2022 NFL Draft Prospects: Inside Linebacker

By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2022 quarterback prospects available for the 2022 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2022 prospect. ** - denotes 2025 prospect.

This page was last updated July 13, 2020. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.


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

  1. Micah Parsons, ILB/OLB, Penn State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
    Projected Round (2022): 1.
    View Ranking History


    7/13/20: 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 he has 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. It would be surprising if he returned to Penn State for his senior year and was in the 2022 NFL Draft.

    Career Stats

    Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    2019 Penn St. 13 5 0 5 15 109 4
    2018 Penn St. 13 1 1 1.5 6 83 2

    Game Log

    Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    8/31/2019 Idaho W 79 - 7 0 0 1 0
    9/7/2019 Buffalo W 45 - 13 0 3 10 0
    9/14/2019 Pittsburgh W 17 - 10 0 2 9 0
    9/27/2019 @ Maryland W 59 - 0 0 0 2 0
    10/5/2019 Purdue W 35 - 7 1 2 5 0
    10/12/2019 @ Iowa W 17 - 12 0 0 4 0
    10/19/2019 Michigan W 28 - 21 0 0 14 0
    10/26/2019 @ Michigan St. W 28 - 7 0 0 12 0
    11/9/2019 @ Minnesota L 26 - 31 1 2 11 0
    11/16/2019 Indiana W 34 - 27 0 0 7 1
    11/23/2019 @ Ohio St. L 17 - 28 0 2 10 1
    11/30/2019 Rutgers W 27 - 6 1 1 10 0
    12/28/2019 Memphis
    @ Arlington, Texas
    W 53 - 39 2 3 14 2




  2. Shane Lee*, ILB, Alabama
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 246.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Projected Round (2022): 1-3.
    View Ranking History


    7/13/20: Alabama has been a factory for linebacker talent, and Lee could keep that tradition alive for the 2022 or 2023 NFL Draft. With Dylan Moses being injured in 2019, Lee took on a larger than expected role as a freshman and had an impressive season, making a lot of splash plays for the Crimson Tide defense. His 10 pass breakups, 4.5 sacks and one interception was very impressive production in pass defense for a first-year player. Lee has a lot of ability and upside to develop as he gains experience.

    Career Stats

    Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    2019 Alabama 13 4 1 4.5 7 86 2

    Game Log

    Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    8/31/2019 Duke
    @ Atlanta, Georgia
    W 42 - 3 0 0 6 0
    9/7/2019 New Mexico St. W 62 - 10 0 1 5 0
    9/14/2019 @ South Carolina W 47 - 23 0 0 8 0
    9/21/2019 Southern Miss. W 49 - 7 1 1 5 0
    9/28/2019 Ole Miss W 59 - 31 0 0 6 0
    10/12/2019 @ Texas A&M W 47 - 28 .5 1 8 0
    10/19/2019 Tennessee W 35 - 13 1 1 6 1
    10/26/2019 Arkansas W 48 - 7 1 2 6 0
    11/9/2019 LSU L 41 - 46 0 0 3 0
    11/16/2019 @ Mississippi St. W 38 - 7 0 0 10 0
    11/23/2019 Western Caro. W 66 - 3 0 0 7 0
    11/30/2019 @ Auburn L 45 - 48 0 0 7 0
    1/1/2020 Michigan
    @ Orlando, Fla.
    W 35 - 16 1 1 9 1


  3. Christian Harris*, ILB/OLB, Alabama
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 244.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2022): 1-3.
    View Ranking History


    7/13/20: After an injury to Dylan Moses, Harris was thrust into a larger role and had an impressive freshman season for Alabama in 2019. Harris showed a lot of upside with the skill set to improve after gaining experience. He could be a fast riser as a sophomore and junior. Improving his production in pass coverage would help him.

