3. Two Bills linebackers make PFF’s Top 25 LBs list
PFF made a list of their Top 25 linebackers ahead of the 2020 season. Two Bills players landed on the list at No. 16 and No. 22. You’ll be surprised at who’s ranked first.
16. MATT MILANO, BUFFALO BILLS
It may be a surprise to see Milano come in above his teammate — 2019 Pro Bowl linebacker Tremaine Edmunds — on this list, but the coverage ability he has shown over the past two seasons is hard to ignore. His 86.8 coverage grade over those two years is lower than only Lavonte David, Cory Littleton and Luke Kuechly at the position.
Milano still has work to do to improve as a run defender and tackler, but that kind of coverage ability is valuable and rare among linebackers. It’s what slots him into the top 20 on this list.
22. TREMAINE EDMUNDS, BUFFALO BILLS
If we were ranking how good players could become, Edmunds would comfortably be in the top five. He has the size. He has the explosiveness. He has truly impressive movement and change-of-direction skills for how big he is, and by all accounts, he’s the kind of leader you want on your defense. However, his PFF grades of 57.0 and 59.4 in his first two NFL seasons speak to the idea that it hasn’t all come together yet. Edmunds has performed well in stretches, but he has yet to put it all together for an entire season.
Having just turned 22 years old in May, this upcoming season could very well be the one where he does just that. Edmunds will have to clean up the missed tackles and improve in coverage to rise toward where most slot him currently — a top-10 linebacker — on this list next season.