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Ranking the linebackers in the AFC West

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Bill Williamson
    6-14-2010



    We are continuing our AFC West position-by-position rankings with the linebackers. It’s a deep, interesting group:

    1. Elvis Dumervil, Denver: Dumervil flourished last year in his first season as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense. He led the NFL with 17 sacks. He is a premier player.

    2. D.J. Williams, Denver: Williams is a very solid player. He is extremely steady.

    3. Shawne Merriman, San Diego: Merriman hasn’t been the same since 2007 prior to his knee injury. Still, he is a fine player who could easily regain his pass-rush mojo in 2010.

    4. Shaun Phillips, San Diego: Phillips is an active player who always seems to be around the ball.

    5. Rolando McClain, Oakland: This is a high ranking for a rookie. But I expect the No. 8 overall pick in the draft to be an instant impact player.

    6. Tamba Hali, Kansas City: Hali is a good player. He is one of the better defensive players on Kansas City’s roster.

    7. Stephen Cooper, San Diego: Cooper is a tackling machine. He is a very instinctive player.

    8. Derrick Johnson, Kansas City: Johnson was in coach Todd Haley's doghouse early last season. Still, he ended the season strong.

    9. Brandon Siler, San Diego: This is a young player to watch. He showed very nice play-making ability last season.

    10. Larry English, San Diego: English needs to make major strides in his second season. The No. 16 overall pick in last year’s draft was a bit of a disappointment.

    11. Kamerion Wimbley, Oakland: Wimbley joins Oakland after a trade from Cleveland. He was an average player in Cleveland, but he does have some decent pass-rush skills.

    12. Trevor Scott, Oakland: Scott is an interesting player. He is making the full-time move from defensive end to weakside linebacker as he attempts to replace Thomas Howard. If it takes, I can see him jumping up this list next year.

    13. Mike Vrabel, Kansas City: Vrabel’s skills are slipping. But he is such a smart, strong leader that he belongs on this list.

    14. Robert Ayers, Denver: Ayers had a very slow rookie season after being the No. 18 overall pick last year. He has to make strides in his second season.

    15. Quentin Groves, Oakland: He will likely be a role player after coming over in a trade from Jacksonville.

    16. Wesley Woodyard, Denver: Woodyard has to continue to get better but he has solid potential.

    17. Andy Studebaker, Kansas City: It will be interesting to see how Studebaker develops. He has some good play-making ability.
     
  2. Buck Melanoma

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    Williamson's description of Cooper is laughable.
     
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  3. bigmike.x.09

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    I like Cooper. :p
     
  4. matilack

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    :icon_rofl: A "tackling machine" :icon_rofl:
     
  5. !~BOLT~!

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    No shyt. It's like he was looking at stats and matching descriptive terms real quick. Had he been watching...Coop wouldn't be on that list.
     
  6. Retired Catholic

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    This guy ever play? These writer rankings are mostly worthless exercises.
     
  7. Buck Melanoma

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    Then you should go drinking with him & VJ. :icon_tease:
     
  8. bigmike.x.09

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    We're gunna have a COOL party and you're not invited! :icon_tease:
     
  9. Buck Melanoma

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    Not even as the designated driver? :icon_shrug: :lol:
     

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