B/R NFL 1000 2013: Top 60 Inside Linebackers

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B/R NFL 1000 2013: Top 60 Inside Linebackers
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Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers

If you ask 10 people who the best inside linebacker in football is, there’s a good chance that most of them will agree. But who is No. 2? How about No. 10? No. 20?

The inside linebacker position has seen solid young players come into the league. With more teams running a 3-4 defense, more attention is being placed on the men in the middle like Patrick Willis, Daryl Washington, Lawrence Timmons.

This is an age of excellent middle linebacker play.

As with all the positions in this year's position-by-position rankings, we are scoring criteria at different weights but always adding up to a maximum of 100. Players can receive up to 30 points for run defense, 10 for pass rush, 20 for pass coverage and 40 for tackling.

Our scouting team reviewed film from the 2012 season of more than 65 linebackers to come up with the top 60. The rankings are based on the linebackers’ 2012 performance, with no credit received for career achievements or potential.

Players who played fewer than 150 snaps at middle linebacker didn't qualify for the rankings. Among them: Desmond Bishop of the Green Bay Packers.

In the case of a tie, we broke it based on which linebacker we'd rather have on our team right now.

 

All stats from Pro Football Focus.

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