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2022 NFL Draft: Linebacker Rankings

Devin Lloyd, OLB, Utah Utes, 2022 NFL Draft

Devin Lloyd is the top overall linebacker in this year's draft, which appears to be slightly deeper at inside linebacker

Teams looking for help at linebacker in the 2022 NFL Draft will have plenty of options to choose from but that doesn't mean many will be taken in the early rounds. Only three linebackers received a first-round grade from Athlon while four others, all inside linebackers, got a second-round grade.

As part of Athlon Sports' 2022 NFL Draft Guide, we have ranked each position, including 40 linebackers (25 outside, 20 inside). A total of 11 of these also can be found among the top 100 prospects overall. Here is how Athlon ranks this year's outside and inside linebacker classes.

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2022 NFL Draft: Outside Linebacker Rankings

1. Devin Lloyd, Utah
2. Nakobe Dean*, Georgia
3. Nik Bonitto*, Oklahoma
4. Channing Tindall, Georgia
5. Zakoby McClain, Auburn
6. Troy Andersen, Montana State
7. Brian Asamoah II*, Oklahoma
8. Jesse Luketa, Penn State
9. JoJo Domann, Nebraska
10. Terrel Bernard, Baylor
11. DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
12. Jack Sanborn, Wisconsin
13. Amaré Barno, Virginia Tech
14. Darrian Beavers, Cincinnati
15. Baylon Spector, Clemson
16. Kuony Deng, California
17. Jeremiah Moon, Florida
18. Jake Hansen, Illinois
19. Jalen Harris, Arizona
20. DeJaun Cooper, South Dakota
21. Daniel Joseph, NC State
22. Nephi Sewell, Utah
23. Carson Wells, Colorado
24. Ali Fayad, Western Michigan
25. Zach McCloud, Miami (Fla.)

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2022 NFL Draft: Inside Linebacker Rankings

1. Christian Harris*, Alabama
2. Damone Clark*, LSU (Clark is expected to miss the entire 2022 season after undergoing spinal fusion surgery in March. The surgery is to repair a herniated disk that was discovered during the Scouting Combine.)
3. Chad Muma, Wyoming
4. Quay Walker, Georgia
5. Brandon Smith*, Penn State
6. Leo Chenal*, Wisconsin
7. Mike Rose, Iowa State
8. Aaron Hansford, Texas A&M
9. D'Marco Jackson, Appalachian State
10. Jeremiah Gemmel, North Carolina
11. Grant Morgan, Arkansas
12. James Skalski, Clemson
13. Chance Campbell, Ole Miss
14. Drew White, Notre Dame
15. Micah McFadden, Indiana
16. Olakunle Fatukasi, Rutgers
17.  Josh Ross, Michigan
18.  Khalan Tolson, Illinois
19.  Ellis Brooks, Penn State
20. Ferrod Gardner, Louisiana

*Denotes early entry, either draft-eligible junior or sophomore