2017 NFL draft rankings: Linebackers

Those dynamic tight ends this class appears to offer? A lot of times, these are the players responsible for them in coverage. Linebackers—at least quality, three-down linebackers—have to be able to take on 300-pound blockers, chase running backs sideline to sideline and drop in coverage. This year’s class has several prospects who have done that throughout their college careers, as well as a handful of sleepers.

 
Rank Player School Measurables
1 Reuben Foster Alabama 6' 0", 229 lbs.
2 Haason Reddick Temple 6' 1", 237 lbs.
3 Jarrad Davis Florida 6' 1", 238 lbs.
4 Zach Cunningham Vanderbilt 6' 3", 234 lbs.
5 Raekwon McMillan​ Ohio State 6' 2", 240 lbs.
6 Kendell Beckwith LSU 6' 2", 243 lbs.
7 Anthony Walker Northwestern 6' 1", 238 lbs.
8 Jalen Reeves-Maybin Tennessee 6' 0", 230 lbs.
9 Elijah Lee Kansas State 6' 3", 228 lbs.
10 Vince Biegel Wisconsin 6' 3", 246 lbs.

In our last positional rankings, Reddick climbed all the way up to No. 4, a move certainly fueled by the Senior Bowl. Because of his size, the Temple standout likely will wind up transitioning to a linebacker-heavy role at the next level, and that week in Mobile was one of the first glimpses at how he could handle that responsibility. He was, in a word, phenomenal. He also helped himself even further with an excellent NFL combine, which has boosted him even closer to the top this time around.

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Davis’s coverage abilities, provided he’s healthy, could make him the next best thing to Foster, the runaway No. 1 linebacker prospect this year. Davis can be matched up against backs or tight ends and hold his own.

Lee was among the most notable combine snubs. He had 110 tackles this past season, and he’s well-rounded enough to be counted on for all three downs in the NFL.

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