In case you missed it on NFL Network, Rod Woodson counted down his top 5 (actually 6 as there was a tie at #5) middle linebackers playing in the NFL.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis was ranked at #1. Woodson called Willis a "younger Ray Lewis" and quoted Mike Singletary saying that willis will be better than he was when he was a star of the Chicago Bears.

"I think this guy has all the upside, he's willing to work, he's a humble young man. He is the next Ray Lewis for the next 10 years," said Woodson.

Rod Woodson's Top 5 Middle Linebackers

1. Patrick Willis (SF)
2. Ray Lewis (BAL)
3. DeMeco Ryans (HOU)
4. Jon Beason (CAR)
5. Tie: Bart Scott (NYJ) & Brian Urlacher (CHI)

Video:
http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d81118e39/Top-5-Middle-Linebackers