2016 ILB Prospect Grades (FINAL)

Quick Notes on the ILB rankings 2.0...

 -- If you don’t consider Jatavis Brown as an ILB (was more an OLB in college), which I would probably not use him as an ILB in the pros at first (but you could), then this is a pretty weak class of linebackers looking for hopeful ‘elite’ or Pro Bowl type ILB prospects. There are several ‘good’ options, but no prospects that are first-round material…but I’m sure Reggie Ragland goes in the 1st because ‘Alabama’. There are several linebackers with the skills, or different skills as Ragland.

 -- Akil Blount is a newly scouted ILB prospect since the last ranking, and some people are chirping about him. He can play in the league, but I don’t see him as a super ‘sleeper’.

 -- I still like Elandon Roberts as a ‘sleeper’ in this class. I’m not sure I can fully explain why, but there is something about him – solid, but not sure ‘special’ is on the table with him…just ‘good’, good value.

 -- We’re all over the map on Tyler Matakevich. His tackle numbers are more impressive than Scooby Wright. His measurables and tape, I don’t see it.

 

*A score of 8.00+ is where we see a stronger correlation of LBs going on to become NFL good/great/elite. A score of 10.00+ is more rarefied air in our system, and indicates a greater probability of becoming an NFL elite LB.

All of the LB ratings are based on a 0-10 scale, but a player can score negative, or above a 10.0 in certain instances.

Tackle-Strength Metrics = A combination of several physical and performance measurements. An attempt to classify the LB prospect's ability to stop the run, as well as a gauge how physical the player is over, and the likelihood of higher tackle counts in the NFL. All based on profiles of LBs historically.

Speed-Agility Metrics = A combination of several speed, agility, and size measurements...as well as game performance data to profile a LB for speed/agility based on LBs historically. A unique measuring system to look for LBs that profile for quickness, pass-coverage ability, and general ability to cover more ground.

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2016 ILB Prospect Grades (FINAL)

Date:
April 24, 2016

Quick Notes on the ILB rankings 2.0...

 -- If you don’t consider Jatavis Brown as an ILB (was more an OLB in college), which I would probably not use him as an ILB in the pros at first (but you could), then this is a pretty weak class of linebackers looking for hopeful ‘elite’ or Pro Bowl type ILB prospects. There are several ‘good’ options, but no prospects that are first-round material…but I’m sure Reggie Ragland goes in the 1st because ‘Alabama’. There are several linebackers with the skills, or different skills as Ragland.

 -- Akil Blount is a newly scouted ILB prospect since the last ranking, and some people are chirping about him. He can play in the league, but I don’t see him as a super ‘sleeper’.

 -- I still like Elandon Roberts as a ‘sleeper’ in this class. I’m not sure I can fully explain why, but there is something about him – solid, but not sure ‘special’ is on the table with him…just ‘good’, good value.

 -- We’re all over the map on Tyler Matakevich. His tackle numbers are more impressive than Scooby Wright. His measurables and tape, I don’t see it.

 

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Quick Notes on the ILB rankings 2.0...

 -- If you don’t consider Jatavis Brown as an ILB (was more an OLB in college), which I would probably not use him as an ILB in the pros at first (but you could), then this is a pretty weak class of linebackers looking for hopeful ‘elite’ or Pro Bowl type ILB prospects. There are several ‘good’ options, but no prospects that are first-round material…but I’m sure Reggie Ragland goes in the 1st because ‘Alabama’. There are several linebackers with the skills, or different skills as Ragland.

 -- Akil Blount is a newly scouted ILB prospect since the last ranking, and some people are chirping about him. He can play in the league, but I don’t see him as a super ‘sleeper’.

 -- I still like Elandon Roberts as a ‘sleeper’ in this class. I’m not sure I can fully explain why, but there is something about him – solid, but not sure ‘special’ is on the table with him…just ‘good’, good value.

 -- We’re all over the map on Tyler Matakevich. His tackle numbers are more impressive than Scooby Wright. His measurables and tape, I don’t see it.

 

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R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics, and a football projections analyst and writer for Fantasy Football Metrics. 

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