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Talent levels drops quickly at ILB

Luke Kuechly (Jason O. Watson/USP)

NFL Draft Report's Dave-Te' Thomas breaks down the middle linebacker group, which is headlined by Luke Kuechly, a player who has a bit of Zach Thomas, Ray Lewis and Mike Singletary in his game. After Kuechly and Don't'a Hightower, the talent level drops off quickly.

The quarterback of the defense. The heart-and-soul of the unit where boys stay on the sidelines and men play the game. Thus is the life of a middle linebacker. With more teams going to the 3-4 alignment, those that remain in a 4-3 scheme still covet, smart, instinctive and aggressive men in the middle of the field. The evolution to the 3-4 defense has seen this position evolve from small, squat...

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