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Linebackers 

The were 18 LBs selected in the 2023 draft, as follows:

Round 1 - Jack Campbell

Round 2

Round 3 - Drew Sanders, Marte Marpu, Daiyan Henley, Trenton Simpson, DeMarvion Overshown, Dorian Williams

Round 4 - Ventrell Miller

Round 5 - Yasir Abdullah, Noah Sewell, SirVocea Dennis, Henry To'oto'o, Owen Pappoe

Round 6 - Zaire Barnes, Amari Burney, Titus Leo, Dee Winters

Round 7 - Jalen Graham

 

1) Jeremiah Trotter | 6'0 | 230 | LB | Clemson

9/4 - Duke - This was a lopsided game for Trotter. At times, he read plays well and showed plus abilities to hot the gap and compromise the play. On other snaps, he'd take a false step and render himself out of position to make the play. His talent was easy to spot, as was his need to be more disciplined.

10/7 - Wake Forest - Played stout run defense, displayed good read and react skills, held down the middle well.

10/21 - Miami - Was very up and down. When reading the play well, he was very quick to close in on the ball with a pop. However, he did have aa few bad reads and allowed some decent-sized runs up the middle because of it. He paced his team with 11 tackles, 2 TFLs. As evidenced, when on he was excellent.

2) Edgerrin Cooper | 6'3 | 230 | LB | Texas A&M

3) Barret Carter | 6'1 | 225 | LB | Clemson

9/4 - Duke - Carter flashed athleticism, showing a strong skillset to scrape and play with range. When choosing the right gap, his ability wreak havoc was obvious. However, he did get hemmed up a few times, lacking some physicality to work off of blocks. 

10/7 - Wake Forest - Played with plus range, showed his ability to play in space as well as blitz. He had 5 tackles, 1 TFL.

10/21 - Miami - Showed really good range, worked his way in on 8 tackles. He got hemmed up in the fray a few times, but was athletic enough to free himself. He typically read plays well.

4) Tommy Eichenberg | 6'2 | 235 | LB | Ohio State

9/2 - Indiana - Had a very solid outing, was quick with his read and react play. He took on releasing O-lineman well, and showed off some good range in space. 

9/23 - Notre Dame - Was a bit up and down in this one, has his play reads varied both in the run game and in pass coverage. He was seldom out of position in major fashion, just not as on as he usually is. He had 5 tackles, 4 solo stops. 

10/21 - Penn State - Had solid game. While not always first in on the tackle, he was good in clean up duties. He was in on 8 tackles, 2 solo. His reads were a tad slow at times, but was generally on point.

5) Deonte Lawson | 6'2 | 230 | LB | Alabama

6) Payton Wilson | 6'4 | 240 | LB | North Carolina State

9/9 - Notre Dame - Wilson had a very solid outing, pacing his squad with 14 stops. On the plus side, he showed good hustle, range was around the ball all night. On the down side, he struck me more as a run a nd chase guy vs. someone who grinds through the fray and contests blocks. 

10/14 - Duke - Wilson had a strong night. He  was around the ball all night, showed his versatility and range a number of times. He tracked the ball well, diagnosed plays in routine fashion. 

7) Omar Speights | 6'2 | 230 | LB | LSU

9/2 - Florida State - Paced his squad with 8 tackles, showed well with his read and react skills, covered space well. He had a few missteps which rendered him out of position at times, but was generally very sound. 

10/14 - Auburn - Looked very solid if not good today. He read plays well and was quick to close in on the ball. He was in on 8 tackles.

8) Ty'Ron Hopper | 6'2 | 225 | LB | Missouri

9/16 - Kansas State - Hopper was challenged in coverage a couple times, but he showed terrific range as a tackler, tracked the ball quite well.  He had 8 tackles, 2 PD's. 

10/7 - LSU - Paced his squad with 8 tackles. He read plays well and was quick to stick his head in to take on blocks or attempt the tackle. He showed range as a run and chase type, constant hustle.

10/14 - Kentucky - This was a bad game for Hopper. He was in on 4 tackles, but missed just as many. He was out of position at times, bot bodied a few times, showing his lack of girth and play strength. 

9) Jaylan Ford | 6'2 | 238 | LB | Texas

9/9 - Alabama - Ford had a very solid game, was seen swarming the ball often. He took on blocks with physicality, read plays well. 

