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Madden 16 Top Outside Linebackers Go For The Sack

by Dean James


The first venture onto the defensive side of Madden 16’s ratings came with the middle linebackers that coach the defense, but now we have the ones that play just outside of them and make some of the most impact players of the game, the outside linebackers.

Broncos OLB Von Miller was one of the league’s sack masters for years and after a down year, managed to return to form last season and looks to continue that level of player again this year with as high of a Finesse Move rating as you can get in the game.

Tied for the same OVR at 97, Chiefs OLB Justin Houston is up next after putting in one of the best single seasons for a OLB in a long time, which earned him a record contract. With a 98 Power Move rating, Houston should be an absolute beast.

With top defensive players, you almost always have to have a Raven in there and veteran Terrell Suggs is just that. While a drop in OVR to 94 here, Suggs is the strongest OLB in the game and is reason enough to use the Ravens in Madden 16.

Dont’a Hightower from the Patriots is an absolute force at the OLB position and his combination of Tackle, Hit Power, and Pursuit make him a player you don’t want to mess with.

Lastly, we have Lions OLB Deandre Levy, who manages to take over the field with his incredible Play Recognition, Tackle, and Pursuit.

For better reasoning for these top 5 outside linebackers in Madden 16, EA Sports has given a more detailed breakdown, which you can see below.


Miller returned to form last season with 14 sacks. He grades out as the game’s best outside linebacker with 93 BKS/99 FNM/89 PWM. He also brings 94 Tackle and 98 Pursuit.


Houston signed the biggest contract for a linebacker in NFL history after posting 22 sacks in 2014. He earns it in Madden NFL 16 with 97 Pursuit, 92 Tackle, 88 Play Recognition, and 93 BKS/98 PWM/89 FNM.


Suggs is heavy for a linebacker, and his 91 Strength is tops for OLBs. He brings a 97 Power Move (one of the best), 92 Tackle, and 95 Pursuit to get into the backfield.


Hightower is an every-down linebacker, and he’s one of the best with 86 Zone Coverage. Add 95 Tackle, 90 Hit Power, and 92 Pursuit, and he’s ready for anything.


Levy’s still waiting for his first Pro Bowl appearance, but he’s already turned plenty of heads around the league. He starts with 95 Play Recognition, and adds 96 Tackle and 96 Pursuit.


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