2021 NFL Draft Prospects: Inside Linebacker



The top 2021 quarterback prospects available for the 2021 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2021 prospect. ** - denotes 2024 prospect.

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2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

  1. Micah Parsons*, ILB/OLB, Penn State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
    Projected Round (2021): 1.
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    9/5/20: Parsons collected 109 tackles with five sacks, four forced fumbles and five passes defended in 2019. He was always around the ball and produced some splash plays for Penn State. Parsons broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman and showed a lot of upside to develop into an intriguing player. For 2018, he totaled 83 tackles with five for a loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

    Parsons has good size and instincts. Sources from multiple teams said Parsons jumped out at them, and some believe he could end up being a high first-round pick. Prior to the Big Ten quitting on the 2020 season, Parsons announced he would not play and would start preparing for the NFL.




  2. Dylan Moses, ILB/OLB, Alabama
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 233.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-3.
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    9/5/20: Alabama has been a factory for linebacker talent, and Moses will keep that tradition alive for the 2021 NFL Draft, provided he can stay healthy. Team sources were really excited about seeing him in 2019, but a torn ACL in training camp ended his season before it started. Some sources think that if Moses had entered the 2020 NFL Draft, he still would have been an early-rounder despite the injury. They were very impressed with his performance in 2018, when he recorded 86 tackles, 10 for a loss, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass batted while rotating with other linebackers.


  3. Damon Clark*, ILB/OLB, LSU
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 236.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-4.
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    9/5/20: Clark is projected to be a replacement for Jacob Phillips as an inside linebacker for LSU. With his size and speed, Clark could continue the LSU tradition of strong linebacker play. He flashed as a rotational backup and in practice, so the NFL advance scouts have Clark on their preseason watch list for the 2021 NFL Draft.


  4. Jahad Woods, ILB, Washington State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 228.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    9/5/20: Woods is a tad undersized, but he has been a very productive defender for Washington State. Woods had an excellent junior season, producing a ton of tackles in the ground game and doing well in pass coverage. He produced some splash plays in each of the past three seasons as well. Woods has good instincts and is always around the ball.




  5. Chazz Surratt, ILB, North Carolina
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    9/5/20: Surratt broke out at linebacker for the Tar Heels in 2019, totaling 115 tackles with 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble, three passes defended and an interception. He has had an interesting college career, having served as North Carolina's starting quarterback for seven games in 2017, where he completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,342 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for five scores that season. In 2018, Surratt was suspended for four games for selling team-issued shoes and then had a season-ending wrist injury in his first game after suspension.


  6. Paddy Fisher, ILB, Northwestern
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 241.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    9/5/20: Fisher has been a tackling machine for Northwestern over his collegiate career. In 2019, he had his lowest total, 88, but he had 116 in his sophomore campaign and 111 as a freshman. He has also recorded an interception each season and has a total of eight passes broken up.

    Fisher has quality instincts and is a solid defender with a knack for forcing the ball loose, as he has nine forced fumbles in his career. Fisher may not have the speed, athleticism, and cover skills to be a three-down starter in the NFL. If he shows more pass-coverage skills, he could rise.


  7. Monty Rice, ILB, Georgia
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    9/5/20: Rice took a big step as a junior, showing improved run defense and some ability to contribute in pass coverage. If he can build off that performance and continue to make more plays in both phases, he could rise into receiving three-down starting potential for the NFL.


  8. Tuf Borland, ILB, Ohio State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 232.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    9/5/20: Borland notched 55 tackles with an interception, one sack and one pass broken up in 2019 while rotating with Baron Browning. In 2018, Borland played well despite a serious Achilles injury in the spring. He returned to the field in the fall and recorded 67 tackles with nine for a loss and three sacks on the year. Borland could've risen over his senior year, but the Big Ten canceled the 2020 season.


  9. Dorian Etheridge, ILB, Louisville
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    9/5/20: Etheridge was a steady linebacker for Louisville over the past three years. His pass defense has improved each season, and in 2019, he did a nice job of producing in coverage. It would help him to up his tackle total and run defense as a senior.




  10. Erroll Thompson, ILB, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    1/11/20: Thompson is a good college player who is a tough run defender, but issues in pass coverage could limit him to being a two-down linebacker in the NFL. In 2019, Thompson had 84 tackles with two passes batted and .5 sacks. Thompson is a thick linebacker who is a tough run defender and a true enforcer in the middle. Showing the ability to cover well in pass coverage is a big factor for Thompson's draft grade.


  11. Lakia Henry, ILB/OLB, Ole Miss
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/5/20: Henry was the starting inside linebacker for Ole Miss in 2019 and was a solid run defender for the Rebels. The senior needs to improve his pass-coverage skills, but considering he is a junior college product, there is reason to believe that Henry will play better now that he has a year of experience. While Henry plays on the inside for Ole Miss, NFL advance scouts placed him as an outside linebacker for the next level. That makes sense given his lack of length and height.


  12. Kuony Deng, ILB/OLB, California
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/5/20: Deng plays inside linebacker for California, but NFL teams list him as an outside linebacker. Unless his listed numbers are vastly exaggerated, he probably will fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker as a pro. After coming to California from the junior college ranks, Deng had a productive 2019 season and was a solid run defender. It would help to rise if he showed additional edge ability.


  13. Baron Browning, ILB, Ohio State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/5/20: Browning rotated with Tuf Borland at middle linebacker in the Buckeyes' 4-3 defense in 2019. Browning put together respectable production for a part-time player. He needed the opportunity to show more pass-coverage ability in 2020.


  14. Pete Werner, ILB/OLB, Ohio State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 239.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/5/20: Werner was a solid defender next to Malik Harrison in 2019. Werner has good size and is strong at the point of attack. He needed an to improve his production and pass-coverage skills, but the Big Ten cancelled its 2020 season.




  15. K.J. Britt, ILB, Auburn
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 236.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/5/20: Britt was impressive season in 2019 as a first-year starter for Auburn. He was tough at the point of attack and showed the ability to fire into the backfield to disrupt rushing attacks. As a senior, Britt needs to show more pass-coverage ability to rise for the NFL.


  16. Garret Wallow, ILB, TCU
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/5/20: Wallow was all over the field for TCU in 2019, making a lot of tackles. He did a decent job in pass coverage as well. For the NFL, it would make sense for Wallow to gain some weight and improve his ability to take on and shed blocks.


  17. Nate Landman, ILB, Colorado
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/5/20: Landman had an excellent sophomore season in which he did a good job defending the run and produced a lot of big plays in pass defense. His production was down in 2019, but it can be hard for linebackers to duplicate huge stat lines. Landman needs to show pass-coverage skills with NFL speed and athleticism.


  18. Isaac Slade-Matautia, ILB, Oregon
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 232.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.77.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    9/5/20: Slade-Matautia did not produce a lot in run defense, but he showed really well in pass coverage as a junior with a stellar 11 passes broken up. If he grows stronger as a run defender, he could rise


  19. Buddy Johnson, ILB, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    9/5/20: Johnson was a solid run defender for the Aggies in 2019 and showed a nice ability to fire into the backfield to make tackles for a loss. As a senior, he needs to improve his ability to cover and make more plays in the passing game.


  20. Blaze Alldredge, ILB, Rice
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2021): 7-FA.
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    9/5/20: Alldredge was a good tackler who did a nice job of being around the ball in 2019. For the NFL, Alldredge is going to need development and must get stronger. He should move to outside linebacker if he's unable to add a significant amount of weight.




2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P





 








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