10/7 - Oklahoma - Had a bad game, displaying limited speed and was out of position too often, allowed some sizeable runs. 

10) Smael Mondon | 6'3 | 225 | LB | Georgia

9/16 - South Carolina - Mondon quietly had a very solid game. He read his keys well and was quick to shoot the LOS, defended the run well. 

10/14 - Vanderbilt - Mondon played well today, showed very good range on the perimeter. He paced his squad with 6 tackles, was quick to the ball.

11) Cedric Gray | 6'2 | 230 | LB | North Carolina

9/2 - South Carolina - Gray was very active, paced his team with 9 stops. He roamed the filed well and read his keys nicely. He struck with a pop while displaying range.

12) Jamon Dumas-Johnson | 6'1 | 245 | LB | Georgia

9/16 - South Carolina - Was very steady against the run and showed some good blitz package capabilities.

10/14 - Vanderbilt - His play jumped out today.  He swarmed the LOS and was a consummate threat in the middle. He finished with 5 tackles, looked sturdy holding down the  middle.

13) Danny Stutsman | 6'4 | 238 | LB | Oklahoma

10/7 - Texas - Had a number of good reads vs. the run, wasn't afraid to take on blocks. He flashed often, posted 9 stops, 1.5 TFLs.

14) Tatum Bethune | 6'1 | 230 | LB | Florida State 

9/2 - LSU - Bethune had a great game, jumped off the screen quite a few times. He diagnosed plays very well, was an active striker and covered ground quite well. He led all players with 9 tackles. 

15) Luke Reimer | 6'0 | 225 | LB | Nebraska

8/31 - Minnesota - Had a solid game, showing headiness in reading plays and contesting blocks at the 2nd level. He wasn't dynamic as a whole, but played very disciplined ball, held down his assignments well. 

16) Junior Colson | 6'2 | 225 | LB | Michigan

10/7 - Minnesota - Colson had a decent game, posted 3 tackles. He was off on a couple reads, but otherwise was decent to good. 

17) Aaron Casey | 6'2 | 235 | LB | Indiana

9/2 - Ohio State - Had an excellent game, played as well as any defender on either squad. He was terrific in reading run plays and shooting his gap to make the tackle. He played with great range and gave 100% in giving chase, ran players down. He was an intense competitor with zero quit in him, led his defense very well. He notched 11 tackles. 

18) Josaiah Stewart | 6'1 | 245 | LB/EDGE | Michigan

10/7 - Minnesota - Stewart showed some impressive edge strength when rushing the passer, was able to walk Ersery back, and NFL-caliber LT. He had 1 sack, 1.5 TFLs. 

19) Curtis Jacobs | 6'1 | 230 | LB | Penn State 

9/2 - West Virginia - Jacobs was good in clean up duty, generally stuck to his assignments. Aside from a couple misreads against the run, he was solid. 

10/21 - Ohio State - Had a solid game overall, showing good read and react skills. He was in on 9 tackles, swarmed the ball often. He had a couple slow reads, but was generally on point.

20) Mason Cobb | 6'0 | 230 | LB | USC

10/14 - Notre Dame - Cobb looked very average today. Estime ran the ball at will today, and Cobb wasn't a factor in stopping him. He had just 2 solo stops. 

19) Tyreem Powell | 6'4 | 240 | LB | Rutgers

20) Jason Henderson | 6'1 | 225 | LB | Old Dominion

21) Maema Njongmeta | 6'0 | 240 | LB | Wisconsin

9/9 - Washington State - Had a very solid game, flashed a number of time at the 2nd level and beyond the LOS. He was in on 10 stops, had 3 TFLs.

22) Steele Chambers | 6'1 | 232 | LB | Ohio State 

9/2 - Indiana - Had a very solid game, showing well in run support and in pass coverage. He paced his side with 6 tackles, was around the ball often. 

9/23 - Notre Dame - Had a solid game, chipped in with 6 tackles, 4 solo stops. He was off on a couple reads, but was generally in position on most plays.

10/21 - Penn State - Had a solid game. He did most of his work in clean up duty, had just 1 solo stop but was in on 6 total. He read his D-line play well, reacted to what they gave him.

23) Colin Oliver | 6'2 | 235 | LB | Oklahoma State

24) Jackson Mitchell | 6'1 | 233 | LB | Connecticut

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