Senior Bowl Linebackers that Could Upgrade the Packers Defense

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Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Chris Borland (44) tackles Brigham Young Cougars running back Adam Hine (28). Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

This week we’ve already talked about the top 3-4 outside linebacker and safety prospects in this week’s Reese’s Senior Bowl. The Green Bay Packers could also be looking to add depth at inside linebacker in the draft, and there are quite a few senior prospects on display this week in Mobile worthy of a close look.

Seniors C.J. Mosley and Shayne Skov are certainly some of the top inside linebackers in this year’s draft class. Mosley is clearly the top player at the position and may be the only inside linebacker worthy of a first-round grade. Skov certainly made his presence known in Stanford’s defense and is a tough run-stuffer in the middle. However, neither player will be participating in the Senior Bowl this week.

Beyond Mosley and Skov, there are plenty of early-round prospects that could make great 3-4 inside linebackers. Some of these players, like Wisconsin’s Chris Borland , played on the inside during their college career; while others, like UCLA’s Jordan Zumwalt is an outside linebacker prospect that projects well on the inside in a 3-4 system.

Both Borland and Zumwalt may be the top linebacker prospects at the Senior Bowl, and they both happen to play on the North squad. The Senior Bowl offers plenty of inside linebacker talent, and don’t be surprised if one of these players end up in Green Bay next season.

A.J. Hawk made plays last year and held up relatively well. However, although reliable, he is not a consistent impact player and may be better suited as a complimentary player alongside a real thumper in the middle of the defense. Brad Jones was not a physical force in 2013, and the Packers could use an upgrade at the heart of their defense.

In all likelihood, the Packers will use their first round pick to address other positions of more dire need, so the early-round linebackers at the Senior Bowl may be real possibilities for Green Bay on day two of the draft.

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Topics: 2014 NFL Draft, 2014 Senior Bowl, Chris Borland, Christian Jones, Christian Kirksey, Green Bay Packers, Jordan Zumwalt

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