Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions outside linebacker DeAndre Levy (54) intercepts a pass during the third quarter of a NFL football game against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Top 100: DeAndre Levy of the Detroit Lions


Making his debut at #59 on the NFL Top 100 is DeAndre Levy, battle-bearded LB for the Detroit Lions. Levy has played his entire career as a Lion, and he is coming off his best season to date, a season that many have suggested should have been a pro-bowl year. When analyzing that season, and what exactly made Levy so good that year, one sees it was his ability to get to the ball, quickly.

DeAndre Levy showed a great field awareness during the 2013 season. His gift at knowing right where the ball is going led to some monster stats, including six interceptions and 85 solo tackles. Levy had a knack for sniffing out the screen, leading to his teammates calling him “The Screen-Killer.”

He showed a tendency to hit hard and fast, many times for a loss of yards as he took down the RB in the backfield. He showed a tremendous ability to fight for the ball, and even undercut a route, to get an interception. Most often an offensive coordinator views a LB as a mismatch for a receiver, but they may think twice if that LB in question is Levy.

Levy is just too athletic, strong and fast to NOT be taken seriously. His impressive 66-yard pick-6 against the Cardinals and his athletic sideline interception against the Browns prove it.

DeAndre Levy can expect to stay on the Top 100 List as long as he continues to be a force on the defense. If he improves on his play, the situation will just become scary for opposing offenses. Lions fans have taken notice, and it won’t be long before he becomes well known league-wide.

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