Seniors rule the preseason rankings for the nation's top returning linebackers, with Penn State's dominating Paul Posluszny taking the top honors.
1. Paul Posluszny, Penn State, SR, 6-2, 231
Posluszny is a throwback-type linebacker with very good physical tools and even better intangibles. He possesses adequate size and good speed, but his rare instincts and ferocious mentality are what make him a special player. Posluszny's 116 tackles paced what was one of the Nittany Lions' best defensive performances in the school's illustrious history. He did tear two ligaments in his right knee during Penn State's Orange Bowl victory over Florida State, but the good news is that the injury did not require surgery. Assuming he returns to form as a senior, Posluszny will be a shoe-in for consecutive first-team All-American honors -- not to mention the top linebacker selected in the 2007 draft.