Struggles in coverage and penalties can both be pointed to as contributing factors, but neither area proved problematic for Jack in prior years. Jatavis Brown is another new addition who did his best work as a rookie in 2016 when he graded at 77.6 overall. 2020 NFL Draft: Linebacker Rankings. Kirksey is an athletic linebacker with coverage skills, but he has just one year with a coverage grade above 60.0 — it came in 2015 when he posted an impressive 80.0 that ranked 11th in the league. That's why the Raiders signed him this offseason. This unit has several intriguing options, and its performance will be critical. Joe Walker joins the 49ers to add depth after grading out at 46.2 on 537 snaps for the Cardinals last season. Brown has established himself as one of the better coverage linebackers in the NFL, ranking 17th during the regular season last year after finishing fourth in 2018. Martinez has had a quirky career, both at Stanford and in the NFL, as he has a top-10 season against the run (2016) and in coverage (2018), though he has just one year with an overall grade above 70.0 (74.0 overall in 2018). He is coming off a “down” year by his standards, but even then, his 76.4 PFF grade ranked 11th at the position. Sort the table by clicking the column headers. Dorian O’Daniel and Ben Niemann are also in the mix for nickel snaps, as both players projected as coverage-first players coming out of college and both have been solid in that department in limited time over the last two years. McKinney is a power player at 257 pounds who can mix it up in the run game and has been one of the best tacklers in the league, missing just 6.9% of his tackle attempts — ranking 16th-best since 2014. By: Kyle Crabbs. 2020 NFL draft prospect rankings: Linebacker. 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. PFF's exclusive metrics provide matchup previews, position rankings, grades, and snap counts. It was a promising debut. He has truly impressive movement and change-of-direction skills for how big he is, and by all accounts, he's the kind of leader you want on your defense. 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. He’s done his best work against the run, grading at 70.0 or better in all but one year of his eight-year career. 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. He’s done his best work in the run game throughout his career, though last season’s 46.5 grade is the worst of his career. The wild cards are Reuben Foster and Kevin Pierre-Louis. If Gay is ready to go, the Chiefs have a place for him in sub-packages immediately. October 2nd, 2020. When on the field, Cichy is effective, but injuries have destroyed his career to this point. He made his first appearance in Week 5 against the Los Angeles Chargers and turned in a 91.9 PFF grade for the game — a sign of things to come. He missed only four tackles all year and allowed fewer than seven yards per reception on passes that were deemed to be into his coverage. He'll continue to man the position with teammate Rashaan Evans heading into next season. is coming off the worst year of his career, as he struggled mightily in zone coverage on his way to a 29.2 coverage grade while providing little else in the run game or as a pass-rusher. Rookie Jahlani Tavai posted the top grade for the unit, at 60.5, and as he did in college, he did his best work in the run game where his 65.9 grade ranked fifth among rookie linebackers. Beckwith graded at 53.0 on 847 snaps as a rookie in 2017. However, he has tackling issues of his own, missing 13 of his 46 attempts last year to form the worst rate in the league. October 2nd, 2020. PFFELO Ratings are PFF’s NFL power rankings based on weekly player grades in each facet of play. Last season saw rookie fifth-rounder Cole Holcomb play 718 snaps, and he earned a solid 71.3 run-defense grade though his 43.4 coverage grade ranked just 86th in the league. 2020 NFL Draft Best Individual Skill Sets: Edge Rushers April 10, 2020. A couple of years ago, the Colts had one of the worst linebacker units in the league. By: Trevor Sikkema. Another high-end year from Kendricks makes this one of the top units in the league. By Gladys Louise Tyler. View consensus Linebacker prospect rankings from the top NFL Draft analysts. Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data. 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. He brings excellent athleticism to the middle of the field — he ran a 4.52 40-yard dash and showed excellent explosion on his jumps — and he can be a weapon when covering running backs. 