66. Brian Urlacher, LB, Bears (2009 Rank: 52)
"Urlacher’s back for 2010, eight months removed from a devastating wrist injury that kept him sidelined for 15 games in ’09. The six-time Pro Bowl LB fully participated in five minicamp workouts this month, showing no signs of lingering effects from the injury. With Urlacher back and the addition of Julius Peppers at DE, the Bears defense should be much improved from the unit they trotted on to the field last season. Say what you want about everyone else on the unit, Urlacher’s still the leader. And when he’s healthy? He’s a top 10 NFL linebacker."
Urlacher might be the leader and heart and soul of the defense, but in my estimation, Briggs has surpassed him on the field. Coming off another injury, it’s time for Urlacher to lead this defense back to prominence.