Inside Linebackers

Virginia v UCLA

By Oliver Connolly, Editor-In-Chief

What we’re looking for/grading

Production – The players collegiate production relative to competition, including; tackles, sacks, TFLs and passes defended.

Athleticism – The blend of height-weight-speed. Informed largely by combine numbers and pro days.

Diagnose and Attack – Judging a player’s ability to diagnose the play in an instance and attack the ball carrier.

POA Skills – A player’s ability to take on blockers one-on-one at the POA. Stack and shed, control the blocker and consistently maintain gap integrity.

Range – A player’s ability to cover the run sideline-to-sideline. A combination of athleticism, instincts, sort through trash and ability to change direction.

Tackling – Ability to form tackle in the hole, in space and deliver a blow one-on-one.

3rd Down – Can the player stay on the field for all three downs? The ability to cover tight ends and running backs at the line, in space and the ability to rush the passer. New up tempo offenses and hybrid defenses make it difficult for traditional ILB ‘thumpers’ to stay on the field. It’s an underrated but invaluable skill.

Grade Scale:

1 – Poor

2 – Below Average

3 – Average

4 – Above Average

5 – Elite

Positional Averages:

Pos. Height Weight. Arm Hand Bench 10 20 40 VJ BJ SS LS 3 Cone
ILB 6-0 240 32 1/4 9 1/2 23 1.65 2.74 4.78 34.8 9-7 4.37 11.72 7.08

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School

HT-WT

Production

Athleticism

Diagnose and Attack

POA Skills

Range

Tackling

3rd Down

Myles Jack

UCLA

6-1, 225

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Reggie Ragland

Alabama

6-2, 252

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Cassanova McKinzy

Auburn

6-3, 253

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Steven Daniels

BostonCollege

6-0, 257

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Antonio Morrison

Florida

6-1, 229

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Rueben Foster

Alabama

6-1, 240

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Scooby Wright

Arizona

6-1, 246

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Kentrell Brothers

Missouri

6-1, 235

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Kendell Beckwith

LSU

6-2, 252

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Terrance Smith

Florida state

6-4, 231

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