The Denver Broncos may have the best pass rusher in the NFL, but the AFC West is loaded with guys that can get after the quarterback. Here are the top 8…
The Denver Broncos may have the best pass rusher in the NFL in Von Miller, but the AFC West is king when it comes to getting after the quarterback as a division.
This particular division boasts arguably the top five edge players in the NFL and some of the most terrifying pass rushers for quarterbacks to have to face on a weekly basis.
Which pass rushers are the best in the West?
We’re going to attempt to ‘rank’ the top eight players with the following criteria:
1. Pass rush efficiency: If your rush isn’t effective, you’re not going to be high on the list. If you’ve only got one move, you won’t be high on the list. If you struggle to close the deal, you won’t be high on the list.
2. Production: Some of the ranking system here will be based on consistent production over the course of a player’s career. Some, not all.
3. Potential/Ceiling: There are some pass rushers in this league that have not produced as much (or at all) compared to some others. There is (obviously) a rookie on this list. Again, career sacks will not necessarily vault you to the top of this list.
4. Versatility: This is a pass rush list, but some of this ranking system and differentiation between the top five guys in this group will be affected by their versatility as edge defenders as a whole. Can they play the run well? Can they cover?
Let’s take a look at the top eight pass rushers in the best pass rushing division in the NFL…