While he played on the edge in his time in Chicago, Leonard Floyd could take some snaps at linebacker. Login or Register: James Vaughters is a hybrid linebacker/edge with 26 career snaps to his name, while Barkevious Mingo is another hybrid who has two years with 70.0-plus grades on the edge (2017 with the Colts, 2014 with the Browns). NFL Free Agents : Linebackers: Updated: 7/27/2020 : Pos: QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DL | LB | DB Note: QB, RB, WR, TE, & K rankings based on potential fantasy value for 2020. Cunningham is the playmaker of the group, leading the league in. If he returns in 2020 and puts up a similar effort, he should find himself comfortably in the top 10 of this list at this time next year. By Gladys Louise Tyler. Rookie. image/svg+xml. His explosiveness made him an attractive developmental first-round pick, but it appears that his best fit is as a subpackage blitzer. That's why the Raiders signed him this offseason. If there was a bright spot on Miami's defense last season, it was second-year linebacker Raekwon McMillan‘s performance against the run — where he produced an 11th-best 77.0 mark. 1 linebacker prospect in this year's draft class Tackling was also an issue — Evans missed 18 on the season when including the playoffs. percentile arm length among linebackers, and that length compresses passing lanes in the middle of the field. Collins is familiar with the defensive system, and he’s yet another versatile weapon who can play all over the defensive formation while providing one of the better blitz threats in the league. He still sticks out as a guy who can contribute wherever you need him to defensively, and he has put any doubts about the knee injury that dropped him in the draft behind him. He is coming off a “down” year by his standards, but even then, his 76.4 PFF grade ranked 11th at the position. Indianapolis added more length with 2019 third-rounder Bobby Okereke, who is slated to start next to Leonard after seeing 472 snaps last season in which he graded at 77.3. This group's success will be determined by which Martinez shows up in his first year as a Giant as well as Mayo’s development in his second year of extended action. Barr has coverage limitations but has been reasonable in the run game and has rushed the passer over 100 times in each of his six seasons. Bush's overall grade jumped to 69.3 over the Steelers' final eight games — 23rd among 85 linebackers to play 150 or more snaps over that time frame. It’s not the best of years for linebackers. Davis is still effective enough to contribute, especially on a lesser team, but he may best be used as a versatile blitz/coverage option in sub-packages. It’s still not the most exciting linebacking corps in the league, but the Bengals have intriguing youth combined with veteran role players who should make this unit better. 2020 NFL Draft Best Individual Skill Sets: Edge Rushers April 10, 2020. 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. Mock Drafts ... 2020 Fantasy Football Rankings & Projections. The Giants added a pair of linebackers in the seventh round in Tae Crowder and T.J. Brunson to round out the depth chart. The Chargers added Nick Vigil to the mix after four years with the Bengals, though his career-high overall grade of 60.0 back in 2018 isn't particularly something to write home about. Login Be The Expert. Craig Robertson also returns for his fifth year with the Saints to add depth, grading out at 60.0-plus in four of his six qualifying seasons. Director of Administration. Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks The Bears didn’t have a linebacker play more than 12 games last year as the position was ravaged by injuries, though a stellar performance by, Kwiatkoski moves on to the Raiders, leaving the starting role in the hands of, , a 2018 first-rounder who looked like the prototype for the modern-day linebacker coming out of Georgia. This page was last updated April 22, 2020. An edge rusher at Wisconsin, Baun has excellent agility and graded at 80.0-plus in coverage in each of the last two seasons, albeit on small samples. Smith must do a better job of taking on blocks in the run game, but more importantly, the Bears need him to show off the playmaking ability in coverage that made him a top-10 pick. The Eagles added more athleticism in the draft with Davion Taylor in the third round and Shaun Bradley in the sixth. Member of the FWAA. Wagner is the only linebacker in the league to rank in the top five in coverage, as a run defender and as a pass rusher over the past two years, showing that he’s the best all-around players at the position. Here are my updated linebacker rankings for the 2020 draft: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports 1. Filed In: NFL Draft; 2020 NFL … 2020 NFL Power Rankings: Los Angeles Rams. Cunningham uses his great length to slice through blockers to get to the ball in the run game, but he has similar coverage limitations that make him exploitable against quick running backs. Greenlaw's play as a rookie came as a pleasant surprise for San Francisco, particularly with him needing to take on a larger role as Kwon Alexander missed time due to injury. Harrison is more of a throwback, and he’s coming off an impressive 87.1 grade against the run last season. He starts with his tiered top 25 with 26-50 soon to follow. It’s an entirely new look for the