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Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?  

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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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Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
voting closed at #1 Carolina Panthers

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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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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 Chicago Bears
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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Bobby Wagner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Seattle Seahawks
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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Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Denver Broncos
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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Darius Leonard is listed (or ranked) 5 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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T.J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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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Shaquil Barrett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
LuckyDarth123 added Shaquil Barrett Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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C. J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Baltimore Ravens
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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Jadeveon Clowney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Houston Texans
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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Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Dont'a Hightower New England Patriots
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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Leighton Vander Esch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
kwillymac added 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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Josh Allen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
LuckyDarth123 added 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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Roquan Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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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Lavonte David is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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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Devin Bush Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
LuckyDarth123 added 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
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Myles Jack is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
SuperUnicorn33 added
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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Blake Martinez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Green Bay Packers
Blake Martinez is an American Football Inside Linebacker for the Stanford Cardinal.
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Anthony Barr is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Minnesota Vikings
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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Deion Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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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Ryan Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Ryan Kerrigan Washington Redskins
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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Bud Dupree is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
LuckyDarth123 added Pittsburgh Steelers
Alvin "Bud" Dupree Jr. (born February 12, 1993) is an American football outside linebacker. He played college football at Kentucky, and was drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL ...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 Jacksonville Jaguars
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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Kwon Alexander is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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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Jordan Hicks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
LuckyDarth123 added Jordan Hicks Arizona Cardinals
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K. J. Wright is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Seattle Seahawks
Kenneth Bernard Wright, Jr. (born July 23, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth ...more