How important is the outside linebacker position in the NFL? Look at the game's best defenses from 2011 and you're likely to see dominant play from the OLB spot.
San Francisco has Aldon Smith, Dallas has DeMarcus Ware, Pittsburgh has two of the game's best. The ability to rush the quarterback, stop the run and drop back into coverage from the edge of the front seven has never been more important than it is in the NFL today.
Which teams have the most talent at the position? We're breaking down the top starters, and in some cases rotations, to give you the 12 best outside linebacker duos in the game heading into the 2012 season.
Disagree? Leave your picks in the comments below.
*All positions and depth charts courtesy of Ourlads.com
**Terrell Suggs' injury and the expectation that he'll miss the 2012 season leaves Baltimore off this list.