We combine rankings from 100+ experts into Consensus Rankings. 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. Dallas will be hoping both Smith and Vander Esch get back to 2018 form next season. 2020 NFL Draft Best Individual Skill Sets: Edge Rushers April 10, 2020. Listed below is a sam ple of my 2020 Linebacker Rankings for IDP Redraft Leagues. 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. To a lesser extent, both Kwon Alexander and Dre Greenlaw give the 49ers above-average play in coverage from the linebacker position, as well. Seattle has a solid group of backups, as well, starting with 2019 draft picks Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven. This page was last updated April 22, 2020… Goodson to a one-year deal, and he should provide early-down value — he’s graded at 67-0 plus against the run in two of his three full seasons. He has his limitations when left in single coverage, but McKinney handles short-zone responsibility well enough and has posted 70.0-plus coverage grades in three out of his five NFL seasons. – NFL Premium Stats. He is coming off a “down” year by his standards, but even then, his 76.4 PFF grade ranked 11th at the position. 1 spot on PFF's 2020 NFL linebacker rankings. 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Linebackers. Beckwith graded at 53.0 on 847 snaps as a rookie in 2017. Edmunds has performed well in stretches, but he has yet to put it all together for an entire season. 2020 NFL Draft Prospect: Paddy Fisher-OLB-Northwestern Paddy Fisher, OLB, Northwestern Height: 6-4. 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. It's not difficult to get overshadowed by Wagner, but Wright is still one of the better linebackers in the league in his own right. December 11th, 2020. Deone Bucannon is also in the mix, though he has graded above 70.0 just once in his six-year career — and that was back in 2015. Many of the top ones fall into the edge rusher category, and the ones on this list are mostly tweener types who don’t necessarily fit a set role. CBS Sports breaks the linebacker class into four tiers ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. It will be interesting to see how he fares without the Hall of Fame-bound Kuechly in the middle of that defense. Barr has coverage limitations but has been reasonable in the run game and has rushed the passer over 100 times in each of his six seasons. 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. Collins is familiar with the defensive system, and he’s yet another versatile weapon who can play all over the defensive formation while providing one of the better blitz threats in the league. NFL 2020 Top 30 Linebacker Rankings. So, look for some creativity when it comes to Floyd’s role with the team. He's consistently one of the better tackling linebackers in the league — missing just 6% of his tackles over the past five seasons — and he's been about as steady as they come in run defense with run-defense grades between 68.4 and 78.3 in all eight of his NFL seasons. * - denotes 2021 prospect. Burks is an athletic player who played all over the field at Vanderbilt — from free safety to edge rusher to linebacker — and his NFL transition to linebacker has not gone smoothly. The Eagles added more athleticism in the draft with. Though their position may be listed as “outside linebacker,” they don't play close to the same position as someone like Lavonte David. The backups include Dylan Cole, who has just 470 career snaps, and Peter Kalambayi, who has seen the field just 123 times in his two years. The Browns had one of the NFL's worst linebacking units a year ago, and they enter 2020 with plenty of question marks among their young players. The Bills have a solid linebacker unit capable of matching up with running backs and flying around the field. PFFELO Ratings are PFF’s NFL power rankings based on weekly player grades in each facet of play. Wilson posted a 50.4 overall grade on a career-high 828 snaps while Hitchens had the lowest grade in the league against the run, at 34.1. Bush's overall grade jumped to 69.3 over the Steelers' final eight games — 23rd among 85 linebackers to play 150 or more snaps over that time frame. And that gives the Bears one of the most volatile groups in the league. 2020 NFL Power Rankings: Los Angeles Rams. Tackling was also an issue — Evans missed 18 on the season when including the playoffs. Indianapolis added more length with 2019 third-rounder Bobby Okereke, who is slated to start next to Leonard after seeing 472 snaps last season in which he graded at 77.3. A large part of that grade was that Greenlaw simply didn't allow big plays on his watch. Login or Register: Joe Marino's 2020 NFL Draft Linebacker Rankings By: Joe Marino August 18th, 2019 2019-08-18T21:02:00.000Z The Draft Network. The Panthers have put a lot of coverage responsibility on Thompson, and he's held up reasonably well through 546 coverage snaps in the slot since 2015 (nearly 100 more than the next closest linebacker). This past season was the first year where he didn't record a run-defense grade above 70.0, coming in at 66.7. 2020 NFL Draft: Linebacker Rankings By Athlon Sports , 4/14/20, 11:30 AM EDT Isaiah Simmons is the clear-cut No. Nicholas Morrow rounds out the depth chart, yet has never graded above 53.5 in his three seasons in the league. At 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds, Covington was a sixth-round pick with the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 NFL draft. There are a handful of teams that are in dire need of an inside linebacker presence but landing spot will be very key on who to select in rookie drafts. McKinney comes in one spot below his teammate Cunningham on the list, profiling more as a traditional run-stopper at nearly 260 pounds. 2021 NFL Draft Targets Giants Fans Should Watch On 10/3. Over the last three seasons, David ranks seventh in PFF run-defense grade (85.9) and second in PFF coverage grade (92.1) among the 78 linebackers to see at least 1,000 defensive snaps. 