Which linebackers stand out from Patriots perspective at 2019 NFL combine

Ryan Hannable
March 03, 2019 - 4:55 pm

On Saturday, the linebackers were part of the group that met with the media at the NFL combine.

It doesn’t seem like linebacker is a real huge need for the team, but you never really know, especially at that position. Also, with 12 picks overall, it would only make sense that every position gets looked at.

Here are five names to keep an eye on from a Patriots perspective spanning the entire draft.

ILB Mack Wilson, Alabama — He’s one of the top inside linebackers coming out and is projected to go in the first couple of rounds. Wilson finished with 65 tackles last year, and as a physical player, he could potentially be viewed as an upgrade over a player like Elandon Roberts.

ILB Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington — Everyone knows how much the Patriots seem to love three-cone times, and Burr-Kirven had the top time out of the linebackers on Sunday at 6.85 seconds. This past fall he finished with 176 tackles, which definitely stands out in the Pac-12. He’s expected to be a mid-to-late round pick, so why not take a shot?

OLB Christian Miller, Alabama — Miller is expected to be a mid-round pick, and a lot of that likely has to do with not playing much his first three seasons due to injury. After playing in 14 total games his first three years, he played in 14 this past fall and had eight sacks. If needed, Nick Saban could certainly give Bill Belichick a good scouting report.

OLB D’Andre Walker, Georgia — Walker made a number of big plays for Georgia this season, as he finished with 7.5 sacks, the most by a player under Kirby Smart at the school. He can move around the defense, which is also likely appealing to most teams. He’s expected to be a mid-round selection.

OLB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas — Greenlaw was a tackle-machine at Arkansas, as he finished with 80 and 103 tackles respectively the last two seasons. If he is around in the later rounds, do not be shocked to see the Patriots take a shot, especially considering Bret Bielema was his coach for a couple of seasons.

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