One thing’s for sure in football: a team can not have enough linebackers. Linebackers, especially the middle linebacker position, are generally envisioned as the quarterbacks of the defense.
The responsibilities, disciplines and factors for a linebacker mirror the quarterback, however, quarterbacks are the ones who normally design outcomes while linebackers react. But highly skilled linebackers, who can lead a defense to fashion the tune, can often dictate what an offense can and can not do.
That standard of play can be met due to the great examples which was bestowed by Hall of Famers such as Ray Lewis, Mike Singletary, Brian Urlacher to name a few.
To find such talents, the search for high quality linebackers must span across all levels of collegiate football, with fine precision.
This is why the NFL Regional Combine platform is instituted and effective for the small school, overlooked process.
The RC has hosted many linebacker standouts since its inception in 2012. RC legends in Brandon Copeland (New England Patriots), Jatavis Brown (Philadelphia Eagles), Kamu Grugier-Hill (Miami Dolphins), Nigel Harris (Tennessee Titans) are among the few who ventured through the NFL Regional Combine process and are just scratching the surface of .
The Pre-Look 2021 Overlooked Unknown Talents (O.U.T) listing of linebackers for the NFL gives a look at potential gems who may need the use of the NFL Regional Combine’s influence to get to the next level.
Whether if these standouts get invited to the RC or not, they will give their opportunity a heck of a run.
Take a peek!
COLBY CAMPBELL (PRESBYTERIAN) – 6-0, 210-pounds – Great tackling techniques, strong, patience, high IQ, savvy, high containment qualities, great closing speed, explodes on impact, great pad level, instinctive, tenacious, reads opponents well, plays the run well, gets to the quarterback, brings interior support, playmaker, attacks the ball, Great lateral movement, turns hips well, great feet, good hands, anticipation.
DARIEN REYNOLDS (GARDNER-WEBB) – 6-0, 224-pounds – Always engaged, active hands, solid speed, good covering skill (dialed in on slot), good in space, great anticipation, looks to make plays on the ball, can play the run, gets penetration, tracks ball well, solid pad level (always diving legs), communicates well, great technique, instinctive, savvy, disciplined, agile.
ANTHONY KOCLANAKIS (MURRAY STATE) – 6-1, 226-pounds – Big hitter, strong legs, drives through hips and legs, great balance and control, strong hands, fiery, fearless, intense yet patient, passionate, gets penetration, goes full speed sideline-to-sideline, explodes on impact, great technique, decent pad level, sheds blockers well, solid plant-and-drive, keeps plays in front of him, calculated.
MAJOR JORDAN (LAFAYETTE) – 6-1, 220-pounds – Shoots gaps well, instinctive, tremendous upper body strength, great balance and control, strong hands, great feet (stays on toes), tracks the ball well, plays the run well, good leverage, reads quarterback well, good gameday speed, great fundamentals, uses body well, pure tackler, solid plant-and-drive, finishes well, leader .
WILLIE EUBANKS III (CITADEL) – 6-2, 230-pounds – Explosive, great acceleration on pursuit, strong, intense, great anticipation, confident, explodes on impact, attacks with eyes up, high energy from all directions, strong hands, great feet, balance and control, solid plant-and-drive, solid speed for position, excels against the run, makes good plays on the ball, great leverage, uses body well, has good speed from outside to get to quarterback, good NFL body, good hands, pure athleticism, solid technique, active hands.
DREW SEERS (LINDENWOOD, MO) – 6-1, 225-pounds – Great anticipation and instincts, shoot gaps well, solid closing speed (acceleration), intuitive, has balance and control, good pursuit, strong hands, good hands (catching ability), fires off the snap, great pad level, solid communicator, student of the game, high IQ, places teammates in right situations, eyes the backfield, pressures quarterbacks well, plays the run, good in coverage, explodes on impact, sinks down well, solid plant-and-drive.
TRE’MICHAEL TUTT (TEXAS A&M-KINGSVILLE) – 6-0, 210-pounds – Squares up well, athletic, good speed, tremendous strength, solid plant-and-go, strong hands, good feet, good awareness and vision, good technique and pursuit, sees through the play, good impact, solid run stopper, hides behind line well, instinctive, good fundamentals.
JOHN STATON (SAMFORD) – 6-1, 215-pounds
RICK MOTTRAM (BUCKNELL) – 6-1, 230-pounds
JACK COCHRANE (SOUTH DAKOTA) – 6-3, 230-pounds