Originally posted on cover32 - Buccaneers  |  Last updated 6/18/14
Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro. Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important – the present. Forget about yesterday. Never mind tomorrow. Let’s talk about today. Who are the best players in the NFL right now? Who can help a team win the Super Bowl this season? Who is writing a legacy with each passing week? Those are the questions the editors at cover32 seek to answer in this series, “Top 10 in 2014.” In the coming weeks, every position – as well as head coach, general manager and other off-field areas – will be graded, evaluated and ranked. The series continues with a position that was revolutionized in the 1980s by Lawrence Taylor and remains one of the most-important in professional football to this day – outside linebacker. Once the domain of players who stopped the outside running game and covered tight ends in pass coverage, it has evolved into a place where pass rushing specialists earn millions of dollars for one very valuable skill – pressuring quarterbacks. To see the top-10 OLBs in the NFL today, click here. You may also be interested in:Tampa Bay Buccaneers OLB Lavonte David named top-3 in the NFLTampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin named 12th best in NFLPower Rankings: Who’s the best Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach ever? Where’s he rank all time?
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