Posted On: 04/19/21 5:10 PM

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Butkus. Singletary. Urlacher. Growing up a fan of the Chicago Bears, these were sacred names to me. They were also the embodiment of the linebacker position. They had that unique combination of skill and toughness, as well as the relentless motor and the football acumen needed to truly succeed at the position. It's easy to forget because linebackers so often fill the stat sheet, that they also have to be able to read and understand many aspects and minutia of an offense as well. In many ways they are the quarterback of the defense and must have the football IQ to match. It is not an easy position to play, but these five players make it look as such and have me looking forward to what they'll bringing to the table this coming season.

Alex Mitchell Alex Mitchell 6'1" | LB Riverdale | 2022 State TN - Riverdale 6’1" 215

Mitchell has exactly what you want to see out of your linebackers, and is an ideal fit at the position. He's got the size you want and the motor that the position calls for. Just look at his stats last season: 84 total tackles, 30

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