-1. Weight: 245.
Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
Projected Round (2021): 3-4.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Barnes was a solid defender for the Boilermakers over the past three seasons. He was a reliable tackler and run defender, but he needs to improve his pass-coverage skills to see the field in the NFL. Barnes could be a backup linebacker and special teams contributor in the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Logan Wilson, Wyoming
  • '19 - T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin
  • '18 - Shaun Dion Hamilton, Alabama
11. Auburn image K.J. Britt, ILB, Auburn
Height: 6-0. Weight: 236.
Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Britt was a solid run defender for Auburn in 2020. He didn't show significantly improved pass-coverage ability, but he had a solid week at the Senior Bowl.

9/5/20: Britt was impressive season in 2019 as a first-year starter for Auburn. He was tough at the point of attack and showed the ability to fire into the backfield to disrupt rushing attacks. As a senior, Britt needs to show more pass-coverage ability to rise for the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Evan Weaver, California
  • '19 - Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame
  • '18 - Micah Kiser, Virginia
12. Ohio State image Pete Werner, ILB/OLB, Ohio State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 239.
Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Werner came on strong late in the season for Ohio State. He was a tough run defender who came up with some clutch stops for the Buckeyes.

9/5/20: Werner was a solid defender next to Malik Harrison in 2019. Werner has good size and is strong at the point of attack. He needed an to improve his production and pass-coverage skills, but the Big Ten cancelled its 2020 season.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 Ohio St. 11 0 0 0 1 9 0
2018 Ohio St. 14 3 0 3 8 58 2
2019 Ohio St. 14 0 0 0 6 64 0
2020 Ohio St. 8 1 0 1 3 54 2

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
10/24/2020 Nebraska W 52 - 17 0 1 7 0
10/31/2020 @ Penn St. W 38 - 25 0 1 6 0
11/7/2020 Rutgers W 49 - 27 0 0 3 0
11/21/2020 Indiana W 42 - 35 1 1 8 1
12/5/2020 @ Michigan St. W 52 - 12 0 0 8 0
12/19/2020 Northwestern
@ Indianapolis, IN
W 22 - 10 0 0 5 1
1/1/2021 Clemson
@ New Orleans, La.
W 49 - 28 0 0 9 0
1/11/2021 Alabama
@ Miami Gardens, FL
L 24 - 52 0 0 8 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - De'Jon Harris, Arkansas
  • '19 - Tyrel Dodson, Texas A&M
  • '18 - Dorian O'Daniel, Clemson
13. West Virginia image Tony Fields II, ILB, West Virginia
Height: 6-1. Weight: 222.
Projected 40 Time: 4.6.
Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Fields (6-1, 220) was a productive tackler over the past four seasons at Arizona and West Virginia, with his steady play earning him a spot at the Senior Bowl. He has some speed and athleticism to chase down ball-carriers and is a solid tackler. Fields totaled 88 tackles, an interception, a sack and two passes defended in 2020. He had 94 tackles as a junior, 89 tackles in 2018 and 104 tackles as a freshman.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 Arizona 13 5 0 5 9 104 0
2018 Arizona 12 2 0 2 5 89 0
2019 Arizona 12 1 1 1.5 6 94 1
2020 West Virginia 9 1 0 1 4 88 0

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/12/2020 Eastern Ky. W 56 - 10 0 0 10 0
9/26/2020 @ Oklahoma St. L 13 - 27 0 0 9 0
10/3/2020 Baylor W 27 - 21 (2OT) 1 2 10 0
10/17/2020 Kansas W 38 - 17 0 0 6 0
10/24/2020 @ Texas Tech L 27 - 34 0 0 3 0
10/31/2020 Kansas St. W 37 - 10 0 0 15 0
11/7/2020 @ Texas L 13 - 17 0 1 12 0
11/14/2020 TCU W 24 - 6 0 0 14 0
12/5/2020 @ Iowa St. L 6 - 42 0 1 9 0
12/31/2020 Army West Point
@ Memphis, Tenn.
W 24 - 21 0 0 0 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Shaquille Quarterman, Miami
  • '19 - Sione Takitaki, BYU
  • '18 - Nick DeLuca, North Dakota State
14. Houston image Grant Stuard, ILB/OLB, Houston
Height: 6-1. Weight: 225.
Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Houston had a quirky 2020 schedule because of the virus, but Stuard stayed consistent, producing quality tackle totals. He recorded 61 stops and a sack on the year. As a junior, he had 97 tackles with one sack and four passes broken up. Stuard could stand to add some weight for the NFL, but his steady play earned him an invitation to the Senior Bowl, where he had a decent week. He has special teams potential for the NFL.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 Houston 7 0 0 0 0 2 0
2018 Houston 13 0 0 0 4 30 0
2019 Houston 12 1 0 1 12 97 0
2020 Houston 7 1 0 1 5 53 0

