My AFC West Roster Grades
Scoring System Summary - A+ = 10 D+ = 1 , All scores are added up then the average is found giving the score out of 10.
Kansas City Chiefs
Overall Grade – B+ 7.2
Quarterback – A+
Patrick Mahomes is in my opinion the best quarterback in the NFL, a generational talent, future Hall of Famer and potential Greatest of All-Time. His accolades after just 2 years are incredible:
- 2-time AFC West Champion
- 2-time Pro Bowler
- First Team All-Pro
- NFL MVP
- 50 TD passes in a single season
- AFC Champion
- Super Bowl LIV Champion
- Super Bowl MVP
Running Backs – C+
- The Chiefs drafted Clyde Edwards-Helaire 32nd overall in the 2020 draft and with Damien Williams opting out he will become the lead back. At 5ft 7, Clyde is strong and elusive back who runs low to the ground with great power and balance to break tackles whilst having the agility to make defenders miss in the open field. In 2019 he rushed for 1,414 yards on course to winning the National Championship with LSU, Clyde is not just a great runner but a good receiver out of the backfield as well, finishing with 453 receiving yards in 2019. Washington and Darrel Williams are serviceable back-ups as well but that’s it.
Wide Receivers - A
- The Chiefs wide receivers have got speed and bags of it, there is a reason Tyreek Hill is called ‘Cheetah’ and Mecole Hardman is called ‘Jet’. Tyreek might not be the biggest receiver at 5ft 10 but he is the ultimate deep threat. Since 2016 including the postseason Hill is 2nd in receptions, 1st in yards and 2nd in touchdowns on over 20-yard receptions, proving that he really is the NFL best deep threat. That is not to say that is all Hill can do, he has evolved into a great route runner using his speed and athleticism to burst out his breaks and routes. Sammy Watkins is a very good number two receiver, he is elite with the ball in his hands and a good route runner, but consistency is his issue, too often will he go from 100-yard games to 15-yard games. Mecole Hardman is the 3rd receiver on the Chiefs roster, Hardman is a big play waiting to happen, his 20.7 yards per catch led receivers with over 20 targets in 2019, while he needs to evolve as a route runner similar to how Hill did Hardman is still a good receiver built perfectly for the Chiefs. Demarcus Robinson had a 172-yard receiving day in week 2 but with exception of that he was the same old.
Tight Ends – A+
- You can make a very compelling argument that Travis Kelce is the best tight end in the NFL, no one can dispute that he is the best route running tight end in the league and his numbers over the last 4 seasons are unmatched by current and previous players, in 2019 he became the first tight end in NFL history to have 4 consecutive seasons of over 1,000 receiving yards, further his 6,367 yards through his first seven seasons shatters the NFL record for a tight end at this point in their career. Kelce has also made 5 straight Pro Bowls with 2 First team All-Pro’s in 2016 and 2018. Kelce was incredible in the Chiefs play-off Superbowl run proving that his route running savvy and athletic ability allows him to be great on the greatest stages. Kelce also has 1,397 yards after the catch over the past 2 seasons, making him the only other tight end other than George Kittle to eclipse 1,000 yards after the catch. Kelce is also a very underrated blocker; he might not be a Kittle or Gronk like blocker but not many are. The pick-up of Ricky Seals-Jones is a very underrated one, but he will fit right into the Chiefs vertical offense and provide a good back up option to Kelce.
Offensive Line - B
- Mitchell Schwartz is in my view one of if not the most underrated player in the entire NFL. He is elite by every meaning of the word and a top 3 tackle in the NFL. Since 2018 there has not been a better pass blocking tackle than Schwartz and he showed it on the biggest of stages, on course to winning the Super Bowl Schwartz allowed 1 pressure and a hurry at that in 134 pass-blocking snaps during the postseason run. While Schwartz is elite that does not make the entire offensive line great. Opposite Schwartz, Eric Fisher is starting to come close to his number one overall draft pick, Fisher is a good pass blocker but still has struggles against the run. Osemele was signed to replaced Duvernay-Tardif who opted out but he won’t replace him, Osemele was last great in 2017 and has struggled in recent years. Reiter performed great against the run at center in his first high snap season and Wylie was also a very good pass blocker at guard.
