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
85

Elerson
Smith

LB
Northern Iowa   Mascot
Northern Iowa Mascot
262lbs 5-10 4.77 27 220 33 Strengths Gets his hands in the passing lanes. Effort is mere in coverage.Tough between-the-tackles defender who shimmies past blo...
86

Sam
Williams

LB
Ole Miss   Mascot
Ole Miss Mascot
265lbs 6-4 34 291 32
87

Milo
Eifler

LB
Illinois   Mascot
Illinois Mascot
225lbs 6-2 33 286 31
88

Derrick
Barnes

LB
Purdue   Mascot
Purdue Mascot
245lbs 6-1 4.57 41 350 31 Strengths Brings down quarterbacks much bigger than he is. Very good motor and regularly chases down plays from behind.Big, aggres...
89

Buddy
Johnson

LB
Texas A&M   Mascot
Texas A&M Mascot
240lbs 6-2 4.73 37 326.3 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...
90

Kuony
Deng

LB
California   Mascot
California Mascot
250lbs 6-6 4.74 35 293 30 Strengths Spends a lot of time outside the box in coverage, but he has the strength to hold the edge against large tight ends and ...
91

Nate
Landman

LB
Colorado   Mascot
Colorado Mascot
235lbs 6-3 4.75 31 253 30 Strengths A bit stiff but makes the clean open-field tackle. Good effort in pursuit.Has a filled-out frame with good thickness. Pl...