2015 NFL draft rankings: Inside linebackers

NFL scout Dave-Te' Thomas grades and ranks the inside and middle linebackers eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft.

PLAYER SCHOOLCL HTWT 40-YDPRO RND
McKINNEY, Benardrick (SB) Mississippi State rJr06:04.5 2454.62 7.01
PERRYMAN, Denzel MiamiSr 05:11.1248 4.746.4 2
KENDRICKS, Eric (WB) UCLArSr 06:00.1232 4.676.3 2-3
WILSON, Ramik (WB) GeorgiaSr 06:01.7234 4.726.0 3-4
HEENEY, Benjamin KansasSr 06:00.3228 4.805.7 4
MALONE, Derrick (WB) OregonSr 06:02.0219 4.675.7 4
PULLARD, Hayes (SB) Southern California rSr06:00.7 2344.64 4.64-5
ANTHONY, Stephone (WB) ClemsonSr 06:02.3238 4.594.6 4-5
RAGLAND, Reggie AlabamaJr 06:02.1259 4.605.5 5
#HAGER, Bryce BaylorrSr 06:00.2229 4.495.5 5
#HICKS, Jordan (OB) TexasSr 06:01.5245 4.585.4 5
NORTHRUP, Reggie (WB) Florida State Jr06:00.5 2224.73 5.45
HARDRICK, Rodney OregonrJr 06:00.5231 4.765.3 5-6
ÞPRIEST, Trey (SB) AlabamaSr 06:00.4258 4.825.3 5-6
HULL, Michael (OB) Penn State Sr06:00.0 2324.63 5.26
TARPLEY, Aubrey (WB) StanfordrSr 06:00.4238 4.845.1 6
LUC, Jeff Cincinnati Sr05:11.7 2534.79 5.16
PLUMMER, Terrance Central Florida Sr05:11.1 2405.03 5.06-7
VIGIL, Zachary Utah State Sr06:01.5 2334.86 5.06-7
MAYO, David Texas State Sr06:02.0 2284.79 4.97
MONROE, Darryl Washington State rJr06:01.1 2354.76 4.97
BURGESS, James (OB) Louisville Jr05:11.6 2314.79 4.97
GRANT, Curtis Ohio State Sr06:02.3 2434.59 4.87-FA
JONES, Taiwan Michigan State Sr06:03.0 2524.76 4.87-FA
TIMU, John Washington Sr06:00.4 2444.74 4.87-FA
#EDMOND, Steven (SB) TexasSr 06:02.6248 4.764.7 PFA
MONHEIM, Mason IllinoisJr 06:01.2231 4.744.7 PFA
NEALY, Quayshawn (SB) Georgia Tech rSr05:11.5 2364.82 4.7PFA
HERRERA, Amarlo (SB) GeorgiaSr 06:00.2244 4.764.7 FA
ALSTON, Quinton Iowa Sr 06:01.0232 4.694.7 FA
BROTHERS, Kentrell MissourirJr 06:00.4242 4.844.7 FA
WILSON, Damien Minnesota Sr06:00.1 2524.79 4.6FA
McKINZY, Cassanova AuburnJr 06:02.2249 4.774.6 FA
BIGGER, Zeke East Carolina Jr06:01.5 2284.83 4.6FA
LEE, Qushaun Arkansas State Sr05:10.0 2404.78 4.6FA
MARTIN, Trent TulsaJr 06:01.5242 4.844.6 FA
MICKELSEN, Karl Fresno State Sr06:00.1 2314.83 4.6FA
MORGAN, Max Colorado State rSr06:00.5 2314.72 4.6FA
FARRAND, Cole Maryland Sr06:02.0 2454.86 4.6FA
MATAKEVICH, Tyler (OB) TempleJr 06:01.1230 4.764.6 FA
#WILLIAMS, Ronnell West Chester Sr06:00.0 2324.89 4.5FA
MATHEWS, Derrick Houston Sr 06:00.0214 4.684.5 FA
JOHNSON, Jabral Oregon State Sr06:01.0 2304.84 4.5FA
NWOSU, Cameron Southern Methodist Sr05:10.0 2404.76 4.5FA
HOLMES, Jermaine Marshall Sr05:11.0 2434.72 4.5FA
SHACKELFORD, Deterrian Mississippi Sr06:00.5 2444.86 4.5FA
EGUAVOEN, Samuel Texas Tech Sr06:00.6 2294.74 4.5FA
LANDISCH, Derek Wisconsin Sr05:11.6 2304.82 4.4CMP
#SNYDER, Kevin RutgersSr 06:02.3236 4.774.4 CMP
MALLETT, Marcus Texas Christian rSr06:00.4 2274.62 4.4CMP
COLEY, Henry VirginiaSr 06:01.0252 4.924.4 CMP
GONZALEZ, Anthony (OB) Pittsburgh Sr06:01.4 2254.82 4.4CMP
CHEROCCI, Justin Central Michigan Sr05:11.6 2324.82 4.3CMP
RENAUD, Blake Boise State Sr06:02.0 2434.77 4.3CMP
FURR, Leron Fort Valley State Sr06:02.0 2384.94 4.3CMP
SHIRK, Justin Bloomsburg Sr05:11.7 2334.85 4.3CMP
WELTER, Donald “D.J.” Louisiana State Sr05:11.7 2324.76 4.3CMP