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. Jack's 2019 season was not what Jaguars' fans were expecting, and you can say that for a lot of Jacksonville's defense. in the league while missing only four tackles including the playoffs. He has the length to be disruptive in Indianapolis' zone-heavy defense and has shown himself to be well-rounded through his first two NFL seasons. Evans continued his trend of making plays in the run game, putting together a 9.5% run stop percentage over the past two years that ranks 15th out of 112 linebackers. Their 12% missed tackle rate as a unit also came in as a bottom-10 mark across all defenses. 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. Average ranking: 12.6 (12th) Written By: Joe Marino. 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). At his best, Davis was one of the rangiest linebackers in the league, peaking with three elite coverage grades from 2013 to 2015 with the Panthers. He brings athleticism, speed and playmaking ability to the linebacker position that Pittsburgh has missed since Ryan Shazier's injury. -best since 2014. The official source for NFL news, video highlights, fantasy football, game-day coverage, schedules, stats, scores and more. – NFL Player Grades Oklahoma’s anchor on defense, Kenneth Murray, did see his stats decline from his sophomore to junior season, but that’s no reason to worry. April 16, 2020 1:07 pm. In 2019, the Browns drafted Sione Takitaki in the third round and Mack Wilson in the fifth, but it was Wilson who played 942 snaps on his way to a 41.7 overall grade that ranked eighth-worst in the NFL. You first think about the play that he made late in the 49ers' Week 17 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks to secure the No. 2020 NFL Draft rankings: Inside Linebacker. The Dolphins brought in former Patriot Elandon Roberts, who established himself as more of a run-stopping thumper in his four years in New England. We're in the heart of rankings season here at PFF. The focus for Chargers linebackers this year is improving a coverage grade of 53.5 that ranked just 23rd in the league last season. His best coverage grade was just a 62.1 mark that came his rookie season in 2017. The draft shows that the linebackers will have a bigger role for Baltimore in 2020, however, as they drafted LSU’s Patrick Queen in the first round and Ohio State’s Malik Harrison in the third. It's not hard to see why he's referred to as “The Maniac” when you watch him flying around the field and making plays. You are not logged in. He broke up eight passes after breaking up just 12 in his previous seven NFL seasons combined. For Vander Esch — who will be making an appearance later on — it was injury that led to the disappointing season. There is an argument to be made that Jones is the best coverage linebacker in the NFL. Rashaan Evans and Jayon Brown took most of the Titans’ snaps at linebacker last season, and they both return this year. No matter what you ask Wagner to do, he does it at a high level, with 90.0-plus run-defense, pass-rush and coverage grades over the course of his career. Edwards is below average athletically, and there may be some coverage limitations, but he’s been a productive player since his freshman year at Wisconsin. The Saints have one of the best mixes of production and depth, so a healthy unit in 2020 should rank among the best in the league. Nathan Gerry returns after playing 669 snaps last season — including the playoffs — and posting a career-high 62.2 overall grade. Eric Wilson manned the No. 2020 NFL power rankings, Week 15: Chiefs, Packers win division titles ... Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson 34 is hit by Chicago Bears linebacker Trevis … Oren Burks is the other projected starter, and he has just 195 career snaps with two years of grading in the 40s. He has recovered nicely from a knee injury that dropped him to the second round of the 2016 draft, and he’s now one of the league’s best all-around linebackers. Tahir Whitehead takes the first crack at replacing Kuechly after two years in Oakland in which he graded in the 50s. December 3rd, 2020. The top 2020 inside linebacker prospects available for the 2020 NFL Draft. McKinney is a thumper and a leader. 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. With Joe Schobert moving on to the Jaguars, the Browns lose a valuable piece of their back seven and will trot out one of the younger linebacking units in the league. You've watched all the tape, you know the stats. Thompson is a solid coverage player who takes on plenty of responsibility within Carolina’s scheme; he plays under control — and has missed only 42 tackles in his five-year career — and he wins with quickness in the run game where he’s graded at 70.0-plus in all but one year of his career. also had the worst overall grade of his career, at 61.0, but he has three-plus years of solid coverage grades under his belt and there’s a good chance he bounces back to pair with Simmons and solidify the middle of the defense for Arizona. Jefferson is another player who is better in the run game and could contribute on early downs. You are not logged in. NFL top 100: Ranking the 100 best NFL players in 2020. Oluokun is another undersized, athletic linebacker who ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash and wipes out underneath routes in zone coverage. 