Brian Urlacher NFL Combine stats, looked like this: 4.61 Forty, 1.66 ten yard split, 34 inch vertical, 122 inch broad jump, 20 yard shuttle was … TJ Watt enters his 4th year with the Steelers and has become a fantasy IDP standout. Copyright © 2019-2020. Knowing these trends will help you decide what positions to go after as you see how your draft room develops. The second half will be coming soon as we see the first rookie or two appear. David and Cunningham will give you your high tackle totals and be very good LB2s. Rudy Gamble’s projections are based on a tackle heavy scoring system with 1 point for tackles and 2 points for sacks, INTs, etc. My rankings are an attempt to base them for a balanced system so you will see players who had a big year last year due to a high number of sacks, ranked a little lower than you would expect. His play is also starting to slip a little, but overall, McKinney still impacts the game. We’ll start with the top 25 linebackers and then cover 25-50 and the top 50 at DL and DB. February 17, 2020 February 16, 2020. Compounding the problem of where to rank him is that he has done nothing in a Jets uniform after New York gave him a ton of money ($51 million guaranteed!) But his play for Tennessee has also been exceptional. Follow me @walterfootball for updates. Prediction: At some point in the semi-near future, Edmunds will own the very top spot on this list. Tier 3 brings us a group that could easily be grouped with those in tier two and I probably nitpicked a bit here. Ranking College Football's Top 25 Linebackers 2019-2020 ... Middle School prodigy turned Bama LB Dylan Moses takes the top spot as the best LB in College Football. The Chuck Bednarik Award goes to the best defensive player in college football, but he was also one of the greatest NFL linebackers ever. The league I’ve played in for about 15 years only gives 0.5 pts for a tackle (solo or assisted) and gives 3 pts for sacks and INTs. Mosley almost didn’t make this list since he is sitting out the season. The first big play linebacker in TJ Watt leads the next tier. Rayshard Ashby, Virginia Tech: He thrived for the past two seasons in Bud Foster’s system and solidified himself as one of the best linebackers in the ACC. Pro Football Network, LLC. His play has been under the radar. Like a few other high pedigree very young linebackers that have entered the league in the last few years, it is all in the future for White. McKinney is a thumper and a leader. He is the second oldest player on this list. The 2020 re-draft season has officially begun, now that the draft has come and gone. He’s a great moveable chess piece, but there is also an inconsistency to Collins game that probably is here to stay. Houston has one of the best linebacker duos in the league heading into 2020. Often when all-time greats like the ones mentioned before retire, people wonder if there will ever be another dominant player in the same position. His role in Buffalo’s excellent defense keeps growing, and next to Tremaine Edmunds, the Bills now have one of the NFL’s best pair of linebackers. If you are trying to learn about IDPs or deciding whether to convince your fellow league mates to switch from the hum-drum team defense to the dynamic scoring of individual defensive players, this is a good place to start. 15. The young linebacker for the Chicago Bears is extremely gifted and has every attribute you look for at this position. Dive in & start building your team... Tua Tagovailoa, Daniel Jones, along with other QBs on the Week 13 injury report will be the focus of many fantasy start sit decisions. Projected Round (2020): 4-6. 4/22/20: Harris totaled 101 tackles with two passes defended and two forced fumbles in 2019. Littleton isn’t physically imposing, but he’s still a great tackler. That wraps up the top half of the linebacker rankings. Barton saw the field for 253 snaps last year, grading at just 56.6, while Burr-Kirven had the fifth-best grade in the nation among linebackers in 2018 at 91.2 but played just four snaps as a rookie. But they also paid him well because Van Noy is very good at what he does. In Baltimore, Mosley emerged as one of the game's best linebackers. Who are the top 25 off the ball linebackers in the NFL? Note: QB, RB, WR, TE, & K rankings based on potential fantasy value for 2020. He is the linebacker in the middle of the field who calls out motions and shifts. Here are the best 25 linebackers in the NFL heading into the 2020 season. His best football absolutely should be ahead of him. He can cover quite well for a bigger-bodied linebacker. Benardrick McKinney, Houston Texans Manning the middle for the Razorbacks, Harris had 118 tackles two sacks, one forced fumble, and five passes broken up in 2018. But if you get Hightower in coverage playing in space, he isn’t nearly as effective. Ragland is one of the best linebackers in college football, and in 2020, he’ll be a veteran and a likely Pro Bowler in the NFL. Here's a look at the top free-agent linebackers for 2020… The next group of players contains the top two in sacks last year in Shaq Barrett and, IDP Rankings for 2020 Fantasy Football: Top 25 Linebackers. Jamie Collins, Detroit Lions. All rights reserved. GasDoc's 2020 IDP Linebacker rankings. June 10, 2020 9:30 am Luke Kuechly was the best linebacker of his generation. They have limited upside, but their floor is high. Brown has great quickness and movement skills, but Brown’s best attribute is his overall ability in coverage. The Patriots have three key linebackers hitting free