Page of Fame: 4-3 Outside Linebackers

| July 26, 2013

Welcome to the Pro Football Focus Page of Fame for 4-3 outside linebackers, where only the best overall regular season performances during our time grading (2007 to Present) are mentioned.

If this is your first visit to a “PFF PoF” then the rules are pretty simple. The highest grades from the regular season make the list, and at the end of every year we update.

Disclaimer: After some thought it was decided that players like Von Miller and Kamerion Wimbley would better fit into an edge rusher (4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB) category given how different their role is to that of the traditional 4-3 outside linebacker and thus how they benefit from the extra pass rushing they do.

 

Best Overall Grade

Rank
Player
Team
Year
Grade
PR
COV
RB
PEN
1Daryl SmithJAX200933.46.28.817.90.5
2Michael BoleyATL200729.84.412.214.7-1.5
3Bart ScottBAL200828.42.54.222.1-0.4
4Lavonte DavidTB201328.24.612.810.70.1
5Daryl SmithJAX201127.8610.710.70.4
6Leroy HillSEA200727.24.75.717.4-0.6
7Derrick JohnsonKC200721.99.11.613.6-2.4
8Erin HendersonMIN2011210.43.416.50.7
9Jarrett JohnsonBAL200820.80.87.213.3-0.5
10Lance BriggsCHI200819.92.39.86.21.6
11Lance BriggsCHI200719.8-1.9-0.823.2-0.7
12Chad GreenwayMIN200818.75.3-4.316.21.5
13Sean WeatherspoonATL201118.64.9-0.915-0.4
13Jerod MayoNE201218.660.512.5-0.4
15Brian CushingHOU200918.47.46.16.3-1.4

 

Best Run Defense Grade

Rank
Player
Team
Year
Grade
1Lance BriggsCHI200723.2
2Bart ScottBAL200822.1
3Jarret JohnsonBAL200919.9
4Jarret JohnsonBAL201119.5
5Leroy HillSEA200717.4
6Bryan ThomasNYJ200917
7Erin HendersonMIN201116.5
8Chad GreenwayMIN200816.2
9Jarret JohnsonBAL201015
9Sean WeatherspoonATL201115
11Justin DurantJAX201014.8
12Michael BoleyATL200714.7
12Kevin BurnettOAK201314.7
14Mathias KiwanukaNYG201114.5
15David HawthorneSEA201014.4

 

Best Coverage Grade

Rank
Player
Team
Year
Grade
1Thomas DavisCAR201313.2
2Lavonte DavidTB201312.8
3Michael BoleyNYG200712.2
4Thomas HowardOAK200811.8
5Daryl SmithJAX201110.7
6Keith BulluckTEN200710.5
7Lance BriggsCHI20089.8
7DeAndre LevyDET20139.8
9Vontaze BurfictCIN20139.6
10K.J. WrightSEA20139.4
11Wesley WoodyardDEN20128.6
12Brandon ChillarGB20088.5
13Thomas DavisCAR20088.3
14Ben LeberMIN20098.1
14Bryan ScottBUF20098.1

 

Best Pass Rush Grade

Rank
Player
Team
Year
Grade
1Derrick JohnsonKC20079.1
1Philip WheelerOAK20129.1
3Kawika MitchellBUF20088.7
3Brian CushingHOU20108.7
5Akeem AyersTEN20127.9
6Akeem AyersTEN20137.8
7Aaron CurrySEA20097.4
7Brian CushingHOU20097.4
9James AndersonCAR20106.5
10Geno HayesTB20096
10Daryl SmithJAX20116
10Jerod MayoNE20126

 

 

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  • Root

    “some stellar performances that saw him finish second overall in our 4-3 outside linebacker rankings for 2012.” No 2012 OLB is listed higher than Mayo (or lower, for that matter) on this page of fame. Editing oops?

    • Addison

      Von Miller finished higher, but for the Page of Fame he’s being put in a different category

  • twnick2014

    Based on your math, Jerod Mayo should be graded as +17.1, not +17.0

  • NoSoup4U

    I’m surprised, you never gave any love to 3-4 outside backers with their own Page of Fame. I’m shocked you left out this whole category of outside rushers! And no category to give props to Von Miller.

  • http://www.economyofeffort.com *Legion*

    Much like I complained about Greg Jones’s lack of accolades, Daryl Smith never once going to a Pro Bowl is ridiculous.