2023 NFL Draft Big Board: Top 5 players at each position

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Pressure from Washington State Cougars linebacker Daiyan Henley forces an incomplete pass by USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

2023 NFL Draft Big Board: Linebackers

879. . . . Trenton Simpson. 1. player

Simpson ran a blazing fast 4.43-second 40-yard dash at the combine. It was tied for the second-fastest time among players who weighed 230+ pounds.

That speed gives him elite sideline-to-sideline range:

2. player. 846. . . . Daiyan Henley

At first glance, Henley does not jump off the page. He is 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, and Washington State was not a premier program last season.

Nevertheless, he was an efficient player in the Cougars defense. He recorded 106 total tackles, while only missing five tackles (less than Simpson, Campbell, Williams, and Sewell).

878. . . . Jack Campbell. 3. player

Last season, Campbell posted a PFF grade of 91.7, which led all linebackers.

His 92.9 PFF coverage grade was the highest by a Power 5 linebacker in a single season, since 2018.


At the combine, he led all linebackers in the three-cone drill (6.74 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.24 seconds).

820. . . . Noah Sewell. 4. player

Sewell is a physical linebacker. His 27 bench press reps were the second-most among linebackers at the combine, and that strength shows up on tape:

He can develop into a quality run-stopper and blitzer.

. . . Dorian Williams. 5. player. 2115

Last season, Williams was quietly one of the most impactful defenders in college football. He recorded 131 total tackles, seven passes defended, five sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions.

At the combine, he ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash and a 1.54-second 10-yard split (tied for second among LBs).

Honorable mentions: Drew Sanders, Ivan Pace Jr., Henry To’oTo’o

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