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
49

Jaylin
Thomas

LB
Ball State   Mascot
Ball State Mascot
235lbs 6-1 4.77 61 831 58 Strengths Intelligent player who can play "MIKE" linebacker despite his lack of size because of his instincts and ability to find ...
50

DeAngelo
Malone

LB
Western Kentucky   Mascot
Western Kentucky Mascot
230lbs 6-4 4.69 17 156.8 58 Strengths Work in progress as a pass rusher, with upfield burst and flexibility to dip and scrape.Best attribute. Extreme quicknes...
51

Tre
Williams

LB
Missouri   Mascot
Missouri Mascot
260lbs 6-5 4.95 72 1140 57 Strengths Tough between-the-tackles defender who shimmies past blockers to fill lanes. Downhill, aggressive run-stuffer with enoug...
52

Kadofi
Wright

LB
Buffalo   Mascot
Buffalo Mascot
230lbs 6-3 4.63 73 1150 57 Strengths Good key and diagnosis skills. Quickly locates the ball and shows no wasted motion in getting there. At least adequate l...
53

Tavante
Beckett

LB
Marshall   Mascot
Marshall Mascot
214lbs 5-10 4.78 74 1152 57 Strengths Quick to read run, showing good agility and speed to get past blockers and finish. Experienced in coverage and gets a st...
54

Justin
Rice

LB
Arkansas State   Mascot
Arkansas State Mascot
225lbs 6-2 4.82 52 563 56 Strengths A bit stiff but makes the clean open-field tackle. Good effort in pursuit.Good key and diagnosis skills. Quickly locates...
55

Kyle
Bailey

LB
Western Kentucky   Mascot
Western Kentucky Mascot
215lbs 6-0 4.78 78 1198 56 Strengths Quick to read run, showing good agility and speed to get past blockers and finish. Experienced in coverage and gets a st...
56

Max
Richardson

LB
Boston College   Mascot
Boston College Mascot
230lbs 6-0 4.82 54 655.5 56 Strengths Possesses a short, squatly build to slip through gaps quickly. Legitimate NFL-caliber instinctsHis versatility and commi...
57

Trevor
Denbow

LB
SMU   Mascot
SMU Mascot
225lbs 5-11 4.63 76 1184 56 Strengths Plays fast, flows with the action, showing smooth lateral agility and short-area burst. Has good instincts and awareness...
58

Richard
McBryde

LB
SMU   Mascot
SMU Mascot
232lbs 6-1 4.82 77 1197 56 Strengths Intelligent player who can play "MIKE" linebacker despite his lack of size because of his instincts and ability to find ...
59

John
Lamot

LB
Boston College   Mascot
Boston College Mascot
230lbs 6-0 4.78 71 1137 55 Strengths Intelligent player who can play "MIKE" linebacker despite his lack of size because of his instincts and ability to find ...
60

Eli
Brown

LB
Western Kentucky   Mascot
Western Kentucky Mascot
220lbs 6-2 4.74 83 1366 54 Strengths Quick to read run, showing good agility and speed to get past blockers and finish. Experienced in coverage and gets a st...