Monday, May 27, 2013

Be Careful About Writing Off Bruce Irvin

Hugh Millen mentioned on Softy's show this week that a case could be made that Bruce Irvin was a disappointment as the 15th overall pick. He is not the only person that has broached that subject. It is worth diving deeper into that question another time. For now, take a look at the list of players that have recorded at least 8.0 sacks as a rookie. There is definitely a bust here and there, but this list is littered with high impact defensive players. That accomplishment, alone, should not be underestimated.

Games Sacks & Tackles
Rk Player Year Age Tm G Sk Tkl Ast
1 Bruce Irvin 2012 24 SEA 16 8.0 10 7
2 Von Miller 2011 22 DEN 15 11.5 51 14
3 Jabaal Sheard 2011 22 CLE 16 8.5 40 14
4 Aldon Smith 2011 22 SFO 16 14.0 31 6
5 Carlos Dunlap 2010 21 CIN 12 9.5 19 5
6 Ndamukong Suh 2010 23 DET 16 10.0 48 17
7 Clay Matthews 2009 23 GNB 16 10.0 36 14
8 Brian Orakpo 2009 23 WAS 16 11.0 38 13
9 Stylez G. White 2007 28 TAM 16 8.0 21 5
10 Mark Anderson 2006 23 CHI 16 12.0 24 4
11 Elvis Dumervil 2006 22 DEN 13 8.5 14 3
12 Tamba Hali 2006 23 KAN 16 8.0 45 16
13 Kamerion Wimbley 2006 23 CLE 16 11.0 44 17
14 Shawne Merriman 2005 21 SDG 15 10.0 43 14
15 DeMarcus Ware 2005 23 DAL 16 8.0 47 11
16 Jared Allen 2004 22 KAN 15 9.0 28 2
17 Terrell Suggs 2003 21 BAL 16 12.0 18 8
18 Kevin Williams 2003 23 MIN 16 10.5 37 15
19 Dwight Freeney 2002 22 IND 16 13.0 45 1
20 Carlos Hall 2002 23 TEN 15 8.0 27 15
Games Sacks & Tackles
Rk Player Year Age Tm G Sk Tkl Ast
21 Julius Peppers 2002 22 CAR 12 12.0 29 7
22 Kendrell Bell 2001 23 PIT 16 9.0 69 13
23 Justin Smith 2001 22 CIN 15 8.5 41 13
24 Shaun Ellis 2000 23 NYJ 16 8.5 38 15
25 Darren Howard 2000 24 NOR 16 11.0 37 16
26 Corey Simon 2000 23 PHI 16 9.5 38 13
27 Brian Urlacher 2000 22 CHI 16 8.0 101 24
28 Jevon Kearse 1999 23 TEN 16 14.5 48 9
29 Lorenzo Bromell 1998 23 MIA 14 8.0 16 7
30 Vonnie Holliday 1998 23 GNB 12 8.0 34 18
31 Peter Boulware 1997 23 BAL 16 11.5 43 15
32 Simeon Rice 1996 22 ARI 16 12.5 42 10
33 Hugh Douglas 1995 24 NYJ 15 10.0 25 8
34 Chris Slade 1993 22 NWE 16 9.0 38 0
35 Dana Stubblefield 1993 23 SFO 16 10.5 64 0
36 Santana Dotson 1992 23 TAM 16 10.0 71 0
37 Chris Mims 1992 22 SDG 16 10.0 53 0
38 Mike Croel 1991 22 DEN 13 10.0 84 0
39 Anthony Smith 1991 24 RAI 16 10.5 0 0
40 James Francis 1990 22 CIN 16 8.0 78 0
Games Sacks & Tackles
Rk Player Year Age Tm G Sk Tkl Ast
41 Renaldo Turnbull 1990 24 NOR 16 9.0 31 0
42 Aaron Wallace 1990 23 RAI 16 9.0 0 0
43 Burt Grossman 1989 22 SDG 16 10.0 63 0
44 Derrick Thomas* 1989 22 KAN 16 10.0 75 0
45 Cornelius Bennett 1987 22 BUF 8 8.5 69 0
46 Charles Haley 1986 22 SFO 16 12.0 59 0
47 Tim Harris 1986 22 GNB 16 8.0 67 0
48 Leslie O'Neal 1986 22 SDG 13 12.5 82 0
49 Keith Millard 1985 23 MIN 16 11.0 0 0
50 Garin Veris 1985 22 NWE 16 10.0 0 0
51 Reggie White* 1985 24 PHI 13 13.0 100 0
52 Vernon Maxwell 1983 22 BAL 16 11.0 0 0
53 Greg Townsend 1983 22 RAI 16 10.5 0 0
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/27/2013.

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