2013 NFL Draft middle linebacker rankings

Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

As has been the case throughout much of the draft process, Arthur Brown remains the top middle linebacker in the 2013 NFL Draft. Whether Brown stays at the position will be determined by the team that drafts him. On a cover-2 team, Brown could be a star because he's such a good athlete. Other teams will look at him as a weak-side linebacker.

The same could be said for Alec Olgetree of Georgia. He's not as refined of a prospect as Brown, but he has similar coverage skills. The truest middle linebackers in the class are Manti Te'o of Notre Dame and Kevin Minter of LSU. They're more straight-forward linebackers best-served stopping the run.

After the top four, the position is a grab bag of solid players with not a lot of upside. As always, rankings are not an indicator of where a player may be drafted.

1. Arthur Brown | 6'0, 241 pounds | Middle linebacker | Kansas State
2. Alec Ogletree | 6'2 1/2, 242 pounds | Middle linebacker | Georgia *
3. Manti Te'o | 6'1 1/4, 241 pounds | Middle linebacker | Notre Dame
4. Kevin Minter | 5'11 7/8, 246 pounds | Middle linebacker | LSU *
5. Nico Johnson | 6'2, 248 pounds | Middle linebacker | Alabama
6. Kiko Alonso | 6'3, 238 pounds | Middle linebacker | Oregon
7. Jon Bostic | 6'0 7/8, 245 pounds | Middle linebacker | Florida
8. Kevin Reddick | 6'3, 240 pounds | Middle linebacker | North Carolina
9. A.J. Klein | 6'1 1/4, 250 pounds | Middle linebacker | Iowa State
10. Steve Beauharnais | 6'0 7/8, 240 pounds | Middle linebacker | Rutgers
11. Vince Williams | 6'1, 250 pounds | Middle linebacker | Florida State
12. Michael Mauti | 6'2, 243 pounds | Middle linebacker | Penn State
13. Bruce Taylor | 6'1 1/4, 237 pounds | Middle linebacker | Virginia Tech
14. Tom Wort | 6'0, 235 pounds | Middle linebacker | Oklahoma *
15. Will Ebner | 6'0, 230 pounds | Middle linebacker | Missouri
16. Nick Clancy | 6'3, 232 pounds | Middle linebacker | Boston College
17. Will Compton | 6'2, 230 pounds | Middle linebacker | Nebraska
18. Greg Blair | 6'2, 252 pounds | Middle linebacker | Cincinnati

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