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/19/2020 @ Baylor - 0 0 0 0
10/8/2020 Tulane W 49 - 31 0 0 9 0
10/16/2020 BYU L 26 - 43 0 1 5 0
10/24/2020 @ Navy W 37 - 21 0 0 7 0
10/31/2020 UCF L 21 - 44 1 1 12 0
11/7/2020 @ Cincinnati L 10 - 38 0 0 0 0
11/14/2020 South Fla. W 56 - 21 0 1 9 0
11/28/2020 Tulsa - 0 0 0 0
12/12/2020 @ Memphis L 27 - 30 0 2 11 0
12/24/2020 Hawaii
@ Frisco, Texas
L 14 - 28 0 0 0 0




Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Markus Bailey, Purdue
  • '19 - Deshaun Davis, Auburn
  • '18 - Airius Moore, N.C. State
15. Louisville image Dorian Etheridge, ILB, Louisville
Height: 6-3. Weight: 230.
Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Etheridge played well in 2020. He is fine a respectable job with his tackle totals and run defense.

9/5/20: Etheridge was a steady linebacker for Louisville over the past three years. His pass defense has improved each season, and in 2019, he did a nice job of producing in coverage. It would help him to up his tackle total and run defense as a senior.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Kyahva Tezino, San Diego State
  • '19 - Bobby Okereke, Stanford
  • '18 - Garret Dooley, Wisconsin
16. Northwestern image Paddy Fisher, ILB, Northwestern
Height: 6-4. Weight: 241.
Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Fisher kept up his relentless tackling in 2020, but he has pass-coverage and athletic limitations for the NFL. At the very least, he could be a solid backup linebacker and special teams contributor.

9/5/20: Fisher has been a tackling machine for Northwestern over his collegiate career. In 2019, he had his lowest total, 88, but he had 116 in his sophomore campaign and 111 as a freshman. He has also recorded an interception each season and has a total of eight passes broken up.

Fisher has quality instincts and is a solid defender with a knack for forcing the ball loose, as he has nine forced fumbles in his career. Fisher may not have the speed, athleticism, and cover skills to be a three-down starter in the NFL. If he shows more pass-coverage skills, he could rise.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2016 Northwestern 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 Northwestern 13 0 0 0 12 113 4
2018 Northwestern 14 1 0 1 7 117 5
2019 Northwestern 12 1 0 1 7 88 1
2020 Northwestern 9 0 0 0 6 86 1

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
10/24/2020 Maryland W 43 - 3 0 0 4 0
10/31/2020 @ Iowa W 21 - 20 0 1 11 0
11/7/2020 Nebraska W 21 - 13 0 0 13 0
11/14/2020 @ Purdue W 27 - 20 0 1 5 0
11/21/2020 Wisconsin W 17 - 7 0 2 13 1
11/28/2020 @ Michigan St. L 20 - 29 0 1 12 0
12/12/2020 Illinois W 28 - 10 0 0 7 0
12/19/2020 Ohio St.
@ Indianapolis, IN
L 10 - 22 0 0 9 0
1/1/2021 Auburn
@ Orlando, Fla.
W 35 - 19 0 1 12 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Dante Olson, Montana
  • '19 - Jeff Allison, Fresno State
  • '18 - Frank Ginda, San Jose State
17. Ohio State image Tuf Borland, ILB, Ohio State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 232.
Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Borland was solid for Ohio State. He is a dependable run defender, but he looks like a backup quality linebacker and special teams contributor for the NFL due to limitations in pass coverage.

9/5/20: Borland notched 55 tackles with an interception, one sack and one pass broken up in 2019 while rotating with Baron Browning. In 2018, Borland played well despite a serious Achilles injury in the spring. He returned to the field in the fall and recorded 67 tackles with nine for a loss and three sacks on the year. Borland could've risen over his senior year, but the Big Ten canceled the 2020 season.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Shaun Bradley, Temple
  • '19 - Kendall Joseph, Clemson
  • '18 - Matthew Thomas, Florida State
18. Mississippi State image Erroll Thompson, ILB, Mississippi State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Thompson continued to show his ability as a run stuffer in 2020, but he has limitations in pass coverage for the NFL. He looks like a rotational backup and special teams player at the next level.

