Yes, NFL training camp hasn't even started -- much less the NFL or NCAA season. But I feel we needed an upgrade at ILB in the draft at some point to assume Avery's role - his liability in pass coverage cannot hang around here for middle of the pack-back end AFC South Tight Ends to put up 100 - let alone the Five. (Plus this is his contract year, and I don't think anything's going to change.) Personally, I can't see how Middle Linebacker won't be our #1 priority for 1st or 2nd round pick next year... Some of the Top Linebackers in 2017-2018 as of 06/26/17. (http://walterfootball.com/draft2018ILB.php Malik Jefferson*, ILB/OLB, Texas Height: 6-3. Weight: 238. Projected 40 Time: 4.68. Projected Round (2018): 1-3. 4/13/17: In 2016, Jefferson recorded 59 tackles with 5.5 sacks and three passes broken up. The numbers don't illustrate how good of a linebacker he was. Jefferson was highly recruited and showed why as a freshman contributor for the Longhorns. He totaled 61 tackle with seven for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three passes broken up and one forced fumble in 2015. Jefferson had a bigger presence than the numbers illustrate. The junior has a nice combination of size and speed. He has a ton of upside, and it wouldn't be surprising if he is in store for some massive seasons for Texas. Kendall Joseph*, ILB/OLB, Clemson Height: 6-0. Weight: 230. Projected 40 Time: 4.65. Projected Round (2018): 1-3. 4/13/17: Ben Boulware got a lot of attention, but Joseph was the best linebacker on Clemson's National Championship team. Joseph totaled 108 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, 3.5 sacks and one interception on the year. He is a fast and instinctive defender. Cameron Smith*, ILB, USC Height: 6-2. Weight: 245. Projected 40 Time: 4.80. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 4/13/17: As a sophomore, Smith totaled 83 tackles with seven for a loss, one sack, four passes broken up and one forced fumble. He started as a freshman in 2015 while totaling 78 tackles, three interceptions, and three passes broken up. Jack Cichy, ILB/OLB, Wisconsin Height: 6-2. Weight: 233. Projected 40 Time: 4.77. Projected Round (2018): 3-4. 4/13/17: Cichy was a tough defender for the Badgers in 2016. He was good versus the run and a leader on the defense. In 2016, the junior recorded 60 tackles with seven for a loss, 1.5 sacks, two passes broken up and two forced fumbles in seven games. As a sophomore in 2015, he had 60 tackles with eight for a loss, five sacks and four passes broken up. Josey Jewell, ILB/OLB, Iowa Height: 6-2. Weight: 230. Projected 40 Time: 4.72. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 4/13/17: Jewell recorded 124 tackles with six tackles for a loss, nine passes broken up and one forced fumble in 2016. He is a good run defender who will need to get stronger for the NFL and show more pass-coverage skills as senior. The NFL draft advisory board told Jewell he should return for his senior year. In 2015, Jewell was a tough defender for Iowa as he racked up 126 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, six passes broken up, one forced fumble and four interceptions. It was an impressive season from the Hawkeyes defender. If he stays consistent to his play-making production as a senior, his stock could really rise. Azeem Victor, ILB, Washington Height: 6-4. Weight: 232. Projected 40 Time: 4.78. Projected Round (2018): 3-4. ' Micah Kizer, ILB, Virginia Height: 6-2. Weight: 240. Projected 40 Time: 4.70. Projected Round (2018): 3-4. T.J. Edwards*, ILB, Wisconsin Height: 6-1. Weight: 244. Projected 40 Time: 4.74. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. Taylor Young, ILB, Baylor Height: 5-10. Weight: 225. Projected 40 Time: 4.63. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. Shaun Dion Hamilton, ILB, Alabama Height: 6-0. Weight: 232. Projected 40 Time: 4.63. Projected Round (2018): 4-6.