Last updated 23 February 2021

1Micah ParsonsPenn State
2Jeremiah Owusu-KoramoahNotre Dame
3Nick BoltonMissouri
4Dylan MosesAlabama
5Jamin DavisKentucky
6Jabril CoxLSU
7Cameron McGroneMichigan
8Baron BrowningOhio State
9Chazz SurrattNorth Carolina
10Pete WernerOhio State
11Monty RiceGeorgia
12Tony Fields IIWest Virginia
13Charles SnowdenVirginia
14KJ BrittAuburn
15Amen OgbongbemigaOklahoma State

Starting at the top of this list – Micah Parsons is an elite linebacker who I’ve got as a top 10 overall player in my top 100. He can do it all  – rush the passer, stop the run, drop into coverage – and he does it all at a high intensity and shows incredible levels of athleticism. 

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah led Notre Dame’s defense as they made their way to a top 4 ranking and earned themselves a place in the College Football Playoffs while both Dylan Moses and Nick Bolton will have their eyes on performing well through the offseason workouts and sneaking their way into the first round come draft day. 

I’ve seen Jamin Davis in the first round of a couple of mock drafts and that’s based on what analysts *think* he can do. He wasn’t an every down linebacker at Kentucky and while I agree he’s got plenty of potential upside, I’d take him on day two and see what I can develop him into. 

Michigan’s Cameron McGrone and North Carolina’s Chazz Surratt will be two of the more interesting prospects from within this group.

McGrone has only 15 starts under his belt and while in those games he showed an awful lot of talent, NFL teams won’t yet have seen him consistently tested enough in any phase of the game to know how high his ceiling might be. 

Surratt only converted to playing linebacker two years ago having initially gone to North Carolina as a quarterback. He’s got high levels of athleticism and his reading of the play tends to be pretty good, but his relative inexperience at the position  will again make him an interesting prospect for teams to get a decent read on. 

The two Ohio State products on this list both shone during the 2020 season on OSU’s run to the CFP Final and Baron Browning’s stock in particular his risen as a result of what he was able to show on the field during last season. 

Charles Snowden from Virginia is a really interesting prospect, standing at over 6’6 he has the stature to play as an edge rusher and it’ll be interesting to see who drafts him and how they go about using him. 

We’ll also mention TCU’s Garret Wallow here – if only to provide a suitable place to link to our previous piece on him. Shameless we know, but it’s worth a read! 

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