Philadelphia Eagles: 15 Linebackers to place on their 2019 NFL Draft board
Brian Burns, OLB/DE Florida State Seminoles
Some of you are already familiar with Burns as we spoke on him just last week following the release of CBS Sports senior writer Pete Prisco’s most recent mock draft. He has the Eagles taking Burns with the 25th pick.
Last year, for the Seminoles, Burns chipped in with 52 tackles (15.5 tackles were for a loss), ten sacks, three forced fumbles and three pass break ups. Some say Burns is a top-ten pick. Others say he’s a second-day guy.
He’ll need a strong showing at the Combine.
Germaine Pratt, N.C. State Wolfpack
It’s hard to ignore anyone who racks up 104 tackles with 10.5 being for a loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles and three pass break ups. NFL squads will like his ability to cover in the pass game. Keep in mind the fact that he came to NC State as a safety. Some pro squad may be interested in moving him back.
At the end of February, he’s working out with the linebackers though.
T.J. Edwards, ILB, Wisconsin Badgers
Again, how can you ignore linebackers with 100-plus tackles? Enter this six-foot, 247-pound prospect who’s projected to be a 4.8 40-yard dash guy. Edwards racked up 113 tackles (11.5 were for a loss), three sacks, two pass breakups and three interceptions in his final run with the Badgers.
There’s only one concern here. We did see some inconsistent performances though he did finish strong.
D’Andre Walker, OLB, Georgia Bulldogs
SEC linebackers always get a second look. This one could have been effective in any conference. Well, that’s every conference except for, maybe, the Big 12. Walker excited every fan in between the hedges’ with 45 tackles (11 resulted in a loss), 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and three pass breakups. He may be a second-day draft selection.
Te’von Coney, ILB/OLB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ahhhh, the pressure of playing for the Irish. Te’von Coney answered the call, and he helped lead his team to the College Football Playoff. His final season wearing the gold helmet ended with him tallying 123 tackles (9.5 resulted in a loss), four sacks, one interception and four pass breakups.
Unfortunately, two of our last on-field memories of Coney include a blowout loss to Clemson and an underwhelming Senior Bowl performance. He’ll need a good Combine.