The 2016 NFL Draft process rolls along this month with players conducting workouts at school Pro Days. That will be followed by private workouts, which just about marks the end of the pre-draft process. With that in mind, we're back for another round of Mike Mayock position rankings. We went through them in February leading up to the NFL Combine.
Mayock posted his latest positional rankings back on March 8. Free agency got in the way, but with that slowed down, I thought I'd go back through each of his positions over the next week and a half. I suspect Mayock will be back with more rankings sometime in early April after Pro Days wrap up. We started with edge rushers, and moved on to defensive tackles. Today, we look at inside linebackers.
The most interesting aspect of these latest rankings is that Mayock still has Jaylon Smith as the No. 1 linebacker. When healthy, Smith is viewed as the best linebacker, and for some, in contention with Jalen Ramsey for the title of best all-around option in the draft. Unfortunately, he is recovering from a brutal knee injury that will likely scare off a lot of teams. Mayock has mentioned this in the past, but it is still odd that he would list Smith this high. Smith will be headed to Indianapolis for his medical re-check. I don't expect any huge revelations with his knee, but it will be something to which 32 NFL teams will be paying close attention.
The 49ers hold the No. 7 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and have been connected with Myles Jack for some time now. Jack took part in the UCLA Pro Day, but did not run his 40-yard dash. He is expected to run it at his personal Pro Day on April 1. Jack suffered a torn meniscus early in the 2015 season, and has been rehabbing from that injury. He was fully cleared by his surgeon, and now it's likely just a matter of getting fully back in shape to run a fast 40.
|Rk||February 10||March 8|
|1||Jaylon Smith||Jaylon Smith|
|2||Myles Jack||Myles Jack|
|3||Reggie Ragland||Darron Lee|
|4||Darron Lee||Reggie Ragland|
|5||Deion Jones||Deion Jones|