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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.

GamesSacks & Tackles
RkPlayerYearAgeTmGSkTklAst
1Bruce Irvin201224SEA168.0107
2Von Miller201122DEN1511.55114
3Jabaal Sheard201122CLE168.54014
4Aldon Smith201122SFO1614.0316
5Carlos Dunlap201021CIN129.5195
6Ndamukong Suh201023DET1610.04817
7Clay Matthews200923GNB1610.03614
8Brian Orakpo200923WAS1611.03813
9Stylez G. White200728TAM168.0215
10Mark Anderson200623CHI1612.0244
11Elvis Dumervil200622DEN138.5143
12Tamba Hali200623KAN168.04516
13Kamerion Wimbley200623CLE1611.04417
14Shawne Merriman200521SDG1510.04314
15DeMarcus Ware200523DAL168.04711
16Jared Allen200422KAN159.0282
17Terrell Suggs200321BAL1612.0188
18Kevin Williams200323MIN1610.53715
19Dwight Freeney200222IND1613.0451
20Carlos Hall200223TEN158.02715
GamesSacks & Tackles
RkPlayerYearAgeTmGSkTklAst
21Julius Peppers200222CAR1212.0297
22Kendrell Bell200123PIT169.06913
23Justin Smith200122CIN158.54113
24Shaun Ellis200023NYJ168.53815
25Darren Howard200024NOR1611.03716
26Corey Simon200023PHI169.53813
27Brian Urlacher200022CHI168.010124
28Jevon Kearse199923TEN1614.5489
29Lorenzo Bromell199823MIA148.0167
30Vonnie Holliday199823GNB128.03418
31Peter Boulware199723BAL1611.54315
32Simeon Rice199622ARI1612.54210
33Hugh Douglas199524NYJ1510.0258
34Chris Slade199322NWE169.0380
35Dana Stubblefield199323SFO1610.5640
36Santana Dotson199223TAM1610.0710
37Chris Mims199222SDG1610.0530
38Mike Croel199122DEN1310.0840
39Anthony Smith199124RAI1610.500
40James Francis199022CIN168.0780
GamesSacks & Tackles
RkPlayerYearAgeTmGSkTklAst
41Renaldo Turnbull199024NOR169.0310
42Aaron Wallace199023RAI169.000
43Burt Grossman198922SDG1610.0630
44Derrick Thomas*198922KAN1610.0750
45Cornelius Bennett198722BUF88.5690
46Charles Haley198622SFO1612.0590
47Tim Harris198622GNB168.0670
48Leslie O’Neal198622SDG1312.5820
49Keith Millard198523MIN1611.000
50Garin Veris198522NWE1610.000
51Reggie White*198524PHI1313.01000
52Vernon Maxwell198322BAL1611.000
53Greg Townsend198322RAI1610.500
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/27/2013.