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Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now? 

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Updated January 15, 2020 11.2k votes 1.6k voters 22.4k views 48 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Linebacker from Los Angeles, California

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

Age: 25

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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Zack Scott added Khalil Mack

Teams: Chicago Bears

Age: 27

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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
voting closed at #1 Linebacker from Cincinnati, Ohio

Teams: Carolina Panthers

Age: 24

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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 ...more

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Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Outside Linebacker and Defensive end from Dallas, Texas

Teams: Denver Broncos

Age: 29

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 ...more

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T.J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

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 ...more
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Darius Leonard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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Darius Leonard is an American Football linebacker for the South Carolina State Bulldogs.
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Jadeveon Clowney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Defensive end from Rock Hill, South Carolina

Teams: Houston Texans

Age: 22

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 ...more

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Leighton Vander Esch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
kwillymac added

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

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, ...more

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C. J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Defensive tackle from Fort Knox, Kentucky, Kentucky

Teams: Baltimore Ravens

Age: 32

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
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Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker from Lewisburg, Tennessee

Teams: New England Patriots

Age: 25

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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#582 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #263 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #132 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Lavonte David is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Linebacker from Miami, Florida

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Age: 25

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 ...more

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Roquan Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?

Teams: Chicago Bears

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 ...more
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Shaquil Barrett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
LuckyDarth123 added Shaquil Barrett

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Deion Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?

Teams: Atlanta Falcons

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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Chandler Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
lrjezek911 added Chandler Jones Defensive end from Rochester, New York

Teams: New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals

Age: 25

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 ...more
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Ryan Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Ryan Kerrigan Defensive end and Linebacker from Center Township, Muncie, Indiana

Teams: Washington Redskins

Age: 27

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, ...more

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#208 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #1 of 62 The Best Washington Redskins Linebackers of All Time

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Anthony Barr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?

Teams: Minnesota Vikings

Age: 23

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 ...more

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#1,254 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #6 of 44 The Best UCLA Football Players of All Time

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Myles Jack is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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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 ...more
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Josh Allen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
LuckyDarth123 added Linebacker from Cumberland County, Virginia

Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars

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 ...more
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Tremaine Edmunds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
LuckyDarth123 added

Teams: Buffalo Bills

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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Kwon Alexander is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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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Telvin Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Telvin Smith

Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars

Age: 24

Telvin Smith is an American football linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played ...more

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Eric Kendricks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?

Teams: Minnesota Vikings

Age: 23

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

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#17 of 44 The Best UCLA Football Players of All Time #4 of 44 The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

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Blake Martinez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?

Teams: Green Bay Packers

Blake Martinez is an American Football Inside Linebacker for the Stanford Cardinal.
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Devin Bush Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
LuckyDarth123 added Linebacker from Pembroke Pines, Florida

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

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