    Career Stats

    Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    2018 Duke 13 0 0 0 0 0 0
    2017 Duke 10 0 0 0 0 1 0
    2016 Duke 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
    2015 Duke 4 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Game Log

    Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    8/31/2019 Alabama
    @ Atlanta, Georgia
    L 3 - 42 0 0 0 0
    9/7/2019 N.C. A&T W 45 - 13 0 0 0 0
    9/14/2019 @ Middle Tenn. W 41 - 18 0 0 0 0
    9/27/2019 @ Virginia Tech W 45 - 10 0 0 0 0
    10/5/2019 Pittsburgh L 30 - 33 0 0 0 0
    10/12/2019 Georgia Tech W 41 - 23 0 0 0 0
    10/19/2019 @ Virginia L 14 - 48 0 0 0 0
    10/26/2019 @ North Carolina L 17 - 20 0 0 0 0
    11/9/2019 Notre Dame L 7 - 38 0 0 0 0
    11/16/2019 Syracuse L 6 - 49 0 0 0 0
    11/23/2019 @ Wake Forest L 27 - 39 0 0 0 0
    11/30/2019 Miami (FL) W 27 - 17 0 0 0 0


  4. Damon Clark, ILB/OLB, LSU
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 236.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
    View Ranking History


    7/13/20: Clark is projected to be a replacement for Jacob Phillips as an inside linebacker for LSU. With his size and speed, Clark could continue the LSU tradition of strong linebacker play. He flashed as a rotational backup and in practice, so the NFL advance scouts put Clark on their preseason watch list.

    Career Stats

    Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    2019 LSU 15 3 1 3.5 5 50 0
    2018 LSU 13 0 0 0 0 1 0

    Game Log

    Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    8/31/2019 Ga. Southern W 55 - 3 0 0 9 0
    9/7/2019 @ Texas W 45 - 38 0 0 3 0
    9/14/2019 Northwestern St. W 65 - 14 0 0 6 0
    9/21/2019 @ Vanderbilt W 66 - 38 1.5 2 4 0
    10/5/2019 Utah St. W 42 - 6 0 1 1 0
    10/12/2019 Florida W 42 - 28 0 0 3 0
    10/19/2019 @ Mississippi St. W 36 - 13 0 0 3 0
    10/26/2019 Auburn W 23 - 20 1 1 1 0
    11/9/2019 @ Alabama W 46 - 41 0 0 1 0
    11/16/2019 @ Ole Miss W 58 - 37 0 0 3 0
    11/23/2019 Arkansas W 56 - 20 0 0 6 0
    11/30/2019 Texas A&M W 50 - 7 1 1 4 0
    12/7/2019 Georgia
    @ Atlanta, GA
    W 37 - 10 0 0 5 0
    12/28/2019 Oklahoma
    @ Atlanta, Georgia
    W 63 - 28 0 0 1 0
    1/13/2020 Clemson
    @ New Orleans, La.
    W 42 - 25 0 0 0 0




  5. Talanoa Hufanga, ILB/OLB, USC
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
    View Ranking History


    7/13/20: Hufanga had a nice sophomore season for the Trojans, showing some quickness and tackling ability. For the NFL, he needs to get stronger to hold up in the middle. If he is unable to gain weight, he will have be a Will - weak side - linebacker.

    Career Stats

    Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    2019 Southern California 10 3 1 3.5 9 90 2
    2018 Southern California 8 0 0 0 5 51 0

    Game Log

    Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    8/31/2019 Fresno St. W 31 - 23 0 0 8 0
    9/7/2019 Stanford W 45 - 20 0 1 10 0
    9/14/2019 @ BYU L 27 - 30 (1OT) 0 0 10 0
    9/20/2019 Utah W 30 - 23 .5 2 14 0
    9/28/2019 @ Washington L 14 - 28 0 0 0 0
    10/12/2019 @ Notre Dame L 27 - 30 0 0 6 0
    10/19/2019 Arizona W 41 - 14 0 0 3 0
    10/25/2019 @ Colorado W 35 - 31 0 0 0 0
    11/2/2019 Oregon L 24 - 56 0 0 0 0
    11/9/2019 @ Arizona St. W 31 - 26 0 0 4 1
    11/16/2019 @ California W 41 - 17 1 1 3 0
    11/23/2019 UCLA W 52 - 35 1 2 18 0
    12/27/2019 Iowa
    @ San Diego, Calif.
    L 24 - 49 1 3 14 1


