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
73

DeMarkus
Glover

LB
Akron   Mascot
Akron Mascot
217lbs 6-1 4.72 120 1265 52 Strengths Intelligent player who can play "MIKE" linebacker despite his lack of size because of his instincts and ability to find ...
74

Tony
Fields II

LB
West Virginia   Mascot
West Virginia Mascot
220lbs 6-1 4.72 49 204.2 52 Strengths Intelligent player who can play "MIKE" linebacker despite his lack of size because of his instincts and ability to find ...
75

Garret
Wallow

LB
TCU   Mascot
TCU Mascot
230lbs 6-2 4.65 46 189.2 49 Strengths A bit stiff but makes the clean open-field tackle. Good effort in pursuit.Good key and diagnosis skills. Quickly locates...
76

Justin
Hilliard

LB
Ohio State   Mascot
Ohio State Mascot
231lbs 6-1 4.81 63 275.7 45 Strengths A bit stiff but makes the clean open-field tackle. Good effort in pursuit.Has recovery speed to get back into plays. Rel...
77

Tuf
Borland

LB
Ohio State   Mascot
Ohio State Mascot
234lbs 6-1 4.98 59 243.8 35 Strengths Plays fast, flows with the action, showing smooth lateral agility and short-area burst. Has good instincts and awareness...
78

Jamar
Watson

LB
Kentucky   Mascot
Kentucky Mascot
244lbs 6-3 4.78 75 346.2 35 Strengths Has a filled-out frame with good thickness. Plays at full speed at all times with an active motor and determined quickne...
79

Charles
Snowden

LB
Virginia   Mascot
Virginia Mascot
235lbs 6-7 4.75 41 163.7 34 Strengths Good key and diagnosis skills. Quickly locates the ball and shows no wasted motion in getting there. At least adequate l...
80

Grant
Stuard

LB
Houston   Mascot
Houston Mascot
225lbs 6-1 4.63 79 407 34 Strengths Shows a burst to close. Flashes explosive hitting ability and good lateral and downfield pursuit.Can attack the edge wit...
81

Elerson
Smith

LB
Northern Iowa   Mascot
Northern Iowa Mascot
262lbs 5-10 4.77 55 220 33 Strengths Gets his hands in the passing lanes. Effort is mere in coverage.Tough between-the-tackles defender who shimmies past blo...
82

Derrick
Barnes

LB
Purdue   Mascot
Purdue Mascot
245lbs 6-1 4.57 76 350 31 Strengths Brings down quarterbacks much bigger than he is. Very good motor and regularly chases down plays from behind.Big, aggres...
83

Milo
Eifler

LB
Illinois   Mascot
Illinois Mascot
225lbs 6-2 64 286 31
84

Buddy
Johnson

LB
Texas A&M   Mascot
Texas A&M Mascot
240lbs 6-2 4.73 67 326.3 30 Strengths Gives effort between the tackles to find the ball and is willing to take on linemen.Has good balance and short-area burs...