2023 NFL Draft Prospects: Inside Linebacker



The top 2023 Inside Linebacker prospects available for the 2023 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2023 prospect. ** - denotes 2026 prospect.

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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

2023 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
1. Penn State image Brandon Smith, ILB/OLB, Penn State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
Projected 40 Time: 4.5.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2.
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7/31/21: With Micah Parsons sitting out the 2020 season, Smith flashed for Penn State, showing speed and athleticism. Like Parsons, Smith is a big linebacker who has serious speed. In the shortened eight-game 2020 season, Smith collected 37 tackles, two sacks, an interception and a pass broken up. He could be even better in 2021 thanks to his experience as a sophomore.





Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
2. Alabama image Will Anderson*, ILB/OLB, Alabama
Height: 6-4. Weight: 235.
Projected 40 Time: 4.6.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3.
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7/31/21: Anderson was a rare freshman to start on Nick Saban's defense, but Anderson proved his special ability with a superb debut season. He was third in the SEC with seven sacks while also recording 10.5 tackles for a loss, and 52 tackles. Anderson has size, speed, athleticism, and is an explosive playmaker. He could be even better as a sophomore and/or junior.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Justin Strnad, Wake Forest
3. Alabama image Christian Harris, ILB/OLB, Alabama
Height: 6-2. Weight: 244.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3.
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7/31/21: Harris notched 68 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two passes broken up in 2020. After an injury to Dylan Moses, Harris was thrust into a larger role and turned in an impressive freshman season for Alabama in 2019. Harris showed a lot of upside and the skill set to improve after gaining experience. He could be a fast riser as an upperclassman. Improving his production in pass coverage would help him.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
4. Texas image Terrell Bernard, ILB, Texas
Height: 6-0. Weight: 223.
Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3.
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7/31/21: Bernard has been a tough linebacker for the Bears over the past three seasons. He really played well in 2019, amassing 112 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one interception, two passes defended and three fumble recoveries. In the shortened 2020 season, Bernard recorded 55 tackles with 3.5 sacks, an interception and two passes defended. He looks like has three-down starting potential for the NFL.





Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Troy Dye, Oregon
5. Texas image Demarvion Overshown, ILB, Texas
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3.
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7/31/21: Overshown broke out in 2020 with 60 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and seven passes defended. In the middle of the field, Overshown is fast and athletic. He needs to gain some weight for the NFL, but he has the potential to be a riser.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Malik Harrison, Ohio State
6. Clemson image Trenton Simpson*, ILB/LB, Clemson
Height: 6-3. Weight: 225.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Joe Bachie, Michigan State
7. Ole Miss image MoMo Sanogo, ILB, Ole Miss
Height: 6-1. Weight: 227.
Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Jacob Phillips, LSU
8. Alabama image Christopher Allen, ILB/OLB, Alabama
Height: 6-3. Weight: 242.
Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - David Woodward, Utah State
9. Alabama image Shane Lee, ILB/LB, Alabama
Height: 6-0. Weight: 246.
Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Michael Divinity, LSU
10. Oregon image Noah Sewell*, ILB/DT, Oregon
Height: 6-3. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Logan Wilson, Wyoming
11. Oregon image Justin Flowe*, ILB/OLB, Oregon
Height: 6-2. Weight: 246.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Evan Weaver, California
12. Penn State image Jake Luketa, ILB, Penn State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 251.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - De'Jon Harris, Arkansas
13. LSU image Micah Baskerville, ILB, LSU
Height: 6-0. Weight: 223.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Shaquille Quarterman, Miami
14. Ohio State image Dallas Gant, ILB, Ohio State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 237.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 6-FA.
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Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Markus Bailey, Purdue
15. Iowa State image Mike Rose, ILB/DE, Iowa State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
Projected Round (2023): 6-FA.
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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

2023 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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