Similar to all of the front seven positions on defense, the inside linebacker means different things to 4-3 and 3-4 teams. A 4-3 inside linebacker will generally be referred to as a middle linebacker, and is often the captain of the defense. In zone heavy schemes, a middle linebacker will have a diamond or home plate shaped zone to cover. His responsibility will be to move forward and backward, and will most often be the player who gets plays from the defensive coordinator. In a 3-4, the inside linebackers often work in tandem. One will have the freedom to play instinctively and make plays, the other cleans up the gaps, taking on blockers so the other can attack.
The Goods: School: Clemson Position: ILB Class: Senior Height: 5-11¾ Weight: 241 lbs Projected Draft Round: 6-7 Quick Quote: “While concerns linger about his frame (6-foot, 235) and top-end speed, he has the […]
The Goods: School: Northwestern Position: ILB Class: Junior Height: 6-1 Weight: 235 lbs Projected Draft Round: 3-5 Quick Quote: “With broad shoulders, a tapered middle and thick limbs, Walker certainly looks the part of an […]
The Goods: School: Ohio State Position: ILB Class: Junior Height: 6-2 Weight: 240 lbs Projected Draft Round: 1-3 Quick Quote: “…the former five-star prospect is a tackling machine who led the Buckeyes in tackles as […]
The Goods: School: Lindenwood Position: ILB Class: Senior Height: 5-11 Weight: 241 lbs Projected Draft Round: 3-6 Quick Quote: “He’s the NCAA’s all-division record-holder for career tackles with 633 and earned the Cliff Harris Award as […]
The Goods: School: Michigan Position: ILB Class: Senior Height: 6-2 Weight: 244 lbs Projected Draft Round: 4-7 Quick Quote: “Plays with instincts in the middle. Processes well sifting through blocks and bodies to find the ball carrier. […]
The Goods: School: Alabama Position: ILB Class: Senior Height: 6-0¼ Weight: 246 lbs Projected Draft Round: 1 Quick Quote: “He’s a big-time inside linebacker, and he might have been Alabama’s best linebacker last […]