Giants.com takes a look at NFL.com's scouting reports on the 2017 draft prospects:
Leading up to the NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Media's Mike Mayock unveiled his first position-by-position rankings for the 2017 NFL Draft. The draft expert will update this list a few times before the first round eventually kicks off April 27 in Philadelphia.
In the meantime, Giants.com will take a closer look at each position. Today, we break down Mayock's top linebackers:
REUBEN FOSTER, ALABAMA
NFL.com Scouting Report: Foster is a vicious hitter with elite playmaking range and an ability to toggle between 225 and 240 pounds. Athleticism gives him cover ability that former teammate Reggie Ragland never possessed. Has Pro Bowl potential as a 3-4 inside linebacker or a 4-3 weak-side linebacker, but concerns over his medical history could be a consideration, according to some teams. NFL comparison: Bobby Wagner.
HAASON REDDICK, TEMPLE
NFL.com Scouting Report: Injuries limited Reddick to just four games over last two years of high school, forcing him to walk on at Temple. The Owls staff helped him unlock his explosive athletic traits on the field, which resulted in three forced fumbles, 9.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss in 2016. Reddick's speed and athleticism might give him a greater shot at impacting the game as a 3-4 inside linebacker or a 4-3 WILL rather than trying to bulk up and play the edge. An ascending prospect with a high-end potential if he can continue to hone his craft. NFL comparison: Ryan Shazier.
ZACH CUNNINGHAM, VANDERBILT
NFL.com Scouting Report: Cunningham's missed tackles and lack of desired play strength could bother teams, but his consistent production is hard to ignore. Cunningham is a rangy, three-down linebacker who has a nose for the ball and special teams value. His downhill approach is made for attacking 4-3 defenses and Cunningham could become a good, early starter as a run-and-chase weak-side linebacker. NFL comparison: Alec Ogletree.
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JARRAD DAVIS, FLORIDA
NFL.com Scouting Report: Praised for both his football and personal character, Davis has athletic gifts to go along with the character traits teams are looking for. His ability to cover ground, operate with loose hips in space, and finish his tackles make him a draft favorite for some teams. While it is easy to fall in love with the traits and potential, Will have to take better routes to the ball and learn to keep himself clean against blocks. Should be able to compete for an early starting job as a 4-3 outside backer. NFL comparison: Shaq Thompson.
ALEX ANZALONE, FLORIDA
NFL.com Scouting Report: Anzalone's size, speed and athleticism will be tempting for teams looking for a linebacker who can play all three spots. However, concerns about his durability could cause some teams to shy away from him on the first two days of the draft. If he can stay healthy, he has the talent to become a solid three-down starter in the league. NFL comparison: Vincent Ray.
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