2023 NFL Draft - Off-Ball Linebackers

Most Recent Update: 1/29/2023 7:00 PM EST



Rank O/A Chng Player/School Ht/Wt Elig. BIO
1
19
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Trenton Simpson
Clemson
6'3"
230
JR
2
71
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Owen Pappoe
Auburn
6'1"
226
RJR
3
110
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Daiyan Henley
Washington State
6'2"
232
RSR
4
162
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Mike Jones Jr.
LSU
6'1"
234
RJR
5
169
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Bumper Pool
Arkansas
6'2"
232
RSR
6
182
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DeMarvion Overshown
Texas
6'4"
221
RSR
7
189
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Jeremy Banks
Tennessee
6'1"
220
RSR
8
198
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Ventrell Miller
Florida
6'0"
226
RSR
9
203
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Merlin Robertson
Arizona State
6'2"
240
RJR
10
224
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Nick Herbig
Wisconsin
6'2"
227
JR
11
231
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Isaiah Moore
North Carolina State
6'2"
232
RSR
12
248
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Dee Winters
TCU
6'1"
230
SR
13
250
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Mikel Jones
Syracuse
6'0"
220
RJR
14
261
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Drake Thomas
NC State
6'0"
238
JR
15
275
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Isaiah Land
Florida A&M
6'4"
225
RSR
16
284
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Daniel Green
Kansas State
6'3"
242
SR
17
306
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Charlie Thomas
Georgia Tech
6'2"
207
RSR
18
309
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DaShaun White
Oklahoma
6'0"
224
SR
19
320
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Anfernee Orji
Vanderbilt
6'2"
230
SR
20
324
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Ben VanSumeren
Michigan State
6'3"
235
RSR
21
355
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Jalen Graham
Purdue
6'3"
220
SR
22
357
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Nick Anderson
Tulane
5'11"
230
SR
23
359
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Micah Baskerville
LSU
6'2"
223
RSR
24
371
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Seth Benson
Iowa
6'0"
232
SR
25
421
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Aubrey Miller Jr.
Jackson State
6'2"
225
RSR
26
438
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Caleb Murphy
Ferris State
6'4"
245
SR

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:

1/29/2023

Position Rank

1

Overall Rank

19

Trenton Simpson

Clemson

JR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

230

Position Rank

2

Overall Rank

71

Owen Pappoe

Auburn

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

226

Position Rank

3

Overall Rank

110

Daiyan Henley

Washington State

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

232

Position Rank

4

Overall Rank

162

Mike Jones Jr.

LSU

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

234

Position Rank

5

Overall Rank

169

Bumper Pool

Arkansas

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

232

Position Rank

6

Overall Rank

182

DeMarvion Overshown

Texas

RSR

Height:

6'4"

Weight:

221

Position Rank

7

Overall Rank

189

Jeremy Banks

Tennessee

RSR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

220

Position Rank

8

Overall Rank

198

Ventrell Miller

Florida

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

226

Position Rank

9

Overall Rank

203

Merlin Robertson

Arizona State

RJR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

240

Position Rank

10

Overall Rank

224

Nick Herbig

Wisconsin

JR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

227

Position Rank

11

Overall Rank

231

Isaiah Moore

North Carolina State

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

232

Position Rank

12

Overall Rank

248

Dee Winters

TCU

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

230

Position Rank

13

Overall Rank

250

Mikel Jones

Syracuse

RJR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

220

Position Rank

14

Overall Rank

261

Drake Thomas

NC State

JR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

238

Position Rank

15

Overall Rank

275

Isaiah Land

Florida A&M

RSR

Height:

6'4"

Weight:

225

Position Rank

16

Overall Rank

284

Daniel Green

Kansas State

SR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

242

Position Rank

17

Overall Rank

306

Charlie Thomas

Georgia Tech

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

207

Position Rank

18

Overall Rank

309

DaShaun White

Oklahoma

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

224

Position Rank

19

Overall Rank

320

Anfernee Orji

Vanderbilt

SR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

230

Position Rank

20

Overall Rank

324

Ben VanSumeren

Michigan State

RSR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

235

Position Rank

21

Overall Rank

355

Jalen Graham

Purdue

SR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

220

Position Rank

22

Overall Rank

357

Nick Anderson

Tulane

SR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

230

Position Rank

23

Overall Rank

359

Micah Baskerville

LSU

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

223

Position Rank

24

Overall Rank

371

Seth Benson

Iowa

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

232

Position Rank

25

Overall Rank

421

Aubrey Miller Jr.

Jackson State

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

225

Position Rank

26

Overall Rank

438

Caleb Murphy

Ferris State

SR

Height:

6'4"

Weight:

245