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Best 2020 NFL Draft Prospects: Linebackers

The 2019 NFL Draft is over and teams are getting comfortable with their new draft picks. The next class of players is getting prepared now for another year of college football. Each position will be analyzed in the coming days. Here are the best 2020 NFL Draft prospects: Linebackers.

Note: Players will not be ranked in the article.

Best 2020 NFL Draft Prospects: Linebackers
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Paddy Fisher, Northwestern

Fisher has been making plays for Northwestern for a few seasons now and could’ve gone pro last season, but decided to return to the Wildcats for another season. He has great size for a linebacker at 6-foot-4 and 241 pounds, which helps his draft stock.

He got playing time sparingly in his first season, but was still redshirted. Fisher had 113 tackles as a redshirt freshman and put his name on the map. He had over 100 tackles again as a redshirt sophomore and made the All-Big Ten team for the second straight season. Fisher will be one of the best linebackers in college football again this season and could be drafted early next April.

Dylan Moses, Alabama

Moses was one of the best recruits in the entire country for the 20117 recruiting class and decided to play with some of the best of the best at Alabama. At 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, Moses has the size and athleticism to be a difference maker at the next level.

He played in 11 games as a freshman and started in two, making 30 tackles along the way. In his second year at Alabama last season, Moses was one of the team leaders and registered 86 tackles. His play helped Alabama make the College Football Playoff. Moses has been a hyped up player for years and with one more good season, he will likely be the first linebacker selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Best 2020 NFL Draft Prospects: Linebackers
Kenneth Murray (Photo by oudaily.com)

Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

Although he wasn’t the most highly-rated recruit for Oklahoma, Murray was inserted into the lineup early in his career and has turned himself into a good linebacker prospect. He is 6-foot-2 and 238 pounds, which is already impressive for a player entering his junior season.

He entered the starting lineup as a freshman and responded well with 78 tackles. Murray was named Co-Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year for his play. In 2018, Murray played even better with 155 tackles. He is all over the field for the Sooners, which makes him a unique linebacker prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft if he chooses to come out.

Shaquille Quarterman, Miami

Quarterman has been a consistently good player for the Hurricanes since the 2016 season, which means he has been on the radar for the NFL Draft for about as long as any linebacker. He is just 6-foot-1, but is 240 pounds, giving him the strength he needs to go up against big offensive linemen.

He walked onto campus and started at linebacker and has started all 39 games in his career. In each season he has produced at least 80 tackles. Last season he had a career-best 14 tackles for loss and one interception. If he can prove that he can cover better, Quarterman could be a top-five linebacker in the 2020 NFL Draft class.

Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

Simmons is a player that could go pro as a safety or linebacker. With defenses going smaller to be better in coverage, Simmons might find more of a home there in the NFL. He is 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, which gives him the ability to be a great coverage linebacker at the next level.

He redshirted in his first year on campus, but started making an impact as a redshirt freshman with 45 tackles and six passes defended. Simmons played in a hybrid role in the 2018 season and produced even more with 88 total tackles, nine tackles for loss and six passes defended. For the NFL, he may need to add a few more pounds to his frame to be an every-down linebacker, but he can certainly fill a role for an NFL team.

 

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