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. Updates occur when transactions are made official by the league. Tier 3 brings us a group that could easily be grouped with those in tier two and I probably nitpicked a bit here. 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. RELATED: 10 Best Free Mobile Exercise Games, Ranked. Brown remains somewhat of an unknown by far too many right now. 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. 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. The one consistent thing is that linebackers are usually the most reliable source of week to week scoring. 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. 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. Warner played the second most snaps of any linebacker in the NFL in 2019. In this video, I go over my top 3 linebacker prospects of the 2020 NFL Draft. But the last we saw Mosley, albeit in 2018, was an exceptional overall player who made a lot of big plays. Can Shaq Barrett and Chandler Jones hit the 19 mark again this year? Next Page: The top 10 linebackers in the NFL, Defensive Points Allowed Consistency Score, Expected Fantasy Points and Fantasy Points Differential, The young linebacker for the Chicago Bears, Steelers’ amazing tradition at the linebacker position, This is an outstanding acquisition for Las Vegas, quickly turned into a top coverage player, Edmunds will own the very top spot on this list. He may be the most risky in this group due to the injury concerns. Bobby Wagner (30 Years Old) Tier 3 brings us a group that could easily be grouped with those in tier two and I probably nitpicked a bit here. But his play for Tennessee has also been exceptional. June 10, 2020 9:30 am Luke Kuechly was the best linebacker of his generation. His play has been under the radar. 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. Thompson is someone to keep an eye on and could end up being an LB1 making him a value at his ADP of LB22. Top 25 linebackers in the NFL heading into the 2020 season 25. This actually increases the value of Watt as he would be compared to other D-linemen rather than the higher scoring linebackers. Only Devin Bush is younger than Edmunds on this list, but no one is as naturally gifted as Edmunds. Scouting breakdown: The 11 best linebackers in the 2020 NFL Draft. This guy is a thumper though that does great work coming downhill. During a 14-year career spent with the Eagles, Bednarik lined up at center, left side linebacker, and middle linebacker. Since 2014, he's averaged nearly 80 solo tackles, almost two sacks and two interceptions, and … 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. The Chuck Bednarik Award goes to the best defensive player in college football, but he was also one of the greatest NFL linebackers ever. He is the second oldest player on this list. He is one of the only off the ball defenders that will often align at the edge position and rush the passer. 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. The first big play linebacker in TJ Watt leads the next tier. He has star potential. If you play in an IDP league, you already know that linebackers are the bread and butter of defensive scoring. They are all tackle machines and should provide a strong base as an LB1 in your draft, especially in tackle heavy scoring systems. Are there values and players to target? They have limited upside, but their floor is high. Houston has one of the best linebacker duos in the league heading into 2020. No LB designation. His play is also starting to slip a little, but overall, McKinney still impacts the game. It's time to comb through the new crop of rookie linebackers to target for IDP fantasy football leagues in 2020. to pry him away from the Ravens. In Matt Patricia's defense, the Lions are … 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. 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. A complete season from Vander Esch and Sean Lee may limit some of the tackles available to Smith. 13. Follow me @walterfootball for updates. The second half will be coming soon as we see the first rookie or two appear. Prediction: At some point in the semi-near future, Edmunds will own the very top spot on this list. To paraphrase an idea from the world of politics, do not tell me what you value at a position. They are all tackle machines and should provide a strong base as an LB1 in your draft, especially in tackle heavy scoring systems. Who are the top 25 off the ball linebackers in the NFL? He’s the modern-day every-down linebacker. We’ll go over this in more detail in a later strategy article, but when you get to this point in the rankings there is very little difference between players. Rudy Gamble’s projections are based on a tackle heavy scoring system with 1 point for tackles and 2 points for sacks, INTs, etc. His best football absolutely should be ahead of him. Littleton isn’t physically imposing, but he’s still a great tackler. Blake Martinez moves to the Giants after four years with the Packers to man a similar role in the Giants 3-4 scheme. 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. 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. They are your plug and play linebackers and you should have no problem pulling the trigger on either one of them. 2020 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. The 247Sports rankings are determined by our recruiting analysts after countless hours of personal observations, film evaluation and input from our network of scouts. He is very good in coverage and can stick to tight ends up the seams and stay underneath receivers on inside routes. 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. He does great work aligned on the line of scrimmage or off the ball. This free NFL Mock Draft Simulator with trades features over 350 prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft. He can rush the passer. 