Madden NFL 23: 10 Best Linebackers, Ranked (2024)

Fans who love to watch the defense will have no position filled with more excitement than the linebacker. These players are capable of leading the league in tackles, forced fumbles, interceptions, and sacks. When playing Madden NFL 23, they are certainly the most exciting.

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But not every linebacker is made equally. Some are weak at coverage or rushing the passer. That can be a huge problem for gamers to exploit in Madden NFL 23. With these stars, players don't have to worry, they'll be doing what they do best, destroying offensive gameplans from start to finish.

Updated on February 24th, 2023 by Hodey Johns: The regular season, playoffs, and Super Bowl have concluded. With that all in the books, gamers will be bracing for a long off-season. Ratings adjusters have been working overtime, week-to-week, shifting players based on their performance in the previous weeks. Now, with the last performance in the books, players can pick up and drop players knowing what their stats will be. The ratings adjusters do, sometimes, inexplicably make small changes to player statistics during the offseason. However, this list will likely remain intact and the player statistics won't change substantially enough to merit a significant alteration.



16 Bobby Wagner - MLB - 89 OVR

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This list has many middle linebackers that didn't get the recognition they deserve. Bobby Wagner has been established as one of the league's best and it's easy to predict the rating of his being high. He's led the league in tackles, solo tackles, assisted tackles, safeties, and defensive touchdowns before, so there is nothing he can't do.

Wagner has been punished for being on a bad Rams team despite his excellent play, sinking in OVR, and missing his first Pro Bowl in eight years. Wagner set a new career high in sacks with 6, a remarkable feat for middle linebackers. If Los Angeles turns things around, voters need to remember how badly they misjudged Wagner in 2022.


14 Haason Reddick - LOLB - 90 OVR

To say that Hasaan Reddick improved as the season went on would be an understatement. He started off not even on this list and ended up on a squad that almost got the NFL record for sacks in a season. He made his first Pro Bowl in his first season with the Eagles.

The defense had a tough time in the Super Bowl but that doesn't negate a season's worth of contributions from Reddick. He tied for second in total sacks with 16. Having as many sacks as Myles Garrett is not something that just anybody can do. If he stays this good, Philadelphia is geared up for another Super Bowl run next year.




10 Demario Davis - MLB - 90 OVR

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It's hard to epitomize how overlooked middle linebackers are quite like Demario Davis. Despite leading the league in solo tackles in 2017 and not missing a game since 2012, Demario Davis only got his first Pro Bowl nod in 2022.

Thankfully, the ratings adjusters see his true value. He has been one of the major reasons that the Saints, even without Drew Brees, had been competitive at all. New Orleans has tanked, but Davis has added an interesting facet to his game, picking off four passes from a tackle-first position.

9 Roquan Smith - MLB - 90 OVR

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Gamers who are wanting the franchise mode to make improvements can't control the developers but they can pick up players. Roquan Smith was a hot commodity embattled with a Chicago front office that he refused to negotiate with after talks fell apart. The Ravens got him midway through 2022 and got a steal.

Smith made it to his first Pro Bowl in 2022, making a combined 169 tackles, good for third in the league. His 4.5 sacks as a middle linebacker also stand out. Baltimore has some contracts to worry about, but picking up Smith is a gamble that paid off in spades.

8 Lavonte David - MLB - 91 OVR

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Despite being ranked so highly, Lavonte David is yet another middle linebacker who doesn't receive the accolades he deserves. His single Pro Bowl appearance from 2015 may make fans think he's past his prime or simply on the verge of greatness.

David, over a ten-year career, has never once gotten less than 87 combined tackles in a year. The Tampa Bay offense was terrible this year, relying on their defense to will them into the playoffs. Without David, the Bucs would have contended for the worst team in the league.

7 Joey Bosa - LOLB - 91 OVR

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In seasons where Joey Bosa plays all of the games, he's never racked up less than 11.5 sacks. Unfortunately, that has only happened twice in his career. Despite injuries plaguing him, Bosa puts up huge numbers, even when he does miss games.

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In fact, in six years, Bosa has made it to four Pro Bowls. When he plays for entire seasons, he contends for Defensive Player of the Year. Sadly, 2022 was Bosa's worst season yet as he was only able to participate in 5 games. The Chargers could be a Super Bowl team if all their best players stay in the starting lineup.



4 T.J. Watt - LOLB - 94 OVR

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Even those who don't follow football or gaming closely might have heard the outcry when T.J. Watt was given a mere 96 OVR to start the season. This is the reigning defensive player of the year who just tied the single-season sack record in 2021.

When the franchise debuts another 99 OVR player, it had better be Watt. Watt was on track for another incredible season but suffered an injury in the middle of the year and came back still a bit hobbled. Despite this, he made his fifth Pro Bowl, showing that even when missing games and playing while unhealthy, Watt is impressive to watch.

3 Maxx Crosby - LOLB - 92 OVR

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When Chandler Jones came to Las Vegas, everybody was excited for him to take off. But while Jones landed with a thud, Maxx Crosby is still stuffing the stat box. Crosby didn't even begin the year on this list. Now, he's taken Jones' place and ended as the top-rated left outside linebacker in the game.

Crosby is about the only thing going right for the Raiders' defense, ending things with 12.5 sacks. Outlets are calling for him to move to defensive end due to his strength and ferocity. Here's hoping Crosby finds a way to share his passion with his squad next year.

