2013 NFL Draft top 5 Inside Linebackers
By Tyler Lurkins
- Manti Te’o, Notre Dame-Complete LB. Could easily play any LB position in the NFL. Heralded leader and captain. Expert at reading offenses. Rarely found out of position. Comparison: London Fletcher
- Andrew Jackson, W. Kentucky- Comparison: Patrick Willis-Big framed enforcer in the middle. Physical specimen with a nasty streak. Will over pursue a play. Sacrifices safe play for highlight reel hit.
- Shayne Skov, Stanford-Natural movement up and down the line. Finds the gaps well. For an ILB, is a terrific pass rusher. Very fundamental and cerebral. Needs to improve on plugging the holes and securing the run. Comparison: Curtis Lofton
- Michael Mauti, Penn St.-Gifted playmaker with athletic capability. Sideline to sideline speed and a sure tackler. May be better suited for the SAM position or a 34 ILB. Needs to gain strength and weight. Comparison: Derrick Johnson
- A. J. Klein, Iowa St., Iowa St.- NFL ready frame and strength. May have the best coverage skills of any ILB in the draft. Average capability, but plays to the whistle. Comparison: Sean Lee