  6. Nolan Smith*, ILB/OLB, Georgia
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.63.
    Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
    View Ranking History


    Career Stats

    Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    2019 Georgia 14 2 1 2.5 3 18 0

    Game Log

    Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    8/31/2019 @ Vanderbilt W 30 - 6 0 0 1 0
    9/7/2019 Murray St. W 63 - 17 1.5 2 3 0
    9/14/2019 Arkansas St. W 55 - 0 0 0 0 0
    9/21/2019 Notre Dame W 23 - 17 0 0 1 0
    10/5/2019 @ Tennessee W 43 - 14 0 0 0 0
    10/12/2019 South Carolina L 17 - 20 (1OT) 0 0 2 0
    10/19/2019 Kentucky W 21 - 0 0 0 1 0
    11/2/2019 Florida
    @ Jacksonville, Fla.
    W 24 - 17 0 0 1 0
    11/9/2019 Missouri W 27 - 0 1 1 2 0
    11/16/2019 @ Auburn W 21 - 14 0 0 0 0
    11/23/2019 Texas A&M W 19 - 13 0 0 0 0
    11/30/2019 @ Georgia Tech W 52 - 7 0 0 3 0
    12/7/2019 LSU
    @ Atlanta, GA
    L 10 - 37 0 0 2 0
    1/1/2020 Baylor
    @ New Orleans, LA
    W 26 - 14 0 0 2 0


  7. Brandon Smith*, ILB/OLB, Penn State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-4.
    View Ranking History


    Career Stats

    Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    2019 Iowa 9 0 0 0 0 1 0
    2018 Iowa 12 0 0 0 0 0 0
    2017 Iowa 10 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Game Log

    Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    8/31/2019 Miami (OH) W 38 - 14 0 0 0 0
    9/7/2019 Rutgers W 30 - 0 0 0 0 0
    9/14/2019 @ Iowa St. W 18 - 17 0 0 0 0
    9/28/2019 Middle Tenn. W 48 - 3 0 0 0 0
    10/5/2019 @ Michigan L 3 - 10 0 0 1 0
    10/12/2019 Penn St. L 12 - 17 0 0 0 0
    10/19/2019 Purdue W 26 - 20 0 0 0 0
    10/26/2019 @ Northwestern W 20 - 0 0 0 0 0
    11/9/2019 @ Wisconsin L 22 - 24 0 0 0 0
    11/16/2019 Minnesota W 23 - 19 0 0 0 0
    11/23/2019 Illinois W 19 - 10 0 0 0 0
    11/29/2019 @ Nebraska W 27 - 24 0 0 0 0
    12/27/2019 Southern California
    @ San Diego, Calif.
    W 49 - 24 0 0 0 0


  8. Azeez Ojulari*, ILB/OLB, Georgia
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
    View Ranking History


    Career Stats

    Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    2019 Georgia 14 4 3 5.5 8 36 1
    2018 Georgia 3 0 0 0 1 4 0

    Game Log

    Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    8/31/2019 @ Vanderbilt W 30 - 6 .5 1 6 0
    9/7/2019 Murray St. W 63 - 17 .5 1 2 0
    9/14/2019 Arkansas St. W 55 - 0 .5 1 1 0
    9/21/2019 Notre Dame W 23 - 17 0 0 2 0
    10/5/2019 @ Tennessee W 43 - 14 2 2 3 0
    10/12/2019 South Carolina L 17 - 20 (1OT) 0 0 6 0
    10/19/2019 Kentucky W 21 - 0 0 0 0 0
    11/2/2019 Florida
    @ Jacksonville, Fla.
    W 24 - 17 1 2 5 0
    11/9/2019 Missouri W 27 - 0 0 0 2 0
    11/16/2019 @ Auburn W 21 - 14 0 0 1 0
    11/23/2019 Texas A&M W 19 - 13 0 0 2 0
    11/30/2019 @ Georgia Tech W 52 - 7 0 0 0 0
    12/7/2019 LSU
    @ Atlanta, GA
    L 10 - 37 0 0 1 0
    1/1/2020 Baylor
    @ New Orleans, LA
    W 26 - 14 1 1 5 1