agency and they may have to replenish their talent there. April 17, 2020 6:00 am. Thanks for the heads up, Copyright 2007 - 2020 Razzball LLC. Bobby Wagner (30 Years Old) to pry him away from the Ravens. Schobert is a powerful tackler that reads underneath routes very well. He is a productive player that could benefit his new team. It is time that he gets recognized. He is very good in coverage and can stick to tight ends up the seams and stay underneath receivers on inside routes. His size, length, ability to eat up ground with his long strides, overall explosiveness, change of direction, and natural hip snap is a very rare combination. He’s the modern-day every-down linebacker. ... Further, it seems like he wants to keep the middle and weak side linebackers in the box as much as they can, taking away the middle … RELATED: 10 Best Free Mobile Exercise Games, Ranked. In big play leagues, he has been one of the top scoring linebackers. Scouting breakdown: The 11 best linebackers in the 2020 NFL Draft. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2020. He was all over the field in San Francisco’s great defense and quickly turned into a top coverage player at this position. Blake Martinez moves to the Giants after four years with the Packers to man a similar role in the Giants 3-4 scheme. The linebackers that will be selected early in this year's draft have the ability to make an impact in the passing game. Only Devin Bush is younger than Edmunds on this list, but no one is as naturally gifted as Edmunds. Share this article 351 shares share tweet text email link Mark Schofield. But there is good news, starting with the fact Kendricks is still one of the best all-around middle linebackers in football. February 15, 2020 It's never too early to look at some of the top prospects eligible for the next NFL draft at each position. All Rights Reserved. Wright has been a rock of consistency for Pete Carroll’s Seahawks going back to the Legion of Boom days. A middle linebacker was primarily responsible for taking on running plays, while outside linebackers flared out into coverage. Age: 26. Can Shaq Barrett and, https://football.razzball.com/top-25-idp-rankings-for-2020-fantasy-football. I covered Leonard in my top 25 overall article but here’s another indication of his dominance. In Matt Patricia's defense, the Lions are … As I will do in every IDP article, I will stress that IDP leagues vary so much in their scoring systems, that it is impossible to project exactly what players are the best fit for your league. The inside linebackers in the draft that more often get drafted high are really going to be Middle Linebackers in a 4-3. FYI, ESPN has Watt and Barrett listed as DL, EDGE. I wrote up Joe Schobert, my surprise #2 overall, in my top 25 article https://football.razzball.com/top-25-idp-rankings-for-2020-fantasy-football. As the defense has crumbled around him, Kendricks has continued to … When healthy, Jones is one of the best defenders in all of football and certainly among the top inside linebackers. The one consistent thing is that linebackers are usually the most reliable source of week to week scoring. Stay tuned….Comments are welcome and always available on Twitter @gasdoc_spit, 2020 Fantasy Football Rankings, Blake Martinez, Bobby Wagner, Chandler Jones, CJ Mosley, Corey Littleton, Darius Leonard, Deion Jones, Demario Davis, Devin White, Eric Kendricks, Fred Warner, IDP Rankings, Jaylon Smith, Joe Schobert, Jordan Hicks, KJ Wright, Lavonte David, Leighton Vander Esch, Linebacker Rankings, Roquan Smith, Shaq Thompson, Shaquil Barrett, TJ Watt, Todd Davis, Tremaine Edmunds, Zach Cunningham, Paul Zone says: During a 14-year career spent with the Eagles, Bednarik lined up at center, left side linebacker, and middle linebacker. The rest of this group are all solid and should end the season towards the bottom end of  LB1 scoring. It’s early, but his current ADP on MyFantasyLeague is the 8th overall LB and 14th overall. Collins can blitz very well up the middle and align on the edge and beat offensive tackles. In 2019, he had 14.5 sacks, 55 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 8 forced fumbles and 8 passes defensed. Can Shaq Barrett and Chandler Jones hit the 19 mark again this year? Thompson is someone to keep an eye on and could end up being an LB1 making him a value at his ADP of LB22. His recognition left something to be desired early in the year, but he began to get a feel for the NFL as the season went on, and surely Lavonte David was a very good influence on White. 6/29/19: Harris is a thickly built linebacker who is a tough run defender. 4. The rest of this group are all solid and should end the season towards the bottom end of  LB1 scoring. He has star potential. It was announced by Fleaflicker that they are changing the designation of outside linebackers in a 3-4 scheme to defensive lineman and Watt is effected by this change. Further emphasizing the point there have only been 8 instances over the same time frame that a player averaged over 8 ppg. CJ Mosley is returning from an injury, but he seemed to be a fit in Gregg Williams’ system as he was dominant in the first game last season before getting hurt. But he is also pretty much a throwback player at this position in that he is much better vs. the run (mostly between the tackles) than the pass and is primarily a downhill player. He played very well as a rookie, but he did miss a few tackles and could use more work as a zone coverage player. One of the most unheralded linebackers in the