Posted On: 02/4/21 1:43 PM

Good play at the linebacker position requires a unique athletic skill set, precise instincts, and a willingness to lay it all on the line.  Take a look at 5 of the best in Iowa’s 3A C/O 2022 and their distinctive qualities to find out what makes these linebackers verified tackling machines.  

Will McLaughlinWillMcLaughlin6'3" | LBHarlan | 2022StateIA, Harlan, hudl, Twitter

MLB, 6’3, 220

McLaughlin can line up from anywhere on the field and execute with superior athleticism, technique, and fundamentals; there is no doubt that he is elite from a physical standpoint.  McLaughlin uses that superior athleticism to avoid blockers, move smoothly as he tracks the ball, blitz edges and inside gaps, read and fill downhill, and pursue; he is always getting to the ball.  It is clear on film that not only are McLaughlin’s instincts off the charts, but so is his football IQ.  McLaughlin reacts so quickly and gets to the ball as often as he does because of his ability to diagnose a play, read keys, and know what the offense is likely about to do.  McLaughlin would be piling up the tackles on physical ability alone, but his advanced understanding of the

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