Corner Backs - C
- The Chiefs biggest weakness has been cornerback for a while so why they don’t dedicate more resources to it is unbeknown to me. Charvarius Ward is a potential star, but has some struggles, he was the 10th best corner in passer rating allowed and 5th best in completion percentage allowed in 2019, if he can continue to develop in 2020, he could be a great starting corner. Fenton like Ward is a potential breakout star, he was only targeted 17 times but performed well. Breeland’s stats indicate a good level of play and while he made a huge play in the Super Bowl, he did not have a good season as a whole and was awful in coverage.
Safeties – A+
- The 2019 free agency addition of Tyrann Mathieu was game changing for the Chiefs, Mathieu is an elite leader and elite safety, he can line-up all over the field and makes play after play, he is great both in coverage and against the run. Mathieu single-handedly changed the identity of the Chiefs defense in 2019. Prior to getting injured Juan Thornhill was having a great rookie campaign, whilst he struggled a little against the run, he was great in coverage, finishing 2nd in completion percentage allowed and 3rd in passer rating allowed. The Chiefs also have a lot of depth with Sorenson, Thompson, Colbert and Sneed backing up Mathieu and Thornhill.
Edge Rushers – B+
- While both of the Chiefs edge rushers disappointed in the 2019 regular season, Frank Clark came up big in the postseason. Alex Okafor wasn’t great in 2019 but is still a proven quality run defender off the edge. Frank Clark is a great rusher and good run defender shown by his 40 sacks, 43 tackles for loss and 80 quarterback hits in his 4 years in the league, however, with that said he still had an overall underwhelming season in 2019 after signing his huge 5-year $104 million contract, but he came up big when it mattered in the postseason with 5 sacks and 5 tackles for loss on course to winning the Super Bowl.
Interior Defensive Line – A
- Chris Jones is the 2nd best interior defender in the NFL, Jones is an elite pass rusher and elite run defender. Since 2018 Jones has totalled 132 pressures, 24.5 sacks and 27 tackles for loss. Similar to Clark, Jones came up big when it mattered in the Super Bowl, he forced Garoppolo’s interception, and batted down two game changing passes. Both Nnadi and Pennel play a big part on the Chiefs interior line as well, Pennel is a great veteran run defender and Nnadi is young developing run stuffer, which is a big reason the Chiefs were able to stop Derrick Henry in the AFC Championship Game.
Linebackers – C+
- When you consider the Chiefs linebackers and cornerbacks it really highlights how elite their offense truly is. Anthony Hitchens has not been good since joining the Chiefs from the Cowboys, Wilson is average at best and Dorian O’Daniel has started 1 game in 2 seasons. Drafting Willie Gay Jr. was a great move in my opinion, Gay has blazing 4.46 speed, the ability to cover and can lay healthy hits when he attacks the ball carrier. Gay is one of my picks for potentially defensive rookie of the year due to the impact he will have on that unit.
Overall Grade – B+ 6.7
Quarterback - C
- Drew Lock has given the Broncos a quarterback to finally be happy about post Peyton Manning. Lock was the 42nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft and won the starting job in Denver in week 13. From there Lock went onto finish the season 4-1 throwing 7 touchdowns to 3 interceptions. Although Lock looked like a legitimate young starting quarterback in those 5 games, apart from against the Chiefs it is worth noting that teams did not have the requisite tape on Lock which means I don’t want to jump on the Lock bandwagon just yet.
Running Backs – A-
- Melvin Gordon had a fall from grace during a humbling holdout year in 2019 which saw his numbers fall off in every statistical category. In 2018 Gordon was arguably a top 5 back with dual threat ability and a perfect blend of elusiveness and power. Gordon led the league in broken tackles between 2015-18 which similar to his ability to force missed tackle didn’t show in 2019, his 28 forced missed tackles on 162 carries placed him in very mediocre company. Gordon has shown that he can be an elite back he just needs to prove it again. Two years ago, Phillip Lindsay went undrafted and now he is one of the NFL’s top running backs after posting back to back 1,000-yard seasons in Denver. Although Lindsay may not be the strongest or biggest pound for pound back in the league, he has natural vision and elusiveness as well as elite acceleration which allows him to hit the holes and get into the secondary quickly. Lindsay also finished with the 6th least rush attempts per broken tackle, proving that whilst he might not be the biggest back, he can bounce off tackles and break them for extra yards. Royce Freeman is the Broncos third running back and while he has shown some flashes of talent, he won’t see many snaps at all in 2020.