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. Maybe the toughest scouting reports to make, because a lot of confusion: Inside linebackers in 3-4 aren’t generally premium players in the draft, but there is always a couple that have exceptionally well rounded skillsets that sneak into early rounds. His consistency, run defense and versatility still makes him one of the top linebackers in the NFL. 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. From versatile defenders to pass-rushing specialists to those who excel in coverage, this year's linebacker class figures to play a prominent role when the draft commences on April 23. Cunningham has combined with McKinney to be one of the most durable and productive duos in the league over the past three years. April 17th, 2020. Hightower bounced back from injury-prone and subpar years in 2017 and 2018 to grade at 71.3 last season, including his best coverage grade since 2016. He still sticks out as a guy who can contribute wherever you need him to defensively, and he has put any doubts about the knee injury that dropped him in the draft behind him. Ragland has moved on, though, earmarking Damien Wilson and Anthony Hitchens as the projected starters. in the league last year. PFFELO Ratings are PFF’s NFL power rankings based on weekly player grades in each facet of play. PFF analyzes every player and every play of every game in the 2020 NFL season. Filed In: NFL Draft; 2020 NFL … Kendell Beckwith also returns after missing each of the past two seasons. They can win as run defenders, pass-rushers and coverage defenders. You must be logged in and create a league profile to apply custom fantasy scoring to the stats, projections and rankings pages. The Bears didn’t have a linebacker play more than 12 games last year as the position was ravaged by injuries, though a stellar performance by Nick Kwiatkoski helped the unit post the eighth-best grade in the league. out of 112 linebackers. IDP Rankings 2020 Weekly IDP Rankings - Week 13 2020 Rest of Season IDP Rankings (Weeks 13-17) IDP Articles 2020 IDP Waiver Wire Pickup Articles Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 2020 Every Down Linebackers (Through Week 12) 2020 IDP Points Allowed by Position (Through Week 12) Jack is a good candidate to bounce back next season with Schobert coming in to take middle linebacker duties next to him. Kwiatkoski is the opposite of Littleton — he loves to get dirty in the run game and can get after the quarterback as a blitzer, evidenced by his 81.8 pass-rush grade last season. Fantasy football player rankings from FFToday. Losing Luke Kuechly, the best linebacker of the decade, was never going to be easy, and it leaves a gaping hole in the middle of Carolina’s defense. Broncos' Diontae Spencer spins away and takes off for punt return TD. 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. There’s little experience beyond those two, as 2019 sixth-rounder David Long played just 155 snaps as a rookie and Nick Dzubnar, who spent his first five seasons with the Chargers, has 71 career snaps. April 14, 2020 8:00 pm. Rookie. Trevon Young and Jermaine Grace round out the depth chart with their 18 career snaps. Having just turned 22 years old in May, this upcoming season could very well be the one where he does just that. 2020 NFL Draft: Final linebacker rankings. He has battled injuries and been limited to just 994 snaps over the last three years, including college, but Dion Hamilton has always performed well when on the field. As he enters the 2020 campaign at 31 years old, there's a chance his play could be on the decline, but it's too early to say that's the case at this point. Just getting Alonso and Anzalone healthy should give the Saints a solid trio along with Davis, but New Orleans also has strong depth, starting with third-rounder Zack Baun. Here are my updated linebacker rankings for the 2020 draft: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports 1. Edmunds will have to clean up the missed tackles and improve in coverage to rise toward where most slot him currently — a top-10 linebacker — on this list next season. The average NFL player is pretty athletic, so this designation is not… The issue for Walker is his 40 missed tackles over the past two seasons, which showed up in his 43.5 grade against the run that ranked just 87th among linebackers last season. Lee is coming off the two lowest grades of his career — a 57.8 mark in 2018 and a 61.5 grade last season. Littleton is a modern-day linebacker who can match up with running backs and make plays on the ball in zone coverage. Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell, left, and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski leave the field after defeating the Broncos on Nov. 15, 2020, in Las Vegas. Davis is another strong run defender who helped Broncos linebackers post an 88.4 grade against the run, by far the best mark in the league among teams last season. By: Jaime Eisner. News & Analysis PFF Rankings: The NFL’s top 25 linebackers ahead of the 2020 NFL season Trevathan is another player coming off a career-low overall grade in 2019 (61.9), but his track record gives him the benefit of the doubt and keeps him as one of the top 25 linebackers in the NFL heading into the 2020 season. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson (rJR, 6'4", 238 pounds) No linebacker who has seen at least 50 targets in coverage since 2018 has allowed a lower yards-per-target mark than Brown's 5.6. The Chargers are strong on the defensive line and in the secondary, and the linebacking unit is needed to give them a complete defense. In this year’s draft, the Browns added Jacob Phillips, another run-first player who struggled to a 52.2 coverage grade last year at LSU. 1) Isaiah Simmons, Clemson; Ht: 6-4 Wt: 230. 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. Alexander is another rangy, middle-of-the-field defender who usually grades well in coverage. The Lions signed Jamie Collins from the New England Patriots after he rejuvenated his career with a 75.8 regular-season grade, good for 13th in the league last year. 2020 NFL Power Rankings: Los Angeles Rams. 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. Nicholas Morrow rounds out the depth chart, yet has never graded above 53.5 in his three seasons in the league. NFL teams for looking for linebacker help in the 2020 NFL Draft will have all sorts of options available to them. 2020 NFL Linebacker Rankings 1. It doesn't take long, though, before you get to players who excel against the run or against the pass but not against both. It will be interesting to see how he fares without the Hall of Fame-bound Kuechly in the middle of that defense. – NFL Premium Stats. Historical Rankings for Paddy Fisher-OLB-Northwestern as a ILB . The Cowboys feature one of the best one-two punches at linebacker in Vander Esch and Smith, and they need the duo to get back to its 2018 form to maximize the defense's potential. Cunningham uses his great length to slice through blockers to get to the ball in the run game, but he has similar coverage limitations that make him exploitable against quick running backs. In 2018, the Cowboys had the second-highest graded linebacking corps in the league (80.2), and they dropped to 11th with a 66.2 grade last season. 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. Our Big Board is updated regularly leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft. When healthy, Williamson is another good run defender who has never graded above 60.7 in coverage, so there are limits to his game. There’s little experience beyond those two, as 2019 sixth-rounder, Arizona addressed a major weakness when they selected. NFL 2020 Top 30 Linebacker Rankings. Kiser has just one snap to his name, while Howard saw the field for 102 snaps last year, grading at 60.7 overall. The Jaguars signed Joe Schobert, who produced the eighth-best coverage grade among linebackers over the past two years (83.6). Weight: 235. Edmunds has performed well in stretches, but he has yet to put it all together for an entire season. The Colts have one of the better linebacker groups in the league, led by, Indianapolis added more length with 2019 third-rounder. Last season, Packers linebackers graded at just 58.2 overall, good for 21st in the league. In order to fill that void in coverage, the Jets need a step forward from 2019 fifth-rounder Blake Cashman after he graded at just 49.1 overall on 424 snaps last season. That comes down largely to the ability he has shown in coverage. His explosiveness made him an attractive developmental first-round pick, but it appears that his best fit is as a subpackage blitzer. Warner’s 74.5 coverage grade ranked 11th last year, and he has 14 pass breakups and two interceptions in his young career. It’s not the best of years for linebackers. His 90.3 coverage grade is fifth-best in the league over the past three years. ** - denotes 2022 prospect. Director of Administration & Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Over the past three years, Deion Jones is tied for the lead among