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FreeBallinLeaderboard LB   JUL 2014

DFW IDP rankings are based on the following scoring setup: Tackles: 1 pt (0.5 for assists); Sacks: 4 pts (2 for assists); Tackles for loss: 1 pts; Interceptions: 4 pts; Passes defensed: 1 pt; Fumbles forced: 2 pts; Fumbles recovered: 2 pts; Defensive TD: 6 pts; Safeties: 5 pts.

QB | RB | WR | TE | DL | LB | DB | Rookie Top 50 | Rookie QB | Rookie RB | Rookie WR | Rookie TE | Rookie DL | Rookie LB | Rookie DB
RankPlayerPos.AgeTeamGary BeaudetteBill CerviKevin PowellSean KirbyAvgChangeSkinny
1Luke KuechlyILB23CAR21211.5Tackling machine, non stop motor and never comes off the field. Safest LB #1.
2Lavonte DavidOLB24TB12131.75145 combined tackles, 20 TFLs, 5 INTs, 6 sacks and 9 PDs in 2013 good fit for new scheme
3Vontaze BurfictOLB23CIN33322.75Burfict took the next step last year 170 tackles, 3 sacks and 8 PDs, 3 down LB.
4Kiko AlonsoILB23BUF45444.25Alonso will most likely move from MLB to weakside LB this year- stats may suffer slightly.
5Bobby WagnerILB24SEA57655.75Wagner is a 3 down LB with a great motor, but stats limited by the quality of SEA D.
6Alec OgletreeOLB22STL76596.75Ogletree had an amazing fantasy rookie season, 117 combined tackles, 5 FF, and 9 PDs.
7NaVorro BowmanILB26SF648107Bowman is recovering from an ACL/MCL inj. and may start the season on PUP.
8Mychal KendricksILB23PHI810767.75If Kendricks can reduce the missed tackles he may crack the 100 solo mark/3 down LB.
9Paul PoslusznyILB29JAX1081078.75Finally started showing his age last year, but still puts up numbers.
10James LaurinaitisILB27STL99988.75Great 3 down LB but Ogletree really ate into his stats and that should continue.
11Patrick WillisILB28SF1113141212.5Ptotypical ILB, 3 down player would still be the #1 LB overall if not for Bowman
12Danny TrevathanOLB24DEN1212181113.25Trevathan broke out in 2013 - 128 total tackles, 3 Ints, 2 sacks and 10 PDs-3down LB.
13Kevin MinterILB23ARI1315121413.5Minter will try to fill Dansby's old role, has a huge opportunity w/Washington suspended.
14Jerod MayoILB28NE1411161313.5Injury plagued 2011 and 2013 seasons, when healthy he is a top 12 LB - 3 down LB.
15Paul WorrilowOLB24ATL1514131614.5Undrafted LB out of Deleware, was 2nd to only Burfict in tackles per snap, 3 down LB.
16Brian CushingILB27HOU1818151717Cushing carries big injury risk but he should be the Mike LB in Crennel's new D.
17Perry RileyILB26WAS1619221518Fletcher retired, Skins resigned Riley 3 yr deal, has limitations & opportunity as well.
18Derrick JohnsonILB31KC2016172118.5Johnson is a consistent 3 down LB. His age is the only reason he's not ranked higher.
19Ryan ShazierOLB21PIT1724201920Great combination of speed, blitzing ability and coverage skills, WILB, 3 down LB.
20Donald ButlerILB25SD2426192222.75Butler has struggled to stay on the field since turning pro, #3 LB when healthy.
21Stephen TullochILB29DET2321252323Tulloch should be a consistent, quality # 2 LB who plays all three downs.
22C.J. MoselyILB22BLT2217381823.75Sideline to sideline, 3 down LB, should start opposite Smith, has to hold off Brown.
23Lawrence TimmonsILB28PIT1920283224.75Timmons will move from Mack to Buck LB tackles will suffer, needs sacks to approach past production.
24Karlos DansbyILB32CLE2523292525.5Will fit right in Pettine's 3-4 & should be a productive 3 down LB but age is concern.
25Jerrell FreemanILB28IND2628232625.75D'Qwell Jackson joined the Colts, he could be serious competition for tackles.
26Chad GreenwayOLB31MIN2722362026.25Should be a good match for new scheme, but turned 31 and tackles are declining.
27Curtis LoftonILB28NO2825352428Lofton is a durable, consistent 3 down LB - best as a #3 LB but has LB #2 ceiling.
28Justin HoustonOLB25KC2929273329.5Houston had 11 sacks in 11 games last season before ending up on IR wk 12 Hold out possibility
29Daryl WashingtonILB27ARI3332114329.75Was suspended for the entire 2014 season. 3 down LB and playmaker when on the field.
30DeAndre LevyOLB27DET3034332731Change in D scheme and Levy isn't likely to repeat his 2013 #'s 6 INTs and 15 PDs.
31D'Qwell JacksonILB30IND3227323531.5Will play along side Freeman and they will likely cancel out each other's upside,
32Arthur BrownILB24BAL3839244135.53Ravens drafted Mosely in the 1st rnd, Brown may take back seat until Smith is gone.
