Combine Preview: Inside linebackers

Combine Preview: Inside linebackers
February 18, 2013, 12:00 pm
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With the NFL Scouting Combine set to begin Wednesday in Indianapolis, it’s time to take a look at the invitees the Redskins might keep an eye on. 

Today, we’re talking about inside linebackers, a position that could see some turnover this offseason. London Fletcher has not publicly announced if he’ll return for a 16th season. Versatile reserve Lorenzo Alexander is a pending unrestricted free agent. And Keenan Robinson, a promising second-year player, is recovering from season-ending surgery to repair pectoral muscle tear.

If Mike Shanahan and Co. do anticipate using an early pick on an inside linebacker, here are three prospects pegged for Rounds 2-5 that could pique their interest:

Name: Arthur Brown

School: Kansas State

The skinny: At 6-1, 231 pounds, Brown lacks ideal inside linebacker size but compensates with speed and football instincts. Talent evaluators also note that he’s a sure tackler who rarely misses, even when challenging bigger ball carriers. Led the Wildcats last season with 101 tackles, including 9.5 for loss, and an interception. Brother of Eagles’ running back Bryce Brown, a 2012 seventh round draft pick.

Name: Kevin Reddick

School: North Carolina

The skinny: Described as an “intelligent, hard working defender” by NFL.com, Reddick (6-3, 240 pounds) possesses the size and athleticism to make scouts take note. A run stopper who won’t be overpowered by backs or blockers, he also doesn’t possess sideline-to-sideline speed. The two-time captain and four-year starter recorded 85 tackles, including 18.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks for the Tar Heels last season.

Name: Nico Johnson

School: Alabama

The skinny: A well-built and physical player scouts say takes pride in delivering big hits. Johnson (6-2, 249 pounds) excels against the run but is quite capable in coverage as well. Recorded 55 tackles, including two for loss, for the Crimson Tide last season. Did not miss a game at Alabama due to injury.