Packers 2017 NFL Draft position rankings: Building a collaborative draft board
By Dan Dahlke
Inside Linebacker Rankings
1. Reuben Foster, Alabama (40 pts)
2. Haason Reddick, Temple (36 pts)
3. Jarrad Davis, Florida (30 pts)
4. Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt (28 pts)
5. Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State (25 pts)
6. Duke Riley, LSU (17 pts)
7. Alex Anzalone, Florida (10 pts)
8. Anthony Walker, Northwestern (8 pts)
9. Vince Biegel, Wisconsin (7 pts)
10. Kendell Beckwith, LSU (6 pts)
The top-five inside linebacker prospects were pretty clear. The group unanimously ranked Reuben Foster as the top off-ball linebacker in the class. He was our third and final consensus No. 1 player. Every writer also had Haason Reddick as the second inside linebacker on their board, showing just how special both he and Foster are as NFL prospects.
All four writers also had Jarrad Davis and Zach Cunningham in their top-five, while Raekwon McMillan was ranked as the 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 5th inside linebacker, respectively. The top-end of the ILB position appears to be pretty clear at this point.
Duke Riley consistently ranked in the middle of each top-10 list, while his LSU counterpart Kendell Beckwith ranked anywhere from 6th to out of the top-10. Three writers had Alex Anzalone and Anthony Walker in the latter half of their top-10, while two writers viewed former Wisconsin outside linebacker Vince Biegel as an inside backer in the NFL and put him in their top-10.
One writer even had Biegel as high as 6th in his rankings. It may be reasonable to assume Biegel would be higher in the final rankings if each writer projected him as an off-ball linebacker at the next level.
Former Kansas State linebacker Elijah Lee and former Houston standout Tyus Bowser also had spots on two boards, but it wasn’t enough for them to crack the final top-10.