2013 NFL Draft middle linebacker rankings: Manti Te'o leads solid class

SOUTH BEND IN - NOVEMBER 13: Manti Te'o #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish brings down Terrance Cain #7 of the Utah Utes at Notre Dame Stadium on November 13 2010 in South Bend Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Utah 28-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The class of middle linebackers in this year's draft took a major hit when Shayne Skov got injured and Manti Te'o and Kevin Reddick decided to come back to school. In turn, it looks like the middle linebacker class for the 2013 NFL Draft looks like an incredible one.

This may be the rare position group where seniors are the best players. Te'o, despite being highly rated by most, has generally been analyzed poorly. Most look at his size and assume he's not agile or fast. But he's shown the ability to drop into coverage and chase down ball carriers plenty. He's easily a top 20 pick in April.

It will be interesting to see how Alabama's Nico Johnson and C.J. Mosley develop this season. They're used in a variety of ways by Nick Saban. Also keep an eye on Georgia's Alec Ogletree. He was limited by injury a season ago, but closed strong with 13 tackles in the Outback Bowl. He's a fast, active player. Find the full rankings after the jump.


1. Manti Te'o | 6'2, 255 pounds | Middle linebacker | Notre Dame
2. Nico Johnson | 6'2, 245 pounds | Middle linebacker | Alabama
3. Shayne Skov | 6'3, 251 pounds | Middle linebacker | Stanford
4. Kevin Reddick | 6'3, 240 pounds | Middle linebacker | North Carolina
5. Arthur Brown | 6'1, 228 pounds | Middle linebacker | Kansas State
6. Jon Bostic | 6'1, 246 pounds | Middle linebacker | Florida
7. A.J. Klein | 6'2, 248 pounds | Middle linebacker | Iowa State
8. Bruce Taylor | 6'2, 235 pounds | Middle linebacker | Virginia Tech


1. C.J. Mosley | 6'2, 232 pounds | Middle linebacker | Alabama *
2. Alec Ogletree | 6'3, 232 pounds | Middle linebacker | Georgia *
3. Kevin Minter | 6'2, 242 pounds | Middle linebacker | LSU *
4. Tom Wort | 6'0, 230 pounds | Middle linebacker | Oklahoma *
5. Max Bullough | 6'3, 252 pounds | Middle linebacker | Michigan State *
6. Andrew Jackson | 6'1, 262 pounds | Middle linebacker | Western Kentucky *
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