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The 25 best position groups in the NFL

Yardbarker Logo By Sam Robinson of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 25: This isn't that crazy. Cleveland's deftly assembled a strong linebacking corps. Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey are two of the game's highest-paid off-ball 'backers, and middle linebacker Joe Schobert joined Kirksey in playing every snap last season. Although that came for an 0-16 team, Schobert (142 tackles) delivered plus run defense and made the Pro Bowl. Collins is a solid cover man and can be a rush threat. Newcomer Mychal Kendricks' role is unclear, because few teams have the Browns' linebacker depth, but he thrived for a Super Bowl champion last season. Even fifth-round rookie Genard Avery's drawing praise in a unique setup here in Cleveland.

25. Browns' linebackers

This isn't that crazy. Cleveland's deftly assembled a strong linebacking corps. Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey are two of the game's highest-paid off-ball 'backers, and middle linebacker Joe Schobert joined Kirksey in playing every snap last season. Although that came for an 0-16 team, Schobert (142 tackles) delivered plus run defense and made the Pro Bowl. Collins is a solid cover man and can be a rush threat. Newcomer Mychal Kendricks' role is unclear, because few teams have the Browns' linebacker depth, but he thrived for a Super Bowl champion last season. Even fifth-round rookie Genard Avery's drawing praise in a unique setup here in Cleveland.

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