2013 NFL Draft: Inside Linebacker Production Ratio

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The Broncos need a Mike Linebacker in the worst way

As I stated in my earlier post here, I really think the Broncos need to find an Al Wilson type guy for the Middle Linebacker position on their Defense. Whether that be through Free Agency or the Draft, I cannot say. Simply because I’m not the one making the decisions.

Player Age/Exp 2012 2013
Joe Mays 27/5th $3.5M $4M
Keith Brooking 37/15th $1M UFA
Steven Johnson 24/R $390K $405K

As it stands right now, the "Mike" position is manned by Joe Mays, Keith Brooking and Steven Johnson. Well, not exactly. Brooking is a UFA on March 12th, 4pm ET. I don’t think I need to see a show of hands for a vote of No Confidence with the two remaining guys.

I went ahead and charted the Inside Linebackers and their Production Ratios for us to dissect. The rankings are freshly updated from CBSSports. Interestingly enough, there has been movement since I began the chart a week ago. Those ranking will change at least twice more through the Combine and the prospect/team interviews. So at this point, all we can do is speculate, discuss and share what we know of these prospects in order to understand what the Broncos Front Office has in mind when they finalize those decisions.

Once again, the formula for the Production Ratio looks like this:

(SACKS + TACKLES FOR LOSS)/NUMBER OF GAMES PLAYED = PRODUCTION RATIO

This formula comes from Pat Kirwan’s book, "Take Your Eye Off the Ball." If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. It is an easy read.

What we are looking for someone who scores a 1.0 or better.

Rnd - The Projected Round for the prospect to be drafted in.
OVR - The overall draft ranking from CBSSports.com
TPG - Tackles Per Game
Under Interceptions and Fumble Recoveries, "()" or "t" indicates a Touchdown return.


One more thing. Alec Ogletree was formerly listed with these Inside Linebackers. This morning when I updated the list, I found him listed with the Outside Linebackers. I am going to put him back on this list.

Rnd OVR Player School Hgt Wgt 40T Gm TKL TFL SK TPG PD INT FF FR P.Ratio
1 23 *Alec Ogletree Georgia 6-3 234 4.73 30 197 20 6 6.56 9 1 3 1t 0.86
1-2 31 *Kevin Minter LSU 6-1 245 4.64 37 206 18.5 5 5.57 7 1 2 0 0.63
1-2 33 Manti Te'o Notre Dame 6-2 255 4.75 51 437 34 8.5 8.56 17 7 2 1 0.83
3-4 96 Jon Bostic Florida 6-1 246 4.73 51 237 19 7.5 4.64 11 5(1) 2 1 0.52
3-4 112 Nico Johnson Alabama 6-2 245 4.63 51 163 16.5 2 3.19 9 2(1) 4 0 0.36
4 130 Kiko Alonso Oregon 6-3 242 4.74 36 144 21 3.5 4.00 9 6 3 0 0.68
4-5 137 Kevin Reddick N. Carolina 6-2 240 4.75 50 275 36 8.5 5.50 18 2(1) 2 0 0.89
5 166 A.J. Klein Iowa St 6-1 244 4.72 51 361 20 3 7.08 14 5(4) 1 1 0.45
6 207 Bruce Taylor Va. Tech 6-2 244 4.82 39 226 33.5 16.5 5.79 9 0 1 0 1.28
6-7 226 Albert Rosette Nevada 6-2 240 4.84 51 190 8.5 3 3.72 5 1 2 1 0.22
7-FA 249 Nick Clancy Boston Coll. 6-2 234 4.84 42 187 7 0 4.45 13 1 1 1t 0.16
7-FA 267 Greg Blair Cincinnati 6-1 252 4.86 13 138 9 2.5 10.6 8 2 2 0 0.88
7-FA 282 Steve Beauharnais Rutgers 6-2 232 4.78 51 274 35 12.5 5.37 8 4 3 3 0.93
7-FA 303 Steve Greer Virginia 6-1 232 4.74 49 376 27 5.5 7.67 13 0 2 1 0.66
7-FA 312 Dan Molls Toledo 6-1 230 4.62 45 422 21.5 7.5 9.38 16 7 1 2t 0.64
7-FA 320 Vince Williams Florida St 6-0 240 4.79 49 139 12.5 3 2.84 8 1 0 0 0.32
7-FA 350 Sam Barrington S. Florida 6-1 232 4.78 49 258 21.5 6.5 5.26 9 1 5 1 0.57
-- 353 Robert McCabe Georgetown 6-1 230 4.83 33 248 5 1 7.51 9 6(1) 0.18
-- 399 *Tom Wort Oklahoma 6-0 238 4.52 37 190 27.5 10 5.13 5 2 2 1t 0.74
-- 436 Will Compton Nebraska 6-2 230 4.76 48 247 13 5 5.14 10 1t 0 1 0.38
-- 463 Kenny Demens Michigan 6-1 242 4.84 51 266 12.5 3 5.21 4 1 1 0 0.30
-- 487 Christian Robinson Georgia 6-2 235 4.73 51 159 22.5 4.5 3.11 2 0 1 0 0.53
-- 504 Uona Kavienga BYU 5-11 235 4.67 40 111 10 0.5 2.77 4 1 4 1 0.36
-- 531 Jake Johnson S. Alabama 6-1 240 4.64 13 132 15 3 10.1 0 0 0 0 1.38

The Denver Broncos have the 28th, 60th and 92nd picks (so far) in the 2013 NFL Draft on April 25-27th. I would say that if the Broncos can’t get one of the top 2 guys, then I would take a Defensive Lineman and take a shot at one of the later prospects.

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