2 Micah Parsons - ROLB - 96 OVR

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It seems 13 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and a defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2021 weren't enough to land Micah Parsons on the top-ten list at the start of this season. That proved to be a mistake and the ratings adjusters have both recognized that and compensated for it in a big way.

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Now, Parsons is the highest-rated outside linebacker in the game. He managed to surpass his rookie season, notching 13.5 sacks despite defenses running plays to the opposite side of the field. Dallas has a Super Bowl window open, with the young Parsons leading the charge defensively.

1 Fred Warner - MLB - 96 OVR

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Those who compare last year's game to this year's will find that Fred Warner remains the top-rated middle linebacker. As a middle linebacker, his top priority is tackling and he's been all over it, racking up 130+ tackles in each of his last two seasons.

Warner has moved up to become the highest-rated linebacker in the game. He made the Pro Bowl this last season which is tough to do for his position, especially considering that teams are calling plays to the outside to avoid dealing with Warner's supremacy in the middle of the field.

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Madden NFL 23: 10 Best Linebackers, Ranked (2024)


Madden NFL 23: 10 Best Linebackers, Ranked? ›

Highest-graded linebackers from the 2023 NFL season: Fred Warner continues to dominate. San Francisco 49ers' perennial All-Pro is elite in every facet: Fred Warner finished as the only linebacker to produce 80.0-plus PFF grades in all three major defensive facets.

Who is the best linebacker in the NFL 23? ›

Highest-graded linebackers from the 2023 NFL season: Fred Warner continues to dominate. San Francisco 49ers' perennial All-Pro is elite in every facet: Fred Warner finished as the only linebacker to produce 80.0-plus PFF grades in all three major defensive facets.

Who is the fastest LB in Madden 23? ›

The Best Speed Ratings Amongst Linebackers In Madden 23
LinebackerSpeed Rating
Isaiah Simmons (MLB, Arizona Cardinals)93
Kyron Johnson (LOLB, Philadelphia Eagles)92
Troy Andersen (MLB, Atlanta Falcons)92
Devin White (MLB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)92
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Who is the #1 linebacker in the NFL? ›

1. Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers. Eric D. Williams: At the controls of one of the best defenses in the NFL, the BYU product has emerged as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate because of his playmaking ability.

Who is ranked number 1 in Madden 23? ›

Jalen Ramsey may have lost his 99 Club membership (for now), but he remains in the top spot in Madden for the second straight year with a 98 overall rating.

Who is the strongest player in Madden 23? ›

The strongest players in the game

Donald remains the strongest player in the game -- as it should be. Behind Donald there has been some change. Williams, with his 99 overall rating, moves into the top five and Vea jumped from a 97 to a 98. Nelson, one of the best and strongest out there, remained at a 97.

Who is the best player to use in Madden 23? ›

Madden 23 ratings
  • Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs — 97 OVR.
  • Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills — 96 OVR.
  • Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — 94 OVR.
  • Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers — 92 OVR.
  • Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens — 91 OVR.
  • Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals — 90 OVR.
  • Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers — 89 OVR.
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Who is the strongest kicker in Madden 23? ›

The Baltimore Ravens kicker is a 90 overall in Madden NFL 23 and is joined by Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs (84) and Evan McPherson of the Cincinnati Bengals (83) in the top three. That Tucker is the top-rated kicker comes as no surprise.

Who is the slowest team in Madden 23? ›

The Texans are the worst team in the game, with the Giants coming in just one point ahead of them overall. The Seahawks rank third-worst, while the Jaguars and Falcons are tied for the fourth-worst teams.

Who is the fastest WR in Madden 23? ›

The Fastest Speed Ratings Amongst Wide Receivers In Madden 23
Wide ReceiverSpeed Rating
Tyreek Hill (Miami Dolphins)99
Jameson Williams (Detroit Lions)98
Quez Watkins (Philadelphia Eagles)98
Jaylen Waddle (Miami Dolphins)97
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Aug 21, 2022

Who has a 100 overall in Madden? ›

For two years there were players who were given a 100 overall rating, but Madden quickly took that feature out. The only players to be named to the 100 Club were Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, Shannon Sharpe, Mark Chmura, Tony Boselli, Mike Alstott and Deion Sanders spread out form Madden 1999 and Madden 2000.

Who is the richest Madden player? ›

February 10 - Henry "Henry" Leverette became the first-ever Madden millionaire, topping the seven-figure mark in career earnings by winning the Ultimate Madden Bowl championship on Friday in Las Vegas.

Who has a 99 rating in Madden 22? ›

Five players have perfect 99 ratings this year, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who shares the cover of Madden NFL 22 with Tom Brady. The other four members of the 99 Club: defensive tackle Aaron Donald, cornerback Jalen Ramsey, wide receiver Davante Adams and tight end Travis Kelce.

Who is the best lb in the NFL right now? ›

1) Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers

A three-time All-Pro and the leader of one of the league's best defenses, Fred Warner is the best linebacker in the NFL heading into 2024. Warner was a Day 1 starter for the 49ers after entering the league as a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Which NFL team has the best linebackers? ›

We start with the San Francisco 49ers, who hold the top spot for the second consecutive year.
  • San Francisco 49ers. The easy choice for the top spot, San Francisco fielded the highest-graded linebacker group in the NFL last season. ...
  • Chicago Bears. ...
  • Baltimore Ravens. ...
  • New Orleans Saints. ...
  • Cincinnati Bengals. ...
  • Kansas City Chiefs.
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