Oct 20, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; LSU Tigers linebacker Kevin Minter (46) tackles Texas A

NFL Draft 2013: Inside Linebacker Rankings


Every year I seem to think the crop of inside linebackers isn’t very good. This year isn’t any different.

This is partly because every year the some best ILBs aren’t even on my ILB rankings, because they’re 4-3 OLB’s until an NFL coach gets a hold of them and converts them. Think Bobby Wagner a year ago. So take this list as incomplete. These are only those linebackers who are played in the middle in college.

The best in this class, and the only one I’d take in the first round is Kevin Minter. I don’t believe Manti Te’o is worth it, and that has nothing to do with the “catfish” hoax. He’s a guy who can play stack only, can’t cover man to man, and doesn’t have the athleticism to play in a cover 2 system. Te’o is a 2 down LB in the NFL, and that isn’t something I’d both drafting before the 3rd round.

Seattle is in need of another LB, but they’re looking someone to play on the outside. If they do take someone on this list, it’ll be a player late in the draft to be Wagner’s backup. Virginia Steve Greer would be a very good fit in my eyes.

Rank Player Pos P Rank School Height Weight
*Kevin Minter ILB 1 LSU 6/1 246
Manti Te’o ILB 2 Notre Dame 6/1 241
Kiko Alonso ILB 3 Oregon 6/3 238
Nico Johnson ILB 4 Alabama 6/2 248
Jon Bostic ILB 5 Florida 6/1 245
A.J. Klein ILB 6 Iowa State 6/1 250
Kevin Reddick ILB 7 North Carolina 6/1 243
Steve Beauharnais ILB 8 Rutgers 6/1 240
Albert Rosette ILB 9 Nevada 6/2 245
Vince Williams ILB 10 Florida State 6/1 247
Steve Greer ILB 11 Virginia 6/1 236
Nick Clancy ILB 12 Boston Col 6/2 229
Bruce Taylor ILB 13 Virginia Tech 6/1 234

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