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. We're in the heart of rankings season here at PFF. Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data. White missed 13.0% of his tackle attempts last season, ranking 56th out of 88 qualifiers. He has the combination of awareness in the middle of the field to read plays in zone and the athleticism to react and be in position to make plays that all great coverage linebackers need. If Foster returns to 2017 form, however, he’s a three-down, impact linebacker. Klein comes over from the Saints to add depth, though he’s graded in the 40.0s in three of his past four NFL seasons. There are numerous options for Washington at linebacker this season, starting with the addition of veteran Thomas Davis Sr. Once one of the best all-around linebackers in the game, Davis has slowed down in recent years, posting grades in the 60s in three of his last four years. Over that same two-year stretch, the 37.9 coverage grade for Raiders' linebackers collectively came out ahead of only the Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants. Johnson is a bigger linebacker by today's NFL standards at nearly 250 pounds, and he used that size to his advantage in the run game where he posted a 91.4 run-defense grade for the season. Washington has several options to choose from, and that gives them a wide range of outcomes when it comes to the quality of this unit in 2020. Wright brings a long presence to the Seahawks’ zone-heavy scheme and like Wagner, he can play the run and blitz at a level among the league’s best. There’s a new look to the Eagles' linebacking unit as they added speed this offseason and will have a few new faces competing for playing time. Edmunds is an outstanding athlete who continues to improve, ranking 14th in run stop percentage last year. Historical Rankings for Paddy Fisher-OLB-Northwestern as a ILB . Brown has established himself as one of the better coverage linebackers in the NFL, ranking 17, during the regular season last year after finishing fourth in 2018. Jon Bostic also returns after a career-high 1,031 snaps, but he has just one season grade above 60.0 in his six years. Jack was a rangy playmaker in his first three years in the league, so he needs to bounce back to get this unit moving in the right direction. was never going to be easy, and it leaves a gaping hole in the middle of Carolina’s defense. The Rams also add former seventh-rounder Clay Johnston, who was off to a great start with an 83.1 grade and five pass breakups through six games before a knee injury ended his season. Oft-injured Alex Anzalone was also limited to just 46 snaps last season, but he had a strong 2018 that included a 67.8 coverage grade and 16 pressures on just 72 rushes. As a 27-year-old undrafted free agent who hadn't yet taken an NFL snap on defense, why would he have been? There’s no sugarcoating the Jaguars’ performance last season — their linebackers had by far the worst overall grade in the league (30.1). Benardrick McKinney, Houston Texans. Bush showed a nose for the football early with 100-plus tackles, two interceptions (to go along with a dropped pick) and four fumble recoveries, and it's clear he was getting more comfortable and consistent as the season progressed. Davis' three years have been disappointing — he peaked with a 52.8 overall grade as a rookie in 2017, and while he showed signs of life in coverage in 2018, he dropped back to a 32.6 grade last season, fourth-worst in the NFL. Keep an eye on rookie fifth-rounder Kamal Martin, who has a Burks-like given that he played all over the field for Minnesota, though his best college grade was a 70.6 mark last season. 2020 NFL Draft Inside Linebacker Rankings. E.J. There is an argument to be made that Jones is the best coverage linebacker in the NFL. The rest of the unit is wide open, starting with a pair of 2018 draft picks in Micah Kiser and Travin Howard. Zack Lambert 5 months ago 5 min read. 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. On Thursday, we rank the best linebacker corps in the NFL. However, he has tackling issues of his own, missing 13 of his 46 attempts last year to form the worst rate in the league. Williams had 19 pressures on just 56 rushes last season en route to a career-high 76.2 overall grade. He may be relegated to creative blitz packages if he’s not dealt prior to the season. They enter 2020 with one of the best units in the league as the corps remains intact, led by Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith. 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. It’s still not the most exciting linebacking corps in the league, but the Bengals have intriguing youth combined with veteran role players who should make this unit better. 2020 NFL Draft Prospect: Krys Barnes-ILB-UCLA Krys Barnes, ILB, UCLA Height: 6-1. In addition to Kendricks’ playmaking in coverage, he also had the third-best run-defense grade (90.1) while tying for 10th with 17 pressures. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson. Wilson has an old-school build; he can play the run and looked good in Wyoming’s simple coverage schemes. In 2018, he rushed the passer 357 times and picked up 38 pressures before taking on a more traditional linebacker role last year and grading at 58.6. Tackling was also an issue — Evans missed 18 on the season when including the playoffs. By: The Draft Network. These power rankings are adjusted based on coach, quarterback and the market each season. Next to Bush is Vince Williams, more of a traditional run-stopping thumper who has been one of the league’s best blitzing linebackers over the past three years. That comes down largely to the ability he has shown in coverage. Kuechly excelled in all areas, but his instincts and range were at a different level —  he just added a special dynamic to the defense. For that reason, we're only looking at off-ball linebackers here, whether that be outside or inside. Many analysts tried to figure out where Simmons' best fit at the next level, but the Cardinals have him at linebacker, where they had the third-worst coverage grade in the league last season (32.0). Vander Esch turned in a terrific rookie season in 2018 — he graded out as one of the top five linebackers in the NFL, with an 85.4 overall grade — but he wasn't able to build on that this past season thanks to a neck injury that limited him to just six healthy games at the start of the year. Shaq Thompson is the top remaining option, and the Panthers showed their faith in him by locking him up before he got to free agency. While his overall grade had hovered in the 60s from 2016 to 2018, it came in at 90.1 in 2019 (second at the position). Recording grades of 80.0 or higher as both a run defender and in coverage, as Vander Esch did in 2018, is impressive stuff. 