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FreeBallinLeaderboard LB   OCT 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.AgeTeamBase DefenseGary BeaudetteBill CerviSean KirbyAvgChangeSkinny
1Luke KuechlyILB23CAR4-31111.0Tackling machine, non stop motor and never comes off the field. Safest LB #1.
2Lavonte DavidOLB24TBTampa 22232.3145 combined tackles, 20 TFLs, 5 INTs, 6 sacks and 9 PDs in 2013 good fit for new scheme
3Vontaze BurfictOLB24CIN4-33322.7Burfict took the next step last year 170 tackles, 3 sacks and 8 PDs, 3 down LB. signed new 4 yr deal, dealing with multiple concussions early in 2014
4Bobby WagnerILB24SEA4-34544.3Wagner is a 3 down LB with a great motor, but stats limited by the quality of SEA D.
5Mychal KendricksILB24PHI3-46655.7If Kendricks can reduce the missed tackles he may crack the 100 solo mark, 3 down LB, starting to call plays on D.
6Alec OgletreeOLB23STL4-35887.0Ogletree had an amazing fantasy rookie season, 117 combined tackles, 5 FF, and 9 PDs.
7Paul PoslusznyILB29JAX4-38967.7Finally started showing his age last year, but still puts up good FF numbers.
8James LaurinaitisILB27STL4-371078.0Good 3 down LB but Ogletree really ate into his stats and that should continue.
9NaVorro BowmanILB26SF3-4104139.0Elite when healthy, but will not be back from ACL/MCL injury until mid-season
10Jerod MayoILB28NE3-4127109.7Injury plagued 2011 and 2013 seasons, when healthy he is a top 12 LB - 3 down LB.
11Patrick WillisILB29SF3-4913910.3Proyotypical ILB, 3 down player would still be the #1 LB overall if not for Bowman, should get off to hot start in 2014
12Kiko AlonsoILB24BUF4-315111313.0Alonso 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.
13Danny TrevathanOLB24DEN4-311151413.3After a breakout 2013, Trevathan will miss at least 4-5 weeks of the regular season with a broken tibia.
14C.J. MoselyILB22BAL3-413161113.3Sideline to sideline, 3 down LB, he will start opposite Smith
15Paul WorrilowOLB24ATL3-414121513.7Undrafted LB out of Deleware, was 2nd to only Burfict in tackles per snap, 3 down LB.
16Ryan ShazierOLB22PIT3-416141214.0Great combination of speed, blitzing ability and coverage skills, WILB, 3 down LB.
17Brian CushingILB27HOU3-417191818.0Cushing carries big injury risk but he should be the Mike LB in Crennel's new D.
18DeAndre LevyOLB27DET4-322181719.012Change in D scheme and Levy isn't likely to repeat his 2013 #'s 6 INTs and 15 PDs.
19Karlos DansbyILB32CLE3-420222121.04Will fit right in Pettine's 3-4 & should be a productive 3 down LB but age is concern.
20Curtis LoftonILB28NO3-419271921.76Lofton is a durable, consistent 3 down LB - best as a #3 LB but has weekly LB #2 ceiling.
21Chad GreenwayOLB31MIN4-325212022.03Zimmer's WLB pos made Burfict a volume tackler, though Greenways not as quick at age 31.
22Perry RileyILB26WAS3-427202323.3-7Fletcher retired, Skins resigned Riley 3 yr deal, has limitations & opportunity as well.
23Lawrence TimmonsILB28PIT3-418262623.3Timmons will move from Mack WILB to Buck ILB, tackles will suffer, needs sacks to approach past production.
24Sio MooreOLB24OAK4-321242724.027Moving to weakside with the arrival of Mack.. Should be a 3 down LB and potential sleeper
25Jerrell FreemanILB28IND3-424282224.7D'Qwell Jackson joined the Colts, he could be serious competition for tackles.
26Jamie CollinsOLB24NE3-423232824.7102nd round pick in 2013 really impressed when called on in playoffs, Breakout candidate as 3 down SLB in 4-3 sets,ILB in 3-4
27Justin HoustonOLB25KC3-426293229.04Houston had 11 sacks in 11 games last yr. before ending up on IR, was on pace to finish as top 12 LB in 2014
28Jelani JenkinsOLB22MIA4-331253129.0Jenkins is a 3 down WLB who has produced quality numbers when given the chance to play
29Wesley WoodyardILB28TEN3-435302530.06Woodyard is a nice fit in TEN he has moved to SILB due to injury to Zach Browm, will hurt stats, 3 down LB.
30D'Qwell JacksonILB31IND3-433332931.73Will play along side Freeman and they will likely cancel out each other's upside when on the field together
31Von MillerOLB25DEN4-330323432.06Had ACL surgery in Jan., suspension concerns, needs sacks to produce, 3 down LB.
32Donald ButlerILB25SD3-434303633.3-11Butler has struggled to stay on the field since turning pro, #3 LB when healthy.
33Keenan RobinsonILB25WAS3-463172434.7Played very well in the preseason, great range, will start at ILB alongside P Riley, in 2014
34Preston BrownOLB21BUF4-328364235.3Brown is playing WLB for the Bills and he also plays in some of the team's subpackages. Could be MLB in 2015
35Khalil MackOLB23OAK4-332374036.3Will be used as hybrid OLB and DE in pass situations,havoc wreaking pass rusher.
36DeMeco RyansILB30PHI3-429423936.7Consistent tackler, 3 down LB, will make his share of big plays, turns 30 this season.
