Only three linebackers were selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft, but the 2009 linebacker class is poised to become much more fruitful. Florida's Brandon Spikes headlines a group of impact players in the NFL. Read inside for a breakdown of the top ten draft prospects at linebacker.[details]
The Good: A good overall athlete with an explosive first step and good closing speed on the ball. Breaks down well in space and does a nice job taking proper angles and exploding his hips through contact. Showcases good lateral mobility and exhibits the type of footwork needed to redirect cleanly. Displays a strong base and has the ability to take on tight ends at the point of attack. The Bad: Is too slow reading and reacting and will take himself out of plays with a false step. Lacks big-time playmaking skills and will probably never be a star at the next level. Isn't a real aggressive blitzer and has trouble getting to the QB.