ANDERSON, Jonathan Texas Christian Sr06:01.0 2274.64 4.3CMP
NEEDS FURTHER EVALUATION - MAJOR MEDICAL ISSUES
#BROWN, Kelby Duke rSr 06:02.0 2304.82 4.5FA
#DAWSON, Lamar (WB) Southern California Sr06:01.6 2334.68 5.06-7
#DVORACEK, Rob (FB) Temple rJr06:01.5 2304.75   
#FELY, Jake San Diego State Sr05:10.0 2204.73 4.7FA
#GRACE, Jarrett Notre Dame rJr06:02.1 2534.86 5.26
#HALE, Jacoby UtahSr 05:11.0 2204.68 4.6FA
#HAMLIN, Ronnie (OB) E. Washington Sr06:02.3 2234.76 4.87-FA
#LYNCH, Darryl “D.J.” Bowling Green Sr06:00.1 2494.71 4.5FA
#MORGAN, Desmond Michigan Sr06:01.0 2324.76 5.36
#ORAKPO, Michael (OB) Texas State Sr06:00.5 2324.76 4.87-FA
#ROBINSON, Shawn Purdue Sr06:02.6 2394.86   
#SALAHUDDEN, M.J. North Carolina State rJr06:02.1 2234.73   
#TAYLOR, Michael Florida Sr05:11.4 2354.75 5.06-7
#WHITTINGHAM, Jason UtahJr 06:01.2 2404.82   
NEEDS FURTHER EVALUATION - MAJOR OFF-FIELD ISSUES
%HUNT-DAYS, Jabari (SB) Georgia Tech rJr06:01.6 2474.76 2.0NG
%JOHNSON, Alexander Tennessee (A.J.) Sr06:02.0 2444.79 6.13
%MOORE, Kendall Notre Dame Sr06:01.0 2514.65 2.0NG
%SHANNON, Frank (WB) Oklahoma rJr06:01.1 2384.69 2.0NG
OTHER PLAYERS TO BE EVALUATED
ANDRE, Stanley Massachusetts Sr06:00.6 2394.90   
ARCINIEGA, Luke Syracuse Sr06:02.0 2514.89   
BALL, Toby New Mexico Sr05:11.0 2334.78   
BARBER, Jared West Virginia Sr06:00.0 2334.75   
BARNARD, Clint New Mexico State Sr06:02.0 2404.87   
BATINICH, John Sioux Falls Sr05:11.0 2204.92   
BEISEL, Andrew Missouri State Sr06:01.0 2384.95   
BORDANO, John Southern Methodist Sr06:02.0 2354.66   
BOSE, Andrew Rhode Island Sr06:01.0 2324.86   
BOWMAN, Hunter Vanderbilt Sr05:11.0 2204.90   
BRANT, Devon Western Michigan Sr05:10.0 2304.88   
BRIGGS, Trajuan New Mexico Sr05:11.0 2254.58   
BURCH, Tanner Gardner-Webb Sr06:02.0 2414.86   
BURNETT, Victor Southern Illinois Sr05:11.0 2354.78   
BUTLER III, Larry Southern Nazarene Jr06:01.0 2374.72   
BYERS, Evan Bucknell Sr05:11.0 2254.84   
CANTON, Eli Troy Sr 06:01.0 2304.81   
CARTER, Cortez Marshall Sr05:11.0 2334.76   
COOPER, Perry Murray State rSr06:02.1 2354.89   
DAIGH, Brady Colorado Sr06:02.0 2504.76   
DANIELS, Steven Jr. Boston College Jr05:11.5 2574.86   
DEES, Blake South Alabama Sr06:00.0 2484.89   
DZUBNAR, Nick Cal Poly Sr06:02.0 2404.84   
FARLEY, Jake Northern Iowa Sr06:01.0 2244.84   
GARCIA, Ruben South Florida Sr06:00.0 2364.89   
GAVERT, Josh San Diego State Sr06:02.0 2204.76   
GILLAM, Addison Colorado rSo06:02.5 2264.84   
GROVE, Jeremy (SB) East Carolina rSr06:00.4 2354.84   
GRUBER, Michael Brevard Sr06:02.0 2254.74   
HARDIN, Forisse Indiana Sr06:01.0 2304.86   
HARMON, Joey Villanova Sr05:11.0 2354.87   
HARRIS, Charles Memphis Sr06:02.0 2434.84   
HARRIS, Devyn Wyoming Sr06:02.0 2404.76   
HASQUET, Austin Northern Arizona Sr06:01.0 2254.87   
HAYNES, Robert Eastern Illinois Sr06:00.0 2354.85   
HEMSCHOOT, Joe Stanford Sr06:01.0 2254.64   
HENDRIX, Jordan Morehead State Sr05:11.0 2164.77   
HENRY, Christian Middle Tennessee Sr06:00.0 2244.86   
HILL, D.J. Virginia Sr06:00.0 2304.84   
HOFMEISTER, Ryan UCLA Sr 06:00.0 2204.78   
JAMES, Cory (WB) Colorado State rJr05:11.6 2404.69   
JOHNSON, Auston South Dakota Sr05:11.0 2404.96   
KERN, Kent Miami, Ohio Jr06:00.5 2294.78   
