Linebackers (12)

Derrick Brooks, Kevin Greene, Ray Lewis, Junior Seau Brian Urlacher.

Modern Positional Average

Linebackers: Derrick Brooks, Kevin Greene, Ray Lewis, Junior Seau Brian Urlacher.

Stats

  • Games 226
  • Approximate Value 152
  • AV/G 0.7699
  • Pro Bowls 9.8
  • First Team All-Pros 4.8
  • Interceptions 20.2
  • Quarterback Sacks 62.6
  • Tackles 1478.8
While Suggs’ best days (and days as a Raven) is behind him, he had a good 2018 and isn’t done yet.  Suggs destroys the Sacks MPA but nothing else, but the fact that he is still producing and has a Super Bowl Ring, Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year trophy in his mantle helps his cause.

Stats

  • Games 229 (+3)
  • Approximate Value 150 (-2)
  • AV/G 0.6550 (-0.1149)
  • Pro Bowls 7 (-2.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-3.8)
  • Interceptions 7 (-13.2)
  • Quarterback Sacks 132.5 (+69.9)
  • Tackles 854 (-624.8)
Already a Super Bowl Champion (and Super Bowl MVP) Miller is on a Hall of Fame pace and could be considered a Hall of Famer right now based on AV/G.  The Linebacker is still in his prime with likely many more seasons to play.

Stats

  • Games 120 (-106)
  • Approximate Value 106 (-46)
  • AV/G 0.8833 (+0.1134)
  • Pro Bowls 7 (-2.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 3 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 2 (-18.2)
  • Quarterback Sacks 98 (+35.4)
  • Tackles 450 (-1028.8)
Kuechly has been the leader of the Panthers Defense for years and his AV/G of 0.9411 is well over the MPA.  He has been a Pro Bowler the last six years and he is still an elite performer.

Stats

  • Games 102 (-124)
  • Approximate Value 96 (-56)
  • AV/G 0.9411 (+0.1712)
  • Pro Bowls 6 (-3.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 5 (+0.2)
  • Interceptions 16 (-4.2)
  • Quarterback Sacks 12.5 (-50.1)
  • Tackles 977 (-501.8)
Wagner is on a five-year streak of Pro Bowls and three-year streak of First Team All-Pros.  Throw in that Super Bowl and you have someone strapped to Canton on a rocket.

Stats

  • Games 103 (-123)
  • Approximate Value 98 (-54)
  • AV/G 0.9515 (+0.1816)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-4.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 4 (-0.8)
  • Interceptions 9 (-11.2)
  • Quarterback Sacks 16.5 (-46.1)
  • Tackles 981 (-497.8)
Matthews is entering his first season with the Rams and while he is a very popular player his last Pro Bowl was in 2015.  He needs another strong season to strengthen his chances for the Hall of Fame.

Stats

  • Games 143 (-83)
  • Approximate Value 97 (-55)
  • AV/G 0.6783 (-0.0916)
  • Pro Bowls 6 (-3.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-3.8)
  • Interceptions 6 (-14.2)
  • Quarterback Sacks 83.5 (+20.9)
  • Tackles 494 (-984.8)
A former Defensive Player of the Year, Mack has had four straight years as a Pro Bowl Selection and three of his last four seasons were rewarded with a First Team All-Pro.

Stats

  • Games 78 (-148)
  • Approximate Value 65 (-87)
  • AV/G 0.8333 (+0.0634)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-5.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 3 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 2 (-18.2)
  • Quarterback Sacks 53 (-9.6)
  • Tackles 350 (-1128.8)
Mosley enters his first season in New York after five in Baltimore.  While he has not been a First Team All-Pro, he is a four-tine Second Team Selection.  His AV/G is well higher than the average MPA for a Linebacker, though his traditional numbers are low for this stage of his career.

Stats

  • Games 77 (-149)
  • Approximate Value 65 (-87)
  • AV/G 0.8442 (+0.0743)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-5.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-4.8)
  • Interceptions 9 (-11.2)
  • Quarterback Sacks 8.5 (-54.1)
  • Tackles 597 (-881.8)
Barr is on a four-year Pro Bowl streak but has done so without a First or Second Team All-Pro Selection.

Stats

  • Games 71 (-155)
  • Approximate Value 46 (-106)
  • AV/G 0.6479 (-0.122)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-5.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-3.8)
  • Interceptions 1 (-19.2)
  • Quarterback Sacks 13.5 (-49.1)
  • Tackles 338 (-1140.8)
Houston’s last Pro Bowl was in 2015 and after playing for Kansas City the last eight years he joins the Indianapolis Colts this year.

Stats

  • Games 102 (-124)
  • Approximate Value 66 (-86)
  • AV/G 0.6471 (-0.1228)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-5.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-3.8)
  • Interceptions 4 (-16.2)
  • Quarterback Sacks 78.5 (+15.9)
  • Tackles 381 (-1097.8)
Three of Kerrigan’s four Pro Bowls were captured in the last three seasons and he already has the MPA for Sacks.

Stats

  • Games 128 (-98)
  • Approximate Value 70 (-82)
  • AV/G 0.5469 (-0.223)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-5.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-4.8)
  • Interceptions 3 (-17.2)
  • Quarterback Sacks 84.5 (+21.9)
  • Tackles 411 (-1067.8)
At age 36, time is rapidly running out for Davis, but the three Pro Bowls he made were in the last four seasons.

Stats

  • Games 176 (-50)
  • Approximate Value 94 (-58)
  • AV/G 0.5341 (-0.2358)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-6.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-4.8)
  • Interceptions 13 (-7.2)
  • Quarterback Sacks 28 (-34.6)
  • Tackles 1111 (-367.8)