1. Tennessee Titans
-Boasting maybe the most versatile and best pair of linebackers in the league, the Tennessee Titans starters of Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans deserve more respect. Brown’s outstanding range and athleticism stand out even among the smaller linebackers in the NFL and Rashaan Evans has the instincts and talent to play as a run-stuffing off ball linebacker on one play and then rush the QB the next play.
2. Indianapolis Colts
–Darius Leonard had a huge statistical year last year and I am very interested in seeing if he can keep that up. I think he had some plays come right to him that felt more like luck than him doing anything, but like I said I am very interested to see him this year.
3. Houston Texans
-The Texans have a really solid pair of linebackers in Benardrick McKinney and Zach Cunningham, but neither are really that good and they aren’t big playmakers. I would compare them to solid guards on an offensive line, they do their job but no one is saying “wow look at that play”.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
-A lot of people are going to find out just how good Telvin Smith was the Jacksonville Jaguars now that he is gone. I hear you saying, “But Will, what about Myles Jack?” and if you are saying that it just means that you made the mistake of not following me on Twitter. A lot of people imagine Myles Jack as this dynamic playmaker, but is he?
Just as a reference, Jack got those sack, TFL and INT numbers after 48 career games, compare that to what Jayon Brown did last year alone:
Myles Jack in 48 games: 5 sacks, 7 TFLs, 1 INT, 6 PBUs
Jayon Brown in 16 games: 6 sacks, 8 TFLs, 1 INT, 6 PBUs