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    Bessire: ILB Ranks and Projections

    by Paul Bessire, PredictionMachine.com
    Last Updated: 5/1/2016 1:00 PM ET
    Projections for every ranked inside linebacker are below. Players are ranked based on PredictionMachine.com's 2016 projected statistics for what each player would be expected to do as a 16 game starter on a totally average NFL team against a completely average NFL schedule. Read more about how rankings and projections are done (also includes 2012 rankings and projections).

    Below, we include an impact score (0 - 10 scale) for each player. This score is a relative value based on the projections that can put players in context across positions and draft classes. A score of seven or above can generally outperform a replacement player in the NFL at his position as a rookie; an eight or above can be expected to start adequately and a player with a rating over nine is a unique, standout player who could star.

    As a matter of context, at this time last year, using the same process, the top five inside linebackers were Paul "PJ" Dawson (9.0), Eric Kendricks (8.5), Taiwan Jones (7.9), Ben Heeney (7.9) and Stephone Anthony (7.9). There was then a large dropoff after the top five (next was Denzel Perryan at 7.5). Well there are no stars in this year's draft at inside linebacker, twice as many players (four) grade as a above average future starters as in 2015. And as a matter of comparison with respect to "stars," Luke Kuechly graded as a 9.5 going into the 2012 draft (the highest rating generated for any inside linebacker).

    Inside Linebacker 2016 Projected NFL Rookie Stats

    Rank Player Tackles TFL INTs Score
    1 Kentrell Brothers Tackles 6.0 1.1 8.2
    2 Scooby Wright III 107.2 8.7 0.6 8.1
    3 Nick Vigil 100.9 8.7 0.9 8.1
    4 Reggie Ragland 88.5 5.8 0.6 8.1
    5 Joshua Perry 99.9 5.9 0.6 7.8
    6 Luke Rhodes 96.0 8.4 0.5 7.5
    7 Nick Kwiatkoski 71.1 6.7 1.8 7.5
    8 Steven Daniels 94.9 7.4 0.8 7.1
    9 Jake Ganus 76.7 8.2 1.3 6.9
    10 Tyler Matakevich 78.9 6.6 0.3 6.8
    11 Jared Norris 111.0 6.7 0.3 6.8
    12 James Burgess 92.3 8.4 2.0 6.7
    13 Hunter Kissinger 58.5 7.3 1.7 6.5
    14 Cassanova McKinzy 74.7 6.1 0.8 6.5
    15 C.J. Johnson 101.8 6.4 1.1 6.5
    16 Blake Martinez 66.3 5.1 1.5 6.5
    17 Great Ibe 89.8 6.8 0.3 6.5
    18 Josh Forrest 97.1 5.8 1.6 6.3
    19 Dominique Alexander 86.8 6.0 0.6 6.0
    20 Zeek Bigger 90.1 5.3 0.9 6.0
    21 Elandon Roberts 94.5 3.3 0.6 5.8
    22 Brandon Chubb 117.3 5.7 0.5 5.8
    23 Antonio Morrison 85.5 5.5 0.5 5.8
    24 Joe Bolden 88.1 5.6 0.3 5.7
    25 Terrance Smith 87.4 5.2 1.0 5.6
    26 Reggie Northrup 80.6 4.5 0.5 5.6
    27 Raphael Kirby 97.4 4.9 0.9 5.1
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