9/5/20: Thompson is a good college player who is a tough run defender, but issues in pass coverage could limit him to being a two-down linebacker in the NFL. In 2019, Thompson had 84 tackles with two passes batted and .5 sacks. Thompson is a thick linebacker who is a tough run defender and a true enforcer in the middle. Showing the ability to cover well in pass coverage is a big factor for Thompson's draft grade.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Krys Barnes, UCLA
  • '19 - Joe Giles-Harris, Duke
  • '18 - Azeem Victor, Washington
19. South Alabama image Riley Cole, ILB, South Alabama
Height: 6-3. Weight: 225.
Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
View Ranking History

4/26/21: Cole was a steady tackler as a senior, and his steady play around the ball earned him a Senior Bowl invitation. He had modest production in 2019 and 2017 for South Alabama, but there are questions about his pass-rushing abilities.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2016 South Alabama 3 0 0 0 0 4 0
2017 South Alabama 12 0 0 0 3 55 0
2018 South Alabama 3 0 0 0 0 4 0
2019 South Alabama 12 3 0 3 9 59 1
2020 South Alabama 10 2 0 2 8 96 2

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/3/2020 @ Southern Miss. W 32 - 21 0 0 12 0
9/12/2020 Tulane L 24 - 27 0 0 4 0
9/24/2020 UAB L 10 - 42 1 2 9 1
10/17/2020 Texas St. W 30 - 20 0 2 15 0
10/24/2020 ULM W 38 - 14 1 1 5 0
10/29/2020 @ Ga. Southern L 17 - 24 0 1 8 0
11/7/2020 @ Coastal Carolina L 6 - 23 0 0 15 0
11/14/2020 @ Louisiana L 10 - 38 0 1 7 0
11/21/2020 Georgia St. L 14 - 31 0 0 11 1
11/28/2020 @ Arkansas St. W 38 - 31 0 0 0 0
12/5/2020 Troy L 0 - 29 0 1 10 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Korie Rogers, West Georgia
  • '19 - Dakota Allen, Texas Tech
  • '18 - Jack Cichy, Wisconsin
20. Texas A&M image Buddy Johnson, ILB, Texas A&M
Height: 6-2. Weight: 230.
Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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4/26/21: Johnson played well in 2020, making a lot of tackles for the Aggies. He improved his production in the passing game. Johnson helped himself with a good pro-day performance.

9/5/20: Johnson was a solid run defender for the Aggies in 2019 and showed a nice ability to fire into the backfield to make tackles for a loss. As a senior, he needs to improve his ability to cover and make more plays in the passing game.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Chapelle Russell, Temple
  • '19 - Bryce Allen-Williams, South Carolina
  • '18 - Genard Avery, Memphis
21. TCU image Garret Wallow, ILB, TCU
Height: 6-2. Weight: 230.
Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
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4/26/21: Wallow was tough run defender for TCU in 2020, making a lot of tackles. He looks like a potential backup as a pro.

9/5/20: Wallow was all over the field for TCU in 2019, making a lot of tackles. He did a decent job in pass coverage as well. For the NFL, it would make sense for Wallow to gain some weight and improve his ability to take on and shed blocks.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 TCU 14 0 0 0 0 8 0
2018 TCU 13 3 0 3 6 67 0
2019 TCU 12 3 1 3.5 20 125 0
2020 TCU 10 3 0 3 11 85 3

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/26/2020 Iowa St. L 34 - 37 1 2 9 1
10/3/2020 @ Texas W 33 - 31 0 1 6 1
10/10/2020 Kansas St. L 14 - 21 0 2 10 0
10/24/2020 Oklahoma L 14 - 33 0 1 11 0
10/31/2020 @ Baylor W 33 - 23 0 1 0 0
11/7/2020 Texas Tech W 34 - 18 0 0 5 0
11/14/2020 @ West Virginia L 6 - 24 0 0 10 0
11/28/2020 @ Kansas W 59 - 23 1 1 10 0
12/5/2020 Oklahoma St. W 29 - 22 0 1 11 0
12/12/2020 Louisiana Tech W 52 - 10 1 2 13 1




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

2021 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

2022 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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