Top 10 ILB prospects

Alabama lands two ILB prospects on Kiper's list of the top 10

Updated: August 29, 2013, 12:11 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

CJ MosleyAP Photo/Jeff RobersonC.J. Mosley is the latest in a long line of great Alabama linebackers.
For years, I've tried to update the top five NFL prospects at each position, for both the junior and senior classes, each week from the beginning of the college football season right up until the draft. Enough of that. This year I decided to do something different. I'll now be ranking the top 10 NFL draft prospects at each position -- with all draft-eligible players included in the same ranking -- just a few times during the season.

For one, it's more helpful to see the juniors, seniors and occasional draft-eligible sophomores all together, just as you see them in the NFL draft. Second, trying to watch enough football and talk to enough evaluators to readjust the rankings every week just got ridiculous.

So here goes with the first version for the 2013 season. The Big Board, of course, will still be updated each week. Below, you have the inside linebackers.

Note that one asterisk denotes a junior; two asterisks denote a draft-eligible sophomore.


1. C.J. Mosley, Alabama Crimson Tide

From his Big Board profile, where he's the only ILB among the top 40 players: "Always around the ball, Mosley is gifted in coverage, and has the all-around versatility that will make him an appealing linebacker in any scheme. He flies to the ball and makes a ton of plays; now he simply needs to get a bit stronger and show the leverage against the run. But on the weak side, he gets through blocks and chases everything down (or just beats people to the ball)."



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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst