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NFL Draft prospects: Ranking inside linebackers heading into the 2022 NFL Combine

We rank the 2022 draft prospects at inside linebackers heading into the NFL Combine.

Quay Walker #7 (L) and Nakobe Dean #17 of the Georgia Bulldogs ride along during the parade honoring the Georgia Bulldogs national championship victory on January 15, 2022 in Athens, Georgia. Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Super Bowl has come and gone in 2022 and we have started to turn our attention to the next football season. The first week of March will see the NFL Combine which will be followed by College Pro Days. All of this culminates with the 2022 NFL Draft from Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, April 28th.

In 2021, there were three inside linebackers taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. Micah Parsons was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and went on to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award and had claims for the overall Defensive Player of the Year Award also. Zaven Collins was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 16 overall pick and Jamin Davis was selected by the Washington Football Team, now Commanders, with the No. 19 overall pick. Three inside linebackers were also taken in the second round and historically this position is one that tends to have a lot of depth.

There is an above-average amount of talent at this position this year. At the top is Nakobe Dean from the University of Georgia, Devin Lloyd from Utah and Christian Harris from Alabama. Dean helped to anchor that dominant Bulldogs defense that we saw in the 2021 college football regular season. He should be the first inside linebacker taken and has first-round talent which is shown from his winning of the Butkus Award given to the top linebacker in the country. Judging from the positional needs of the back end of the first round, Lloyd and Harris may wind up as early selections on Day 2, but they will still have an instant impact with whatever team selects them.

Some mid and late-round names that you should get to know would be Brian Asamoah from Oklahoma, Darrian Beavers from Cincinnati and James Skalski from Clemson.

2022 NFL Draft Prospects: ILB rankings at Combine

Rank Name Pos School
Rank Name Pos School
1 Nakobe Dean ILB Georgia
2 Devin Lloyd ILB Utah
3 Christian Harris ILB Alabama
4 Brandon Smith ILB Penn State
5 Channing Tindall ILB Georgia
6 Chad Muma ILB Wyoming
7 Quay Walker ILB Georgia
8 Leo Chenal ILB Wisconsin
9 Brian Asamoah ILB Oklahoma
10 Troy Andersen ILB Montana State
11 Damone Clark ILB LSU
12 Aaron Hansford ILB Texas A&M
13 Kyron Johnson ILB Kansas
14 Mike Rose ILB Iowa State
15 Jeremiah Gemmel ILB North Carolina
16 Jack Campbell ILB Iowa
17 DeMarvion Overshown ILB Texas
18 Darrian Beavers ILB Cincinnati
19 James Skalski ILB Clemson
20 Jack Sanborn ILB Wisconsin
21 Khalan Tolson ILB Illinois
22 Micah McFadden ILB Indiana
23 Payton Wilson ILB NC State
24 Terrel Bernard ILB Baylor
25 D'Marco Jackson ILB Appalachian State
26 Ventrell Miller ILB Florida
27 Drew White ILB Notre Dame
28 Josh Ross ILB Michigan
29 Ellis Brooks ILB Penn State
30 O'Rien Vance ILB Iowa State
31 Emmett Rice ILB Florida State
32 Caliph Brice ILB Florida Atlantic