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Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?

Updated January 15, 2020 17.6k votes 2.1k voters 28.6k views48 items

Who is the best linebacker in the NFL right now? That's up to you football fans to decide—and it won't be easy. Complete with some of the best linebackers of all time, the list below features all the top defensemen currently playing. There to prevent runs and block passes, linebackers have a tough job. Of course, they're also there for the potential sack, or rushing a throw at the least—and they can be the offensive team's worst nightmare. If you had to choose from the top NFL linebackers, who would you want on your side?

From C.J. Moseley to Khalil Mack, the best current NFL linebackers are serious forces to be reckoned with, and these two may just be the best out there right now. Nevertheless, you also have to consider powerhouses like Blake Martinez, Sean Lee, Eric Kendricks, and Anthony Barr, among plenty of other talented and fearsome outside and middle linebackers. One thing all these backers have in common is they're at the top of their game. However, the question still remains: who are the best linebackers in the NFL right now?

Check out the list of NFL linebackers below and cast your votes for who you think are the top choices. You can also vote players down if you feel they should be lower on the list—as well as add players who should also be considered among the best backers in football. 

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    Bobby Wagner

    Seattle Seahawks

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Age30

    Bobby Joseph Wagner is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He played college football for Utah State. He was drafted by the Seahawks in the...  more
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    Khalil Mack

    Khalil Mack is an American football outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Raiders fifth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college...  more
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    Luke Kuechly

    Carolina Panthers, Boston College Eagles football

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age29

    RETIRED IN JANUARY 2019

    Luke August Kuechly (born April 20, 1991) is a former American football linebacker who played all eight seasons of his professional career with the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League...  more

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    Darius Leonard is an American Football linebacker for the South Carolina State Bulldogs....  more
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    Trent Jordan "T. J." Watt is an American football outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Wisconsin, and...  more
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    Von Miller

    Denver Broncos

    PositionOutside Linebacker, Defensive end

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age31

    Vonnie B'Vsean Miller Jr. (born March 26, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Miller played college football at Texas A&M,...  more
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    Shaquil Barrett

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    Lavonte David

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age30

    Lavonte David (born January 23, 1990) is an American football linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Nebraska,...  more
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    Chandler Jones

    New England Patriots, Syracuse Orange football

    PositionDefensive end/Linebacker

    BirthplaceRochester, New York

    Age30

    Chandler James Jones is an American football defensive end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. Jones was selected by the New England Patriots with the 21st overall pick of...  more
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    Roquan Daevon Smith is an American football linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia. Smith became the first Georgia Bulldog to...  more
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    Eric Kendricks

    UCLA Bruins football

    BirthplaceClovis, California

    Age23

    Eric Kendricks is an American Football linebacker for the UCLA Bruins....  more
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    Josh Allen

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceCumberland County, Virginia

    Joshua Allen (born July 13, 1997) is an American football linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. He most recently played college football for the Kentucky Wildcats....  more
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    Fe'Zahn Tremaine Edmunds is an American football linebacker for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bills in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft....  more
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    Dont'a Hightower

    New England Patriots

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceLewisburg, Tennessee

    Age25

    Qualin Dont'a Hightower (born March 12, 1990) is an American football outside linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the...  more
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    Jadeveon Clowney

    South Carolina Gamecocks football

    PositionDefensive end

    BirthplaceRock Hill, South Carolina

    Age22

    Jadeveon Davarus Clowney ( jə-DEV-ee-on; born February 14, 1993) is an American football defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He graduated from South Pointe...  more
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    Devin Bush

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionLinebacker

    Devin Bush Jr. (born July 18, 1998) is an American football linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Michigan....  more
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    Deion Jones is an American football linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisiana State University (LSU). Under head coach Les...  more
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    Demario Davis

    New York Jets

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceBrandon, Mississippi

    Age31

    DeMario Davis is an American football linebacker for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Jets in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football...  more
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    Leighton Vander Esch

    Dallas Cowboys

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceRiggins, Idaho

    Leighton Vander Esch is an American football outside linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Boise State. As a redshirt freshman, he...  more
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    Bud Dupree

    Tennessee Titans

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceMacon, Georgia

    Alvin "Bud" Dupree Jr. (born February 12, 1993) is an American football outside linebacker for the Tennessee Titans He played college football at Kentucky, and was drafted in the first round of the...  more
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    C. J. Mosley

    Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns

    PositionDefensive tackle

    BirthplaceFort Knox, Kentucky, Kentucky

    Age32

    C. J. Mosley may refer to: C. J. Mosley (defensive lineman) (born 1983), American football defensive lineman C. J. Mosley (linebacker) (born 1992), American football linebacker...  more
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    Kwon Alexander is an American football linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisiana State University. Alexander attended...  more
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    Anthony Barr

    UCLA Bruins football

    BirthplaceSouth Bend, Indiana

    Age28

    Anthony Barr is an American football outside linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Vikings ninth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college...  more

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    #1017 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#99 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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    Ryan Kerrigan

    Washington Redskins, Purdue Boilermakers football

    PositionDefensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceCenter Township, Muncie, Indiana

    Age32

    Patrick Ryan Kerrigan (born August 16, 1988) is an American football outside linebacker for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Purdue, where...  more

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    #16 of 110 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time#3 of 62 The Best Washington Redskins Linebackers of All Time

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    Myles David Jack (born September 3, 1995) is an American football linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the UCLA Bruins and was...  more