NFL Draft Report: ILB grades

The Vikings are likely in the market for an inside linebacker with E.J. Henderson still unsigned, but how many of the middle linebackers in the draft does Dave-Te' Thomas of NFL Draft Report see being drafted? About 17, but he continues to rank them well beyond that number.

KUECHLY, Luke (J) Boston College Height: 6:032 Weight: 242 40 time: 4.58 Round: 1 Grade: 8.5
HIGHTOWER, Dont'a (J) Alabama Height: 6:022 Weight: 265 40 time: 4.62 Round: 1 Grade: 6.9
WAGNER, Bobby (O) Utah State Height: 6:003 Weight: 234 40 time: 4.46 Round: 2-3 Grade: 6.7
KENDRICKS, Mychal California Height: 5:111 Weight: 240 40 time: 4.44 Round: 2-3 Grade: 6.3
JOHNSON, James-Michael Nevada Height: 6:011 Weight: 241 40 time: 4.60 Round: 3-4 Grade: 6.0
ROBINSON, Keenan Texas Height: 6:031 Weight: 242 40 time: 4.72 Round: 3-4 Grade: 5.7
LEWIS, Travis (O) Oklahoma Height: 6:013 Weight: 246 40 time: 4.83 Round: 5 Grade: 5.4
LOISEAU, Shawn Merrimack Height: 6:004 Weight: 244 40 time: 4.74 Round: 6-7 Grade: 5.3
CARDER, Tank Texas Christian Height: 6:023 Weight: 236 40 time: 4.58 Round: 5 Grade: 5.2
COLE, Audie North Carolina State Height: 6:041 Weight: 246 40 time: 4.76 Round: 5-6 Grade: 5.2
GOODE, Najee West Virginia Height: 6:001 Weight: 244 40 time: 4.55 Round: 6-7 Grade: 5.1
ACHO, Emmanuel (O) Texas Height: 6:015 Weight: 238 40 time: 4.64 Round: 6 Grade: 5.1
BURFICT, Vontaze (J) Arizona State Height: 6:013 Weight: 248 40 time: 5.12 Round: FA Grade: 5.0
DOWTIN, Marcus North Alabama Height: 6:022 Weight: 230 40 time: 4.58 Round: PFA Grade: 5.0
FRANKLIN, Jerry Arkansas Height: 6:011 Weight: 243 40 time: 4.63 Round: 7 Grade: 4.9
KELLER, Noah Ohio University Height: 6:005 Weight: 242 40 time: 4.63 Round: 7/FA Grade: 4.9
HOLT, D.J. California Height: 6:003 Weight: 249 40 time: 4.85 Round: 7/FA Grade: 4.9
McSURDY, Caleb Montana Height: 6:012 Weight: 245 40 time: 4.82 Round: 7/FA Grade: 4.8
BAKER, Ryan Louisiana State Height: 5:111 Weight: 232 40 time: 4.72 Round: PFA Grade: 4.8
GALIPPO, Chris Southern California Height: 6:014 Weight: 241 40 time: 4.73 Round: PFA Grade: 4.8
COLLINS, Cameron Oregon State Height: 6:024 Weight: 241 40 time: 4.76 Round: 7/FA Grade: 4.8
ANDERSON, Kadarron Furman Height: 6:002 Weight: 239 40 time: 4.89 Round: PFA Grade: 4.8
PAREDES, Corey Hawaii Height: 5:103 Weight: 230 40 time: 4.59 Round: 7/FA Grade: 4.8
COLE, Adrien Louisiana Tech Height: 5:106 Weight: 235 40 time: 4.76 Round: PFA Grade: 4.7
SCHAFFER, J.K. Cincinnati Height: 6:006 Weight: 237 40 time: 4.77 Round: PFA Grade: 4.7
HENDRICKS, Brian Wyoming Height: 6:010 Weight: 232 40 time: 4.61 Round: PFA Grade: 4.7
COUNCIL, Rico Tennessee State Height: 6:000 Weight: 245 40 time: 4.64 Round: PFA Grade: 4.7
THORNTON, Ronnie Southern Mississippi Height: 6:017 Weight: 244 40 time: 4.77 Round: FA Grade: 4.7
THOMAS, Ian Illinois Height: 6:004 Weight: 232 40 time: 4.68 Round: FA Grade: 4.7
RAU, Ryan Portland State Height: 6:004 Weight: 230 40 time: 4.68 Round: FA Grade: 4.7
JOHNSON, Steven Kansas Height: 6:004 Weight: 239 40 time: 4.71 Round: FA Grade: 4.6
ARNICK, Curnelius Tulsa Height: 6:011 Weight: 234 40 time: 4.91 Round: FA Grade: 4.6
GRUDER, Max Pittsburgh Height: 6:010 Weight: 235 40 time: 4.98 Round: FA Grade: 4.6
WILLIAMS, Garrick Texas A&M Height: 6:017 Weight: 241 40 time: 4.94 Round: FA Grade: 4.6
