When cover32 released its list of the top 10 outside linebackers in the NFL today, there were some people angry about their favorite team’s top pass rusher not making the list. It made for a bit of spirited debate in the “Comments” section below the article.
And it also begged another question: How close was Mr. Irate Fan’s OLB to making the list?
To provide an answer, the editors at cover32 have decided to reveal the outside linebackers who finished 11-20 during the ranking process.
Let the debate continue!
20. Lance Briggs
Briggs will turn 34 in November, which is cause for concern. He’s definitely started to show his age a bit, evidenced by the fact that he was limited to only nine games in 2013. But when he’s on the field, Briggs is still among the most-effective outside linebackers in the NFL. Three sacks, two forced fumbles and 51 tackles in what was basically half of a season shows that he can still play.
19. Lamarr Woodley
It’ll be weird to see Woodley in a different uniform, as he makes the transition from the familiar Steelers duds to the silver and black of the Raiders, but it’s a safe bet that he’ll be effective in Oakland. Yes, he’s been limited by injuries in each of the past three seasons, which is part of the reason why he’s no longer in Pittsburgh. But 18 sacks in the past 34 games isn’t a terrible ratio.