The Alabama Crimson Tide is known for its suffocating defense, which usually sits atop the college football and Southeastern Conference ranks. And at the heart of Alabama's dominating defensive unit lies in the linebackers.
But which linebacker is the best on this talented defense?
The Crimson Tide has seen its fair share of stud 'backers since head coach Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, from Rolando McClain to Dont'a Hightower. But the linebacking corps for the 2013-14 season is deep and full of experienced players.
The group only lost one player to graduation in Nico Johnson, who was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. Highly-touted recruit Reuben Foster will also join the team in the fall to add even more size and speed to an already-menacing bunch.
Here we break down the top five Alabama linebackers for next season.