That is not exactly a list of Hall of Fame pass rushers. Chip Banks and Dana Stubblefield were great players. Some of the rest had reasonable careers, but blowing up in the first game of your rookie season as a pass rusher does not seem to correlate much with having a great career.
Things make much more sense when looking at the best rookie season sack totals. Thirty-one players have had 10.0 sacks or more as a rookie. Nearly all of them went on to have big careers.
It would make sense that sack totals would increase as pass attempts rise. Aldon Smith nearly set the rookie record for sacks last season. It may be curious that Lawrence Taylor, one of the best sack artists of all-time, was nowhere to be found. Sacks were not officially tracked during Taylor’s rookie season.
K.J. Wright recently said he’d bet a paycheck on Irvin getting double-digit sacks. Should Irvin accomplish the feat, his future as a pass rusher will almost certainly be bright. Don’t be surprised if his first game is not quite as remarkable.