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Patrick Willis ranked 2nd best MLB in the NFL

Yesterday, in NFL Network’s Total Access feature “Best in the Biz”, Niners Linebacker Patrick Willis was ranked 2nd best MLB in the league. This should come as no surprise to anybody since Willis has created havoc for his opponents in his three years in the league. If anything Willis should have been number one.

Solomon Wilcots who ranked the Linebackers said the players had to meet these criteria.

1) The Linebacker had to be the quarterback of their defense. They had to make sure that the other 10 guys on the field were lined up in their proper position before the snap.

2) The Linebacker had to be a tackling machine on blitz plays and run plays.

3) Most importantly, the Linebacker has to be an every down player. They have to be able to play the run and the pass defense.

Did Patrick Willis meet these criteria? Check. Check. Check.

The guys on the 49ers defense love playing alongside Willis. In three short years, he has become the heart and soul of that defense. Opposing offenses must keep an eye on him at all times because he will make you pay should you make a mistake.

The only player ahead of Patrick Willis is Ray Lewis. Should Willis put up another spectacular season and lead the team past the regular season, expect him to dethrone Lewis. Behind Willis were Panthers LB Jon Beason, Texans LB DeMeco Ryans, and Seahawks LB Lofa Tatupu.

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  1. Sean

    November 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Patrick Willis is hands down the #1 middle linebacker in the NFL. To rank him at #2 is a joke especially considering he is ranked behind Ray Lewis. Ya Lewis was a great mlb a few years ago and is still productive today but if were talking right now he cant touch Willis. Its not even close. Willis is not only a great tackler who has led the league in the category since entering the league but he can pass defend as well and has been covering te’s more in man coverage since navarrow bowman has become a monster in his own right in the middle. Not only that but willis forces turnovers on a regular basis with his uncanny ability to punch the ball out of the possessors hands. With his blazing 4.38 40 speed he can make tackles that Lewis wouldn’t even dream of because he can go from sideline to sideline and his radius of ground coverage is so much larger. If u wanna say best on the field defensive coach or maybe best motivator then ya you could probably give Lewis the nod but skill alone there isn’t any comparison.

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