After a thorough study using specific scoring criteria, Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analysts Damon Sayles, Sanjay Kirpalani and Tyler Donohue have graded the top 100 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 2017. Here we present the Top Linebackers.
- Defensive Tackles
- Running Backs
- Offensive Linemen
- Wide Receivers
- Defensive Ends
It's no secret that linebackers are getting bigger, stronger and faster every year. Athletically, linebackers are moving more like defensive backs—but they still deliver some of the hardest hits in football.
With today's defensive schemes, linebackers are called upon to contain rushing attacks and also cover receivers in passing situations. It's not an easy task by any means, but there are a handful of linebacker recruits who make mastering the position look elementary.
Here's our breakdown of the top-ranked 2017 prospects at the linebacker position. Outside linebackers were assessed on the criteria of tackling, explosive strength, run defense, pass coverage and football IQ. Inside linebackers were assessed on the criteria of tackling, pass rushing, run defense and pass coverage.