Las Vegas Raiders: Which 2022 NFL Combine drills to watch per position
LB: Short shuttle, broad jump
The modern linebacker is asked to do so many things that it is hard to become a top guy if you’re not an all-around athlete.
A player like Fred Warner did not test like a generational athlete, but he definitely has great overall athleticism, which is evident when you watch him.
Being able to explode into a hole or change direction in the open field is paramount for linebackers, so drills like short shuttle and jumps are worth monitoring.
Micah Parson was a prime example in the 2021 class as someone who is incredibly explosive (90% broad jump) and plenty flexible (73% 3-cone).
One thing not to get hung up on with this position is the 40-yard dash. Yes, you need to be able to run as a linebacker, but that speed needs to be complemented. A fast player that is stiff will more often than not bring little value.