Wide Receivers – B+
- Cortland Sutton has scary potential. His skillset, style and frame are a blend of Julio Jones and Mike Evans, he is 6 ft 4, 216 pounds, athletic, fast and powerful. I think he could be a future superstar in the NFL and top 10 receiver. The Broncos drafted Jeudy 15th overall when he fell to them, over his last 2 years of college Jeudy has totalled 2,478 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns. Jeudy is the best route runner to come out of the draft in a while, he has top end speed and good hands, while he can play inside and outside, he has a unique ability to break away and lengthen the field from within the slot. The Broncos also drafted speedster K.J. Hamler in the 2020 draft, Hamler is an explosive smaller framed receiver with blazing speed and good route running which similar to Jeudy will force safeties to play more passive opening the field for others.
Tight Ends – B-
- Noah Fant is a freak athlete at the tight end position. At 6ft 4, 249 he ran 4.50 at the 2019 NFL Combine which is 0.01 second slower than Dalvin Cook and faster than Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon. Then when you partner that with his size, frame and strength he is an instant mismatch for defenses. However, Fant still needs to develop his blocking and route running. Denver drafted Okwuegbunam this offseason and while his route running is raw and not very effective his has the speed to separate and incredible ability to win the ball in the air.
Offensive Line – B-
- The Broncos have an underrated offensive line, Garrett Bolles might never live up to his 20thoverall pick in 2017, but he is good starter with the ability to block for the run and the pass. With Ja’Wuan James opting out in leaves a hole at right tackle which 34-year-old 10-year veteran Demar Dotson will look to fill. The interior has really grown in recent years, Dalton Risner had a good rookie season blocking the pass well and Graham Glasgow who they signed the offseason is a good pass and run blocking guard who has started 58 games in his first 4 years in the league. 2020 3rd round pick Llyod Cushenberry III will start at centre, he is NFL ready with big hands, long arms and good core strength to reflect power rushers. He struggles at times against finesse moves due to his lateral quickness, but he is very difficult to bull rush and is rarely beaten to the punch.
Corner Backs – B-
- The Broncos cornerback unit has the potential to be great playing in Fangio’s defensive system. A.J. Bouye is a legitimate number one corner despite having a poor year in 2019. Bouye was great in coverage in 2018 and can play inside or outside If Bouye can return to his prime level of play that we saw in Jacksonville in 2016-17 the Broncos will have one of the best corners in the NFL. Bryce Callahan didn’t play in 2019 due to injury but is a very good cover corner with the ability to play in the slot or outside. Yiadom and rookie Ojemudia will fight for the 3rd corner spot, Yiadom has struggled since entering the league but Ojemudia lacks NFL level instincts and burst to challenge throws, however, he does have great length, size and potential due to his ball skills. It will be interesting to see who wins the 3rd spot.
Safeties – A+
- Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson form one of the best safety duos in the NFL. Justin Simmons is the best cover safety in the NFL right now and is great against the run, Simmons had 15 passes defended and 4 interceptions in 2019 as well as only allowing a 52.8% completion rate and a 43.6 passer rating. Jackson is a 10-year veteran who is very good in coverage and a great physical run defender. Together they form an impressive safety tandem.
Edge Rushers – A+
- There aren’t many better pass rushing duos than Miller and Chubb, in 2018 they combined for 26.5 sacks, 28 tackles for loss and 47 quarterback hits. Miller had a down year in 2019 that can be accounted to adjusting to his advanced role in Fangio’s defensive system. Prior to 2019 in which he had 8 sacks he has had double figure sacks every year with exception to 2013 when he only played 9 games. Miller has also only missed 9 games in his 9-year career whilst amassing 106 sacks placing him 25th all time. Assuming he returns to his usual form the Broncos will have one of the best edge rushers of all-time. Bradley Chubb is no scrub himself, he only played 4 games in 2019 due to injury but as a rookie he had 12 sacks and 14 tackles for loss, Chubb is a good run defender and has the potential to be an elite pass rusher with a plethora of pass rushing tools and moves.
Interior Defensive Line – A-
- Denver has one of the best run stuffing interior lines in football. Jurrell Casey headlines the groups after being traded to Denver this offseason. Casey is an elite run defender and very capable pass rusher. Casey has also made 5 straight Pro Bowls. Shelby Harris will likely be the other starter due to his ability to not only be great against the run but also rush the passer at a good level. Jones and Purcell will provide great depth with Purcell having an elite year against the run in 2019 and Jones having a decent rookie year in which he rushed the passer well.