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. You must be logged in and create a league profile to apply custom fantasy scoring to the … 2021 NFL Draft Targets Giants Fans Should Watch On 10/3. Avery Williamson also returns to the mix after missing all of 2019. Other returning linebackers include James Burgess and Neville Hewitt, who both graded below 55.0 overall last season while playing significant time. Denzel Perryman continues his up-and-down career for his sixth season with the Chargers after posting three grades in the 50s and two in the 70s. His explosiveness made him an attractive developmental first-round pick, but it appears that his best fit is as a subpackage blitzer. With Cory Littleton moving on in free agency, the Rams have a big hole to fill in the back seven. Of course there are a few exceptions in the secondary, which is why those names crack the list. February 15, 2020 3:22 pm. – Fantasy Football Draft Guide, Cheat Sheets & Advanced Stats You are not logged in. ** - denotes 2022 prospect. 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. Kwon Alexander returns for his second season in San Francisco after being limited to just 423 snaps last year. Kendricks was credited with 14 forced incompletions, which led all linebackers and came in at fifth among all defenders. 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. 10 to draft him in the hopes of immediately improving their middle-of-the-field defense. 2020 NFL Draft Prospect: Paddy Fisher-OLB-Northwestern Paddy Fisher, OLB, Northwestern Height: 6-4. This is the 3rd part of our Defensive Ranking series, ranking the top 30 linebackers for your NFL IDP Fantasy Football leagues. October 2nd, 2020. 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. His consistency, run defense and versatility still makes him one of the top linebackers in the NFL. 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. 2020 NFL Draft rankings: Inside Linebacker. Smith ranked right behind Vander Esch with an 84.0 overall grade, sixth-best in 2018, but he regressed last season with a 70.2 grade that ranked 19th. View consensus Linebacker prospect rankings from the top NFL Draft analysts. CBS Sports updated the composite rankings recently, which means there is … image/svg+xml. Perhaps with Kuechly out of the picture, this is the year that David gets his well-earned recognition. Littleton does do two things at an elite level, though — cover and tackle. Jerome Baker posted the fifth-worst run defense grade (39.1) in 2019, a huge step back from his 77.3 mark as a rookie in 2018. Baker also has room to provide in coverage, where he graded at 58.9. 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. NFL defense rankings: Top NFL defenses in 2020 20. Vander Esch has said this offseason that the injury is behind him and that he's better now than he was before the injury last season, and if taken at his word, that's great news for Dallas. There have been two versions of Jamie Collins over his seven-year career —  the New England Patriots player who looked like one of the best linebackers in the NFL and the Cleveland Browns player who looked far removed from that status. Our 2020 Draft LB rankings are updated daily. The Dolphins' linebacking corps looks like a bottom-tier unit, but a strong year of progression from McMillan and Baker could change that in a hurry. Joe Thomas adds veteran depth and posted a career-high 64.4 grade last season on 246 snaps. The Browns will heavily count on all three players in 2020. He has sported a top-20 coverage grade at the position in each of the past two years — reaching as high as sixth in 2018. Here is where the Los Angeles Rams rank in terms of average, best and worst:. His best coverage grade was just a 62.1 mark that came his rookie season in 2017. 2020 NFL power rankings, Week 15: Chiefs, Packers win division titles ... Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson 34 is hit by Chicago Bears linebacker Trevis … – NFL Player Grades 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. He’s now four seasons removed from his peak 90.0 overall grade in 2015 — his best mark since then has been just 70.5. His previous two efforts were the best of his career, as he posted a 73.5 grade in 2018 and an 80.2 grade in 2017. 2020 NFL Draft Linebacker Rankings – Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews & @PeteFiutak. Kendell Beckwith also returns after missing each of the past two seasons. Subscribe to PFF's EDGE or ELITE subscriptions to get access to the following tools, charts, etc. Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.. Jack is a good candidate to bounce back next season with Schobert coming in to take middle linebacker duties next to him. You must be logged in and create a league profile to apply custom fantasy scoring to the stats, projections and rankings pages. Only three linebacking units had a lower grade than the Chiefs last season. While he played on the edge in his time in Chicago, The rest of the unit is wide open, starting with a pair of 2018 draft picks in, Fantasy Football Draft Guide, Cheat Sheets & Advanced Stats, Fantasy Football Mock Draft Tool (DraftMaster), Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule Matrix. Broncos' Diontae Spencer spins away and takes off for punt return TD. 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