DeMarcus Ware and the NFL’s Top Pass-Rushers
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.