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FreeBallinLeaderboard LB   AUG 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.
4Bobby WagnerILB24SEA58545.5Wagner is a 3 down LB with a great motor, but stats limited by the quality of SEA D.
5Alec OgletreeOLB22STL75486Ogletree had an amazing fantasy rookie season, 117 combined tackles, 5 FF, and 9 PDs.
6Mychal KendricksILB23PHI87656.5If Kendricks can reduce the missed tackles he may crack the 100 solo mark, 3 down LB, starting to call plays on D.
7NaVorro BowmanILB26SF647117Bowman is recovering from an ACL/MCL inj. will most likely start the season on PUP, elite when healthy.
8Paul PoslusznyILB29JAX109968.5Finally started showing his age last year, but still puts up good FF numbers.
9James LaurinaitisILB27STL910878.5Great 3 down LB but Ogletree really ate into his stats and that should continue.
10Patrick WillisILB29SF1113121011.5Ptotypical ILB, 3 down player would still be the #1 LB overall if not for Bowman, should get off to hot start in 2014
11Kiko AlonsoILB23BUF46191811.75-7Alonso would have been moved to WLB if not for the torn ACL, will miss all of 2014. Still only 23 and will return next yr.
12Danny TrevathanOLB24DEN121216912.25Trevathan broke out in 2013 - 128 total tackles, 3 Ints, 2 sacks and 10 PDs-3down LB.
13Jerod MayoILB28NE1411141212.75Injury plagued 2011 and 2013 seasons, when healthy he is a top 12 LB - 3 down LB.
14Paul WorrilowOLB24ATL1515131314Undrafted LB out of Deleware, was 2nd to only Burfict in tackles per snap, 3 down LB.
15Brian CushingILB27HOU1817111415Cushing carries big injury risk but he should be the Mike LB in Crennel's new D.
16Kevin MinterILB23ARI1324101515.5-3Minter will try to fill Dansby's old role, has a huge opportunity with Washington suspended.
17Ryan ShazierOLB21PIT1719181717.75Great combination of speed, blitzing ability and coverage skills, WILB, 3 down LB.
18Perry RileyILB26WAS1618211918.5Fletcher retired, Skins resigned Riley 3 yr deal, has limitations & opportunity as well.
19Derrick JohnsonILB31KC2016152418.75Johnson is a consistent 3 down LB. His age is the only reason he's not ranked higher.
20Donald ButlerILB25SD2426172021.75Butler has struggled to stay on the field since turning pro, #3 LB when healthy.
21Stephen TullochILB29DET2321242122.25Tulloch should be a consistent, quality # 2 LB who plays all three downs.
22C.J. MoselyILB22BLT2214381622.5Sideline to sideline, 3 down LB, should start opposite Smith, has to hold off Brown. seeing reps with starters in camp
23Lawrence TimmonsILB28PIT1920273324.75Timmons will move from Mack WILB to Buck LB tackles will suffer, needs sacks to approach past production.
24Karlos DansbyILB32CLE2523282525.25Will fit right in Pettine's 3-4 & should be a productive 3 down LB but age is concern.
25Jerrell FreemanILB28IND2628242626D'Qwell Jackson joined the Colts, he could be serious competition for tackles.
26Chad GreenwayOLB31MIN2722362327Zimmer's WLB pos made Burfict a volume tackler, though Greenways not as quick at age 31.
27Curtis LoftonILB28NO2825352227.5Lofton is a durable, consistent 3 down LB - best as a #3 LB but has weekly LB #2 ceiling.
28Justin HoustonOLB25KC2929263429.5Houston had 11 sacks in 11 games last yr. before ending up on IR, was on pace to finish as top 12 LB in 2014
29DeAndre LevyOLB27DET3034332731Change in D scheme and Levy isn't likely to repeat his 2013 #'s 6 INTs and 15 PDs.
30D'Qwell JacksonILB30IND3227323531.5Will play along side Freeman and they will likely cancel out each other's upside,
31Von MillerOLB25DEN31372048344Had ACL surgery in Jan., suspension concerns, needs sacks to produce, 3 down LB.
32Daryl WashingtonILB27ARI3332304434.75-3Was suspended for the entire 2014 season. 3 down LB and playmaker when on the field.
33Arthur BrownILB24BAL3840234135.5Ravens drafted Mosely in the 1st rnd, Brown may take back seat until Smith is gone.
34Sean LeeILB28DAL3442254336Tore ACL in right knee out for 2014 season, just can't stay on the field
35Bruce CarterOLB26DAL3933413136Up and down 2013, needs to play better vs the run, may take the next step in 2014.
