2012 NFL Draft: Mike Mayock Ranks Top Five Linebackers

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 06: Courtney Upshaw #41 of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks to the media at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 6, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. LSU and Alabama will play in the BCS National Championship on January 9th. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock released his first top five rankings of prospects at every position for the 2012 NFL draft. For Eagles fans, the most notable position of interest is linebacker. Personally, I'd like to see more than just a rookie, even if it's a highly touted one, brought in to shore up the LB corps.... but there's no doubt that stocking the position with highly rated young talent is a good thing.

Linebacker has seemed to have become the next wide receiver for this team. People clamored for years for this team to get WRs and finally they used 2nd and 1st round picks back to back on the position and solved it. The Eagles have never drafted a first round LB in the Andy Reid era.

So here's Mayock's list of the top five prospects in this upcoming draft. Let's finally solve this problem.

Linebacker

1. Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
2. Luke Kuechly, Boston College
3. Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
4. Zach Brown, North Carolina
5. Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State

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