Willis is arguably the best linebacker in the league, even if his 2011 numbers didn't necessarily show it. His past success made him a target for offensive coordinators, who looked to neutralize San Francisco's top defender. As a result, rookie
Aldon Smith became the team's top pass-rushing linebacker while
NaVorro Bowman was the Niners' leading tackler. Nonetheless, Willis still filled the stat sheet with 97 total tackles, two sacks, an interception, four forced fumbles and two recoveries in 13 games last season. The interception numbers could go up in 2012, though, as the Niners are slated to face the pass-happy
Patriots. Don't be surprised if Willis is the first linebacker off the board in the middle rounds.