37Demario DavisILB25NYJ3-451353038.718Disappointing 2013 season and started off slowly but he is starting to live up to expectations in 2014.
38Koa MisiILB27MIA4-342383839.3Won Fin MLB job, may not play in nickel package, could limit his snaps, high ankle sprain week 1
39Rolando McclainMLB26DALTampa 243393739.7McClain has looked very good at time early in 2014 as the Cowboys 3 down MLB, needs to stay on the field
40Emmanuel LamurOLB25CIN4-359313341.0At SLB, Lamur is the every down back next to Burfict.
41Thomas DavisOLB31CAR4-336464341.7He had a great 2013 in his first healthy season since 2008. He's one of the better SLB options.
42Bruce CarterOLB26DALTampa 237424842.38Up and down 2013, needs to play better vs the run, nice start to 2014, needs more consistancy to increase value.
43K.J. WrightOLB25SEA4-340414642.3Wright is the Hawks 3 down starting WLB, great range and cover skills, value limited by overall quality of Seattle D
44Stephen TullochILB29DET4-339346044.3-24Tulloch tore his ACL while celebrating a sack and will miss the rest of the 2014 season
45Christian KirkseyILB22CLE3-452493545.3Needs to play better vs the run to start at ILB opposite Dansby, looked great in coverage during preseason.
46Nick RoachILB29OAK4-354404546.3-17Turns 29 this year, 3 down LB, dealing with a nasty concussion that cost him multiple games to start the 2014 season.
47Mason FosterILB25TBTampa 257384446.3-8Looks good in Tampa's new scheme, 3 down LB, could approach top 24 LB numbers in 2014.
48Daryl SmithILB32BAL3-455434146.3-4Great 2013 season, turned 32 this year, hard to repeat 3 Ints, 5 sacks and 18 PDs.
49Sean LeeILB28DALTampa 245524748.0Tore ACL in right knee out for 2014 season, just can't stay on the field
50Larry FooteILB34ARI3-449475048.7Larry Foote has emerged as a 3 down LB for the Cards, Minter missed big chunk of preseason, may surprise
51Telvin SmithOLB23JAX4-346495249.0Undersized at 218 lbs, great coverage LB, future WLB for Jags, will be a subpackages player to sart the year.
52Prince ShemboOLB22ATL3-456375449.0Good motor, moved to ILB and has played very well in the preseason. Could start over Joplo Bartu
53Brandon MarshallLB25DEN4-338505949.0The injury to Trevathan has given Marshall a shot at quality production early in the season.
54Derrick JohnsonILB31KC3-453505151.3-35Johnson tore his achilles and will miss the entire 2014 season.
55Jadaveon ClowneyOLB21HOU3-458474951.3Clowney will play OLB for the Texans, should have sacks but tackles will limit upside, great preseason. Will miss first 4-6 weeks with knee injury
56Daryl WashingtonILB27ARI3-444595753.3-11Was suspended for the entire 2014 season. 3 down LB and playmaker when on the field.
57Jon BeasonLB29NYG4-3485354.3-19Turned 29 in January, 3 down MLB WHEN he is on the field.
58Lance BriggsOLB33CHI4-3416054.3-5Briggs will turn 34 this season, still producing when healthy.
59Jon BosticILB23CHI4-367445856.3Bostic is earning more reps as the season goes on, should be 3 down MLB by 2015
60Anthony BarrOLB22MIN4-365515356.3Barr looks fantastic early in the 2014 season, producing tackles to go along with sacks.
61Nigel BradhamLB25BUF4-3505856.7Bradham flashed talent early in 2014, he will need an injiry to see significant reps.
62Jacquian WilliamsOLB24NYG4-364486157.7Williams won the 3 down WLB job for the Giants, he is raw but should improve with reps
63Kevin MinterILB23ARI3-461565758.0-38Minter will try to fill Dansby's old role, has a huge opportunity with Washington suspended but has never produced in NFL.
64David HarrisILB30NYJ3-44758.0Turned 30 in January, consistent tackler, not many big plays.
65Zach BrownILB24TEN3-4625760.3-33Tore pectoral muscle week 1 and will miss the 2014 season.
66Jason WorildsOLB26PIT3-473545560.7In the last 12 games of 2013 Worilds really improved recording 40 solos and 9 sacks.
67Sean WeatherspoonOLB26ATL3-4685561.7-9Missed 14 games in 2 years and will miss all of 2014 with a ruptured Achilles.
68Dannell EllerbeILB28MIA4-36062.3-3Will miss the entire 2014 season due to a hip injury.
69Aldon SmithOLB24SF3-4715763.3Troubled but talented sack specialist., was suspended for the first 9 games of the 2014 season.
70Arthur BrownILB24BAL3-474615663.7-29Ravens drafted Mosely in the 1st rnd, Brown will take a back seat until Smith is gone.
71Dont'a HightowerILB24NE3-46664.3-10Hightower will be a 2 down LB for the Pats. His lack of reps on passing downs limits his ceiling.
72Manti Te'oILB23SD3-4696364.7-15Injured again, Te'o needs to prove he can be effective on third downs if he is to be anything but depth.
73Lamin BarrowOLB23DEN4-37065.7Barrow did not earn a starting role, he should play his way onto the field sooner rather than later
74Vincent ReyILB27CIN4-36266.3Failed to win the MLB position, but will backup all 3 LB positions and contribute on special teams.
75Justin DurantMLB29DALTampa 26467.0Durant is playing SLB and has been playing in the team's nickel set
FreeBallinSkyscraper LB   OCT 2014