  9. Anthony Hines III, ILB/OLB, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
    Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
    View Ranking History


    Career Stats

    Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    2019 Texas A&M 13 0 0 0 13 73 0
    2018 Texas A&M 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    2017 Texas A&M 13 3 0 3 6 33 1

    Game Log

    Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    8/29/2019 Texas St. W 41 - 7 0 1 4 0
    9/7/2019 @ Clemson L 10 - 24 0 0 5 0
    9/14/2019 Lamar University W 62 - 3 0 0 2 0
    9/21/2019 Auburn L 20 - 28 0 1 6 0
    9/28/2019 Arkansas
    @ Arlington, TX
    W 31 - 27 0 1 5 0
    10/12/2019 Alabama L 28 - 47 0 1 6 0
    10/19/2019 @ Ole Miss W 24 - 17 0 0 5 0
    10/26/2019 Mississippi St. W 49 - 30 0 1 6 0
    11/2/2019 UTSA W 45 - 14 0 2 6 0
    11/16/2019 South Carolina W 30 - 6 0 3 6 0
    11/23/2019 @ Georgia L 13 - 19 0 2 7 0
    11/30/2019 @ LSU L 7 - 50 0 1 12 0
    12/27/2019 Oklahoma St.
    @ Houston, Texas
    W 24 - 21 0 0 3 0




  10. K'Vaughan Pope, ILB/OLB, Ohio State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 231.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
    View Ranking History


    Career Stats

    Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    2019 Ohio St. 13 0 0 0 0 13 0
    2018 Ohio St. 11 0 0 0 0 1 0

    Game Log

    Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    8/31/2019 Fla. Atlantic W 45 - 21 0 0 0 0
    9/7/2019 Cincinnati W 42 - 0 0 0 0 0
    9/14/2019 @ Indiana W 51 - 10 0 0 1 0
    9/21/2019 Miami (OH) W 76 - 5 0 0 1 0
    9/28/2019 @ Nebraska W 48 - 7 0 0 0 0
    10/5/2019 Michigan St. W 34 - 10 0 0 0 0
    10/18/2019 @ Northwestern W 52 - 3 0 0 3 0
    10/26/2019 Wisconsin W 38 - 7 0 0 0 0
    11/9/2019 Maryland W 73 - 14 0 0 1 0
    11/16/2019 @ Rutgers W 56 - 21 0 0 6 0
    11/23/2019 Penn St. W 28 - 17 0 0 0 0
    11/30/2019 @ Michigan W 56 - 27 0 0 1 0
    12/7/2019 Wisconsin
    @ Indianapolis, IN
    W 34 - 21 0 0 0 0
    12/28/2019 Clemson
    @ Glendale, Ariz.
    L 23 - 29 0 0 0 0


  11. Chris Oats, ILB/OLB, Kentucky
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 227.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
    Projected Round (2022): 5-7.
    View Ranking History


    Career Stats

    Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    2019 Kentucky 12 0 0 0 3 46 1
    2018 Kentucky 13 2 0 2 4 27 1

    Game Log

    Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
    8/31/2019 Toledo W 38 - 24 0 0 5 0
    9/7/2019 Eastern Mich. W 38 - 17 0 0 1 0
    9/14/2019 Florida L 21 - 29 0 0 0 0
    9/21/2019 @ Mississippi St. L 13 - 28 0 0 5 0
    9/28/2019 @ South Carolina L 7 - 24 0 0 8 0
    10/12/2019 Arkansas W 24 - 20 0 0 1 0
    10/19/2019 @ Georgia L 0 - 21 0 1 7 0
    10/26/2019 Missouri W 29 - 7 0 0 8 1
    11/9/2019 Tennessee L 13 - 17 0 0 0 0
    11/16/2019 @ Vanderbilt W 38 - 14 0 0 2 0
    11/23/2019 UT Martin W 50 - 7 0 0 0 0
    11/30/2019 Louisville W 45 - 13 0 0 4 0
    12/31/2019 Virginia Tech
    @ Charlotte, NC
    W 37 - 30 0 2 5 0




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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