Sports NFL Draft 2015: Linebacker rankings Linebacker Eric Kendricks of the UCLA Bruins runs with the football after making an interception during the first quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on Oct. 25, 2014 in Boulder, Colo. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Justin Edmonds By NICK KLOPSIS email@example.com @nickklopsis Updated March 30, 2015 9:00 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email These are the top ranked linebackers as of now heading into the 2015 NFL Draft April 30-May 2 in Chicago. (All measurements are from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis Feb. 17-23.) 1. SHAQ THOMPSON Class: Junior School: Washington Ht: 6-0 Wt: 228 Arms: 33 in Hands: 9 1/2 in Bench: DNP 40-yard dash: 4.64 sec Vert: 33 1/2 in Broad: 9-9 Cone: 6.99 sec Shuttle: 4.08 sec Pros: Freakish athlete who excelled as two-way player Cons: Could be moved to safety due to smallish size 2. ALVIN "BUD" DUPREE Class: Senior School: Kentucky Ht: 6-4 Wt: 269 Arms: 32 5/8 in Hands: 9 3/4 in Bench: DNP 40-yard dash: 4.56 sec Vert: 42 in Broad: 11-6 Cone: DNP Shuttle: DNP Pros: Great closing speed; can play DE in 4-3 or OLB in 3-4 Cons: Sometimes relies too much on athleticism instead of moveset 3. ERIC KENDRICKS Class: Senior School: UCLA Ht: 6-0 Wt: 232 Arms: 31 in Hands: 9 5/8 in Bench: 19 reps 40-yard dash: 4.61 sec Vert: 38 in Broad: 10-5 Cone: DNP Shuttle: DNP Pros: Instinctive linebacker with a nose for the football Cons: May be considered undersized 4. PAUL DAWSON Class: Senior School: TCU Ht: 6-0 Wt: 235 Arms: 31 1/2 in Hands: 9 1/2 in Bench: 21 reps 40-yard dash: 4.93 sec Vert: 28 in Broad: 9-1 Cone: DNP Shuttle: 4.49 sec Pros: Instinctive linebacker with a nose for the football Cons: May be considered undersized; tested poorly at Combine 5. BENARDRICK MCKINNEY Class: Junior School: Mississippi St. Ht: 6-4 Wt: 246 Arms: 33 in Hands: 9 in Bench: 16 reps 40-yard dash: 4.66 sec Vert: 40 1/2 in Broad: 10-1 Cone: 7.21 sec Shuttle: 4.27 sec Pros: Plays downhill with good mix of size and athleticism Cons: Sometimes plays with stiff hips, which may cause struggles in pass defense 6. DENZEL PERRYMAN Class: Senior School: Miami (Fla.) Ht: 5-11 Wt: 236 Arms: 31 7/8 in Hands: 9 1/2 in Bench: 27 reps 40-yard dash: 4.78 sec Vert: 32 in Broad: 9-5 Cone: DNP Shuttle: DNP Pros: Stout, physical thumper with good instincts Cons: May be considered undersized; struggles when asked to defend pass 7. LORENZO MAULDIN Class: Senior School: Louisville Ht: 6-4 Wt: 259 Arms: 33 in Hands: 9 7/8 in Bench: 23 reps 40-yard dash: 4.85 sec Vert: 32 in Broad: 9-4 Cone: 7.47 sec Shuttle: 4.58 sec Pros: Strong enough to drive blockers backward; versatile Cons: May be a 'tweener' due to lack of size/speed 8. HAU'OLI KIKAHA Class: Sr. School: Washington Ht: 6-2 Wt: 253 Arms: 32 1/2 in Hands: 9 5/8 in Bench: DNP 40-yard dash: DNP Vert: DNP Broad: DNP Cone: DNP Shuttle: DNP Pros: Relentless edge rusher who can play in any scheme Cons: Has history of knee issues 9. STEPHONE ANTHONY Class: Senior School: Clemson Ht: 6-2 1/2 Wt: 243 Arms: 32 1/2 in Hands: 10 3/8 in Bench: 23 reps 40-yard dash: 4.56 sec Vert: 37 in Broad: 10-2 Cone: 7.07 sec Shuttle: 4.03 sec Pros: Very aggressive, athletic linebacker with good speed and range Cons: Sometimes takes bad angles to ballcarrier and overpursues 10. MAX VALLES Class: Sophomore School: Virginia Ht: 6-5 Wt: 251 Arms: 32 5/8 in Hands: 9 3/8 in Bench: DNP 40-yard dash: 4.83 sec Vert: 36 1/2 in Broad: 10-1 Cone: 7.59 sec Shuttle: 4.37 sec Pros: Great size and length for edge rusher Cons: Very raw, needs time to develop pass-rushing moves By NICK KLOPSIS firstname.lastname@example.org @nickklopsis Nick Klopsis is Newsday.com's sports editor. He often can be found studying NFL and college football film for his latest draft breakdown. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.