2023 NFL Draft - Off-Ball Linebackers

Most Recent Update: 9/30/2022 7:00 PM EST



Rank O/A Chng Player/School Ht/Wt Elig. BIO
1
20
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Trenton Simpson
Clemson
6'3"
230
JR
2
68
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Owen Pappoe
Auburn
6'1"
226
RJR
3
165
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Mike Jones Jr.
LSU
6'1"
234
RJR
4
170
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Bumper Pool
Arkansas
6'2"
232
RSR
5
178
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DeMarvion Overshown
Texas
6'4"
221
RSR
6
190
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Ventrell Miller
Florida
6'0"
226
RSR
7
199
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Merlin Robertson
Arizona State
6'2"
240
RJR
8
201
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Payton Wilson
NC State
6'3"
235
RJR
9
202
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Nick Herbig
Wisconsin
6'2"
227
JR
10
205
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Jeremy Banks
Tennessee
6'1"
220
RSR
11
220
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Cody Simon
Ohio State
6'1"
233
JR
12
235
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Drake Thomas
NC State
6'0"
238
JR
13
236
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Nick Jackson
Virginia
6'1"
240
SR
14
238
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J.D. Bertrand
Notre Dame
6'1"
230
RJR
15
244
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Mikel Jones
Syracuse
6'0"
220
RJR
16
257
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Daniel Green
Kansas State
6'3"
242
SR
17
283
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DaShaun White
Oklahoma
6'0"
224
SR
18
295
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Darren Anders
Bowling Green
6'0"
230
SR
19
336
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Deshawn Pace
Cincinnati
6'2"
218
JR
20
362
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Khari Coleman
Ole Miss
6'2"
220
JR
21
363
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Jalen Graham
Purdue
6'3"
220
SR
22
364
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Micah Baskerville
LSU
6'2"
223
RSR
23
369
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Derek Wingo
Florida
6'1"
224
JR
24
408
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Tatum Bethune
Central Florida
6'1"
215
SR
25
413
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Jett Johnson
Mississippi State
6'2"
235
RSR

Glossary of Terms
Linebacker Position
Inside Linebacker (ILB)

A box player who plays behind the defensive line, usually makes defensive calls.

Outside Linebacker

In a 3-4 defense is considered an EDGE/blitzing player, in a 4-3 defense is a coverage and/or run-stuffing player.

Off-Ball Linebacker (Drafttek's OLB)

An off-ball linebacker is usually the smaller of the two middle linebackers in a 3-4 system. These linebackers are more often in pass coverage and often act as the cleanup guy on running plays as opposed to the linebacker that makes first contact.

LEO/Elephant/Jack

A hybrid role for a player who will be expected to both rush the passer and play linebacker.

MIKE

Middle linebacker whose primary responsibility is filling gaps against the run; for 3-4 teams, the strong-side middle linebacker.

MOE/Rover

(3-4 teams only) Weak-side middle linebacker whose primary responsibility is filling gaps against the run.

SAM

Strong-side linebacker, primarily a run-stuffing backer.

WILL

Weak-side linebacker, sometimes called the 'run-and-chase' linebacker whose primary role is split between defending backs/receivers and stopping the run.

Sack

(Statistic) When the quarterback is tackled behind the line of scrimmage.

Strip-Sack

(Statistic) When the quarterback loses possession of the football as a result of defensive contact.

Pressure

(Statistic) When a defensive player affects the quarterback in a meaningful way.

Box

A (generally rectangular) area ranging vertically from the offensive tackles approximately 5-8 yards.

Weak Side

The side of the offensive formation that does not include a tight end.

Strong Side

The side of the offensive formation that includes a tight end.



















2023 Position Rankings

-- Off-Ball Linebackers --

Most Recent Update:

9/30/2022

Position Rank

1

Overall Rank

20

Trenton Simpson

Clemson

JR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

230

Position Rank

2

Overall Rank

68

Owen Pappoe

Auburn

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

226

Position Rank

3

Overall Rank

165

Mike Jones Jr.

LSU

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

234

Position Rank

4

Overall Rank

170

Bumper Pool

Arkansas

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

232

Position Rank

5

Overall Rank

178

DeMarvion Overshown

Texas

RSR

Height:

6'4"

Weight:

221

Position Rank

6

Overall Rank

190

Ventrell Miller

Florida

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

226

Position Rank

7

Overall Rank

199

Merlin Robertson

Arizona State

RJR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

240

Position Rank

8

Overall Rank

201

Payton Wilson

NC State

RJR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

235

Position Rank

9

Overall Rank

202

Nick Herbig

Wisconsin

JR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

227

Position Rank

10

Overall Rank

205

Jeremy Banks

Tennessee

RSR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

220

Position Rank

11

Overall Rank

220

Cody Simon

Ohio State

JR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

233

Position Rank

12

Overall Rank

235

Drake Thomas

NC State

JR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

238

Position Rank

13

Overall Rank

236

Nick Jackson

Virginia

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

240

Position Rank

14

Overall Rank

238

J.D. Bertrand

Notre Dame

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

230

Position Rank

15

Overall Rank

244

Mikel Jones

Syracuse

RJR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

220

Position Rank

16

Overall Rank

257

Daniel Green

Kansas State

SR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

242

Position Rank

17

Overall Rank

283

DaShaun White

Oklahoma

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

224

Position Rank

18

Overall Rank

295

Darren Anders

Bowling Green

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

230

Position Rank

19

Overall Rank

336

Deshawn Pace

Cincinnati

JR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

218

Position Rank

20

Overall Rank

362

Khari Coleman

Ole Miss

JR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

220

Position Rank

21

Overall Rank

363

Jalen Graham

Purdue

SR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

220

Position Rank

22

Overall Rank

364

Micah Baskerville

LSU

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

223

Position Rank

23

Overall Rank

369

Derek Wingo

Florida

JR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

224

Position Rank

24

Overall Rank

408

Tatum Bethune

Central Florida

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

215

Position Rank

25

Overall Rank

413

Jett Johnson

Mississippi State

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

235