Top Linebacker prospects 2021 NFL Draft

LINEBACKER PROSPECT RANKING 2021 NFL DRAFT

The 2021 Linebacker draft class is good but not great, with only one prospect being worthy of a top 10 pick. Star line-backer for the Lions, Micah Parsons, is, without doubt, the top prospect at the position; he had a really strong 2019 season, finishing with over 100 tackles, 5 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles, and was a finalist for the Butkus Award.

He has everything an NFL team could want. The only thing that stops him from being drafted higher is the position (Inside Linebacker) he plays. The top outside linebacker prospect is Notre Dames's Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah; he's an explosive and versatile player whose only knock is his lack of ideal physical traits. He has had a strong 2020 season, at a time when a lot of other players have opted out, and that helped him in showcasing his skills.

The rest of the class is filled with excellent talent, with 11 prospects having our 80 plus rating (Quality prospect) assigned to them.

Player Rankings - Linebacker prospects

# Player Pos Coll Weight Height 40YD AVG POS RANK AVG OVR RANK Rating Summary
13

Monty
Rice

LB
Georgia   Mascot
Georgia Mascot
235lbs 6-1 4.82 32 112.7 79 Rice is one of a few Bulldog defenders likely to be picked this draft. He was widely considered the leader of the defense and got ...
14

Baron
Browning

LB
Ohio State   Mascot
Ohio State Mascot
240lbs 6-3 4.58 25 83.1 77 Strengths Displays nice agility and awareness in coverage. Has the size and speed to be effective rushing the passer.Tougher betwe...
15

Anthony
Hines III

LB
Texas A&M   Mascot
Texas A&M Mascot
230lbs 6-3 4.68 57 226.7 71 Strengths Closes quickly on relatively immobile quarterbacks. A consistently heavy hitter who flashes explosiveness and the abilit...
16

Ernest
Jones

LB
South Carolina   Mascot
South Carolina Mascot
230lbs 6-2 4.74 51 211.5 71 Strengths Plays fast, flows with the action, showing smooth lateral agility and short-area burst. Has good instincts and awareness...
17

Amen
Ogbongbemiga...

LB
Oklahoma State   Mascot
Oklahoma State Mascot
235lbs 6-1 4.66 56 222.5 68 Strengths Combines very good instincts with above-average reaction skills. Almost always finds the ball in traffic. Has enough...
18

Isaiah
McDuffie

LB
Boston College   Mascot
Boston College Mascot
224lbs 6-1 4.68 66 314 67 Strengths Closes quickly on relatively immobile quarterbacks. A consistently heavy hitter who flashes explosiveness and the abilit...
19

Erroll
Thompson

LB
Mississippi State   Mascot
Mississippi State Mascot
250lbs 6-1 4.85 72 335.3 66 Strengths Big, aggressive hitter who can lay the wood. Has good awareness to quickly locate the ball, keeping his eyes up and on p...
20

Elijah
Sullivan

LB
Kansas State   Mascot
Kansas State Mascot
215lbs 6-0 4.68 87 544 65 Strengths Quick to read run, showing good agility and speed to get past blockers and finish. Experienced in coverage and gets a st...
21

Antjuan
Simmons

LB
Michigan State   Mascot
Michigan State Mascot
225lbs 6-0 4.68 70 333.5 65 Strengths Handles misdirection well with quick change-of-direction ability. Comes downhill quickly against the run when he has an ...
22

Riley
Cole

LB
South Alabama   Mascot
South Alabama Mascot
225lbs 6-3 4.72 78 382 64 Strengths An aggressive run defender, filling run lanes hard, and won't shy from contact. Plays with violence to fight off blocks,...
23

Dorian
Etheridge

LB
Louisville   Mascot
Louisville Mascot
230lbs 6-3 4.87 84 494.5 64 Strengths Quick to read run, showing good agility and speed to get past blockers and finish. Experienced in coverage and gets a st...
24

Nick
Niemann

LB
Iowa   Mascot
Iowa Mascot
233lbs 6-4 4.45 77 365 64 Strengths An aggressive run defender, filling run lanes hard, and won't shy from contact. Plays with violence to fight off blocks,...