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Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?

Updated January 15, 2020 17.3k votes 2.0k voters 27.5k 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 Leonard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
    Darius Leonard is an American Football linebacker for the South Carolina State Bulldogs.
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    Bobby Wagner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Khalil Mack is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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    Khalil Mack

    Khalil Mack is an American football outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National... more on Wikipedia
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    Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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    Luke Kuechly

    Carolina Panthers, Boston College Eagles football

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age29

    RETIRED IN JANUARY 2019

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    Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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    Von Miller

    Texas A&M Aggies football, 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... more on Wikipedia

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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?
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    Trent Jordan "T. J." Watt is an American football outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh... more on Wikipedia
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    Shaquil Barrett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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    Shaquil Barrett

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    Chandler Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Lavonte David is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Tremaine Edmunds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
    Fe'Zahn Tremaine Edmunds is an American football linebacker for the Buffalo Bills of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Devin Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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    Devin Bush

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionLinebacker

    BirthplacePembroke Pines, Florida

    Devin Bush Jr. (born July 18, 1998) is an American football linebacker for the Pittsburgh... more on Wikipedia
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    Josh Allen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Roquan Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
    Roquan Daevon Smith is an American football linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National... more on Wikipedia
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    Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Jadeveon Clowney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Eric Kendricks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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    Eric Kendricks

    UCLA Bruins football

    BirthplaceClovis, California

    Age28

    Eric Kendricks is an American Football linebacker for the UCLA Bruins.
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    Deion Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
    Deion Jones is an American football linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons of the National... more on Wikipedia
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    Demario Davis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    C. J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Leighton Vander Esch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Kwon Alexander is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
    Kwon Alexander is an American football linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National... more on Wikipedia
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    Anthony Barr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Bud Dupree is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
    Alvin "Bud" Dupree Jr. (born February 12, 1993) is an American football outside linebacker. He... more on Wikipedia
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    Ryan Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
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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 on Wikipedia

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    #15 of 115 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time#4 of 62 The Best Washington Redskins Linebackers of All Time

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    Myles Jack is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who is the Best Linebacker in the NFL Right Now?
    Myles David Jack (born September 3, 1995) is an American football linebacker for the... more on Wikipedia
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