The Arizona Cardinals haven’t taken a linebacker in the first round of the NFL draft since 1994 (Jamir Miller, No. 10 overall).
Is this the year they finally end that drought?
There are some intriguing prospects at the position in the upcoming draft.
MORE: NFL draft QB rankings | WRs | RBs | CBs | Safeties
RELATED: Cardinals NFL draft history – QBs | WRs | RBs | DBs | LBs
The Heat Index takes a look at the top linebackers in this draft class, as ranked by several sites.
If Arizona ends up taking a linebacker in the first for just the fourth time since moving to Arizona (team also took Ken Harvey No. 12 overall in 1988 and LSU’s Eric Hill at No. 10 overall in 1989), these could be some possibilities.
MORE: Latest picks for the Arizona Cardinals in NFL mock drafts
MORE: Ranking the biggest NFL draft busts of all time
Ranking NFL draft linebacker prospects:
SI.com: Alabama’s Reuben Foster No. 1, Temple’s Haason Reddick No. 2, Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham ?No. 3, Florida’s Jarrad Davis No. 4, Ohio State’s Raekwon McMillan? No. 5.
walterfootball.com: Foster No. 1, Cunningham No. 2, Wisconsin’s T.J. Watt No. 3, Davis No. 4, McMillan No. 5.
CBS Sports: Foster No. 1, McMillan No. 2, Davis No. 3, LSU’s Kendell Beckwith No. 4, Northwestern’s Anthony Walker No. 5.
draftwire.usatoday.com: Foster No. 1, Reddick No. 2, McMillan No. 3, Davis No. 4, Cunningham No. 5.
Fox Sports: Foster No. 1, Cunningham No. 2, Davis No. 3, Alabama’s Ryan Anderson No. 4, Reddick No. 5.
NJ.com: Foster No. 1, Cunningham No. 2, Davis No. 3, Anderson No. 4, UCLA’s Takkarist McKinley No. 5.
RELATED: Cardinals’ first-round draft picks since 2000: Hits and misses
Some other LBs listed in the rankings:
- LSU’s Duke Riley
- Lindenwood’s Connor Harris
- Michigan’s Ben Gedeon
- Oklahoma’s Jordan Evans
- Wake Forest’s Marquel Lee
- Tennessee’s Jalen Reeves-Maybin
- Wisconsin’s Vince Biegel
- Ohio’s Blair Brown
- Illinois’ Hardy Nickerson
- UCLA’s Jayon Brown
- Kansas State’s Elijah Lee
- Florida’s Alex Anzalone
- Houston’s Steven Taylor
RELATED: NFL’s highest paid linebackers | Players
For more from The Heat Index, go to heatindex.azcentral.com.
Follow Jeremy Cluff on Twitter.