Linebackers - B
- Alexander Johnson was one of the breakout stars in 2019 but still managed to fly under the radar. Johnson had an elite season defending the run at an elite level whilst still performing very well in coverage. The question is whether he can keep it up. Todd Davis is decent all round starting linebacker, but the Broncos will hope Josey Jewell can develop into the other starting linebacker after a small sample size of elite run stopping and awful coverage play in 2019.
Los Angeles Chargers
Overall Grade – B+ 6.7
Quarterback – C-
- Tyrod Taylor will likely be the starter for the Chargers in week 1, Taylor is 22-20 for his career with 51 touchdowns to 16 interceptions and was the starting quarterback who led Buffalo to the play-offs, breaking their 17-year drought. However, since then he was replaced by Baker in Cleveland and will likely be replaced by Herbert in LA. The Chargers drafted Herbert 6thoverall this offseason, many people were torn on Herbert, he is 6ft 6 with a huge arm and the ability to sling it from the pocket or on the move. He trusts has shown to trust his pocket while making his reads and is fearless when attacking downfield.
Running Backs - B
- Austin Ekeler is arguably the best receiving back in football and he really showed it in 2019, McCaffery may have led the league in catches and yards but if Ekeler had the elevated usage McCaffrey has he would have finished with more yards. Apart from being one of the best receivers at the position, Ekeler has also been one of the hardest backs in the league to bring down. After joining the Chargers in 2017 Ekeler has forced a missed tackle on 22% of his touches with ranks 4th just behind Dalvin Cook. The Chargers also have Justin Jackson who is a nice back up and Joshua Kelley who is a physical downhill runner drafted in the 2020 draft.
Wide Receivers - A
- Keenan Allen challenged Davante Adams and Amari Cooper for the best route runner in the NFL in 2019 in my view and has consistently been in the elite tier of route runners since 2017. His routes are a thing of beauty, his head, hands and hip movement allows him to create consistent separation without having freaky athleticism and his feet allow him to explode out of routes and break defenders’ ankles, he and Michael Thomas are the only two players in the NFL with an active streak of three straight season with 97+ catches and 1,100+ receiving yards. Mike Williams finally showed some of the talent that saw him get drafted 7th overall in 2017, he finished 1st in Yards Per Reception with over 20 Targets, 20.4, 3rd in receiving yards on contested catches, 384, and 1st in receiving yards when quarterback was under pressure, 421. At 6ft 4 and athletic he is one of the leagues best jump ball receivers. Both Reed and Hill were drafted this offseason to play primarily in the slot, Reed is a well-built receiver who takes what the defense gives him but lacks the skillset the beat coverage consistently, whereas Hill is a dependable and reliable receiver who is Ohio State’s all-time catch leader with the ability to win in space.
Tight Ends – B+
- Hunter Henry is one of the NFL’s best when healthy, but he simply can’t stay on the field and has become one of the league’s biggest what if stories. When fully healthy Henry draws comparisons to prime Greg Olsen with his speed and frame as well as his route running and good hands. However, Henry has missed 23 games in 4 years including a torn ACL in 2018.
Offensive Line – B-
- The Chargers have a good right side of their offensive line with Bulaga and Turner, but Pouncey is a question mark at centre and their left side of the line is incredibly weak. Bulaga is great pass blocker and so is Turner who has now been to 5 straight Pro Bowls. Pouncey hasn’t truly been great since 2015 but he is a decent starter who can pass block at an above average level. However, on the left Feeney, Pipkins and Tevi fight for snaps despite some very suspect play. Pipkins had an okay rookie year but will need to build on it if he wants to become a consistent starter.
Corner Backs – A+
- The best cornerback unit reside in Los Angeles in my opinion, Hayward, Harris and King are all number one corners playing in the same secondary. Harris is primarily a slot corner but can play outside if needed, he is a great run defender and while he can cover well, he hasn’t been great since 2016. Desmond King is a talented and athletic cover corner with the ability to stop the run at a high level. Casey Hayward Jr will line up as the number one corner and lock down opposing teams’ number one receivers, Hayward is elite in coverage and can cover even the league’s best.
