DRAFTTEK BIG BOARD - Ranked by Position
Top 2012 Inside LB Prospects - Weakside
Most Recent Revision:  4/27/2012


QB Center OG LOT ROT TE RBF RBC WRF WRP WRS FB
INSIDE LINEBACKER
WEAKSIDE

Drafttek Live Positional Rankings


The Weak Inside Linebacker ("Mo") plays the weak 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 Nose Tackle and Defensive End in a 3-4
3) Pass coverage - typically dump-offs to backs or Tight Ends. Also blitzing if called on to do so.

This diagram shows the WILB 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 WILB has to stay home and support the SILB. Against slants and sweeps, the WILB can take more chances with angles between blockers. Passing game responsibilities are in the middle of the field - if the TE and RB go wide, 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 (7)  +1 Boston College
Luke Kuechly
Jr          6'3"          242
#40
Video
N/A
2 (30)   -7 North Carolina
Zach Brown
Sr          6'1"          244
#47
Video
N/A
3 (46)   -3 Utah State
Bobby Wagner
Sr          6'0"          235
#9
Video
N/A
4 (112)  +8 Texas
Keenan Robinson
Sr          6'3"          242
#1
Video
N/A
5 (130)  +1 TCU
Tank Carder
Sr          6'2"          236
#43
Video
N/A
6 (133)   -7 Oklahoma
Travis Lewis
Sr          6'1"          246
#28
Video
N/A
7 (134)   -11 Oregon
Josh Kaddu
Sr          6'3"          239
#56
Video
N/A
8 (171)  +1 Iowa
Tyler Nielsen
Sr          6'3"          238
#45
Video
N/A
9 (172)  +2 Miami (FL)
Sean Spence
Sr          5'11"          231
#31
Video
N/A
10 (172)   -5 North Carolina State
Terrell Manning
Sr          6'2"          237
#35
Video
N/A
11 (277)   -8 Penn State
Nathan Stupar
Sr          6'1"          238
#34
Video
N/A
12 (281)   -2 Pittsburgh
Max Gruder
Sr          6'1"          230
#55
Video
N/A
13 (309)   -11 Texas A&M
Garrick Williams
Sr          6'2"          235
#8
Video
N/A
14 (323)   -1 Vanderbilt
Chris Marve
Sr          6'0"          238
#13
Video
N/A
15 (380)   0 New Mexico
Carmen Messina
Sr          6'2"          236
#58
Video
N/A
16 (381)   -1 West Virginia
Najee Goode
Sr          6'0"          244
#52
Video
N/A
17 (385)   -2 Ohio State
Andrew Sweat
Sr          6'1"          235
#42
Video
N/A
18 (386)  +10 Arkansas State
Demario Davis
Sr          6'2"          235
#23
Video
N/A
19 (386)  +9 Merrimack
Shawn Loiseau
Sr          6'0"          244
#10
Video
N/A



Draft Tek Sports Information Blog



Draft TEK Sports Information