SNEED, Ronnie Kentucky Height: 6:006 Weight: 235 40 time: 4.76 Round: FA Grade: 4.6
LINAM, Josh Central Florida Height: 6:022 Weight: 242 40 time: 4.74 Round: FA Grade: 4.6
HEYMAN, Dexter Louisville Height: 6:026 Weight: 238 40 time: 4.87 Round: FA Grade: 4.6
MESSINA, Carmen New Mexico Height: 6:005 Weight: 241 40 time: 4.88 Round: FA Grade: 4.5
RIVERS, Barquell Virginia Tech Height: 5:114 Weight: 247 40 time: 4.78 Round: FA Grade: 4.5
WHITESIDE, Aston Abilene Christian Height: 6:015 Weight: 259 40 time: 4.94 Round: FA Grade: 4.5
MARVE, Chris Vanderbilt Height: 5:115 Weight: 239 40 time: 4.86 Round: FA Grade: 4.5
TRANTIN, Jake William & Mary Height: 6:003 Weight: 238 40 time: 4.91 Round: FA Grade: 4.5
WILLIAMS, Korey Southern Mississippi Height: 6:012 Weight: 242 40 time: 4.86 Round: FA Grade: 4.5
HOUT, Bryon Boise State Height: 6:000 Weight: 238 40 time: 4.97 Round: FA Grade: 4.5
VASSALLO, Paul Arizona Height: 6:026 Weight: 242 40 time: 4.86 Round: FA Grade: 4.5
EARLS, Derek Arizona Height: 6:022 Weight: 238 40 time: 4.72 Round: FA Grade: 4.5
McGRAW, Marcus Houston Height: 5:103 Weight: 236 40 time: 4.77 Round: FA Grade: 4.5
LAMBERT, Luke Missouri Height: 6:025 Weight: 234 40 time: 4.80 Round: FA Grade: 4.5
DANIEL, Lebron Iowa Height: 6:006 Weight: 245 40 time: 4.81 Round: CMP Grade: 4.4
DENNISON, Cort Washington Height: 6:003 Weight: 230 40 time: 4.72 Round: CMP Grade: 4.4
THOMAS, Jeff Indiana Height: 6:000 Weight: 232 40 time: 4.85 Round: CMP Grade: 4.4
JOHNSON, Stephen Temple Height: 6:014 Weight: 233 40 time: 4.88 Round: CMP Grade: 4.4
STEWART, Demetri Northern Michigan Height: 6:014 Weight: 235 40 time: 4.62 Round: CMP Grade: 4.4
LAMB, Xavier Troy Height: 5:091 Weight: 222 40 time: 4.66 Round: CMP Grade: 4.4
JOHNSON, Austin Tennessee Height: 6:014 Weight: 241 40 time: 4.76 Round: CMP Grade: 4.4
KAWULOK, Mike Colorado State Height: 6:024 Weight: 230 40 time: 4.95 Round: CMP Grade: 4.4
RASK, Erik Pennsylvania Height: 6:002 Weight: 227 40 time: 4.61 Round: CMP Grade: 4.4
TINSLEY, Gary Minnesota Height: 5:114 Weight: 234 40 time: 4.84 Round: CMP Grade: 4.4
HARRIS, Kellen Marshall Height: 6:013 Weight: 242 40 time: 4.84 Round: CMP Grade: 4.3
FUTCH, Jordan Miami Height: 6:026 Weight: 245 40 time: 4.88 Round: CMP Grade: 4.3
JONES, Joshua Elon College Height: 6:007 Weight: 234 40 time: 4.81 Round: CMP Grade: 4.3
CLARK, Nick Alfred Height: 6:007 Weight: 234 40 time: 4.81 Round: CMP Grade: 4.3
SPRINGER, Jeremy Texas-El Paso Height: 6:022 Weight: 225 40 time: 4.92 Round: CMP Grade: 4.3
MAYE, Brandon Mississippi State Height: 6:007 Weight: 240 40 time: 4.85 Round: CMP Grade: 4.3
PAULK, Rodney South Carolina Height: 5:117 Weight: 236 40 time: 4.91 Round: CMP Grade: 4.3
EVANS, Marell Michigan Height: 6:021 Weight: 241 40 time: 4.90 Round: CMP Grade: 4.3
WALKER, Chaz Utah Height: 5:115 Weight: 237 40 time: 4.82 Round: CMP Grade: 4.3
BERGEN, Max Stanford Height: 6:006 Weight: 220 40 time: 4.76 Round: CMP Grade: 4.3
LEWIS, Ryan Bethune-Cookman Height: 5:114 Weight: 235 40 time: 4.90 Round: CMP Grade: 4.3
PATTERSON, Marty Gardner-Webb Height: 6:017 Weight: 235 40 time: 4.89 Round: CMP Grade: 4.3
ROBINSON, Tre'Shawn Idaho Height: 5:102 Weight: 246 40 time: 4.88 Round: CMP Grade: 4.3
CARTER, Nate Nevada-Las Vegas Height: 6:001 Weight: 260 40 time: 4.72 Round: CMP Grade: 4.3
EDWARDS, Jason Louisiana-Monroe Height: 5:104 Weight: 232 40 time: 4.92 Round: CMP Grade: 4.3



