Speed kills in the NFL, and in Madden 21.
Offenses focus on fast ball carriers, even at quarterback, so you need a speedster in the middle of the field to combat them.
These are the fastest MLBs in Madden 21.
How to choose the fastest middle linebacker (MLB) in Madden 21 Franchise Mode
In this article, we are looking for the fastest middle linebackers in Madden 21's Franchise Mode.
That means those players listed as MLB. We are after those with the highest speed stat, they should also have good acceleration and ideally a nice agility stat too. We aren't concerned with OVR, contract status, or age.
Devin White - 78 OVR
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The fastest middle linebacker in Madden 21 is Tampa Bay's young stud Devin White with 92 speed.
With 83 tackling, 87 pursuit, and 71 zone coverage he can do everything at a good level.
His youth makes his play recognition (75) and awareness (78) a bit low, but that doesn't matter if you are controlling him and flying around the field all game.
Deion Jones - 86 OVR
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta's Deion Jones is next. His 91 speed comes with 92 acceleration to make him a missile on the field.
LETHAL WEAPON: Deion Jones' speed makes him a turnover machine
Jones is an elite coverage player, with 83 zone coverage and 75 man coverage. He also has 89 pursuit and 85 tackling.
If you aren't going to constantly use the MLB but still want speed at the position then Jones is the one for you.
Devin Bush - 76 OVR
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Another young gun, Devin Bush is at #3 with his 90 speed.
The Steelers' man also has 92 acceleration but like White is lacking some awareness (80) and play recognition (77), making him the ideal user player.
Bush's coverage is a little shakier, with 69 zone and 62 man, but he makes up for that with 84 pursuit, 83 tackle, and a massive 88 hit power.
Noah Dawkins - 60 OVR
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A relative unknown, Noah Dawkins went undrafted in 2019 and landed on the Bucs practice squad. In Madden 21 though he could be a star thanks to his 90 speed and 90 acceleration.
As you would expect from someone with such low OVR, Dawkins doesn't do a lot well. He has 77 tackling, and 80 pursuit, along with 58 zone and 52 man coverage.
But if you want to start with a different team and trade for a fast MLB, you can get Dawkins for basically nothing.
Roquan Smith - 83 OVR
Team: Chicago Bears
A first-round pick in 2018, Roquan Smith is about to take over at the MLB position.
MONSTER OF THE MIDWAY: Smith is too fast to scheme against
With 89 speed and 91 acceleration he is amazingly fast. He's also got 86 tackling, 87 pursuit, and 78 zone coverage. Roquan also has a 70 power moves to make him an impactful blitzer too.
Jerome Baker - 74 OVR
Team: Miami Dolphins
Miami might not have a lot, but they do have a rapid middle linebacker thanks to Jarome Baker's 89 speed and 89 acceleration.
He also comes with 83 tackling and 83 pursuit. Baker is much in coverage, with 66 zone and 62 man, but if you are in control then his speed can make up for that.
Patrick Queen - 72 OVR
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Finally we get to the rookie Patrick Queen. Baltimore's young stud has 89 speed and 90 acceleration.
Queen also has 82 tackling with 85 pursuit. He's let down a little with 67 zone coverage and 61 man, but again if you are in control that's fine.
All the fastest middle linebackers (MLB) in Madden 21
|Devin White||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||78||92|
|Deion Jones||Atlanta Falcons||86||91|
|Devin Bush||Pittsburgh Steelers||76||90|
|Noah Dawkins||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||60||90|
|Roquan Smith||Chicago Bears||83||89|
|Jerome Baker||Miami Dolphins||74||89|
|Patrick Queen||Baltimore Ravens||72||89|
|Blake Cashman||New York Jets||70||89|
|Kamu Grugier-Hill||Miami Dolphins||70||89|
|Bobby Okereke||Indianapolis Colts||72||88|
|Deone Bucannon||Atlanta Falcons||69||88|
|Ulysees Gilbert III||Pittsburgh Steelers||62||88|
|Jaylon Smith||Dallas Cowboys||81||87|
|Tremaine Edmunds||Buffalo Bills||80||87|
|Jayon Brown||Tennessee Titans||79||87|
|Drue Tranquill||Los Angeles Chargers||72||87|
|Jordyn Brooks||Seattle Seahawks||71||87|
|Germaine Pratt||Cincinnati Bengals||70||87|
|Nicholas Morrow||Las Vegas Raiders||67||87|
|Ty Summers||Green Bay Packers||63||87|
|Joe Jones||Denver Broncos||62||87|
|Cassh Maluia||New England Patriots||60||87|
|Nigel Harris||Tennessee Titans||59||87|
|Travin Howard||Los Angeles Rams||58||87|