I even surprised myself when I put linebacker Andra Davis on this list. Despite always being a team leader in tackles, we often criticized him for making almost all of those tackles five or more yards down the field. If you just looked at the stat sheet, you would think he was a tackling machine. When you actually watched him play, it was evident that he was no where near a force to be reckoned with.
What puts Davis on this list is the round he was drafted in. Davis was a fifth-round pick, and it is not every day that a player like that is your starting middle linebacker for several seasons. While he was not a force himself, if he had better talent around him, I think he would have been a perfectly fine "average" starter. The former Browns linebacker was also well-known for his work in the community, something that should not go unrecognized. I hated criticizing his play as often as I did because he always came off as a good guy, and it was not like he was a terrible linebacker. I am taking this opportunity to thank Davis for his time in Cleveland. He still remains in the NFL to this day as a member of the Buffalo Bills, and even though the merit of the statistics compared to gameplay can be questioned, he can still claim that he once led the league in tackles as a member of the Cleveland Browns.
Side note: my Internet is running awful at the moment; it took me 1.5 hours to get DBN and the posting interface loaded without disconnecting. Couldn't stand to put up another post today with those load times.
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