Editor's note: This is the 10th installment in Bleacher Report's CFB 250 for the 2013 season. This signature series runs through December, with National College Football Lead Writer Michael Felder ranking the best players at every position. You can read more about the series in this introductory article. See the CFB 250 page for more rankings.
Linebackers in today’s game are asked to do so many different things. Given the prevalence of high-tempo, spread-based systems, playing an inside linebacker spot often includes as much pass coverage as it does run defense.
In this category, the B/R CFB 250 team took a look at multiple aspects of inside linebacker play in an effort to rank the nation’s best. These interior guys play in 3-4 and 4-3 schemes, but all patrol the middle of the field.
After looking at pass rushing, run defense, pass coverage and tackling skills, we put together this ranking. If there were any ties, the edge went to the player we would rather have.
Keep in mind, these inside linebackers are being rated on their performance in college, not NFL potential. But to see where these players may go in the NFL draft (whether they are eligible in 2014 or later), check out Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller's projections at the end of each player slide.