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FreeBallinLeaderboard LB   SEP 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.

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RankPlayerPos.AgeTeamBase DefenseGary BeaudetteBill CerviSean KirbyAvgChangeSkinny
1Luke KuechlyILB23CAR3-Apr2111Tackling machine, non stop motor and never comes off the field. Safest LB #1.
2Lavonte DavidOLB24TBTampa 21232145 combined tackles, 20 TFLs, 5 INTs, 6 sacks and 9 PDs in 2013 good fit for new scheme
3Vontaze BurfictOLB23CIN3-Apr3323Burfict took the next step last year 170 tackles, 3 sacks and 8 PDs, 3 down LB. signed new 4 yr deal
4Bobby WagnerILB24SEA3-Apr4845Wagner is a 3 down LB with a great motor, but stats limited by the quality of SEA D.
5Alec OgletreeOLB22STL3-Apr5586Ogletree had an amazing fantasy rookie season, 117 combined tackles, 5 FF, and 9 PDs.
6Mychal KendricksILB23PHI4-Mar6756If Kendricks can reduce the missed tackles he may crack the 100 solo mark, 3 down LB, starting to call plays on D.
7Paul PoslusznyILB29JAX3-Apr8968Finally started showing his age last year, but still puts up good FF numbers.
8James LaurinaitisILB27STL3-Apr71078Great 3 down LB but Ogletree really ate into his stats and that should continue.
9NaVorro BowmanILB26SF4-Mar1041610Elite when healthy, but will not be back from ACL/MCL injury until mid-season
10Patrick WillisILB29SF4-Mar913910Ptotypical ILB, 3 down player would still be the #1 LB overall if not for Bowman, should get off to hot start in 2014
11Jerod MayoILB28NE4-Mar12111011Injury plagued 2011 and 2013 seasons, when healthy he is a top 12 LB - 3 down LB.
12Kiko AlonsoILB24BUF3-Apr1561713Alonso 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.
13Paul WorrilowOLB24ATL4-Mar13151113Undrafted LB out of Deleware, was 2nd to only Burfict in tackles per snap, 3 down LB.
14Danny TrevathanOLB24DEN3-Apr11121814After a breakout 2013, Trevathan will miss at least 5-6 weeks of the regular season with a broken tibia.
15Perry RileyILB26WAS4-Mar141812153Fletcher retired, Skins resigned Riley 3 yr deal, has limitations & opportunity as well.
16Ryan ShazierOLB21PIT4-Mar16141515Great combination of speed, blitzing ability and coverage skills, WILB, 3 down LB.
17Brian CushingILB27HOU4-Mar17171316Cushing carries big injury risk but he should be the Mike LB in Crennel's new D.
18C.J. MoselyILB22BAL4-Mar20191418Sideline to sideline, 3 down LB, he will start opposite Smith, has to hold off Arthur Brown
19Derrick JohnsonILB31KC4-Mar19162319Johnson is a consistent 3 down LB. His age is the only reason he's not ranked higher.
20Stephen TullochILB29DET3-Apr21212021Tulloch should be a consistent, quality # 2 LB who plays all three downs.
21Donald ButlerILB25SD4-Mar22261922Butler has struggled to stay on the field since turning pro, #3 LB when healthy.
22Lawrence TimmonsILB28PIT4-Mar18203324Timmons will move from Mack WILB to Buck ILB, tackles will suffer, needs sacks to approach past production.
23Karlos DansbyILB32CLE4-Mar23232524Will fit right in Pettine's 3-4 & should be a productive 3 down LB but age is concern.
24Chad GreenwayOLB31MIN3-Apr27222224Zimmer's WLB pos made Burfict a volume tackler, though Greenways not as quick at age 31.
25Kevin MinterILB23ARI4-Mar25252425-9Minter will try to fill Dansby's old role, has a huge opportunity with Washington suspended but has never produced in NFL.
26Curtis LoftonILB28NO4-Mar28272125Lofton is a durable, consistent 3 down LB - best as a #3 LB but has weekly LB #2 ceiling.
27Jerrell FreemanILB28IND4-Mar26282727D'Qwell Jackson joined the Colts, he could be serious competition for tackles.
28Christian KirkseyILB22CLE4-Mar24322928May start at ILB opposite Dansby, looked great in coverage during preseason, could be 3 down LB.
29Nick RoachILB29OAK3-Apr323028309Turns 29 this year, should have a ton of tackle opportunities, 3 down LB.
30DeAndre LevyOLB27DET3-Apr30343132Change in D scheme and Levy isn't likely to repeat his 2013 #'s 6 INTs and 15 PDs.
31Justin HoustonOLB25KC4-Mar29293832-3Houston had 11 sacks in 11 games last yr. before ending up on IR, was on pace to finish as top 12 LB in 2014
32Zach BrownILB24TEN4-Mar353826335Will move to ILB in Tennessee's new 3-4 defense, should start at ILB next to Woodyard.
33D'Qwell JacksonILB30IND4-Mar33393435-3Will play along side Freeman and they will likely cancel out each other's upside,
34DeMeco RyansILB30PHI4-Mar36353937Consistent tackler, 3 down LB, will make his share of big plays, turns 30 this season.
35Wesley WoodyardILB28TEN4-Mar4033373710Woodyard is a nice fit in TEN where he will compete for WILB, 3 down potential.
