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Top 5 Linebacker Draft Prospects

Who are the best linebackers in this year's draft class?

Florida's Dante Fowler and Clemson's Vic Beasley lead a talented group of linebackers.

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When putting together his rankings, NFL Media's Mike Mayock lists "edge-rushers" seperately from "linebackers". For that reasons, Nebraska's Randy Gregory and Clemson's Vic Beasley are not included in this linebacker list.

Earning the top spot is TCU's Paul Dawson. Despite what many consider a poor performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, Mayock believes Dawson will be the first pure linebacker off the board.

"Outrageously productive linebacker with a nose for the ball," NFL.com's scouting report said. "Dawson averages a tackle every 5.3 snaps and either caused or recovered a total of 8 turnovers during the 2014 season. Evaluators understand that Dawson has been a handful while at TCU and that will turn some teams off to him completely. Dawson can play inside in a 2-gap scheme but is a natural fit at 4-3 WILL."

Below are the top 5 linebacker prospects, according to Mayock:

  1. Paul Dawson, TCU
  2. Eric Kendricks, UCLA
  3. Stephone Anthony, Clemson
  4. Denzel Perryman, Miami (Fla.)
  5. Benardrick McKinney, Miss. St.
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