linebackers with a 92.2 coverage grade, and we’ve seen how important he is to Atlanta’s defense when he’s missed time due to injury. Martinez is a solid player — though the tackle stats are misleading — and he’s yet to put together a high-end season in all facets. Log In | Sign Up ... stats; tools; nfl resources; forums; my fftoday Rankings/Projections > Player Rankings : Linebacker Rankings: 2020 : Regular Season, Updated: 9/7/2020: Want Custom Fantasy Scoring? Kwon Alexander returns for his second season in San Francisco after being limited to just 423 snaps last year. These power rankings are adjusted based on coach, quarterback and the market each season. The 49ers have revamped their linebacking corps over the past three years and now boast a solid unit that fits their defensive scheme. 1) Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma; Ht: 6-2 Wt: 234. He’s been excellent at limiting big plays in zone coverage and has forced an incompletion on 7.4% of targets, ranking 18th, over the past two years. 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. Unlock NFL Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft, Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS, In 2018, the Cowboys had the second-highest graded linebacking corps in the league (80.2), and they dropped to 11, with a 66.2 grade last season. Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data. Kendricks is coming off the best season in his five-year NFL career. This page was last updated April 22, 2020… He’ll be yet another case to see if on-field production can overcome physical limitations. Former first-rounder Jarrad Davis is now in the last year of his contract after Detroit declined his fifth-year option. We combine rankings from 100+ experts into Consensus Rankings. Dont’a Hightower has been a staple since 2012, showing off the coveted versatility to play the run, drop into coverage and rush the passer from various alignments. His best coverage grade was just a 62.1 mark that came his rookie season in 2017. Troy Reeder returns after a rough 28.6 grade as a rookie on his 298 snaps. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates. Littleton has earned the fifth-best coverage grade over the last three years, and there’s no immediate replacement on the roster to fill that role. We combine rankings from 100+ experts into Consensus Rankings. last year, and he has 14 pass breakups and two interceptions in his young career. * - denotes 2021 prospect. Littleton should help correct both those areas. Takitaki played just 105 snaps, showing well against the run with a 75.1 grade. 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. 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. Linebackers are your most consistent week-to-week scorers, defensive line comes next, and then defensive backs. 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. 2021 NFL Draft Targets Giants Fans Should Watch On 10/3. After we saw four linebackers go in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, there's a good chance that the 2021 class could match those numbers next spring.. New England annually has one of the best linebacking groups in the league, though the team has some turnover at the position heading into 2020. Ranking the inside linebacker prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft. He had tackling issues, as well, finishing with 16 misses during the regular season while posting just a 39.5 run-defense grade, sixth-worst in the league. The Bucs' linebacker unit ranking depends on White’s development — if he takes the next step, Tampa Bay features one of the most athletic, effective duos in the league. Few young players had higher expectations than Devin Bush last season, with the Steelers trading up to No. 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. New York Giants (LW: 13) The New York Giants are starting to run away with the … Kansas City has been searching for a good coverage linebacker for a few seasons, and they may have found one in second-round pick Willie Gay, Jr. An outstanding athlete, Gay ran a 4.46 and posted high-end jumps at the combine to go with a 90.0 coverage grade on limited snaps last season. Perryman does his best work in the run game, though he missed a career-high 15 tackles last season. In addition, 2019 third-rounder Quincy Williams struggled to a 33.1 overall grade on 494 snaps while other players who are no longer on the team added to the poor performances from Jacksonville linebackers. This past season was the first year where he didn't record a run-defense grade above 70.0, coming in at 66.7. The big move this offseason is the addition of Christian Kirksey to replace departed Blake Martinez. 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