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Grading the Pro Potential: Middle LBs

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The middle linebacker prospects this year are marked by injury questions among the top ones, which will make their draft stock precarious. NFL scout Dave-Te' Thomas analyzes the potential of a class of utmost importance to the Packers and projects their pro worth.

Whether playing a 4-3 scheme in a 3-4 alignment, the linebackers manning the middle positions are generally the quarterbacks of the defense – smart enough to know everybody's assignments and savvy enough to not be fooled by misdirection or play action. Inside linebackers playing the 3-4 scheme generally rely a lot on the ability of their nose guard to play over the head of the center and hold...

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