YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- ILB Rankings

  • The tackle machines are next.  So what makes a good inside linebacker?
  • Instincts- This is all about recognition, reading the keys, diagnose the play and get going before the snap of the football.  See the whole field, make the calls and adjustments, and recognize personnel.
  • Tackling- Obviously to play the inside linebacker position you must be able to tackle.  To secure a tackle, the linebacker must hit coming up, keep the shoulders square, agility, balance and wrap up and run through the ball-carrier.  Take the correct angle and get downhill quickly.
  • Leadership- The inside linebackers are the quarterbacks of the defense.  They raise the intensity on the field and set the tempo of the defense.  Rallying up the defense and encourage them in 3rd down situations.

4-3 MLB

(DeMeco Ryans)

  1. DeMeco Ryans (8.25)
  2. Jon Beason (8.25)
  3. Jonathan Vilma (8)
  4. Brian Urlacher (8)
  5. Lofa Tatupu (7.75)
  6. Curtis Lofton (7.5)
  7. Stewart Bradley (7.25)
  8. Gary Brackett (7.25)
  9. James Laurinaitis (7.25)
  10. Kirk Morrison (7.25)
  11. E.J. Henderson (7)
  12. Rolando McClain (7)
  13. Barrett Ruud (7)
  14. Dhani Jones (7)
  15. Stephen Tulloch (7)
  16. DeAndre Levy (7)
  17. Jonathan Goff (6.75)

3-4 RILB

(Patrick Willis)

  1. Patrick Willis (9)
  2. David Harris (8)
  3. Nick Barnett (7.5)
  4. D’Qwell Jackson (7.5)
  5. D.J. Williams (7.25)
  6. Paul Posluszny (7.25)
  7. Lawrence Timmons (7.25)
  8. Keith Brooking (7)
  9. Channing Crowder (7)
  10. Rocky MckIntosh (7)
  11. Kevin Burnett (7)
  12. Dannell Ellerbe (7)
  13. Gerald Hayes (7)
  14. Gary Guyton (6.75)
  15. Corey Mays (6.75)

3-4 LILB

(Jerod Mayo)

  1. Jerod Mayo (8)
  2. Ray Lewis (8)
  3. Karlos Dansby (8)
  4. London Fletcher (7.5)
  5. Bart Scott (7.5)
  6. A.J. Hawk (7.25)
  7. Bradie James (7)
  8. Andra Davis (7)
  9. Stephen Cooper (7)
  10. James Farrior (7)
  11. Takeo Spikes (7)
  12. Paris Lenon (7)
  13. Clark Hagan (7)
  14. Demorrio Williams (7)
  15. Scott Fujita (7)
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