Whether teams are looking for a linebacker who can rush the edge or plug the middle, the 2011 NFL Draft class of linebackers offers an intriguing mix. Linebacker is one of the most difficult positions to scout, mainly because it's hard to evaluate instinct. The best linebackers react without thinking, it allows them to play fast.
This year's draft class of linebackers includes a handful of potential starters and a possible top five pick. Texas A&M's Von Miller is seen as a player who can be an immediate force as an edge pass rusher. Teams looking for inside linebacker help will find a couple of players worth consideration in the second- or third-round.
2011 NFL Draft: Top 10 Linebacker Prospects:
1) Von Miller, Texas A&M (OLB)
2) Justin Houston, Georgia (OLB)
3) Akeem Ayers, UCLA (OLB)
4) Martez Wilson, Illinois (ILB/OLB)
5) Bruce Carter, North Carolina (OLB)
6) Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina (ILB)
7) Casey Matthews, Oregon (ILB)
8) Kelvin Sheppard, LSU (ILB)
9) Greg Jones, Michigan St. (ILB)
10) Mason Foster, Washington (ILB)