Preview: Top 2014 Underclassmen Inside Linebackers

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A.J. Johnson is coming off a season as one of College Football’s leaders in tackles during 2012 and looks to prove himself as one of the top Inside Linebacker prospects of the 2014 NFL Draft. (Omarius Hines/ AP)

We’ve finished previewing our top 2014 Seniors at each position. We now look into the Draft Eligible Underclassmen at the Inside Linebacker position. The top spot in this group is up for grabs in 2013. Johnson, DePriest, Kendricks and Smallwood all can make cases. Johnson brings experience and was one of the nations top tacklers during 2012. DePriest didn’t put up the same tackle numbers as some of the others on this list, but was one of the top players on the nations top defensive unit in 2012Kendircks was the leading tackler of the PAC 12 last season and will be part of a strong returning group to UCLA. Smallwood dominated in the Big East and should continue to do so in 2013.

Senior Prospect Lists

Top Senior Inside Linebacker Prospects

Underclassmen Defensive Ends Preview

  • A.J. Johnson Tennessee; 138 Tackles, 8.5 TFL, 1 FF, 2 PBU. Second Team All-SEC selection in 2012. Started 12 games in 2012 and has 22 career starts. Led SEC in tackles during 2012 while finishing fourth in the nation. Led the Volunteers in TFLs. 6-2 243 lbs. Junior.
  • Trey DePriest Alabama; 59 Tackles, 4 TFL, 2 QBH, 2 PBU. Started 12 games in 2012. Finished second on the Alabama defense in tackles during 2012. 6-2 245 lbs. Junior.
  • Eric Kendricks UCLA; 151 Tackles, 6 TFL, 2 Sacks, 4 FF,  4 PBU, 1 INT. Honorable Mention All-PAC 12 selection in 2012. Led the PAC-12 in tackles during 2012 and finished ninth in the nation. 6-0 228 lbs. Junior.
  • Yawin Smallwood Connecticut; 120 Tackles, 15 TFL, 4 Sacks, 2 FF, 4 PBU. First Team All-Big East selection in 2012. Finished third in the Big East in tackles and third in TFLs during 2012. 6-2 244 lbs. Junior.
  • A.J. Tarpley Stanford; 66 Tackles, 7 TFL, 2 Sacks, 2 QBH, 1 FF, 5 PBU, 1 INT. 6-2 238 lbs.
  • Hayes Pullard USC; 107 Tackles. 8 TFL, 2 Sacks, 1 QBH, 1 FF, 1 PBU, 1 INT. Honorable Mention All-PAC 12 selection in 2012. Started 13 games in 2012 and has 25 career starts. Finished second on the Trojans defense in tackles during 2012. 6-1 230 lbs. Junior.
  • Steve Edmond Texas; 103 Tackles, 6 TFL, 1 Sack, 2 QBH, 2 FF, 1 PBU, 1 INT. Honorable Mention All-PAC 12 selection in 2012. Finished second on the Longhorns defense in tackles and FF in 2012. 6-3 255 lbs. Junior.
  • Bryce Hager Baylor; 124 Tackles, 11 TFL, 4 Sacks, 8 QBH, 2 FF, 1 PBU. Started 10 games in 2012. Second team All-Big 12 selection in 2012. Finished second on the Bears defense in sacks, TFLs and QBHs. 6-2 235 lbs. Junior.
  • Amarlo Herrera Georgia; 70 Tackles, 3 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 FF, 2 PBU, 1 INT. Started 9 games in 2012. 6-2 244 lbs. Junior.

Stay locked to Pro Football Central as we continue this series with a daily breakdown of each position group. Next up is the Top Underclassmen Outside Linebacker Prospects. Also, be sure to follow the Preseason Prospect Previews. Scott Crichton was previewed first. 

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