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Top 10 Tuesday: Latest 2021 NFL Draft big board - linebackers

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As your New Orleans Saints prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft, we take a look at the top 10 ranked players at various positions. The 2021 NFL Draft big board rankings are reflective of Bucky Brooks' top five 2021 NFL Draft prospects by position 1.0 and ESPN's NFL Draft "Best Available" list.

Here are the top 10 ranked draft prospects at linebacker:

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Linebacker | #1 Micah Parsons | Penn State

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Micah Parsons | Penn State
2019 Season Stats: 52 SOLO | 5.0 SACK | 4 FF

Overview: Parsons is an inside/outside linebacker prospect possessing an NFL-ready frame and explosive speed that could make him a highly productive talent at the next level. He's most impactful when he's kept clean and allowed to run and chase the action, but carries no physical limitations into the pros. Parsons opted out of the 2020 campaign.

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Linebacker | #2 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah | Notre Dame

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Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah | Notre Dame
2020 Season Stats: 41 SOLO | 1.5 SACK | 3 FF

Overview: It's hard to see Owusu-Koramoah's explosive traits, versatility, and play-making ability on display and not get excited about what is to come. Concerns will be raised about his lack of size and occasional lapses in fundamentals, but neither should detract from his rare potential as a game-changing talent.

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Linebacker | #3 Nick Bolton | Missouri

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3
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Nick Bolton | Missouri
2020 Season Stats: 53 SOLO | 2.0 SACK | 0 FF

Overview: When you think about strong, forceful inside linebackers, Bolton is the type of player you might be envisioning. He's going to fall below typical NFL starter standards from a size standpoint, but his rugged frame and forceful demeanor help make up for it.

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Linebacker | #4 Jabril Cox | LSU

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4
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Jabril Cox | LSU
2020 Season Stats: 37 SOLO | 1.0 SACK | 3 INT

Overview: The only real difference in studying his tape from North Dakota State and LSU is that Cox looks substantially more explosive than everyone else on the field for the Bison. He looks like he fits right in with the athletes at LSU, though. He's extremely fast with verified play-making traits and credentials.

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Linebacker | #5 Chazz Surratt | North Carolina

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5
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Chazz Surratt | North Carolina
2020 Season Stats: 49 SOLO | 6.0 SACK | 1 FF

Overview: The tape shows a player who is still very inconsistent and uncertain at diagnosing the action, attacking angles and feeling play development. However, you look up and he's chalked up the stat sheet once again. Surratt's move from quarterback to productive linebacker speaks to his toughness and athletic ability. 

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Outside Linebacker | #6 Zaven Collins | Tulsa

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6
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Zaven Collins | Tulsa
2020 Season Stats: 36 SOLO | 4.0 SACK | 2 FF

Overview: Combines rare size and athleticism as a big outside linebacker. Collins is a team-oriented defender willing to plug gaps and spill the action wide for teammates to run down. He's rangy with the burst and length to track and capture his prey from the backside or out on the perimeter. 

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Outside Linebacker | #7 Azeez Ojulari | Georgia

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7
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Azeez Ojulari | Georgia
2020 Season Stats: 22 TKL | 8.5 SACK | 4 FF

Overview: Fully grown 3-4 outside linebacker with NFL-ready strength and impressive explosiveness. Ojulari is better in pursuit than he is as an edge setter, but he is quick to slide off a block and either make a tackle or accelerate to pursue in space.

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Outside Linebacker | #8 Joseph Ossai | Texas

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8
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Joseph Ossai | Texas
2020 Season Stats: 25 TKL | 5.0 SACK | 3 FF

Overview: Former inside linebacker who has seen his stock rise quickly after a move to a more natural edge position. Ossai's draft grade will require a good deal of projection as he is still raw and inexperienced at his new position. He's long but has some hip tightness that limits his ability to hold the point of attack and bend the edge as a rusher.

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Outside Linebacker | #9 Chris Rumph II | Duke

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9
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Chris Rumph II | Duke
2020 Season Stats: 25 SOLO | 8.0 SACK | 1 FF

Overview: Rumph is more of a litmus test than a prospect with a defined position. As a 3-4 outside linebacker, teams will worry about his edge-setting power. As a designated pass rusher, teams could have a hard time pinpointing his draft value. 

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Outside Linebacker | #10 Baron Browning | Ohio State

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10
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Baron Browning | Ohio State
2020 Season Stats: 20 SOLO | 1.0 SACK | 2 FF

Overview: Browning is experienced at both Mike and Sam spots for the Buckeyes with the ability to cover, rush and step downhill against the run. He has very good speed and keeps the motor running, but he's late out of the driveway due to a lack of play recognition and anticipation.

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