Linebacker Rankings (06/15/15)

By John Ewing Director of Research and Analytics @johnewing
2015 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. This 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.

Rankings: offensive skill positions (including quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends). Offensive line, defensive line, linebackers and defensive secondary rankings will be revealed in the coming days.

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


The highest rated player: Oakland's Khalil Mack. The Raiders' second year player has an impact score of 9.8 out of 10.

Which team has the best group of linebackers in the league? Denver and Seattle each have team impact scores of 8.7 out of 10. The Broncos are anchored by Von Miller (9.7 out of 10) and the Seahawks are led by Bobby Wagner (9.2 out of 10).

There are eight linebackers that earned impact scores of nine or above (game-changing).

The highest rated inside linebackers: Seattle Seahawks' Bobby Wagner (9.2 out of 10), Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly (9.2 out of 10) and New England Patriots' Jerod Mayo (9.1 out of 10).

The highest rated outside linebackers: Oakland Raiders' Khalil Mack (9.8 out of 10), Denver Broncos' Von Miller (9.7 out of 10) and Kansas City Chiefs' Justin Houston (9.7 out of 10).

Most improved linebacking units: New Orleans Saints from 31st in 2014 to 15th in 2015. New England Patriots from 21st to 6th, Philadelphia Eagles from 22nd to 9th, Green Bay Packers from 26th to 14th and Miami Dolphins from 30th to 18th.

Top half to bottom half – Houston Texans from 12th in 2014 to 27th in 2015 and Cincinnati Bengals from 15th to 28th.

Linebacker Power Rankings

Team Average Linebacker Ranking
Denver Broncos 8.70
Seattle Seahawks 8.70
Kansas City Chiefs 8.59
Carolina Panthers 8.56
Baltimore Ravens 8.51
New England Patriots 8.47
Pittsburgh Steelers 8.40
Cleveland Browns 8.39
Philadelphia Eagles 8.38
San Francisco 49ers 8.35
Minnesota Vikings 8.33
Detroit Lions 8.31
Tennessee Titans 8.22
Green Bay Packers 8.14
New Orleans Saints 8.10
Buffalo Bills 8.09
Chicago Bears 8.08
Miami Dolphins 8.08
Indianapolis Colts 8.07
Washington Redskins 8.01
Dallas Cowboys 8.00
New York Giants 7.97
New York Jets 7.91
Jacksonville Jaguars 7.86
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7.85
Oakland Raiders 7.78
Houston Texans 7.78
Cincinnati Bengals 7.77
San Diego Chargers 7.72
St. Louis Rams 7.64
Arizona Cardinals 7.63
Atlanta Falcons 7.63