NFL Rankings: The 4 Best AFC North LB's Heading into 2012

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NFL Rankings: The 4 Best AFC North LB's Heading into 2012
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As the NFL changes to favor offense more than defense, many teams are loading their teams with offensive weapons in order to keep up with the trend.

The AFC North is one of the last divisions that has stronger defenses than offensives top to bottom. Led by the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, defense in the AFC North is no joke.

Every game in the division is a slug fest, filled with hard hits, trash talking and personal foul penalties. It is one of the most exciting divisions in the whole NFL and they match the excitement level with the talent that they bring. Last year three teams made the playoffs from the AFC North.

One of the most popular positions on the defensive side of the ball in the AFC North is linebacker. The division is absolutely loaded with linebacker talent.

Before the 2012 season starts, here are the four best linebackers in the division right now.

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