Thomas' grades are based on pro potential and are not round projections.

8.5-9.0


Franchise Player: Immediate starter. ... Should have a major impact to the success of the franchise, barring injury. ... Possesses superior critical factors in all areas. ... Plays with consistency and without abnormal extra effort. ... Rare talent.

7.8-8.4


Top Ten Player: Immediate starter. ... Should have a major impact to the success of the franchise, barring injury. ... Possesses superior critical factors in most areas. ... Plays with consistency and without abnormal extra effort. ... Rare talent.

7.3-7.7


Star Quality: Eventual starter. ... Should make a significant contribution in his first year. ... Possesses above average critical factors. ... Has the talent and skills to start. ... Will contribute to upgrading the team. ... Can play without abnormal effort, but has some inconsistency in his play that will improve with refinement and development. ... Has no real weakness.

6.9-7.2


Impact Player: Possesses at least average to above average critical factors in all areas. ... Will contribute immediately, whether as a starter or a valuable reserve. ... Will move into the starting lineup with seasoning. ... Above average player who needs to refine certain areas.

6.4-6.8


Eventual Starter: Could move into the starting lineup within three years. ... Has average critical factors in all areas. ... Needs further development, but has the ability to contribute.

6.0-6.3


Potential Starter: Could force himself into the starting lineup with improved performances. ... Will make a team. ... Has average critical factors in most areas, but at least one with less than average quality that he will have a hard time overcoming. ... Probable draft choice.

5.5-5.8


Roster Player: Has the ability to serve as a key reserve and possible future starter. ... Has average critical factors, but more several areas that are less than average. ... Plays with normal extra effort.

5.0-5.4


Project: Has the skills to play pro ball with proper tutoring. ... May make a team based on need. ... Possesses no real strong critical factors and is probably below average in several areas that the player will have a hard time overcoming.. Possible draft choice, but only if that team is caught short on talent available at that position.

4.6-4.9


Developmental : Could make a team with an impressive showing in training camp. ... Not strong in most critical factors. ... Deficient in more than one area that he will not be able to overcome. ... At least average in the factor of competitiveness. ... May not make a team due to his limitations.

4.1-4.5


Camp Player: Has redeeming qualities that could allow him to play in the pros with improved performances. ... Deficient in more than one critical factor. ... Might make a team, but will always be the player that squad will look to replace.

3.5-4.0


Reject: Might make a team, but has glaring deficiencies in several critical factors. ... Below average competitor whose athletic skills will allow him to enter training camp, but has a difficult time in trying to make a team.

2.0-2.5


Unrated: Serious injury (2.0) or off-field problem (2.5).


Dave-Te' Thomas has more than 40 years of experience scouting for the NFL. With the NFL Draft Report, Thomas handles a staff that evaluates and tests college players before the draft and prepares the NFL's official Draft Packet, which is distributed to all 32 teams prior to the draft. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.


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