Tackling is one of the more contentious statistics in the NFL. It's not difficult to find a linebacker who notches 150 tackles. Yet the important question is always where are these tackles being made and how are they affecting the outcome of the game?
Indianapolis Colts standout Pat Angerer finished fourth on the tackle charts in 2011. However, not many of his team-high 148 stops contributed to victories for the hapless Colts.
Still, a linebacker or strong safety who rarely misses a tackle can be as important to a defense as a premium pass rusher. Chicago Bears star Julius Peppers can play pass on every down, comfortable in the knowledge that Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs are waiting to tackle anything that gets through.
Here is a projection of every NFL team's leading tackler for the 2012 season.