The Big Board is filling up every day and this time we’re featuring the linebackers. These are just four of the players that we’re suggesting you take a look at this season:
Lakia Henry — Mississippi
A tremendous athlete with plenty of speed and burst, Henry is the quintessential run and chase linebacker. The smoothness of his overall game will draw mass appeal for NFL scouts, as Henry is a flexible athlete who is able to flip his hips and is an effective cover man when dropping back in zone. In fact, Henry brings an unordinary amount of speed to the position, as he can come downhill in a hurry and is dangerous on the blitz. With great range and physicality in coverage, the Vidalia, Georgia product possesses the skills required to be a high-level defender.
Merlin Robertson — Arizona State
Four-year Aztec starter Merlin Robertson possesses the size, length, and versatility that many NFL defenses covet. An active linebacker that packs a punch at the point of attack, the California native flashes the ability to rush from the outside, plug rush lanes up the middle, and is more than capable in pass coverage. He is learning from some great mentors playing under Sun Devils defensive coordinator Antonio Pierce and linebackers coach Chris Claiborne on Herm Edwards’ staff; coaches have praised his maturity heading into 2021. In addition, Robertson has been named a candidate for the Polynesian Player of the Year.
Jack Sanborn — Wisconsin
The heart and soul of the Badgers defense, Jack Sanborn is a throwback linebacker. He is a sure-tackler in the open field while his play recognition is off the charts. In the passing game, Sanborn is often used as a blitzer where his physical toughness, feisty passion and good snap-timing shine through. The Deer Park, Illinois native has also shown a propensity to utilize his advantageous ball skills to come up with the occasional interception, totaling four during his career. Sanborn is a highly competitive player, brings a non-stop motor and is often praised for his high character, making him one to watch for this upcoming college football season.
Willie Eubanks — Citadel
Looking to build off the momentum of his stellar season a year ago, Eubanks, a fifth-year senior, is poised to keep pro scouts flocking to The Citadel. The FCS standout possesses NFL-level size and plays with a high level of physicality. He can be a thumper against the run and demonstrates tremendous range laterally along with the savvy to defend the pass. Cited by his coaches as an outstanding leader, Eubanks owns experience on special teams, which could be his ticket onto a 53-man roster at the next level.
Take a look back at the featured players who have already been announced as a part of the Big Board before the full release on Friday!