Linebacker Rankings (06/09/14)

By John Ewing
NFL Positional Power Rankings – ranking every player in the NFL by position.

Our NFL Positional Power Rankings are based on an impact score (0 - 10 scale) for each player. These are the same rankings we share with NFL teams to discuss draft and roster creation as well as the basis for all of our NFL Draft content including 2014 Top 250 Rankings. The impact score is a relative value based on the projections that can put players in context across positions. A score of seven or above can generally outperform a replacement player in the NFL at his position; an eight or above can be expected to start adequately and a player with a rating over nine is a unique, game-changing athlete.

Why are positional rankings important? The ratings used in the positional rankings analysis are directly tied to the objective used to run each NFL regular and postseason game 50,000 times. The relative strengths and weakness of the teams have helped go 35-9 (80% ATS) all-time in the NFL Playoffs.

Rankings: offensive skill positions (including quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends), offensive line and defensive line. Defensive secondary rankings will be revealed tomorrow.

For more fun with impact scores check out the NFL Draft Machine.

Linebacker Highlights
  • The highest rated player: Denver Broncos' Von Miller and San Francisco 49ers' NaVorro Bowman (9.4 out of 10).
  • Eighteen linebackers earned an impact score of nine or above (game-changing). NFL linebackers are the most talented unit, relative to expectations at each position, in the NFL with 14.0 percent of the linebackers (Defensive line 12.5 percent, Offensive line 10.0 percent, Skill positions 4.5 percent) earning a score of 9.0 or above.
  • The highest rated outside linebackers: Denver Broncos' Von Miller (9.4 out of 10), Kansas City Chiefs' Justin Houston (9.3 out of 10) and Pittsburgh Steelers' Lawrence Timmons (9.3 out of 10)
  • The highest rated inside linebackers: San Francisco 49ers' NaVorro Bowman (9.4 out of 10), Kansas City Chiefs' Derrick Johnson (9.1 out of 10) and Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly (9.1 out of 10).
  • Nine rookies, by our rankings, are capable of starting at linebacker this fall.

Linebacker Power Rankings

Team Average Linebacker Ranking
Kansas City Chiefs 8.88
San Francisco 49ers 8.70
Baltimore Ravens 8.63
Pittsburgh Steelers 8.36
Carolina Panthers 8.35
Seattle Seahawks 8.32
Detroit Lions 8.28
Buffalo Bills 8.27
Indianapolis Colts 8.27
Denver Broncos 8.24
Minnesota Vikings 8.22
Houston Texans 8.18
Washington Redskins 8.12
Cleveland Browns 8.12
Cincinnati Bengals 8.10
Tennessee Titans 8.05
Oakland Raiders 8.04
New York Jets 7.93
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7.92
Arizona Cardinals 7.88
New England Patriots 7.83
Philadelphia Eagles 7.79
San Diego Chargers 7.78
Atlanta Falcons 7.64
New York Giants 7.63
Green Bay Packers 7.63
St. Louis Rams 7.61
Chicago Bears 7.53
Jacksonville Jaguars 7.51
Miami Dolphins 7.44
New Orleans Saints 7.44
Dallas Cowboys 7.44