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Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?

Updated January 15, 2020 18.6k votes 2.1k voters 28.2k 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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  • Darius Leonard1
    Darius Leonard is an American Football linebacker for the South Carolina State Bulldogs....  more
  • Bobby Wagner2
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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...  more

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  • Luke Kuechly3
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    Luke Kuechly

    Carolina Panthers, Boston College Eagles football

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age24

    RETIRED IN JANUARY 2019

    Luke August Kuechly (born April 20, 1991) is a former American football linebacker who played...  more
  • Khalil Mack4
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    Khalil Mack

    Khalil Mack is an American football outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National...  more
  • Von Miller5
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    Von Miller

    Texas A&M Aggies football, Denver Broncos

    PositionOutside Linebacker, Defensive end

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age26

    Vonnie B'Vsean Miller Jr. (born March 26, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for...  more

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  • T.J. Watt6
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    330
    Trent Jordan "T. J." Watt is an American football outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh...  more
  • Shaquil Barrett7
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    Shaquil Barrett

  • Lavonte David8
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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...  more
  • Chandler Jones9
    114
    71

    Chandler Jones

    New England Patriots, Syracuse Orange football

    PositionDefensive end/Linebacker

    BirthplaceRochester, New York

    Age25

    Chandler James Jones is an American football defensive end for the New England Patriots of the...  more
  • Roquan Smith10
    Roquan Daevon Smith is an American football linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National...  more
  • Tremaine Edmunds11
    Fe'Zahn Tremaine Edmunds is an American football linebacker for the Buffalo Bills of the...  more
  • Josh Allen12
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    81

    Josh Allen

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceCumberland County, Virginia

    Joshua Allen (born July 13, 1997) is an American football linebacker for the Jacksonville...  more
  • Eric Kendricks13
    168
    147

    Eric Kendricks

    UCLA Bruins football

    BirthplaceClovis, California

    Age28

    Eric Kendricks is an American Football linebacker for the UCLA Bruins....  more
  • Devin Bush14
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    91

    Devin Bush

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplacePembroke Pines, Florida

    Devin Bush Jr. (born July 18, 1998) is an American football linebacker for the Pittsburgh...  more
  • Dont'a Hightower15
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    265

    Dont'a Hightower

    New England Patriots

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceLewisburg, Tennessee

    Age30

    Qualin Dont'a Hightower (born March 12, 1990) is an American football outside linebacker for...  more
  • Jadeveon Clowney16
    316
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    Jadeveon Clowney

    South Carolina Gamecocks football

    PositionDefensive end

    BirthplaceRock Hill, South Carolina

    Age27

    Jadeveon Davarus Clowney ( jə-DEV-ee-on; born February 14, 1993) is an American football...  more
  • Deion Jones17
    Deion Jones is an American football linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons of the National...  more
  • Demario Davis18
    65
    50

    Demario Davis

    New York Jets

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceBrandon, Mississippi

    Age31

    DeMario Davis is an American football linebacker for the New York Jets of the National...  more
  • C. J. Mosley19
    299
    310

    C. J. Mosley

    Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns

    PositionDefensive tackle

    BirthplaceFort Knox, Kentucky, Kentucky

    Age37

    C. J. Mosley may refer to: C. J. Mosley (defensive lineman) (born 1983), American football...  more
  • Leighton Vander Esch20
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    Leighton Vander Esch

    Dallas Cowboys

    PositionLinebacker

    Leighton Vander Esch is an American football outside linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys of the...  more
  • Kwon Alexander21
    Kwon Alexander is an American football linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National...  more
  • Bud Dupree22
    Alvin "Bud" Dupree Jr. (born February 12, 1993) is an American football outside linebacker. He...  more
  • Anthony Barr23
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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...  more
  • Ryan Kerrigan24
    169
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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...  more
  • Myles Jack25
    Myles David Jack (born September 3, 1995) is an American football linebacker for the...  more