2012 NFL Draft middle linebacker rankings: A flawed Vontaze Burfict leads top-heavy class

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09: Linebacker Vontaze Burfict #7 of the Arizona State Sun Devils warms up before the college football game against the Missouri Tigers at Sun Devil Stadium on September 9, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

It's still early in the college football season, but now is as good of a time as any to update individual position rankings for the 2012 NFL Draft.

Arizona State's Vontaze Burfict could be a transcendent player at the position, but he's greatly flawed. Everyone is aware of his penchant for personal fouls, but his tackle technique is inconsistent. If he can put it all together mentally, he's clearly above everyone else. For now, he's just ahead of Notre Dame's Manti Te'o and Boston College's Luke Kuechly.

Note: The position rankings aren't currently in line with the site's top 200. After each position ranking is released, a new top 200 will be published.

1. Vontaze Burfict | 6'3, 245 pounds | MLB | Arizona State * - Prospect notes | Profile
2. Manti Te'o | 6'2, 245 pounds | MLB | Notre Dame * - Prospect notes
3. Luke Kuechly | 6'2, 235 pounds | MLB | Boston College * - Prospect notes
4. Dont'a Hightower | 6'4, 258 pounds | MLB | Alabama * - Prospect notes
5. Shayne Skov | 6'3, 243 pounds | MLB | Stanford * - Prospect notes
6. James-Michael Johnson | 6'2, 240 pounds | MLB | Nevada
7. Audie Cole | 6'4, 239 pounds | MLB | North Carolina State
8. Bobby Wagner | 6'0, 232 pounds | MLB | Utah State
9. Kevin Reddick | 6'3, 240 pounds | MLB | North Carolina *
10. Emmanuel Acho | 6'2, 245 pounds | MLB | Texas
11. Brandon Maye | 6'3, 230 pounds | MLB | Mississippi State
12. Michael Mauti | 6'2, 234 pounds | MLB | Penn State *
13. Chris Galippo | 6'2, 250 pounds | MLB | Southern California
14. Jerry Franklin | 6'1, 241 pounds | MLB | Arkansas
15. Garrick Williams | 6'2, 234 pounds | MLB | Texas A&M
16. Chris Marve | 6'0, 230 pounds | MLB | Vanderbilt

 

* denotes underclassman

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