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By Jonathan Bales

DeMarcus Ware and the NFL’s Top Pass-Rushers

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At Dallas News, I attempted to rank the league’s best pass-rushers.

The best way to predict future sacks actually isn’t past sacks, but rather the rate at which a player has reached the quarterback. If you know how many snaps a pass-rusher will rush the quarterback and how often he can pressure him, you can make a really accurate prediction regarding sack totals. That means that pressure rate is even better than total sacks as a tool to grade pass-rushers.

The rankings represent which players I’d want on my team moving forward. That means age is a major consideration; DeMarcus Ware is still an amazing player, but 24-year old Jason Pierre-Paul is probably a better option in the future, even if he’s not a superior player at this moment.

1. Von Miller, Broncos

  • 18.5 sacks, 10.4 percent pressure rate, age 24

2. Aldon Smith, 49ers

  • 19.5 sacks, 5.7 percent pressure rate, age 23

3. J.J. Watt, Texans

  • 20.5 sacks, 4.4 percent pressure rate, age 24

4. Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants

  • 6.5 sacks, 8.4 percent pressure rate, age 24

5. Clay Matthews, Packers

  • 13 sacks, 5.5 percent pressure rate, age 27

6. Mario Williams, Bills

  • 10.5 sacks, 7.1 percent pressure rate, age 28

See where Ware fits in right here.

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