College Football Top Ten Linebackers for 2017
10. Shaquille Quarterman- Miami. Okay, this is a Homer pick to a degree, but I think it's just fine. Shaq has all the tools to be the nation's top inside linebacker and an All American. He is great sideline-to-sideline, attacks at point of contact and he is a great leader.
9. Tegray Scales, Indiana. There isn’t much he doesn’t do for IU. Tegray is a quick to the ball and has excellent range.
8. Tremaine Edmunds, VT. He was 2nd team All ACC last year for good reason and should be a 1st teamer this year. Edmunds is explosive with insane size and range. He had 18 TFL last year.
7. Azeem Victor, Washington. Pure and simple, Victor is a leader and the heart of his defense. He doesn’t jump off the screen at you, but he is always around the ball.
6. Tevin Howard, TCU. Playing in a unique system Howard has excelled, and is a tackling machine. I watched him a few times last year and he is perfect in the Big 12. He is undersized, but he has the speed to cover WR’s and TE’s over the middle.
5. Malik Jefferson, Texas. Look for Malik to take that next step towards matching the recruiting hype. He was inconsistent last year, but I think in year three everything comes together for him. I’m saying 2nd team All American for this young man.
4. Josey Jewell, Iowa. He was a Butkus finalist last year and I expect him to be one again this year. He is a hell of a run stopper, but is also great sideline to sideline and in cover.
3. Cameron Smith, USC. I love the way this kid plays the game; he has all the tools and smarts to be on the top of this list. I look for him to be a first team All American on one of the best teams in the country.
2. Micah Kiser, Virginia. He is the best middle backer in the country pure and simple. He is always around the ball and makes play after play at the point of attack. I look for him to finish this year with over 150 tackles and be a finalist for all the major awards.
1. Arden Key, LSU. Key is by far the best edge rusher in the nation. He is a bit undersized, but uses his quick feet and agility to get to the QB. Go watch some of LSU’s games last year; this dude is always in the backfield. I would not be surprised if he finishes with over 15 sacks.