They are the captains and anchors of the defense. They are the offense-crippling pass-rushers coming off the edge.
They're linebackers. And they come in all different shapes, sizes, speeds and specializations.
Who are the best linebackers in the 2014 draft class? These are the players that NFL teams will invest high draft picks in as they look for the next great middle or outside linebacker. And as you're introduced to the top 10, you'll meet some who play in the middle, some who play on the outside and some who can do both.
What are NFL teams looking for when they scout these linebackers? Strength, instincts, vision, tackling ability and raw speed. You can learn more in our "How to Scout" series, too.
Strap on a helmet and get ready to roll. These are the 10 best linebackers in this draft class.