With Johnson’s emergence and Davis’ stability, the Broncos have one of the best linebacker units in the league. The only other linebacker on the roster with any experience is Joel Iyiegbuniwe, who has 27 career snaps in his two seasons. Leonard is also a sure tackler, having missed just 5.6% of his tackles over the past two seasons (seventh-best at linebacker). However, Evans had his struggles in coverage, where he left far too many routes open behind him in zone coverage and surrendered 13.1 yards per reception into his coverage. 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. Josh Bynes also comes over from the Baltimore Ravens, where he posted a career-high 80.0 overall grade across 428 snaps last season. Maybe the toughest scouting reports to make, because a lot of confusion: Inside linebackers in 3-4 aren’t generally premium players in the draft, but there is always a couple that have exceptionally well rounded skillsets that sneak into early rounds. San Francisco has one of the best groups of coverage linebackers in the league — it just needs to cut down on the missed tackles to live up to its potential. CBS Sports breaks the linebacker class into four tiers ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. Elandon Roberts also moves on after four years as an early-down run-stopper, a role that should fall to Ja’Whaun Bentley, who was an outstanding run defender in college and has shown flashes on his 432 career snaps. One of the biggest surprises of the 2019 season was the emergence of. An Indiana product, Covington joins the practice squad after previously working out for the team in October. 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. 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. Warner’s 74.5 coverage grade ranked 11th last year, and he has 14 pass breakups and two interceptions in his young career. Dorian O’Daniel and Ben Niemann are also in the mix for nickel snaps, as both players projected as coverage-first players coming out of college and both have been solid in that department in limited time over the last two years. Davis-Gaither played more of a hybrid role at Appalachian State, rushing the passer 190 times to go with 316 snaps in coverage, and he’s a smooth mover who should add subpackage versatility, though he must improve his tackling after missing 33 tackles over the last two years. Athlon's player rankings are just one of the features that appear in the 2020 Pro Football magazine. last year, and he has 14 pass breakups and two interceptions in his young career. 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. The PFF unit-ranking series moves to the linebacker position as we look forward to the 2020 season. PFF's exclusive metrics provide Linebacker (LB) position rankings, grades, and snap counts. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates. The Cardinals also add. We combine rankings from 100+ experts into Consensus Rankings. 2020 NFL Draft: Linebacker Rankings By Athlon Sports , 4/14/20, 11:30 AM EDT Isaiah Simmons is the clear-cut No. Historical Rankings for Paddy Fisher-OLB-Northwestern as a ILB. This unit has several intriguing options, and its performance will be critical. He may be relegated to creative blitz packages if he’s not dealt prior to the season. It was a promising debut. 1) Isaiah Simmons, Clemson; Ht: 6-4 Wt: 230. The Eagles’ linebacking corps has plenty of question marks but also plenty of potential answers, and it’ll be worth watching how they deploy some of their new weapons. There’s no sugarcoating the Jaguars’ performance last season — their linebackers had by far the worst overall grade in the league (30.1). Next to him is 2018 sixth-rounder Foyesade Oluokun, who has graded in the 60.0s in each of his two NFL seasons. Here we track how a given prospect has done in our positional rankings over the last 12 months or so. A couple of years ago, the Colts had one of the worst linebacker units in the league. PFF's exclusive metrics provide matchup previews, position rankings, grades, and snap counts. 2020 NFL draft prospect rankings: Linebacker. Eric Wilson manned the No. 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. It’s a pivotal year for Smith, a 2018 first-rounder who looked like the prototype for the modern-day linebacker coming out of Georgia. December 11th, 2020. Harrison is more of a throwback, and he’s coming off an impressive 87.1 grade against the run last season. It was Mayo’s first time playing more than 150 snaps in a season, and he made the most of it. 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. 2020 NFL Schedule: Team ... 