Raiders at linebacker, as free agents Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski are slated to see most of the snaps this season. His consistency, run defense and versatility still makes him one of the top linebackers in the NFL. Schobert has shown that he can play the run in the past — recording a 77.2 run-defense grade in 2017 — so it's not as if his play there is a lost cause. New York Giants (LW: 13) The New York Giants are starting to run away with the … The Jets linebackers had the third-lowest overall grade in the NFL last season, at 45.7, and their downward spiral started with C.J. April 16, 2020 1:07 pm. Tahir Whitehead takes the first crack at replacing Kuechly after two years in Oakland in which he graded in the 50s. While his overall grade had hovered in the 60s from 2016 to 2018, it came in at 90.1 in 2019 (second at the position). While he played on the edge in his time in Chicago, The rest of the unit is wide open, starting with a pair of 2018 draft picks in, Fantasy Football Draft Guide, Cheat Sheets & Advanced Stats, Fantasy Football Mock Draft Tool (DraftMaster), Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule Matrix. If you're expecting Littleton to come down and make a difference in the run game, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. 2. Jack Cichy is the most intriguing backup in the group, but he’s played just seven snaps in two years after seeing 725 snaps from 2015 to 2017. Rashaan Evans and Jayon Brown took most of the Titans’ snaps at linebacker last season, and they both return this year. The Bengals linebacking corps has the lowest grade in the NFL over the last two years, and they have heavily addressed the position in the draft over that span. This ranking involves some projection for Bush because his 62.9 PFF grade as a rookie ranked 36th out of 91 qualifiers in 2019, but there is reason to believe he is primed for a significant second-year jump. Anthony Barr returns for his seventh year with the Vikings after finishing with a 60.6 overall grade that tied for 51st last season. Milano still has work to do to improve as a run defender and tackler, but that kind of coverage ability is valuable and rare among linebackers. Visit ESPN to view the 2020 NFL Standings. Wright has been one of the most reliable linebackers in the NFL since entering the league as a fourth-round pick out of Mississippi State in 2011. There are a handful of teams that are in dire need of an inside linebacker presence but landing spot will be very key on who to select in rookie drafts. ** - denotes 2022 prospect. Cunningham played more man-coverage snaps than any other linebacker last season (239), and players like Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey and Mark Andrews were able to produce several big plays against Cunningham in man coverage. If Floyd really gets grouped with the edge rushers, there is not a more inexperienced linebacking corps in the NFL. Even with Bobby Wagner taking a step back last season, the Seahawks have the best linebacking corps in the league. There is an argument to be made that Jones is the best coverage linebacker in the NFL. Share this article 368 shares share tweet text email link Luke Easterling. His best coverage grade was just a 62.1 mark that came his rookie season in 2017. Walker was more of an edge/linebacker ‘tweener with the Bulldogs. Gerry hasn’t been as effective in coverage as you’d expect to see from a college safety, and tackling has also been an issue given that he's missed 17.8% of his attempts, ninth-worst in the league. You are not logged in. He may be relegated to creative blitz packages if he’s not dealt prior to the season. Perhaps with Kuechly out of the picture, this is the year that David gets his well-earned recognition. Kansas City had four players play at least 300 snaps, with, Kansas City has been searching for a good coverage linebacker for a few seasons, and they may have found one in second-round pick. This means that a 0.0 z-score and 50.0 percentile would represent a player who rates as a league-average NFL athlete at the position. Historical Rankings for Krys Barnes-ILB-UCLA as a ILB. He's been impressive as a tackler for much of his career and turned in PFF run-defense grades of 70.0 or higher in each of the four seasons prior to last year. PFF's exclusive metrics provide Linebacker (LB) position rankings, grades, and snap counts. Jon Bostic also returns after a career-high 1,031 snaps, but he has just one season grade above 60.0 in his six years. In addition to Kendricks’ playmaking in coverage, he also had the third-best run-defense grade (90.1) while tying for 10th with 17 pressures. Few players have turned their careers around in recent years quite like, Just getting Alonso and Anzalone healthy should give the Saints a solid trio along with Davis, but New Orleans also has strong depth, starting with third-rounder, The Bills have revamped their linebacking corps over the past three years, with. The Dolphins' linebacking corps looks like a bottom-tier unit, but a strong year of progression from McMillan and Baker could change that in a hurry. Expect Vander Esch to return closer to his 2018 form, as he missed 14.5% of his tackles last season compared to just 8.9% in 2018. They enter 2020 with one of the best units in the league as the corps remains intact, led by, Smith ranked right behind Vander Esch with an 84.0 