league, Milano is much better vs. the pass than the run, but his prowess in coverage allows the Bills to play a lot of snaps with extra defensive backs on the field. Can he stay healthy and be the force he was in 2018? May 22, 2020 at 2:33 pm (link). In this list, we take a look at players who make their living on the second level of the defense – the ones who “back the line.” Now, obviously, in today’s NFL, these second-level players will blitz, play a variety of coverages and align all over the defense, but for the most part, they handle the middle of the field. Jordan Hicks finds himself next to rookie Isaiah Simmons, who may end up “stealing” a few tackles away from Hicks as he is known for his speed and will be around the ball. Once again, rookies were not included in these ranks, but there has been an impressive influx of young linebackers entering the league in recent years that could be primed for a breakout. That said, Bush has great traits, including his ability to read and react. In big play leagues, Watt should finish in the top 5, but he also has the potential to finish there in balanced/tackle leagues as he has shown the last two years. This is an outstanding acquisition for Las Vegas. In this video, I go over my top 3 linebacker prospects of the 2020 NFL Draft. This guy is a thumper though that does great work coming downhill. The 247Sports rankings are determined by our recruiting analysts after countless hours of personal observations, film evaluation and input from our network of scouts. Most leagues reward tackles but there are leagues that lean towards the “big play”. Last year he finished second overall in my league which has big play scoring, just one point behind Ryan Logan. 2020 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Right now, Edmunds is better against the pass than the run, but that is precisely what you want at this stage of his very young career. Shaquem Griffin also cycles back and forth between linebacker and edge rusher, though he struggled in coverage as a rookie. Ashby led the league in tackles, with 120 total stops and was named the ACC’s Linebacker of the Week five times in 2019. He should put it all together very soon, but it wouldn’t have hurt to have Eddie Goldman protecting him this year. If you play in an IDP league, you already know that linebackers are the bread and butter of defensive scoring. With the 2020 CFB season in full swing, here's a look at our top dynasty devy prospects in our updated 2021 dynasty rookie rankings. After I come out with the initial set of rankings, I’ll put out an update closer to the main drafting season. Usually a ratio of about 3:1 for big plays to tackles is considered balanced and you can fall on either side for “big play” vs. “tackle heavy” scoring systems. But unfortunately, Goldman opted out. Bobby Wagner and Corey Littleton are two players that will no doubt battle with Schobert for the number two position. Based on my league’s scoring, he is the only linebacker to average over 9 points per game over the last 10 years and he’s done it two years in a row. He’s #20 overall and could easily outperform this ranking. It seems like a few weeks ago we crowned the Chiefs as champs, and now we’re all a living stereotype - locked up in our basements for the time being. No LB designation. When aren’t the Tide a team to watch when it comes to the nation’s top linebackers? This is how dominant of a player Leonard has been. If a linebacker in college is a tackling machine, is big and strong, a violent tackler that wraps up well, and they seem to be much better moving forward than back, they are probably going to be an ILB in a 3-4 at the next level. As is often the case in a Bill Belichick defense, Collins was asked to do many things with the Patriots, and the same will be true in Detroit under Matt Patricia. But few linebackers in this scheme have truly been as versatile and gifted as Collins, who seems to be coming into his own. Van Noy is an extremely solid all-around football player. Let's look at the NFL's best inside linebackers who are … Cleveland Browns Linebackers in 2020. The first big play linebacker in TJ Watt leads the next tier. Jaylon Smith returns to the Cowboys and they are hoping for the healthy return of Leighton Vander Esch. But I am going to let you compare these players stats to Great Middle Linebackers of this century, Brian Urlacher and Patrick Willis. They are all tackle machines and should provide a strong base as an LB1 in your draft, especially in tackle heavy scoring systems. He may be the most risky in this group due to the injury concerns. On the other hand, we can guess that Darius Leonard will lead the way barring injury or that Bobby Wagner will finish in the top 10 as he has in each of the last 4 years. He can play the run. Vander Esch broke out during his rookie season when Sean Lee was injured, but he himself got injured last year limiting his production. It is no secret that the Philadelphia Eagles have been struggling to find a franchise linebacker for many years. An elite athlete with natural instincts and a knack for big plays, Jones has the ability to secure tackles, sniff out the run, and stick with receivers in coverage. Razzball.com and the Razzball logo units are copyright Razzball LLC.Site by Design & Develop, My rankings are an attempt to base them for a balanced system so you will see players who had a big year last year due to a high number of sacks, ranked a little lower than you would expect. 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