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NFL Draft 2015: Linebacker rankings

Linebacker Eric Kendricks of the UCLA Bruins runs

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

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

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