Ultimately tackling is the name of the game for NFL defenses. Sure, interceptions and fumbles can be flashy and memorable plays, but if your team can't tackle, you won't win too many ball games. 


Paddy Power has released the odds for which player will lead the league in tackles this season. There are dozens of names on the list, but it's best to highlight a few interesting choices.


For the most part, linebackers and safeties are the guys who finish with the most tackles year in and year out, with a few outliers. Naturally, those are the guys in the positions with the most tackling opportunities. In fact, the player with the most tackles last season who was not a linebacker or safety was Panthers CB James Bradberry.


First, you have to consider the former defensive player of the year and Carolina Panthers defensive captain, Luke Kuechly. Kuechly was tenth in the NFL in combined tackles last season. His odds are 10/1. With his talent, he has the chance to lead this category every year. The Panthers offense doesn't project to be overwhelming this year, so Kuechly should get plenty of time on the field and plenty of chances to make tackles.

C.J. Mosley (12/1) is another guy with a similar situation to Kuechly. Mosley is on a team with an offense that is not projected to be great. In fact, Baltimore is projected to be worse than Carolina. Mosley finished even higher than Kuechley in tackles last season, clocking in at eighth. If the Ravens can live up to their tough defensive reputation of the past, Mosley should be one of the league leaders once again. 

Landon Collins is a little more of a longshot here at 25/1. Collins was the third-highest tackling safety in the league last year and 20th in the NFL overall, even while missing one game. The Giants defense took a step back in 2017 after being one of the league's best units in 2016. Collins himself took a slight step back as well from his near DPoY form, but still put together a very solid season. With the Giants defense now fully healthy and playing in James Bettcher's more versatile 3-4 formation, it should help a player like Collins. While his odds are much higher than the previous two players mentioned, if you're going to take a flyer on someone, Collins is a good choice to consider. 

While there are a number of players who could walk away with this crown, these three guys should be provided all the opportunities to top the list come season's end.


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