When evaluating linebackers, it is important to consider all aspects of their games -- instincts, strength, range, tackling and coverage abilities.
Below is an explanation of the categories in which Scouts Inc. grades linebacker prospects, as well as our ranking of all linebackers invited to the 2013 NFL combine. Also included in this cheat sheet are five-year measurement and timing trends, picks from Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2012 draft, and recent linebacker market trends.
Prepares in the film room and is equipped with opponents' tendencies on game day. Reads keys, diagnoses information quickly and reacts naturally. Disciplined but is not robotic. Understands role within the scheme and does not leave the unit vulnerable due to selfishness. Avoids false steps and biting on play-action. Has a nose for the football and makes important plays.