BEST RATED RUN DEFENDING LINEBACKERS 2025 NFL Draft

2025 BEST RATED RUN DEFENDING LINEBACKERS

A dominant run defense often pivots on the linebacker’s capability to decipher plays, navigate through blocks, and bring down ball carriers with efficacy. Throughout the years, linebackers like Reuben Foster (Alabama) and Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame) have etched their names in college football lore, being recognized for their exceptional ability to quell opposing run games through astute play reading and unyielding tackling.

Explore, in the subsequent data, a compilation of current linebackers who stand as bastions against the run in college football. Delve into their play via metrics like run-stop percentage, tackles for loss, and run defense grading, offering a nuanced view of how these linebackers are curbing opposing run offenses and fortifying their team’s defensive front.

2025 Linebackers ranked by RUN DEFENSE

RANK Player Pos Team TACKLING PASS RUSH RUN DEFENSE COVERAGE Rating
1

Jack
Kiser

LB
Notre Dame   Mascot
Notre Dame Mascot
93 81 92 88
83.7
2

Jacob
Dobbs

LB
Holy Cross   Mascot
Holy Cross Mascot
92 89 88 84
65.7
3

Jay
Higgins

LB
Iowa   Mascot
Iowa Mascot
92 65 87 95
85.0
4

Shawn
Murphy

LB
Alabama   Mascot
Alabama Mascot
76 61 86 62
77.0
5

Jason
Henderson

LB
Old Dominion   Mascot
Old Dominion Mascot
88 70 84 73
84.8
6

Dasan
McCullough

LB
Indiana   Mascot
Indiana Mascot
78 61 82 85
83.6
7

Jamon
Dumas-Johnso...

LB
Georgia   Mascot
Georgia Mascot
61 76 80 68
85.2
8

Derrick
Moore

LB
/ED
Michigan   Mascot
Michigan Mascot
63 85 78 49
83.5
9

Nick
Jackson

LB
Iowa   Mascot
Iowa Mascot
83 77 78 61
62.5
10

Deontae
Lawson

LB
Alabama   Mascot
Alabama Mascot
68 84 77 45
85.1
11

Jaishawn
Barham

LB
Maryland   Mascot
Maryland Mascot
75 78 76 59
79.8
12

Eugene
Asante

LB
Auburn   Mascot
Auburn Mascot
87 79 76 58
78.5
13

Keaten
Wade

LB
/ED
Kentucky   Mascot
Kentucky Mascot
68 61 75 70
74.8
14

Danny
Stutsman

LB
Oklahoma   Mascot
Oklahoma Mascot
77 68 75 62
85.6
15

J.J.
Weaver

LB
/ED
Kentucky   Mascot
Kentucky Mascot
65 66 74 80
83.0
16

Barrett
Carter

LB
Clemson   Mascot
Clemson Mascot
60 76 72 73
86.9
17

Keanu
Koht

LB
/ED
Alabama   Mascot
Alabama Mascot
48 57 71 58
64.0
18

Abdul
Carter

LB
Penn State   Mascot
Penn State Mascot
47 96 71 61
88.0
19

Derek
Wingo

LB
Florida   Mascot
Florida Mascot
37 56 71 44
54.8
20

Stefon
Thompson

OLB
/ED
Syracuse   Mascot
Syracuse Mascot
83 59 70 69
56.1