Roquan Smith

Here’s where Roquan Smith ranks among NFL’s top linebackers

Roquan Smith might be the best pure football player on the Chicago Bears roster. He’s certainly the most gifted defender, and aside from quarterback Justin Fields, he may be the most valuable player on the team.

Smith, who’s entering the final year of his rookie contract, should be a priority for general manager Ryan Poles to re-sign. At just 25 years old, Smith is already considered one of the top linebackers in the NFL.

According to a recent list compiled by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Smith ranks fifth among the 10 best linebackers in the league.

“Best overall LB in football in my opinion,” an NFL coordinator told Fowler. “Others might be slightly better in one of the four facets of the game — run game, pass coverage, blitzer, leadership — but that kid is top four in every category.”

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