Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/12/14
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The linebacker position turned out to be a critical part to teams defenses in the 2012 season.Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was one of the fortunate players that faced a season-ending injury only to make his return in the Ravens wild-card round 24-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts.When most fans and the media that at best Lewis' return was more for his inspirational role; Lewis was all over the field leading the vaunted Ravens defense in tackles with 13, with 1 for a loss and had a defended pass that should have gone for an interception.Even though Ray Lewis was able to make a recovery and push the Ravens into the Super Bowl; they are still going to have to replace a leader that has been on their team from the beginning.Here are 10 linebackers that will be available that teams should look at to strengthen up the center of their defenses.Kevin Minter – Was a finalist for the Butkus award in 2012 as a junior at LSU. Minter had 140 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 interception, and 5 defend...
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