overall grade, sixth-best in 2018, but he regressed last season with a 70.2 grade that ranked 19, . In this year’s draft, the Browns added Jacob Phillips, another run-first player who struggled to a 52.2 coverage grade last year at LSU. We're in the heart of rankings season here at PFF. He has his limitations when left in single coverage, but McKinney handles short-zone responsibility well enough and has posted 70.0-plus coverage grades in three out of his five NFL seasons. The 49ers have revamped their linebacking corps over the past three years and now boast a solid unit that fits their defensive scheme. PFFELO Ratings are PFF’s NFL power rankings based on weekly player grades in each facet of play. Coming into the NFL in the same 2012 draft class as Kuechly and Wagner has left David as the forgotten man at the position. * - denotes 2021 prospect. Historical Rankings for Paddy Fisher-OLB-Northwestern as a ILB . Pratt and Evans will compete with third-round pick Logan Wilson and fourth-rounder Akeem Davis-Gaither. Sikkema's 2021 NFL Mock Draft 3.2. Evans continued his trend of making plays in the run game, putting together a 9.5% run stop percentage over the past two years that ranks 15th out of 112 linebackers. And Jordan Evans was showing signs that he could turn around his coverage woes after two years of grading in the 30s, but he was limited to just 76 snaps last season. Zack Lambert 5 months ago 5 min read. That grade led all linebackers when including the playoffs, and Davis’ emergence has helped turn a weakness into a strength in the middle of the field for the Saints. Wagner has the second-best overall grade in the league over the past two years (90.5), behind only the recently retired Luke Kuechly. That may have to be the case again with three new (young) starters at cornerback. Anthony Walker is the other projected starter and is coming off his best year in coverage, posting a 73.3 grade. Jones was incredible in 2017, finishing with a 91.7 coverage grade while consistently making plays on the ball in crunch time. Subscribe to PFF's EDGE or ELITE subscriptions to get access to the following tools, charts, etc. Kuechly excelled in all areas, but his instincts and range were at a different level —  he just added a special dynamic to the defense. After all, he is playing some of the best football of his career — he ranked fourth at the position with an 88.2 PFF grade in 2019. Skip to navigation. For years, the question at the top of the linebacker position has been a straightforward one: Who is the best linebacker in the NFL — Luke Kuechly or Wagner? Davis' three years have been disappointing — he peaked with a 52.8 overall grade as a rookie in 2017, and while he showed signs of life in coverage in 2018, he dropped back to a 32.6 grade last season, fourth-worst in the NFL. A.J. CBS Sports updated the composite rankings recently, which means there is … Littleton is a modern-day linebacker who can match up with running backs and make plays on the ball in zone coverage. The official source for NFL news, video highlights, fantasy football, game-day coverage, schedules, stats, scores and more. February 15, 2020 3:22 pm. Eric Wilson manned the No. This past season was the first year where he didn't record a run-defense grade above 70.0, coming in at 66.7. Oft-injured Alex Anzalone was also limited to just 46 snaps last season, but he had a strong 2018 that included a 67.8 coverage grade and 16 pressures on just 72 rushes. in run stop percentage last year. Like Milano, Schobert is going to produce more against the pass than he is against the run. Pierre-Louis, on the other hand, has played just 779 snaps in his five years in the league, though he recorded a 90.5 grade last year in what was an excellent stint for the Bears. Bush’s athleticism has given Pittsburgh a different look, and he posted a solid 65.2 coverage grade; he’s primed to take a big step forward in Year 2. Of course there are a few exceptions in the secondary, which is why those names crack the list. Then there is 2019 fourth-rounder Drue Tranquill, who posted a solid 66.6 grade on 382 snaps as a rookie, the same exact grade as 2018 fourth-rounder Kyzir White, who played 372 snaps. McKinney is a thumper and a leader. It's not hard to see why he's referred to as “The Maniac” when you watch him flying around the field and making plays. For that reason, we're only looking at off-ball linebackers here, whether that be outside or inside. He led all off-ball linebackers with 277 pass rushes and 33 pressures, including seven sacks. Avery Williamson also returns to the mix after missing all of 2019. Jack's 2019 season was not what Jaguars' fans were expecting, and you can say that for a lot of Jacksonville's defense. The Eagles added more athleticism in the draft with. Over the past two seasons, Littleton has a PFF coverage grade of 90.6 and has missed just nine of his 254 tackling opportunities. 2020 NFL Schedule: Team ... 10 officially in the rankings and six honorable mentions. Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data. Last season, Lions linebackers produced the second-worst overall grade (40.7) among the 32 units. The rest of the depth chart contains Jordan Kunaszyk and his seven career snaps to go with three undrafted rookie free agents. Co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast. When healthy, Williamson is another good run defender who has never graded above 60.7 in coverage, so there are limits to his game. It was a promising debut. Edmunds will have to clean up the missed tackles and improve in coverage to rise toward where most slot him currently — a top-10 linebacker — on this list next season. Hitchens is a few years removed from looking like one of the good, young coverage linebackers, but he has not performed well in his two years with the Chiefs. At his best, Davis was one of the rangiest linebackers in the league, peaking with three elite coverage grades from 2013 to 2015 with the Panthers. There’s terrific value later, and a few great ones at the top, but not a whole bunch in the middle. Seattle has a solid group of backups, as well, starting with 2019 draft picks Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven. The former safety is on to his fourth team, and while he should add coverage versatility, it hasn’t shown up in the form of production since 2016. Johnson's 76.3 coverage grade ranked 10th among qualifiers at the position. He's earned this top spot with strong, well-rounded play throughout his career. It's a number that highlights both his ability to limit the big play and his ability to make plays on the ball when the opportunity presents itself. Littleton has earned the fifth-best coverage grade over the last three years, and there’s no immediate replacement on the roster to fill that role. Kwiatkoski is not as dynamic as Littleton in coverage, but he plays his role well and broke up three passes on just 34 targets a year ago. Updates occur when transactions are made official by the league. So, look for some creativity when it comes to Floyd’s role with the team. He has his limitations when left in single coverage, but McKinney handles short-zone responsibility well enough and has posted 70.0-plus coverage grades in three out of his five NFL seasons. Davis is another strong run defender who helped Broncos linebackers post an 88.4 grade against the run, by far the best mark in the league among teams last season. Keep an eye on rookie fifth-rounder Kamal Martin, who has a Burks-like given that he played all over the field for Minnesota, though his best college grade was a 70.6 mark last season. NFL top 100: Ranking the 100 best NFL players in 2020. Dallas Cowboys. 2020 NFL Draft rankings: Inside Linebacker. In 2018, the Cowboys had the second-highest graded linebacking corps in the league (80.2), and they dropped to 11th with a 66.2 grade last season. A true three-down linebacker, Leonard has graded well in all phases, and his length has fit well in the Colts’ zone-heavy scheme. 1 seed for San Francisco in the playoffs, but Greenlaw made plays like that in coverage throughout the year. Leonard has the sixth-ranked grade among linebackers over the past two years and has missed just 5.6% of his tackles, good for seventh-best. Brown has established himself as one of the better coverage linebackers in the NFL, ranking 17th during the regular season last year after finishing fourth in 2018. to the mix after four years in Atlanta where he posted subpar coverage grades but missed only 23 of his 291 tackle attempts. They enter 2020 with one of the best units in the league as the corps remains intact, led by Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith. There’s little experience beyond those two, as 2019 sixth-rounder, Arizona addressed a major weakness when they selected. Don't trust any 1 fantasy football expert? Many of the top ones fall into the edge rusher category, and the ones on this list are mostly tweener types who don’t necessarily fit a set role. He does need to clean up his run fits and tackling, but Queen has just over 1,000 snaps of experience under his belt, so he has plenty of room to grow. He has truly impressive movement and change-of-direction skills for how big he is, and by all accounts, he's the kind of leader you want on your defense. This unit has several intriguing options, and its performance will be critical. Milano was outstanding in coverage last season, as his 83.3 grade ranked fourth among linebackers and he allowed just 6.6 yards per reception, fifth-best in the league. With Cory Littleton moving on in free agency, the Rams have a big hole to fill in the back seven. His explosiveness made him an attractive developmental first-round pick, but it appears that his best fit is as a subpackage blitzer. One of the unsung heroes of the 49ers' Super Bowl run was 2019 fifth-rounder Dre Greenlaw, who stepped in with a 72.6 coverage grade that ranked 15th in the league while missing only four tackles including the playoffs. Shaquem Griffin also cycles back and forth between linebacker and edge rusher, though he struggled in coverage as a rookie. The Chargers are strong on the defensive line and in the secondary, and the linebacking unit is needed to give them a complete defense. Baun adds versatility to sub packages, given his ability to rush the passer or cover running backs out of the backfield. Weissman's 2021 NFL Mock Draft 3.2. Many analysts tried to figure out where Simmons' best fit at the next level, but the Cardinals have him at linebacker, where they had the third-worst coverage grade in the league last season (32.0). You must be logged in and create a league profile to apply custom fantasy scoring to the … NFL Stat Leaders 2020 ... Miami linebacker Jerome Baker's sack of Mahomes sets up a punt as