If you’re searching for great college linebackers, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out which conference you should look to first.
The SEC has routinely produced some of the best linebackers in the country, including recent first-round NFL draft picks Rolando McClain of Alabama, Jerod Mayo of Tennessee and Patrick Willis of Ole Miss.
The conference may have just lost some great linebackers like Courtney Upshaw, Dont’a Hightower, Danny Trevathan and Jerry Franklin, but have no fear. There's another crop of up-and-coming linebackers who are ready for center stage next season, especially with the addition of Texas A&M and Missouri.
So who will be a part of the conference's next wave of dominant linebackers?
Here'’s a look at the 25 linebackers who will be making the most noise in the SEC in 2012.