33Sean LeeILB27DAL3441264235.75Tore ACL in right knee out for 2014 season, just can't stay on the field
34Bruce CarterOLB26DAL3933413035.753Up and down 2013, needs to play better vs the run, may take the next step in 2014.
35Von MillerOLB25DEN3145214736Had ACL surgery in Jan., suspension concerns, needs sacks to produce, 3 down LB.
36DeMeco RyansILB29PHI3730393836Consistent tackler, 3 down LB, will make his share of big plays, turns 30 this season.
37Zach BrownOLB24TEN3644313436.25Will move to ILB in Tennessee's new 3-4 defense, should improve his overall play.
38Sean WeatherspoonOLB26ATL2140345738-11Missed 14 games in 2 years and will miss all of 2014 with a ruptured Achilles.
39Khalil MackOLB23OAK3548304439.25Will be used as hybrid OLB and DE in pass situations,havoc wreaking pass rusher.
40Daryl SmithILB32BAL4731493139.5Great 2013 season, turned 32 this year, hard to repeat 3 Ints, 5 sacks and 18 PDs.
41Nick RoachILB29OAK5036462840Turns 29 this year, should have a ton of tackle opportunities, 3 down LB.
42Christian KirkseyILB21CLE4446482941.75Could start at ILB opposite Dansby, can play outside too, may struggle vs run.
43Jadaveon ClowneyOLB22HOU4943433943.5Clowney will play OLB for the Texans, should have sacks but tackles will limit upside
44Telvin SmithOLB23JAX4537534545Undersized at 218 lbs., great coverage LB, may start at WILB for Jags in 2014.
45Jon BeasonOLB29NYG4652513646.25Turned 29 in January, 3 down MLB, will miss at least week 1 with a foot injury.
46Wesley WoodyardILB27TEN5635455347.257Woodyard is a nice fit in TEN where he will compete for WILB, 3 down potential.
47Sio MooreOLB24OAK5138624047.75Likely moving to weakside with the arrival of Mack.
48Dannell EllerbeILB28MIA40633749.52013 FA flop, being moved from MLB to SLB possibly, only a 2 down LB.
49Jon BosticILB23CHI41594250Could be moved to outside LB this year, struggled vs run, may have win job in 2014.
50Mason FosterILB25TB4861405250.25Needs to prove he can play MLB in new Tampa 2 D, struggled in coverage to date.
51Lance BriggsOLB33CHI4351545450.5Briggs will turn 34 this season, still producing at a high level when healthy.
52Aldon SmithOLB24SF5356504851.756Troubled but talented, Smith may see another suspension in 2014, sack specialist.
53Manti Te'oILB23SD55484752Te'o needs to prove he can play on third downs if he is to be anything but depth for FF.
54Dont'a HightowerOLB24NE54574453.25If Hightower can get on field on 3rd downs he could take the next step as Pat's MLB.
55Jamie CollinsOLB24NE5254594953.5-32nd round pick in 2013 really impressed when called on in playoffs, SLB for 2014.
56Demario DavisILB25NYJ42576154.5Disappointing 2013 season, has talent and should have the opportunity to improve.
57Thomas DavisOLB31CAR47575154.75He had a great 2013 in his first healthy season since 2008. He's one of the better SLB options.
58Vincent ReyILB26CIN425855.5Will compete with Malaluga for MLB snaps, but is much more vesratile.
59Koa MisiILB27MIA553756Lined up as "mike" LB during recent OTAs, may have inside track to the MLB position
60Christian JonesILB23CHI60565256.5Jones went undrafted - was signed by CHI, may compete for starting job in 2015.
61Jason WorildsOLB26PIT6150605656.75In the last 12 games of 2013 Worilds really improved recording 40 solos and 9 sacks.
62Anthony HitchensILB22DAL535557.5Hitchens will battle several candidates to replace Sean Lee, including 2nd yr LB DeVonte Holloman.
63Prince ShemboOLB22ATL564657.5Good motor, OLB prospect, may just be special teams player in the NFL.
64Lamin BarrowOLB23DEN57496757.75Could get a shot as Denver's weak side LB, may have huge opportunity to be 3 down LB.
65David HarrisILB30NYJ59586359.5Turned 30 in January, consistent tackler, not many big plays.
66Keenan RobinsonILB24WASH525559.75Seeing reps with first team in June OTAs
67Bradon SpikesILB26BUF58626560.75Spikes will play MLB for the Bills on 1st and 2nd down, solid run defender.
68Emmanuel LamurOLB25CIN5061.5Eyes are on Rey and Maualuga, but Lamur is the most likely every down back next to Burfict.
69Robert MathisOLB33IND63606661.75Mathis turned 33, Suspended 1st 4 gms, registered career high 19.5 sacks last year.
70Brad JonesILB28GB626462Jones' role for 2014 is in limbo, was 3 down WILB in 2013, monitor in the preseason.
FreeBallinSkyscraper LB   JUL 2014