2025 NFL Draft - Inside Linebackers

Most Recent Update: 7/20/2024 7:00 PM EST



Rank O/A Chng Player/School Ht/Wt Elig. BIO
1
51
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Danny Stutsman
Oklahoma
6'3"
240
SR
2
84
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Jamon Dumas-Johnson
Kentucky
6'1"
245
RSR
3
104
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Jason Henderson
Old Dominion
6'1"
225
SR
4
108
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Devon Jackson
Oregon
6'2"
228
RSO
5
144
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Nickolas Martin
Oklahoma State
6'0"
215
RJR
6
156
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Shemar James
Florida
6'1"
230
JR
7
158
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Jay Higgins
Iowa
6'2"
233
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.

















2025 Position Rankings
-- Inside Linebackers --
Most Recent Update:7/20/2024


Position Rank

1

Overall Rank

51

Danny Stutsman

    

Oklahoma

SR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

240

Position Rank

2

Overall Rank

84

Jamon Dumas-Johnson

    

Kentucky

RSR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

245

Position Rank

3

Overall Rank

104

Jason Henderson

    

Old Dominion

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

225

Position Rank

4

Overall Rank

108

Devon Jackson

    

Oregon

RSO

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

228

Position Rank

5

Overall Rank

144

Nickolas Martin

    

Oklahoma State

RJR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

215

Position Rank

6

Overall Rank

156

Shemar James

    

Florida

JR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

230

Position Rank

7

Overall Rank

158

Jay Higgins

    

Iowa

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

233