36DeMeco RyansILB30PHI3730393836Consistent tackler, 3 down LB, will make his share of big plays, turns 30 this season.
37Zach BrownILB24TEN3648312936Will move to ILB in Tennessee's new 3-4 defense, competing for ILB position next to Woodyard.
38Nick RoachILB29OAK5030462838.53Turns 29 this year, should have a ton of tackle opportunities, 3 down LB.
39Khalil MackOLB23OAK3548294539.25Will be used as hybrid OLB and DE in pass situations,havoc wreaking pass rusher.
40Christian KirkseyILB21CLE4446483042Could start at ILB opposite Dansby, can play outside too, may struggle vs run.
41Daryl SmithILB32BAL4745493243.25Great 2013 season, turned 32 this year, hard to repeat 3 Ints, 5 sacks and 18 PDs.
42Jamie CollinsOLB24NE52363443.25132nd round pick in 2013 really impressed when called on in playoffs, SLB for 2014.
43Sean WeatherspoonOLB26ATL21525043.5-5Missed 14 games in 2 years and will miss all of 2014 with a ruptured Achilles.
44Jon BeasonLB29NYG4641513643.5Turned 29 in January, 3 down MLB, will miss at least week 1 with a foot injury.
45Wesley WoodyardILB28TEN5635454044Woodyard is a nice fit in TEN where he will compete for WILB, 3 down potential.
46Telvin SmithOLB23JAX4538534645.5Undersized at 218 lbs., great coverage LB, may start at WILB for Jags in 2014.
47Mason FosterILB25TB48444045.753Needs to prove he can play MLB in new Tampa 2 D, struggled in coverage to date.
48Jadaveon ClowneyOLB22HOU4950434246Clowney will play OLB for the Texans, should have sacks but tackles will limit upside
49Dannell EllerbeILB28MIA403749.252013 FA flop, being moved from MLB to SLB possibly, only a 2 down LB.
50Manti Te'oILB23SD55494750.53Te'o needs to prove he can play on third downs if he is to be anything but depth for FF.
51Sio MooreOLB24OAK51396250.75-4Likely moving to weakside with the arrival of Mack.
52Jon BosticILB23CHI41575450.75-3Could be moved to outside LB this year, struggled vs run, may have win job in 2014.
53Aldon SmithOLB24SF5359425051Troubled but talented, Smith may see another suspension in 2014, sack specialist.
54Lance BriggsOLB33CHI43535951.5-3Briggs will turn 34 this season, still producing at a high level when healthy.
55Dont'a HightowerILB24NE54584451.75If Hightower can get on field on 3rd downs he could take the next step as Pat's MLB.
56Demario DavisILB25NYJ42596153.25Disappointing 2013 season, has talent and should have the opportunity to improve.
57Vincent ReyILB26CIN435854Will compete with Malaluga for MLB snaps, but is much more vesratile.
58Keenan RobinsonILB25WASH473954.5Seeing reps with first team in June OTAs, great range, may start at ILB alongside P Riley, in 2014
59Christian JonesILB23CHI60585255.25Jones went undrafted - was signed by CHI, may compete for starting job in 2015.
60Prince ShemboOLB22ATL56564755.75Good motor, OLB prospect, may just be special teams player in the NFL.
61Koa MisiILB27MIA553756Lined up as "mike" LB during recent OTAs, may have inside track to the MLB position
62Jason WorildsOLB26PIT61526056In the last 12 games of 2013 Worilds really improved recording 40 solos and 9 sacks.
63Thomas DavisOLB31CAR545756.5He had a great 2013 in his first healthy season since 2008. He's one of the better SLB options.
64Emmanuel LamurOLB25CIN514958Eyes are on Rey and Maualuga, but Lamur is the most likely every down back next to Burfict.
65Justin DurantMLB28DAL5058.25Has the early lead to start at MLB foe injured Sean Lee, better WLB may not play all 3 downs
66David HarrisILB30NYJ59616358.5Turned 30 in January, consistent tackler, not many big plays.
67Lamin BarrowOLB23DEN57606758.75Could get a shot as Denver's MLB, may have huge opportunity to be 3 down LB, uphill battle after OTAs.
68Anthony HitchensILB22DAL5559.75Hitchens will battle for reps at, MLB
69Bradon SpikesILB26BUF58686560.5Spikes will play MLB for the Bills on 1st and 2nd down, solid run defender.
70Brad JonesILB28GB62676461Jones' role for 2014 is in limbo, was 3 down WILB in 2013, monitor in the preseason.
71Robert MathisOLB33IND63666661.5Mathis turned 33, Suspended 1st 4 gms, registered career high 19.5 sacks last year.
FreeBallinSkyscraper LB   AUG 2014