UCLA Bruins linebacker Jordan Zumwalt (35). Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft: Highlights of the Top Inside Linebacker Prospects

UCLA Bruins linebacker Jordan Zumwalt (35) sacks Oregon State Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion (4). Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Earlier, I provided my rankings for the inside linebacker position for the 2014 NFL Draft. Here are highlights of the top-ten players on that list.

This should give you a sense of the type of players these prospects are and who the Green Bay Packers could consider come May when they look to draft a linebacker.

Let me know which player you’d like Green Bay to draft by leaving a comment below.

Also, if you’d like to watch complete game footage of each prospect checkout their player profiles over at draftbreakdown.com.


1. C.J. Mosley, Alabama


2. Ryan Shazier, Ohio State


3. Chris Borland, Wisconsin


4. Yawin Smallwood, UConn


5. Christian Kirksey, Iowa


6. Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA


7. Christian Jones, Florida State


8. Jordan Tripp, Montana


9. Preston Brown, Louisville


10. Shayne Skov, Stanford

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  • Peter Maiz

    I really like Shazier and see him an equal to Mosley. Besides, Mosley has medical issues, why risk it. I just hope TT doesn’t select a TE on the first pick, as is rumored. Shazier has the talent to start from day one and would ad speed, hitting power and versatility. Shazier would be pro bowl material come some years and Ted would err in not selecting this polished talent.

    • Dan

      I like Shazier a lot too. He’s fast, athletic, and is a sideline-to-sideline player. However, I have some concerns with Shazier playing ILB in a 3-4 system. He struggled taking on blocks head on against the run game at Ohio State. He may be better suited on the edge or in a 4-3 system. I still like Shazier for the Packers in the first round, but for it to work, Green Bay will need to have the DL up front to keep blockers off the LBs. Mosley is much better at disengaging blocks and not giving up ground against the run, but Mosley doesn’t have Shazier’s speed. It’s a tough call, for sure.

      • Peter Maiz

        Dan, It seems Shazier has moved up to # 18 in a mock draft I saw. In this mock draft, Calvin Pryor is at #22. Seeing how Shazier and Mosley may be gone, how do you feel about Calvin and would he be able to start from day 1?

        • Dan

          I love Pryor. I think he’s the best safety in this draft. I would take him over Clinton-Dix if both were available in the first round. I would even take him over Shazier. Pryor is exactly what the Packers defense needs. He’s a high-energy, physical player with a lot of playmaking potential. He’s great at playing up in the box against the run or roaming the field and making a play on the ball. He is a bit of a risk taker and may take some time to fully develop his ability in coverage in the NFL, so whoever drafts him will need to be patient. However, I think he possesses the most upside out of any safety in this draft. At best, Clinton-Dix is Morgan Burnett in the NFL, but Calvin Pryor is Kam Chancellor.

          • Peter Maiz

            Well, from what I’ve seen, Pryor will be about a 22-24 in some mock drafts. If it’s really about a safety pick, Pryor is my guy too. He’s smart, appears to have a good attitude and would be the “pacifier” in the back end. A hitter like Pryor would make TE’s, receivers, and running backs know that they couldn’t take things for granted.