Three Linebackers You’re Probably Overlooking
I believe there are at least three rookie linebackers who have three-down ability, and most importantly you can take them deep into your rookie drafts.
Last year I suggested bypassing the big names at linebacker in your rookie drafts and instead draft a linebacker such as Kwon Alexander much later. I even told you to sign Kwon for five years and if you followed my advice you’re sitting pretty at linebacker right now. Kwon Alexander was a fourth-round draft pick that wasn’t even being picked in the top 10 at his position this time last season, yet he finished as the 20th ranked NFL linebacker in tackle-heavy scoring and that was with him missing the last four games due to suspension.
What made Alexander such a bargain was the appearance of being buried on the depth chart. Alexander came in with some elite athleticism at the combine for an outside linebacker as well as being the youngest linebacker in the class. He appeared to be a depth player behind Danny Lansanah who had emerged in 2014 and was the assumed starter.