2016 Top 10 Inside Linebacker Rankings

Top 10 inside linebackers 2016

10). David Harris, New York Jets

Harris is a sideline to sideline tackling machine. More importantly after nine years is the unquestioned leader of the Jets defense.

9). Brandon Marshall, Denver

Very smart instinctive player who plays with a high motor and hustle. A competitor who takes great angles in pursuit, and seems to always be where he is supposed to be.

8). Deone Bucannon, Arizona

A rare combination of speed and power and the prototype for linebacker/safety hybrids of the future. Great instincts chases the ball well. Most importantly very physical at the point of attack. Expect him to be top 5 in next years rankings.

7). Danny Trevathan, Chicago

Helped led the Broncos to a Super Bowl title last year, will be a huge boost to the Bears defense this year.

6). C.J. Mosley, Baltimore

250 tackles his first two years in the NFL. Shows great route awareness, and has very quick feet and hands.

5). Jerrell Freeman, Chicago

Was second on the Colts with 112 tackles last year, another great addition at linebacker for the Bears.

4). Derrick Johnson, Kansas City

Johnson earned his fourth Pro Bowl bid by registering 116 tackles this past season. Has totaled 990 tackles and defended 68 passes over his career. One of the most underrated players over the last 10 years in the NFL.

3). Bobby Wagner, Seattle

Great instincts and very physical at the point of attack. Has averaged well over 100 tackles a year over the last 4 years.

2). NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco

Remarkable season after missing the 2014 season. Led the NFL amazingly with 154 tackles after a year off with a severe knee injury.

1). Luke Kuechly, Carolina

A tackling machine who is an unstoppable force at the point of attack. Kuechly is truly a complete linebacker.

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