Safeties - A
- Having a full healthy Derwin James for the whole year in 2020 will be a huge boost for the Chargers defense. James has been one of the league’s best ever since he entered the league, both stopping the run and covering at a close to elite level. Alongside James, Adderley and Jenkins will fight for the starting job. Adderley was drafted 60th overall in 2019 and missed most of the season due to injury, Jenkins stepped in and showed flashes of the ability and skillset needed to be a starting level safety in the NFL.
Edge Rushers - A
- Joey Bosa is a bona fide superstar and got his money this offseason with a huge 5-year $135 million deal. Bosa has played 51 games in 4 seasons and amassed 40 sacks, 53 tackles for loss and 82 quarterback hits. Bosa is one of the league’s best edge rushers, he’s elite it’s that simple, and while his frame and athletic build limit him a little in the run game he still defends it well. Melvin Ingram III is Bosa’s pass rushing counterpart and while he is not the same great edge defender that lined up opposite Bosa in 2016 and 2017 he has still made the last 3 Pro Bowls and rushed the passer at a good level. Nwosu provides some nice depth for the rotation, he can cover well and has shown promising flashes in the run and rush games.
Interior Defensive Line – B-
- The addition of Linval Joseph was needed, while he has not been the elite run defender, he once was for 2 years now he is still a great veteran presence in the middle and can defend the run at a good level. The Chargers will need Jones or Tillery to step up in 2020, Jones is a decent run defender who started 12 games last year but still needs to develop, whereas Tillery looks like a bust. Tillery was drafted 28th overall and was supposed to be an interior presence but instead he was Pro Football Focuses worst ranked interior lineman, while he could bounce back in 2020 it seems like it’ll be a tough task given his rookie season lows.
Linebackers – B-
- Although Kenneth Murray will likely have the usual rookie linebacker struggles in 2020, his addition with the 23rd overall pick will have a good impact on the Chargers defense. Murray is an athletic freak with a chiselled frame and long arms, he will fly side to side racking up tackles and making plays, however his play recognition and cover skills need some developing. Tranquill and Perryman will line up alongside Murray, Tranquill had a nice rookie season proving he can defend the run well, but like many young linebackers, he struggled in coverage. Similarly, Perryman is a decent run defender who blitzes well but struggles in coverage. Overall the Chargers linebacker will fly about making tackles but will also likely struggle in coverage.
Las Vegas Raiders
Overall Grade - B 6.1
Quarterback - B
- In 2019, Carr threw for 4,054, 21 touchdowns and just 8 interceptions whilst completing 70.4% of his passes. Despite his impressive completion percentage, it is in fact the centre of his criticism. Carr for much of his career has been viewed as a ‘dink and dunk’ quarterback which he showed again in 2019, ranking 2nd worst in average intended air yards, 2nd worst in aggressiveness and 5th worst in average completed air yards according to NFL Next Gen Stats. Yet, while these stats echo an inability to throw the ball down the field, he ranked 5th in third down completion percentage in 2019 and in 2018 Carr was ranked by Pro Football Focus as the best passer over 20 yards, completing 52.3% of his passes. So, in fact Carr is a very good passer at both short, intermediate and deep throws which begs the question why the Raiders have had 3 losing seasons over the past 3 years with a total record of 17-30. I believe a lot of it is down to his aggressiveness, he simply opts not to throw the ball deep and instead check it down which limits an offenses productivity. Mariota is currently backing up Carr but truthfully Gruden doesn’t seem sold on Carr and Mariota is an elite athlete so I wouldn’t be surprised if Mariota eventually took over the reins.
Running Backs – A-
- Jacobs wasn’t just great for a rookie but great for a pro, despite playing only 13 games he lit up defenses and ranked in the top 10 for every relevant stat apart from touchdowns. Jacobs also forced 0.3 missed tackles forced per touch which led the league by a large margin according to Pro Football Focus, proving that whilst he is a powerful runner that is incredibly hard to bring down, he can also make defenders miss at an incredibly high rate. Richard backs up Jacobs and while is not the best running back; he is a good receiver out the backfield and amounted 607 receiving yards in 2018.
