Three Draft Sleepers at Every Position: Linebacker

In this draft, the names of Tremaine Edmunds, Roquan Smith and Rashaan Evans have dominated the press coverage, but which sleeper linebackers can make a difference for their NFL team?

To find a good linebacker, finding someone who has good instincts and is a sound tackler is essential. The three linebackers listed below share these qualities, but are not getting the press they deserve.

Mike McCray, Michigan

Not many hold him in high regard, but Mike McCray is a solid linebacker prospect. His time at Michigan showed that he plays sideline to sideline and has great instincts.

Projected Round: 5th Round

Projected Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Vontaze Burfict is suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL’s PED Policy, so ensuring that there are solid linebackers on this roster is crucial.

Michigan linebacker Mike McCray.

Christian Sam, Arizona State

Christian Sam could be the most active linebacker in America. His tape speaks for itself; his presence is felt from sideline to sideline and the tape speaks for itself.

Projected Round: 6th Round

Projected Team: Los Angeles Rams

The Rams traded Alec Ogletree to the Giants to save some cap space, so finding a good linebacker in the later rounds will be a top priority for the Rams.

Arizona State linebacker Christian Sam.

Darius Jackson, LB, Jacksonville State

Jackson, a small school prospect at Jacksonville State, has displayed his instincts and athleticism on tape and through testing. He doesn’t get much publicity, but NFL teams will jump at the chance to draft Jackson.

Projected Round: 5th Round

Projected Team: Cleveland Browns

Cleveland has a decent linebacking corps, but having depth is important for the Browns’ success. Also, with the adjustment to playing at a higher level, Jackson can eventually become a starter in the Dawg Pound.

Jacksonville State linebacker Darius Jackson.


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