the Dolphins' defense dominates early. A thin linebacking corps is very dependent on Smith’s development and Trevathan returning to form. Share this article 31 shares share tweet text email link Luke Easterling. Adding Collins is a major boost to this linebacking corps, and they could surprise given that they have several players who have at least played well at some point, though last year was a poor overall performance. Jalen Reeves-Maybin adds depth to the unit after earning a 54.5 grade on 298 snaps last season. He made his first appearance in Week 5 against the Los Angeles Chargers and turned in a 91.9 PFF grade for the game — a sign of things to come. Denzel Perryman continues his up-and-down career for his sixth season with the Chargers after posting three grades in the 50s and two in the 70s. also had the worst overall grade of his career, at 61.0, but he has three-plus years of solid coverage grades under his belt and there’s a good chance he bounces back to pair with Simmons and solidify the middle of the defense for Arizona. The Cowboys feature one of the best one-two punches at linebacker in Vander Esch and Smith, and they need the duo to get back to its 2018 form to maximize the defense's potential. NFL defense rankings: 10 best NFL defenses entering Week 13 10. in the league last year. December 11th, 2020. The Cardinals also add De’Vondre Campbell to the mix after four years in Atlanta where he posted subpar coverage grades but missed only 23 of his 291 tackle attempts. Warner was a big part of that. Visit ESPN to view the 2020 NFL Standings. 2020 NFL Power Rankings: Los Angeles Rams. Over the last three seasons, David ranks seventh in PFF run-defense grade (85.9) and second in PFF coverage grade (92.1) among the 78 linebackers to see at least 1,000 defensive snaps. Muse crushed his offseason workouts and could add another athletic option for the Raiders after a solid college career in which he lined up all over the field. Troy Reeder returns after a rough 28.6 grade as a rookie on his 298 snaps. Since entering the league in 2012, Wagner's 92.1 PFF grade ranks second out of 103 qualifying linebackers, behind only Kuechly. With Kuechly out of the picture, the pressure is on Thompson and Whitehead while the team will be hoping someone emerges from the bottom of the depth chart to take the pressure off the top two. December 3rd, 2020. Having just turned 22 years old in May, this upcoming season could very well be the one where he does just that. The Seahawks are loaded at linebacker and are in good shape for both the short and long term. The rest of the unit is wide open, starting with a pair of 2018 draft picks in Micah Kiser and Travin Howard. 2020 NFL Draft: Linebacker Rankings. The rest of the five players on the depth chart have combined for four career snaps, so the pressure is on Bush and Williams to produce at a high level. It may be too much to expect another three-phase career year from Kendricks, but he’ll likely be among the league’s best in 2020. Seattle Seahawks (Unranked) Dec 13, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks strong safety Jamal Adams (33) talks with New York Jets players and staff following a 40-3 Seattle victory at Lumen Field. His 47 run stops in 2019 were nine more than the second-place Kuechly at linebacker, driving a career-high run-defense grade of 84.8. Josh Bynes also comes over from the Baltimore Ravens, where he posted a career-high 80.0 overall grade across 428 snaps last season. Smith ranked right behind Vander Esch with an 84.0 overall grade, sixth-best in 2018, but he regressed last season with a 70.2 grade that ranked 19th. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates. Vander Esch turned in a terrific rookie season in 2018 — he graded out as one of the top five linebackers in the NFL, with an 85.4 overall grade — but he wasn't able to build on that this past season thanks to a neck injury that limited him to just six healthy games at the start of the year. Alonso has struggled in his past two full seasons with grades in the 40.0s, but he was off to a good start with a 69.5 overall grade last year. The Bucs' linebacker unit ranking depends on White’s development — if he takes the next step, Tampa Bay features one of the most athletic, effective duos in the league. 2020 NFL power rankings, Week 15: Chiefs, Packers win division titles ... Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson 34 is hit by Chicago Bears linebacker Trevis … But again remember, know how your league scores. His success in 2020 hinges on him returning to form as the strong coverage linebacker he was in 2017 and 2018, and there's reason to believe he can achieve that. The defensive lineman depth is pretty strong in 2020, as we have seen a ton of young pass rushers enter the league over the last few seasons. The crown jewel of the class, Penn State's Micah Parsons, has already opted out of the 2020 college football season and will be preparing for the draft. His 72.6 coverage grade ranked 15th among 91 qualifying linebackers on the season. Unlock NFL Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft, Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS, In 2018, the Cowboys had the second-highest graded linebacking corps in the league (80.2), and they dropped to 11, with a 66.2 grade last season. By: The Draft Network. 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