KIRK, Andrae Florida Atlantic Sr06:02.0 2254.73   
LaVELLE, Desmond South Alabama Sr05:11.0 2354.92   
LEWIS, Robert North Texas Sr06:00.0 2204.88   
LITTLE, DeAndre Texas-El Paso Sr06:01.0 2404.64   
LOUIS, Hans South Florida Sr05:11.0 2154.89   
MAYS, Boomer Northern Illinois rJr05:11.6 2434.84   
McMILLIAN, Tavaris Utah State Sr06:02.0 2304.93   
McNEAL, Jonathan (OB) Nevada Sr06:00.6 2284.88   
MIZELL, C.J. Akron Sr06:02.0 2304.82   
MUSE, Kaleb Southeast Louisiana Sr06:00.0 2504.94   
NICKERSON Jr., Hardy California (OB) rSo06:00.5 2304.67   
PERRY, Joshua Ohio State Jr06:03.5 2504.91   
PETTEWAY, Shaq West Virginia Sr06:00.0 2254.58   
ROACH, Trevor Nebraska Sr06:02.0 2354.87   
ROBINSON, Darren Stephen F. Austin Sr05:11.0 2474.76   
ROBINSON, Sean Purdue Sr06:03.0 2394.86   
ROSSI, Nick Akron Sr06:00.0 2304.88   
SANDERS, Tommy Texas A&M Sr06:02.0 2204.64   
SCHRANG, Mike Louisiana Tech Sr06:01.0 2394.93   
SEAU, Micah (RE) San Diego State rSo06:02.5 2604.78   
SIGMON, Nick Liberty Sr06:01.0 2454.87   
SIMON, D.J. Old Dominion Sr06:00.0 2304.76   
SIMPSON, Miles Kentucky Sr06:02.0 2304.56   
SKINNER, Lee Buffalo Sr06:01.0 2234.69   
SPAIN, Jonathan Elon Sr 06:01.0 2424.86   
STANSBERRY, Zac Western State (CO) Sr05:11.0 2404.88   
STANTON, Jordan Wyoming Sr06:00.0 2464.83   
STOCKMAN, Jake Buffalo Sr06:01.0 2374.93   
TAYLOR, Quavon Tuskegee Sr06:00.0 2264.77   
TENTMAN, Solomon Cincinnati Sr06:02.0 2374.70   
TERRY, Blake Texas-San Antonio Sr05:11.0 2204.78   
THOMASON, Nick Louisiana Tech Sr06:00.0 2464.81   
THRASHER, Nick Tennessee State Sr06:01.0 2404.84   
TROTTER, Marcus Wisconsin Sr06:00.0 2334.76   
VIGIL, Nick Utah State rSo06:01.5 2304.83   
WELLS, Matthew Mississippi State Sr06:01.0 2154.63   
WILLIAMS, Brandon East Carolina Sr06:01.0 2404.85   
WILLIAMS, Chase Virginia Tech Sr06:02.0 2154.68   
WILLINGHAM, Leilon Northern Colorado Sr06:01.0 2524.79   
WILSON, Mark Troy Sr 06:02.0 2304.81   
NOTES: To understand the position codes, DE indicates defensive end; RE is for rush ends/3-4 pass rushers; DT indicates defensive tackle; NG indicates nose guard; MB is for a 4-3 middle linebacker; IB indicates 3-4 inside linebacker; OB indicates outside linebacker; WB indicates 3-4 weak-side ‘backer; SB indicates 3-4 strong-side ‘backer; CB indicates cornerback; FS indicates free safety; SS indicates strong safety…On offense, QB indicates quarterback; WR is for wide receivers; TE is for tight ends; H-B indicates Half-Backs; TB indicates tailbacks; FB indicates fullback; OC indicates center; OT indicates offensive tackle; OG indicates offensive guard…For special teams, PK indicates placekicker; PT indicates

rSr/rJr indicates player redshirted/graduating class…# indicates major injury that could impact draft grade…CL indicates college class… HT indicates height of the player…WT indicates weight…40 indicates 40-yard dash time…225 indicates repetitions in the 225-pound bench press…VJ indicates vertical jump…BJ indicates broad jump…SH indicates 20-yard shuttle…3C indicates three-cone drill…PRO-indicates The NFL Draft Report’s projected pro potential grade (see chart below)…RND indicates the round we project the player to be selected.


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