10 officially in the rankings and six honorable mentions. Of course there are a few exceptions in the secondary, which is why those names crack the list. 2021 NFL Draft Targets Giants Fans Should Watch On 10/3. The 49ers have revamped their linebacking corps over the past three years and now boast a solid unit that fits their defensive scheme. He wasn't quite as good this past season as he has been in years past, but when looking at the past five seasons as a whole, McKinney's 86.8 run-defense grade ranks fifth among the 66 linebackers with 2,000 or more defensive snaps. The top 2020 inside linebacker prospects available for the 2020 NFL Draft. A pair of 2018 draft picks in Jermaine Carter and Andre Smith add depth, though they’ve combined for just 383 career snaps with nondescript performances to this point. It will be interesting to see how he fares without the Hall of Fame-bound Kuechly in the middle of that defense. New England annually has one of the best linebacking groups in the league, though the team has some turnover at the position heading into 2020. This is the 3rd part of our Defensive Ranking series, ranking the top 30 linebackers for your NFL IDP Fantasy Football leagues. 2020 NFL Draft: Linebacker Rankings. These power rankings are adjusted based on coach, quarterback and the market each season. Weight: 241. Denver drafted Justin Strnad in the fifth round out of Wake Forest, a productive college linebacker with multiple years of strong grades in coverage. However, his PFF grades of 57.0 and 59.4 in his first two NFL seasons speak to the idea that it hasn't all come together yet. Littleton does do two things at an elite level, though — cover and tackle. The losses of veterans Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis in recent seasons mean that Thompson is going to be relied on to lead what projects to be one of the NFL's youngest defenses. Edwards is below average athletically, and there may be some coverage limitations, but he’s been a productive player since his freshman year at Wisconsin. The Eagles added more athleticism in the draft with Davion Taylor in the third round and Shaun Bradley in the sixth. Despite the strength at linebacker, the Seahawks took a forward-thinking approach in the draft with first-rounder Jordyn Brooks out of Texas Tech. 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. 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. Davis has done his best work as a blitzer, grading in the 70s in all three years and amassing 58 total pressures. NESN.com is breaking down the NFL’s best positional groupings on both sides of the football, ranking teams in order of worst to first. last season (14.2%). Oluokun is another undersized, athletic linebacker who ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash and wipes out underneath routes in zone coverage. 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. Skip to navigation. 2020 NFL Draft Best Individual Skill Sets: Edge Rushers April 10, 2020. Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks From versatile defenders to pass-rushing specialists to those who excel in coverage, this year's linebacker class figures to play a prominent role when the draft commences on April 23. He starts with his tiered top 25 with 26-50 soon to follow. Cunningham is the playmaker of the group, leading the league in run-stop percentage last season (14.2%). Weissman's 2021 NFL Mock Draft 3.2. 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. 2020 NFL Draft Linebacker Rankings – Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews & @PeteFiutak It’s not the best of years for linebackers. Jacksonville drafted Shaquille Quarterman, who adds a solid presence in run defense and as a blitzer after a strong career at Miami. Seattle has a solid group of backups, as well, starting with 2019 draft picks Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven. 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? Anthony Walker is the other projected starter and is coming off his best year in coverage, posting a 73.3 grade. 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. NFL Stat Leaders 2020 ... Miami linebacker Jerome Baker's sack of Mahomes sets up a punt as the Dolphins' defense dominates early. 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. 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. Dallas will be hoping both Smith and Vander Esch get back to 2018 form next season. While he played on the edge in his time in Chicago, Leonard Floyd could take some snaps at linebacker. The linebacker position has been somewhat diminished in recent seasons as nickel and dime defenses have become base, but there is still a group of guys at the top that you want on the field every play as a defense. Dominate your IDP draft. There’s no sugarcoating the Jaguars’ performance last season — their linebackers had by far the worst overall grade in the league (30.1). Williams had 19 pressures on just 56 rushes last season en route to a career-high 76.2 overall grade. It’s not the best year to be needing a dominant middle backer, but there is enough talent here for the Cleveland Browns to find some potential play-makers. Jones’ ability to patrol the middle of the field is one of the catalysts for the Falcons’ defense. Atlanta needs several of the young cornerbacks they've added to step up in order to see meaningful improvement in their team coverage, but the impact that Jones has over the middle of the field shouldn't be overlooked. It’s not the best year to be needing a dominant middle backer, but there is enough talent here for the Cleveland Browns to find some potential play-makers. 