Editor's note: This is the 14th 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.
Who is the best hybrid linebacker of 2013?
The position has risen to prominence in recent seasons, with quality players showcased there every year. This year is no different, with an abundance of teams allowing athletes to play in space and both get after the quarterback and sink into coverage.
The criteria for this list take that ability to play with a hand in the dirt or standing up into account, while also putting a premium on a player’s ability to rush the passer. Through watching these athletes and grading them based upon their pass rush, run defense, ability in coverage and tackling, we’ve put together the top 10 hybrid players.
If there were any ties, the edge went to the player we would rather have.
Keep in mind, these hybrid 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.