2017 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Linebacker

With the 2017 NFL Draft just a few months away, Zach continues his big board series where he breaks down the top prospects at each position in the draft. Next up: linebacker.

By: Zach Metkler, GZ Sports Report Writer

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After breaking down the defensive ends and edge-rushers, we will now take a look the rest of the linebackers. Below is my initial big board for the 2017 linebacker class.

  1. Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
  2. Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt
  3. Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida
  4. Haason Reddick, ILB/OLB, Temple
  5. Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio State
  6. Anthony Walker, ILB, Northwestern
  7. Kendell Beckwith, ILB, LSU
  8. Jalen Reeves-Maybin, ILB/OLB, Tennessee
  9. Elijah Lee, ILB/OLB, Kansas State
  10. Duke Riley, ILB/OLB, LSU
  11. Vince Biegel, ILB/OLB, Wisconsin
  12. Alex Anzalone, ILB/OLB, Florida
  13. Steven Taylor, ILB, Houston
  14. Ben Boulware, ILB, Clemson
  15. Josh Harvey-Clemons, ILB, Louisville
  16. Richie Brown, ILB/OLB, Mississippi State\
  17. Keith Kelsey, ILB, Louisville
  18. Riley Bullough, ILB, Michigan State
  19. Tanner Vallejo, ILB, Boise State
  20. Connor Harris, ILB, Lindenwood
  21. Nyeem Wartman-White, ILB, Penn State
  22. Paul Magloire Jr., ILB, Arizona
  23. Ben Gedeon, ILB, Michigan
  24. Hardy Nickerson, ILB, Illinois
  25. Harvey Langi, ILB, BYU

Class Position Strength: Above Average/Big Sleeper Potential

Class Superlatives:

Biggest Riser: Haason Reddick, Temple
Biggest Faller: Alex Anzalone, Florida
Most NFL-Ready: Reuben Foster, Alabama
Best Run-Stopper: Reuben Foster, Alabama
Best Pass-Rusher: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
Best Coverage Skills: Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
Most Athletic: Haason Reddick, Temple
Biggest Hitter: Reuben Foster, Alabama
Best Strong-Side Linebacker: 
Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State
Best Weak-Side Linebacker: Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
Best Inside Linebacker: Reuben Foster, Alabama
Intangibles: Jarrad Davis, Florida
Highest Ceiling: Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
Could Disappoint: Anthony Walker, Northwestern
Could Surprise: Haason Reddick, Temple
Biggest Question Mark: Elijah Lee, Kansas State
Biggest Risk: Anthony Beckwith, LSU
Biggest Sleeper: Vince Biegel, Wisconsin

Previous Rankings:
Running Back
Wide Receiver
Tight End
Offensive Tackle
Offensive Guard
Defensive Tackle
Defensive End/Edge-Rusher

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