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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 great Carolina Panther's linebacker Luke Kuechly to Baltimore's C.J. Moseley, 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 LBs. 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? Could they be the 2018 Defensive Player of the Year

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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Khalil Mack is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Zack Scott added 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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Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Carolina Panthers
Luke August Kuechly is an American football middle linebacker for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Panthers ninth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. He ...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 is an American football linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He played college football for Texas A&M University, earned consensus ...more
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C. J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Baltimore Ravens
Calvin Michael "C. J." Mosley, Jr. is an American football defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth ...more
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Roquan Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Leighton Vander Esch is listed (or ranked) 7 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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T.J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Darius Leonard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
rtrims added
Darius Leonard is an American Football linebacker for the South Carolina State Bulldogs.
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Jadeveon Clowney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Houston Texans
Jadeveon Clowney is an American football outside linebacker for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He graduated from South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina and ...more
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Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
New England Patriots
Qualin Dont'a Hightower is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Alabama, was recognized ...more
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Deion Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Myles Jack is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Anthony Barr is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Lavonte David is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lavonte David is an American football linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Nebraska. He was drafted by the ...more
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Telvin Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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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Ryan Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Washington Redskins
Patrick Ryan Kerrigan is an American football linebacker for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He played college football for Purdue University, and was recognized as a ...more
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Kwon Alexander is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Blake Martinez is listed (or ranked) 19 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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K. J. Wright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Seattle Seahawks
Kenneth Bernard Wright, Jr. is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. ...more
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Danny Trevathan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Zack Scott added Chicago Bears
Danny Trevathan is an American football linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was named an All-American by College Football News in 2010 as well as first team ...more
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Justin Houston is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Kansas City Chiefs
Justin Donovan Houston is an American football outside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Georgia and earned ...more
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Sean Lee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Dallas Cowboys
Sean Patrick Lee is an American football linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Penn State.
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Terrell Suggs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Baltimore Ravens
Terrell Raymonn Suggs, nicknamed T-Sizzle or Sizzle, is an American football outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He played college football for Arizona ...more
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Eric Kendricks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
Minnesota Vikings
Eric Kendricks is an American Football linebacker for the UCLA Bruins.