2020 NFL power rankings, Week 15: Chiefs, Packers win division titles ... Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson 34 is hit by Chicago Bears linebacker Trevis … Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Linebacker Rankings 2020 By Athlon Sports , 7/23/20, 11:45 AM EDT Darius Leonard's ability to do it all makes him one of the top fantasy linebackers Kansas City had four players play at least 300 snaps, with Reggie Ragland leading the way with a 63.5 overall grade. 1 spot on PFF's 2020 NFL linebacker rankings. With Joe Schobert moving on to the Jaguars, the Browns lose a valuable piece of their back seven and will trot out one of the younger linebacking units in the league. Blake Martinez is the biggest offseason addition after he racked up the tackles over the last few years with the Packers. He has the size. Having just turned 22 years old in May, this upcoming season could very well be the one where he does just that. Cunningham is perhaps most well known for how he uses his length to impact the passing game in coverage, but he's starting to become one of the league's better run defenders at the position. 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Linebackers. If Oluokun holds up for the entire season, his pairing with Jones should help move the Falcons forward as a defense after a rough 2019. His performance last season certainly changed that. David Mayo was a bright spot last season, ranking second in the league with a 90.1 grade against the run, though he struggled to a 48.8 coverage grade. For this unit to go from weakness to strength, we need to see the old Kirksey and Burks needs to play up to his athletic potential. Alexander is another rangy, middle-of-the-field defender who usually grades well in coverage. Former first-round pick Haason Reddick is coming off the worst year of his career, as he struggled mightily in zone coverage on his way to a 29.2 coverage grade while providing little else in the run game or as a pass-rusher. View consensus Linebacker prospect rankings from the top NFL Draft analysts. The Cowboys also return, The Buccaneers are hoping they found his clone in, The Texans have the only two linebackers to rank in the top 10 in run defense over the past three years in. E.J. 250+ three-page scouting profiles - advanced stats, 3-year grades, player comps, combine data and Senior Bowl grades - for the 2021 draft class. The group just needs to cut back on its missed tackles to take the next step in 2020. The Jaguars signed Joe Schobert, who produced the eighth-best coverage grade among linebackers over the past two years (83.6). – All Premium Article Content Houston has one of the best linebacker duos in the league heading into 2020. This list will not include the likes of T.J. Watt, Khalil Mack or Von Miller — all of whom ranked highly in the edge defender rankings that came out earlier this week. And that gives the Bears one of the most volatile groups in the league. 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. Last season, Packers linebackers graded at just 58.2 overall, good for 21st in the league. White missed 13.0% of his tackle attempts last season, ranking 56th out of 88 qualifiers. 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. 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. When healthy, Williamson is another good run defender who has never graded above 60.7 in coverage, so there are limits to his game. Weight: 235. Unfortunately for IDP enthusiasts, the linebacker class in 2020 is pretty thin. His explosiveness made him an attractive developmental first-round pick, but it appears that his best fit is as a subpackage blitzer. 3 spot last season, grading out at 66.7. Kwiatkoski is the opposite of Littleton — he loves to get dirty in the run game and can get after the quarterback as a blitzer, evidenced by his 81.8 pass-rush grade last season. View consensus Linebacker prospect rankings from the top NFL Draft analysts. His 86.8 coverage grade over those two years is lower than only Lavonte David, Cory Littleton and Luke Kuechly at the position. I will update th ese samp le rankings periodically during the off-season to reflect changes in free agency, defensive schemes, playing time, draft selections, etc. Wagner has the second-best overall grade in the league over the past two years (90.5), behind only the recently retired Luke Kuechly. Trevathan was once one of the league’s best coverage linebackers, and it’s not crazy to expect him to get back to those heights as he enters his age-30 season. Duke Riley came over from the Falcons last season to play 37 snaps, but he now has a 47.0 career grade across 688 snaps. They have a slew of options, starting with first-round pick Kenneth Murray. He was, however, an excellent coverage player in college. Murray was a coveted linebacker at the time of the draft but still comes with some question marks after grading in just the high 60s over the last two years at Oklahoma. Collins rejuvenated his career in his return to New England, grading above 70.0 for the first time since 2015. 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