Wide Receivers - B
- The Raiders have revamped their receiving corps in recent years, In 2019 they signed Tyrell Williams to a 4-year $44 million deal and drafted Hunter Renfrow in the 5th round. While Tyrell underperformed, Renfrow showed out. The Raiders continued to retool their receiving unit in the 2020 offseason drafting 3 receivers, Ruggs, Edwards and Bowden. Henry Ruggs III ran a 4.27 and plays that fast as well, he forces safeties to back up and can work all three levels of the field as well as take a slant or crossing route and turn into a huge gain. He is going to be an explosive weapon in Grudens toolbox. Edwards was consistently productive in college with the size to make contested catches and the speed to go over the top. Bowden is a slot receiver primarily, so he will have to fight Renfrow for snaps, but he can also be used in jet sweeps and the screen game.
Tight Ends – A-
- Despite a rocky start to his NFL career with 2 suspensions due to substance abuse Darren Waller had a huge breakout year in 2019 making the 2018 Hard Knocks Star not only a feel-good story but a legitimate weapon at tight end for the Las Vegas Raiders. As a former wide receiver Waller has a lot of the tools to beat defenders and at 6ft 6, 255 pounds he causes mismatches all over the field with his game changing speed and size. Jason Witten was an interesting signing, but he brings leadership and a consistent safety blanket, he is not going to stretch the field but hauls in most of what you throw at him. Foster Moreau was great as a rookie catching 21 of 23 targets for 5 touchdowns, if he can continue to grow and see more snaps, he could become a legitimate number one tight end.
Offensive Line – B+
- The Raiders have a good offensive line with some of the best pass blocking in the NFL. Rodney Hudson might be 31 but he is an elite premier pass blocking center, Incognito and Jackson play either side of Hudson and a good pass blocker but like Hudson struggle against the run. Miller improved from his rookie year at left tackle and while still struggles against the run he is above average against the run. Trent Brown was the Raiders big 2019 free agency addition signing a 4-year $66 million deal, Brown was the Raiders only good run blocker in 2019 as well as a great pass blocker. While the Raiders could obviously use some more run blocking having a n all-round great pass blocking offensive line is hard to come by.
Corner Backs - C
- The Raiders are hoping Damon Arnette can become a great shutdown corner and save their cornerback unit. Arnette was drafted 19th overall this offseason, he can play inside and outside with NFL size and strength, he plays with great awareness and has the physical ability to support against the run, however, Arnette might struggle in man coverage to begin with because he lacks NFL level burst and recovery. Amukamara will likely line up opposite Arnette and while he is ageing, he is still a proven above average coverage and run support corner. Mullen and Joyner will fight for the 3rd corner spot, neither were great last year and Joyner is possibly the biggest question mark on the roster. No one is quite sure why the Raiders are forcing him to play out of position instead of safety where he proved to be elite.
Safeties - B
- Las Vegas has a deep safety unit, Randall and Abram will likely be the starters with Heath and Harris backing them up. Randall is a well-balanced safety but can be inconsistent at times, Abram is a potential star, he is athletic, fast, a violent hitter and an all-round physical force. Both Heath and Harris are good cover safety who will perform well as rotational pieces.
Edge Rushers – B-
- Crosby, Ferrell and Nassib have huge potential but as of right now aren’t the greatest of unit. Crosby had some very nice rookie numbers, 10 sacks and 16 tackles for loss, however 4 of those sacks came in one game and as a whole he wasn’t a great run defender. Ferrell disappointed in his rookie year after being drafted 4th overall in 2019, he was an above average run defender but that was about it. Nassib is a good run defender but throughout his 4 years in Tampa he was a below average pass rusher.
Interior Defensive Line – B-
- The interior of the Raiders work lacks run stoppers but has some nice interior. Rushers, Maliek Collins and Maurice Hurst both provide athletic consistent pass rush presence through the middle but struggle when tasked to defend the run, Jonathan Hankins has been an elite run defender in years past (2015, 2017) but since then has regressed to above average.
Linebackers – B+
- The Raiders front office made two great additions this offseason in Nick Kwiatkoski and Cory Littleton, while Kwiatkowski has only started 22 out of 57 games in his career, he has proven to be a great pass rusher and a nice cover and run defending linebacker over in Chicago. Littleton only became a starter in his third year in the league but hasn’t looked back starting all 32 games over the last 2 seasons in LA, while Littleton is not a great run defender, he also rushes the passer well and is one of the leagues great, almost elite coverage linebackers. Together they have the potential to form a formidable do it all linebacker duo.