36Jamie CollinsOLB24NE4-Mar5624353862nd 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
37Von MillerOLB25DEN3-Apr31374839-6Had ACL surgery in Jan., suspension concerns, needs sacks to produce, 3 down LB.
38Jon BeasonLB29NYG3-Apr464136416Turned 29 in January, 3 down MLB, may miss week 1 with a foot injury.
39Mason FosterILB25TBTampa 2513142418Looks good in Tampa's new scheme, 3 down LB, could approach top 15 LB numbers in 2014.
40Keenan RobinsonILB25WAS4-Mar55403042Played very well in the preseason, great range, will start at ILB alongside P Riley, in 2014
41Arthur BrownILB24BAL4-Mar37484142-8Ravens drafted Mosely in the 1st rnd, Brown may take back seat until Smith is gone.
42Bradon SpikesILB26BUF3-Apr393542Spikes will play MLB for the Bills, solid run defender and should stay on the field in most passing situations.
43Khalil MackOLB23OAK3-Apr34474642Will be used as hybrid OLB and DE in pass situations,havoc wreaking pass rusher.
44Daryl SmithILB32BAL4-Mar50453242-3Great 2013 season, turned 32 this year, hard to repeat 3 Ints, 5 sacks and 18 PDs.
45Daryl WashingtonILB27ARI4-Mar43424543-13Was suspended for the entire 2014 season. 3 down LB and playmaker when on the field.
46Koa MisiILB27MIA3-Apr423643Lined up as "mike" LB during recent OTAs, may not play in nickel package, could limit his snaps
47Telvin SmithOLB23JAX3-Apr45484044Undersized at 218 lbs, great coverage LB, future WLB for Jags, will be a subpackages player to sart the year.
48Sean LeeILB28DALTampa 244494446-14Tore ACL in right knee out for 2014 season, just can't stay on the field
49Jadaveon ClowneyOLB21HOU4-Mar52444346Clowney will play OLB for the Texans, should have sacks but tackles will limit upside, great preseason.
50Bruce CarterOLB26DALTampa 2385047-15Up and down 2013, needs to play better vs the run, struggled in preseason role is uncertain.
51Sio MooreOLB24OAK3-Apr47464747Moving to weakside with the arrival of Mack.. Should be a 3 down LB and potential sleeper
52Emmanuel LamurOLB25CIN3-Apr53434948Eyes are on Rey and Maualuga, but Lamur is the most likely every down back next to Burfict.
53Lance BriggsOLB33CHI3-Apr415349Briggs will turn 34 this season, still producing at a high level when healthy.
54Nigel BradhamLB24BUF3-Apr485552Bradham should be the Bills starting WLB and he should stay on the field in most of the team's subpackages
55Demario DavisILB25NYJ4-Mar495953Disappointing 2013 season, has talent and should have the opportunity to improve.
56Thomas DavisOLB31CAR3-Apr415153He had a great 2013 in his first healthy season since 2008. He's one of the better SLB options.
57Manti Te'oILB23SD4-Mar605054-7Te'o needs to prove he can be effective on third downs if he is to be anything but depth for FF.
58Sean WeatherspoonOLB26ATL4-Mar595254-15Missed 14 games in 2 years and will miss all of 2014 with a ruptured Achilles.
59Brad JonesILB28GB4-Mar664655Jones' should be a 3 down WILB for the Pack in 2014 IF he can stay on the field.
60Jon BosticILB23CHI3-Apr585756-8Could be moved to outside LB this year, but played very well in preseason especially vs the pass.
61Dont'a HightowerILB24NE4-Mar575856-6Hightower will be a 2 down LB for the Pats. His lack of reps on passing downs limits his ceiling.
62Jason WorildsOLB26PIT4-Mar655256In the last 12 games of 2013 Worilds really improved recording 40 solos and 9 sacks.
63Larry FooteILB34ARI4-Mar4956Larry Foote has emerged as a 3 down LB for the Cards, Minter missed big chunk of preseason, may surprise
64Justin DurantMLB28DALTampa 25057Durant is playing SLB and has been playing in the team's nickel set
65Dannell EllerbeILB28MIA3-Apr545057-162013 FA flop, being moved from MLB to SLB possibly, only a 2 down LB.
66Vincent ReyILB26CIN3-Apr5157Will compete with Maulaluga for MLB snaps, but is much more vesratile. Failed to beat out Maulaluga
67Lamin BarrowOLB23DEN3-Apr616058Barrow did not earn a starting role, he should play his way onto the field sooner rather than later
68Aldon SmithOLB24SF4-Mar635958-15Troubled but talented sack specialist., was suspended for the first 9 games of the 2014 season.
69Christian JonesILB23CHI3-Apr645858Jones went undrafted - was signed by CHI, may compete for starting job in 2015.
70David HarrisILB30NYJ4-Mar626158Turned 30 in January, consistent tackler, not many big plays.
71Prince ShemboOLB22ATL4-Mar5659Good motor, moved to ILB and has played very well in the preseason. Could start over Joplo Bartu
72Robert MathisOLB33IND4-Mar676662Mathis turned 33, Suspended 1st 4 gms, registered career high 19.5 sacks last year.
FreeBallinSkyscraper LB   SEP 2014