2018 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings

Outside Linebackers

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1. Roquan Smith
College: Georgia
Height: 6’1″, Weight: 236
The most complete linebacker in this years class. Roquan Smith has the ability to play either inside or outside linebacker. Immediately you see the impact Smith has on Georgia’s defense. He’s all over the place and is a strong defender in run and pass defense.

2. Tremaine Edmunds
College: Virginia Tech
Height: 6’5″, Weight: 253
Tremaine Edmunds is the most gifted linebacker in this years draft. Teams will fall in love with his upside. But it’s important that teams temper their early expectations for Edmunds. He lacks the instincts you expect out of a week one starter. It’s impossible to ignore the amount of play fakes and disguises he bit on in college. Good coaching can correct this, but it’ll require patience.

3. Darius Leonard
College: South Carolina State
Height: 6’2″, Weight: 213
An energetic linebacker, Darius Leonard is impossible to miss. Leonard’s motor and aggressiveness is tough to match. He made his living making plays behind the line of scrimmage. At 213 he’ll have to bulk up a bit but from watching him play it’d be tough to bet against him.

4. Malik Jefferson
College: Texas
Height: 6’3″, Weight: 236
A bit of a project player, Malik Jefferson has a great combination of size and speed. But his lack of instincts was pretty obvious watching him play. He made strides in comparing his junior year to senior year which is encouraging. If he can continue to grow the mental aspects of his game he can be a dominant linebacker. His speed is outstanding and often has helped save him after misreading a play.

5. Dorian O’Daniel
College: Clemson
Height: 6’1″, Weight: 215
Dorian O’Daniel is a very active linebacker with strong tackling ability. He’ll have to bulk up to play in the NFL. In watching him play he’s a very sound linebacker with the traits to become a starter. He only has one year of starting experience so there’s no reason to believe he’s done growing as a player.