Indianapolis Colts ILBs D’Qwell Jackson, Jerrell Freeman named top-10 in NFL

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Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro.

Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important – the present.

Forget about yesterday. Never mind tomorrow. Let’s talk about today.

Who are the best players in the NFL right now? Who can help a team win the Super Bowl this season? Who is writing a legacy with each passing week?

Those are the questions the editors at cover32 seek to answer in this series, “Top 10 in 2014.” In the coming weeks, every position – as well as head coach, general manager and other off-field areas – will be graded, evaluated and ranked.

The series continues with a position that has become less important today than it was 15 or 20 years ago – inside linebacker. At one point in NFL history, when stopping the run was the No. 1 objective of every defense, the men who played this position were stars. Names like Dick Butkus, Ray Nitschke and Jack Lambert were synonymous with toughness on the football field. But now, they’ve been overshadowed by pass rushers and cornerbacks. But as the “quarterback of the defense,” they still play a role in the game. Having a good one certainly doesn’t hurt.

To see the top-10 ILBs in the NFL right now, click here.