In response to dapats1281's comment:
Mayo is above average, but definitely not great.
He is pretty bad in coverage and isn't a playmaker. "Steady" would be the word I would use to describe him
That being said, if you asked me to pick between Spikes or Mayo, I'd pick Spikes. I don't think tackles is a good stat to measure how good a linebacker is. Tackles to missed tackles ratio would be more telling.
Spikes makes big plays in big moments though. I'd probably vote him over Mayo
I'll take both . I think they complement each other. The steady mayo frees up spikes to make his more aggressive plays while taking some risks...
Sometimes it's just impossible to rank players but I'll take the guy who leads the league in tackles. Any of you who think tackling NFL backs is easy (making the stat misleading or less important) are mistaken IMO...