After thorough study using specific scoring criteria, Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analysts Damon Sayles, Sanjay Kirpalani andTyler Donohue have graded the top 200 players in the 247Sports composite rankings and provided in-depth analysis on each young athlete. Bleacher Report will run a position-by-position breakdown series of the best college football recruits in the class of 2016. Here we present the Top Linebackers.
With the advent of spread offenses permeating the college game, the linebackers' responsibilities have changed in recent years.
One thing that hasn't changed is the level of physicality required to man each linebacker spot, regardless of whether it's inside or outside.
However, prospects at each position in the middle level of the defense need to be able to be effective in covering running backs and tight ends in order to remain on the field in all situations.
The latest edition of the CFB Recruiting 200 series focuses on the top linebackers available in the 2016 class.
Bleacher Report scored the top middle linebackers on key metrics such as tackling (35 points), pass rush (15 points), run defense (30 points) and pass coverage (20 points). We also graded the top outside linebackers on traits such as tackling (25 points), explosive strength (20 points), run defense (15 points), pass coverage (15 points) and football IQ (25 points).
The cumulative figures from those traits resulted in each prospect's overall grade.
How do the nation's best linebackers measure up to one another?