1) Bruce Carter, North Carolina
Synopsis: Would be a first rounder if he didn’t tear his ACL. He’s a balanced linebacker who can drop into coverage and blitz the QB. He’s a bit undersized, but is pretty powerful despite his frame.
2) Mason Foster, Washington
Synopsis: Foster is an intense player with a mean streak and a tackling machine. He’s stout against blockers and great against the run. His aggression can get the best of him, but he’ll be a starter.
3) KJ Wright, Mississippi St
Range: 3rd – 4th
Synopsis: Wright can do a bit of everything and has experience in the 4-3 as well as the 3-4. He was a durable starter who’s a natural football player with great instincts. Does everything well but nothing great.
4) Lawrence Wilson, UConn
Synopsis: Undersized and will be limited to the weakside, but highly productive and a great athlete. Not strong and struggles with blockers, but a playmaker if you keep blockers off of him.
5) Mark Herzlich, Boston College
Range: 3rd – 6th
Synopsis: Everyone knows his inspirational story. Herzlich is incredibly tough and has a non-stop motor. He finds ways to make plays, but isn’t agile and may need to move inside to make it in the NFL.
6) Ross Homan, Ohio St
Range: 4th – 5th
Synopsis: 3 year starter at Ohio State who was productive. He is tough against the run and deceptively athletic. However, his size is limited and he struggles getting off blocks.
7) Adrian Moten, Maryland
Synopsis: One of the more athletic linebackers in the draft and also incredibly productive. He’s athletic and fluid in coverage, but his size will limit what types of defenses he can play in (best in Tampa 2).
8) Doug Hogue, Syracuse
Synopsis: Hogue is still very raw as a player, but is incredibly athletic and fast. He needs to get bigger, but has the frame to do so. He also needs to become more of a student of the game.
9) Scott Lutrus, UConn
Range: 5th – 6th
Synopsis: 4 year starter who was actually more productive as an underclassmen. He’s undersized, but not as athletic as the others. He knows how to play, but doesn’t have a high ceiling. Might be best in the middle.
10) Jabara Williams, Stephen F. Austin
Range: 5th – 6th
Synopsis: As small-school as it gets in the linebacker crop. He’s a fantastic athlete and was productive (albeit against inferior talent). Williams has to get bigger/stronger and to make it.
11) Mario Harvey, Marshall
Range: 6th – 7th
Synopsis: Incredibly productive and made plays as a pass rusher and dropping back. He’s shorter than you’d like but has deceptive speed. He’s on sleeper alert with how many positions he can play.
12) Jonas Mouton, Michigan
Range: 6th – 7th
Synopsis: Good size and a dependable starter while at Michigan. He wasn’t much of a playmaker and that has to do with a lack of athleticism and mobility. Has a very limited upside.
13) Brian Rolle, Ohio St
Synopsis: 2 year starter and incredibly productive. Rolle is incredibly undersized at 5’10” 230 lbs and will be limited to the weakside. Incredibly fast and athletic, he might be given a chance at safety. Position tweener.
14) DJ Smith, Appalachian St
Range: 7th – UDFA
Synopsis: 4 year starter who amassed 525 tackles. He was productive, but like Rolle he’s undersized. He’s agile and good on the run, but his size limits him when shedding blockers.