2019 Senior Bowl: Ranking the LBs

The 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl is upon us. Beginning January 22nd, 110 senior football prospects will interview with and practice in front of hundreds of NFL coaches and scouts. Tuesday morning, the players will weigh-in and then both teams will lightly practice in the afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday are the two biggest practice days when both squads practice in full pads. This culminates in the game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Saturday at 1:30 pm. The game can also be seen live on NFL Network.

Deep Fried Draft will have it covered all week. Look for daily write-ups about the practices each day. 

Below I rank the linebackers playing in this year's game. I go from best to worst.

**Please note that these rankings are based on what I have seen up to this point. What I see upon further tape study, Senior Bowl performance, and the rest of the draft process will likely change these rankings.**

***This also reflects the roster that was announced in early January***

1                   Germaine Pratt NC State                   Sr                 6'3                235
Pratt is an athletic backer with great size. He is a sure tackler. This season, Pratt has produced six sacks. He had zero coming into 2018. Pratt also has four career picks.

2                   Cameron Smith Southern Cal           Sr                 6'1                245
Smith burst onto the scene as a true freshman and never looked back. He has led the Trojans defense for the last four years.

3                   Chase Hansen    Utah                           Sr                 6'2                212
Hansen transitioned from safety to linebacker and is better for it. He has been highly productive since making the move. Hansen has 88 tackles this year, including 19 TFL. The biggest issue with him is age. Hansen will be a 26-year old rookie.

4                   Te'Von Coney    Notre Dame            Sr                 6'0                235
Coney has over 100 tackles over the last two seasons for the Irish. Can play MIKE or WILL at the NFL level.

5                   Terrill Hanks        New Mexico State                     Sr                 6'3   225
Hanks is an athletic linebacker that can cover in space. His length and sideline-to-sideline ability make him very attractive to NFL teams.

6                   Bobby Okereke Stanford                   Sr                 6'3                234
Okereke is an athletic backer. He can cover space and carry tight ends.

7                   D'Andre Walker Georgia                     Sr                 6'3                245
Walker is a two-year starter for Georgia. He has the ability to rush off the edge. In fact, this is probably Walker’s best position. He has 13.5 career sacks.

8                   Drue Tranquill    Notre Dame            Sr                 6'1                225
Tranquill is a former safety that made the switch to linebacker. After failing at safety, Mark Barron moved to linebacker and became a star. Tranquill is the latest to make this conversion. He hopes to use his athleticism to become a new breed of NFL space LB.

9                   David Long          West Virginia          Jr                  5'11             220
Long is an early graduate. He was a tackling machine for the Mountaineers in 2018. Long finished the last season of his collegiate career with 108 tackles and seven sacks.

10                 Deshaun Davis   Auburn                     Sr                 5'11             246
Davis is built like a brick s**t house. Another player local to the Mobile area (Vigor HS), he finished his Auburn career with 262 tackles. Davis will likely have to make his career early in the NFL on special teams. Something I think he can do.

11                 Otaro Alaka         Texas A&M             Sr                 6'3                225

Alaka is a player I am probably too low on. His frame suggests that of a top end linebacker. Alaka is a player I will be focusing on early in the week.