Rankings and quick lookaheads of all the inside linebacker prospects invited to the 2019 NFL Combine.
2019 NFL Inside Linebacker Combine Workout: Sunday, March 3
Here we go with the 2019 NFL Combine, with all the breakdowns and analysis of every positive and negative for all of the top prospects. This isn’t that hard. Just simplify it – who can play football well enough to make an impact at the next level?
The bigger breakdowns will come before the NFL Draft, but for now – again, from the college perspective – here are the pre-combine rankings for all of the inside linebackers invited to the big workout.
Before getting into the top five breakdown, here’s a ranking of the best of the rest.
2019 Pre-NFL Combine Inside Linebacker Best of the Rest Rankings
Number in parentheses is the projected round drafted pre-NFL Combine.
21. Bryson Allen-Williams, South Carolina 6-1, 228 (7 FA)
Can he stay on the field? Talented and tough, he’s just too smallish, and he doesn’t have the speed and athleticism to make up for it. The big issue is his health, playing for five years and failing to make it past eight games three times.
20. Terez Hall, Missouri 6-1, 235 (7 FA)
Versatile enough to play inside or out, he can hit big and he’s experienced, but he’s a bit more of a tools guy than an actual player. He’ll have to make a roster as a special teamer.
19. Sione Takitaki, BYU 6-3, 231 (7 FA)
He grew into a whale of a tackler, coming up with 119 stops in his final year, seemingly getting in on everything. He’s always going to go full bore, and he’s going to hit everything, but he’s not quite athletic enough.
18. Deshaun Davis, Auburn 5-11, 230 (7 FA)
He’ll find a way to make a roster somehow, but he doesn’t move all that well. He’ll hit everything, and he came up with 15 tackles for loss last year, but he’ll be a limited short-space defender.
17. Emeke Egbule, Houston 6-3, 245 (7 FA)
There isn’t a ton of athleticism in this class of inside linebackers, but Egbule blows through that. He’s not a high-volume tackler, but he can really, really move.
16. Kendall Joseph, Clemson 5-11, 231 (5)
A leader and star for a national title defense for the last three seasons, he can get behind the line, and he’s as smart a player as they come, but he’s going to disappoint in a big way in the workouts. He’ll make a team as a good football player, but he’s limited.
15. Jeff Allison, Fresno State 6-0, 235 (7 FA)
A tough-guy tackler who might not fit the mold that NFL teams might like, but he’ll hit. He’s not going to be the star of a pro linebacking corps, but he’ll bring the pop to everything that comes his way.
14. Bobby Okereke, Stanford 6-3, 232 (6)
A good, steady tackler who took over the role over the last two seasons, he also great into a better pass defender. He’s got the quickness and speed to rise up into a steady producer as long as he ads a little bulk.
13. Ty Summers, TCU 6-2, 233 (7 FA)
Don’t get caught up in the tackle production with just 46 in his senior year – TCU linebackers play a different sort of role. He has good enough size and he’s going to rip through the Combine workout. He’ll make a team.
12. Khalil Hodge, Buffalo 6-1, 235 (5)
Okay, no, he didn’t get the invite to the NFL Combine, but he’s among the better mid-level inside linebacker prospects with thumping tackling skills. He might be undersized, and he’s not going to get behind the line, but there’s a reason he made 419 tackles in three years.
11. Dakota Allen, Texas Tech 6-1, 235 (6)
While he might not be the fastest all-around linebacker, he’s a strong tackler and good hitter who can get behind the line and is solid in pass coverage. A better player than his tools.
10. Joe Giles-Harris, Duke 6-2, 240 (7 FA)
Draft him, and don’t worry about the lack of speed. He’s never going to impress as an athlete, but he’ll hit everything and he’ll find ways to get behind the line, coming up with over 32 tackles for loss and 313 stops in his three seasons.
9. Tyrel Dodson, Texas A&M 6-2, 242 (7 FA)
While he wasn’t quite the volume tackler he probably should have been, he’s got the look, bulk and quickness to fit and shine at the next level. He might slip through the draft cracks, but watch out for him to be a late round flier who sticks.
8. T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin 6-0, 247 (3)
A peerless leader with phenomenal instincts and smarts, he was almost always in the right position as a four-year starter who finished with 366 tackles and ten picks.While he doesn’t quite have the right size, and he’s not going to wow anyone in workouts, but he’s a rock of a football player who’ll be a steady starter.
7. Tre Lamar, Clemson 6-4, 250 (3)
A true middle linebacker with intriguing size and range, he was helped a bit by working behind an all-timer of a defensive line. However, he also did his part to rise up and rock, turning into a sure-thing all-around playmaker in the interior of the linebacking corps. He’s still getting better.
6. Germaine Pratt, NC State 6-3, 240 (3)
You want the guy who looks the part? Here you go. He moves really, really well – be stunned if he’s not one of the better workout warriors – and he has a whole lot of football in him. A good part of the puzzle for three years, he broke through as a starter with 104 tackles with six sacks last season. Get ready for him to be a must-get after the top 50 picks.