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. Note: QB, RB, WR, TE, & K rankings based on potential fantasy value for 2020. Jamie Collins, Detroit Lions. Smith still has work to do in terms of getting to the quarterback, but he has quickly developed into a very potent run defender. 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. Jaylon Smith returns to the Cowboys and they are hoping for the healthy return of Leighton Vander Esch. 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. The 2020 re-draft season has officially begun, now that the draft has come and gone. 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 can cover quite well for a bigger-bodied linebacker. Will playing behind a better defensive line limit his tackles? Here's a look at the top free-agent linebackers for 2020… Pro Football Network, LLC. 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: Last year he finished second overall in my league which has big play scoring, just one point behind Ryan Logan. But few linebackers in this scheme have truly been as versatile and gifted as Collins, who seems to be coming into his own. ... 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 … Manning the middle for the Razorbacks, Harris had 118 tackles two sacks, one forced fumble, and five passes broken up in 2018. He can play the run. 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 Cleveland Browns could miss Schobert a great deal, and his addition at middle linebacker could make Jacksonville better in two spots with Myles Jack (who has the talent to join this list next year) now going to his more natural Will linebacker spot. May 22, 2020 at 2:33 pm (link). The linebackers that will be selected early in this year's draft have the ability to make an impact in the passing game. 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 is a productive player that could benefit his new team. In big play leagues, he has been one of the top scoring linebackers. When healthy, Jones is one of the best defenders in all of football and certainly among the top inside linebackers. May 22, 2020 at 3:28 pm (link), It’s something I’ll have to keep an eye on as the sites designate their guys. But unfortunately, Goldman opted out. Age: 26. Schobert is a powerful tackler that reads underneath routes very well. The 247Sports rankings are determined by our recruiting analysts after countless hours of personal observations, film evaluation and input from our network of scouts. He’s a great moveable chess piece, but there is also an inconsistency to Collins game that probably is here to stay. Mosley almost didn’t make this list since he is sitting out the season. It is time that he gets recognized. He should put it all together very soon, but it wouldn’t have hurt to have Eddie Goldman protecting him this year. Once again, Wright logged a high number of snaps in a very reliable manner on this Seahawks defense. Bush is the youngest player listed here and should have a great future continuing the Steelers’ amazing tradition at the linebacker position. It’s early, but his current ADP on MyFantasyLeague is the 8th overall LB and 14th overall. Can he stay healthy and be the force he was in 2018? I covered Leonard in my top 25 overall article but here’s another indication of his dominance. Cory Littleton, LB, Rams. 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. But they also paid him well because Van Noy is very good at what he does. Copyright © 2019-2020. 25 Jul 2020 Madden 21 Ratings: Best Middle Linebackers (MLB) in Franchise Mode - Bobby Wagner, Lavonte David, Eric Kendricks & more Every defense needs a … But I am going to let you compare these players stats to Great Middle Linebackers of this century, Brian Urlacher and Patrick Willis. Further emphasizing the point there have only been 8 instances over the same time frame that a player averaged over 8 ppg. The rest of this group are all solid and should end the season towards the bottom end of  LB1 scoring. When you’re left with filling your LB2 slot later than most, this group will provide you with solid tackle numbers and deserve a starting slot if you start two or more LBs in your league. 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. Demario Davis, Fred Warner, Tremaine Edmunds, and Roquan Smith are all players who will give you a solid base at the position if you decide to go after other players earlier in the draft (hint to be on the lookout for my opinion as to what position to target first). He is the linebacker in the middle of the field who calls out motions and shifts. The rest of this group are all solid and should end the season towards the bottom end of  LB1 scoring. Signed with Raiders (3 years, $36 million) Cory Littleton has transformed from a special-teams standout to a stellar linebacker. McKinney is a thumper and a leader. 6/29/19: Harris is a thickly built linebacker who is a tough run defender. Bobby Wagner and Corey Littleton are two players that will no doubt battle with Schobert for the number two position. Ranking the NFL's top 10 linebackers for 2020: The best hybrid playmakers on D. play. Share this article 351 shares share tweet text email link Mark Schofield. David and Cunningham will give you your high tackle totals and be very good LB2s. Benardrick McKinney, Houston Texans The next group of players contains the top two in sacks last year in Shaq Barrett and Chandler Jones,  a player who is returning from injury in Vander Esch, a player who has a new coach and could be a sneaky value in Shaq Thompson, and two consistent players in Lavonte David and Zach Cunningham. A middle linebacker was primarily responsible for taking on running plays, while outside linebackers flared out into coverage. 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. As a reactionary position that requires great recognition and processing, you can see why very young linebackers can struggle a bit as they get their feet under them in the NFL. 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