You can bet the Raiders are watching the linebackers intently. Not only to they have a major need at middle linebacker, but they are a staff full of former NFL linebackers including GM Reggie McKenzie, head coach Jack Del Rio, and defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.
They value all-around athletic abilities in their middle linebackers so they can keep them on the field for 3 downs without worries about having offenses key on their shortcomings.
The most athletic among the linebackers is one Jabrill Peppers out of Michigan. Enough so that the 5-11, 213-pounder will be working at safety as well. He ran an impressive 4.47 40-yard-dash. While it's not as impressive at late former Raiders linebacker, Thomas Howard's 4.42, it's still special. And it's more than a tenth of a second faster than any other linebacker at this combine.
After running his 40, Peppers showed off more of his athletic prowess, with a celebratory back flip.
How ya feelin' @JabrillPeppers? #NFLCombine pic.twitter.com/c2hIoDyVE4— NFL (@NFL) March 5, 2017
|Riley, Duke||Louisiana St||4.58|
|McMillan, Raekwon||Ohio St||4.61|
|Milano, Matt||Boston College||4.67|
|Vallejo, Tanner||Boise St||4.67|
|Lee, Marquel||Wake Forest||25|
|Milano, Matt||Boston College||24|
|McMillan, Raekwon||Ohio St||23|
|Milano, Matt||Boston College||35.0|
|Riley, Duke||Louisiana St||34.5|
|Vallejo, Tanner||Boise St||33.5|
|Milano, Matt||Boston College||126|
|Riley, Duke||Louisiana St||122|
|Vallejo, Tanner||Boise St||121|
|McMillan, Raekwon||Ohio St||121|
|Riley, Duke||Louisiana St||6.89|
|Riley, Duke||Louisiana St||4.21|
|McMillan, Raekwon||Ohio St||11.84|
|Davis, Kevin||Colorado St||11.91|