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
37

Emmett
Rice

LB
Florida State   Mascot
Florida State Mascot
222lbs 6-2 4.78 60 822 60 Strengths Plays fast, flows with the action, showing smooth lateral agility and short-area burst. Has good instincts and awareness...
38

Anthony
Pandy

LB
Arizona   Mascot
Arizona Mascot
222lbs 6-1 4.82 57 694 60 Strengths An aggressive run defender, filling run lanes hard, and won't shy from contact. Plays with violence to fight off blocks,...
39

Jordan
Smith

LB
UAB   Mascot
UAB Mascot
255lbs 6-7 4.71 15 133.1 59 Strengths He has good reaction skills and awareness. Forceful tackler vs. the run.Quick to read run, showing good agility and spee...
40

Rodjay
Burns

LB
Louisville   Mascot
Louisville Mascot
215lbs 6-0 4.62 69 1086 59 Strengths Closes quickly on relatively immobile quarterbacks. A consistently heavy hitter who flashes explosiveness and the abilit...
41

Amandre
Williams

OLB
Montana State   Mascot
Montana State Mascot
234lbs 6-2 4.80 63 920 59 Strengths A bit stiff but makes the clean open-field tackle. Good effort in pursuit.Gives effort between the tackles to find the b...
42

James
Skalski

LB
Clemson   Mascot
Clemson Mascot
240lbs 6-0 4.78 18 157 59 Strengths Plays fast, flows with the action, showing smooth lateral agility and short-area burst. Has good instincts and awareness...
43

Christian
Albright

LB
Ball State   Mascot
Ball State Mascot
240lbs 6-2 4.75 51 558 59 Strengths Possesses strong upper body to be explosive and create turnovers as a tackler. Takes aggressive angles to the ball.Reads...
44

Isaiah
Kaufusi

LB
BYU   Mascot
BYU Mascot
220lbs 6-2 4.83 65 945 59 Strengths Good key and diagnosis skills. Quickly locates the ball and shows no wasted motion in getting there. At least adequate l...
45

Treshaun
Hayward

LB
Western Michigan   Mascot
Western Michigan Mascot
225lbs 6-1 4.68 58 696 59 Strengths Plays fast, flows with the action, showing smooth lateral agility and short-area burst. Has good instincts and awareness...
46

Terry
Myrick

LB
Eastern Michigan   Mascot
Eastern Michigan Mascot
217lbs 6-0 4.73 64 933 58 Strengths Quick to read run, showing good agility and speed to get past blockers and finish. Experienced in coverage and gets a st...
47

DQ
Thomas

LB
Middle Tennessee   Mascot
Middle Tennessee Mascot
218lbs 6-2 4.66 67 992 58 Strengths Good athlete. Shows a natural feel for pass rushing. Very good lateral agility to shake pass blockers.Keeps feet moving ...
48

Kavika
Fonua

LB
BYU   Mascot
BYU Mascot
205lbs 6-0 4.65 66 969 58 Strengths Shows toughness to get under the pads of tackles to bull them, club them upfield to get the inside lane, or fight throug...