Scouting Report: Linebacker Rankings

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst

2014 Linebacker Rankings 

1. Kahlil Mack Buffalo

2. Anthony Barr UCLA

3. C.J. Mosely Alabama

4. Ryan Shazier Ohio State

5. Jeremiah Attaochu Georgia Tech

6. Carl Bradford Arizona State

7. Adrian Hubbard Alabama

8. Chris Borland Wisconsin


Overview:

There's some good talent here in this crop of outside linebackers but a lot of players who are far from finished products. Two in particular, Attaochu and Barr, have only been playing the position for a few seasons. Bradford is an undersized defensive end who will have to do the dirty work at the next level if he wants to stick around. Both Hubbard and Attaochu could play end at the next level but project better as linebackers. Mack can play any position in the front seven and be good at it. 

 

Believe the Hype:

Kahlil Mack is a monster. I don't know as if I've seen as complete a linebacker come out of college as Mack. He can play inside, he can play strong side in an even front. Heck, he could play defensive end (maybe even tackle) and still be productive (Okay probably not tackle). He moves well in space and is violently strong. He's got great pass rushing moves and he can bend the corner and get to the quarterback. He's the best player in this draft and the most NFL ready product to plug and play. Defensive rookie of the year potential. All Pro potential in his first year. 

Thin on the Inside:

I set out to find the top five best inside linebackers but I only found two that I felt were worth mentioning. That's why I've added them to the outside linebackers and created a linebacker ranking. Borland is a mid to late round draft pick who will be a special teams player and depth man until he proves he's got what it takes to make it at the next level. Mosely is a great linebacker with just good athleticism. He'll be a solid starter but if he's drafted too high he'll be considered a bust. Should be put into a system that has a lot of talent around him so that he can flourish.