DRAFTTEK BIG BOARD - Ranked by Position
Top 2013 Inside LB Prospects - Strongside
Most Recent Revision:  4/14/2013


QB Center OG LOT ROT TE RBF RBC WRF WRP WRS FB
STRONG INSIDE LINEBACKER
4-3 (3-4 Diagram is below)

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The Strong Inside Linebacker ("Mike") plays the strong side of the offensive formation in a 3-4. His responsibilities include:

1) Stop the run, particularly in the middle of the field
2) Gap responsibilities between the Defensive Tackles in a 4-3
3) Pass coverage - normally dump offs to backs or TEs. And blitz, if called on to do so.

This diagram shows an MLB in a 4-3 alignment. One prospect may be selected over another based on the following factors:

A. Prevailing defensive philosophy: In a "read and react" 4-3, the defensive line controls the offensive line to allow the LBs to flow to the ball. In "attack and penetrate", the defensive line takes more of a 1-gap approach and the LBs have more gap responsibilities.

B. Opponent's offensive philosophy: In facing a power running game, the SILB has primary responsibility with support from the outside LBs and strong safety. Passing game responsibilities are in the middle of the field. If the TE and RB go wide, then keying a running QB or executing a blitz is possible.
DE43 DE34 DT43 DT34 OLB43 OLB34 WILB SILB SS FS CB
Big Ten SEC PAC 12 Big 12 ACC Mtn West C USA WAC Big East Mid AM


1 (31)   -7 LSU
Kevin Minter
Jr          5'11"          246
#46
2 (36)   -1 Notre Dame
Manti Te'o
Sr          6'1"          241
#5
3 (98)   -3 Florida
Jonathan Bostic
Sr          6'0"          245
#1
4 (118) +33 Oregon
Kiko Alonso
Sr          6'3"          238
#47
5 (130) +182 Iowa State
A.J. Klein
Sr          6'1"          250
#47
6 (145)   -17 North Carolina
Kevin Reddick
Sr          6'1"          243
#48
7 (147) -36 Alabama
Nico Johnson
Sr          6'2"          248
#35
8 (183)   -17 Penn State
Michael Mauti
Sr          6'2"          243
#42
9 (220) +181 Texas A&M
Jonathan Stewart
Sr          6'3"          242
#11
10 (305)  +95 Florida A&M
Brandon Hepburn
Sr          6'2"          240
#52
11 (321)   -4 Rutgers
Steve Beauharnais
Sr          6'0"          240
#42
12 (342)  +58 South Florida
Sam Barrington
Sr          6'0"          246
#36
13 (359)   -14 Nebraska
Will Compton
Sr          6'2"          230
#51
14 (371)   0 Florida State
Vince Williams
Sr          6'0"          240
#11
15 (383)   -154 Nevada
Albert Rosette
Sr          6'2"          245
#51
16 (396)   -212 Virginia Tech
Bruce Taylor
Sr          6'1"          237
#51
17 (397)   -16 Georgia
Christian Robinson
Sr          6'2"          226
#45
18 (397)   0 Brigham Young
Uona Kaveinga
Sr          5'11"          235
#4


STRONG INSIDE LINEBACKER
3-4

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The Strong Inside Linebacker ("Mike") plays the classic Middle Linebacker in a 4-3. His responsibilities include:

1) Stop the run, particularly in the middle of the field
2) Gap responsibilities between the Nose Tackle and Defensive End in a 3-4
3) Pass coverage - normally dump offs to backs or TEs. And blitz, if called on to do so.

This diagram shows an SILB in a 3-4 alignment. One prospect may be selected over another based on the following factors:

A. Prevailing defensive philosophy: In a "read and react" 3-4, the defensive line controls the offensive line to allow the LBs to flow to the ball. In "attack and penetrate", the defensive line takes more of a 1-gap approach and the LBs have more gap responsibilities.

B. Opponent's offensive philosophy: In facing a power running game, the SILB has primary responsibility with support from the outside LBs and strong safety. Passing game responsibilities are in the middle of the field. If the TE and RB go wide, then keying a running QB or executing a blitz is possible.

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