of most of his second season after such a strong showing as a rookie, but he is a player who could still feature heavily. The days of gargantuan run-stuffers who offered little, if any, impact in the passing game are long gone. While Quinn has the talent to more than replace the pressure that Floyd generated (just 39 total pressures last year), he is less versatile in terms of alignment and stance than Floyd is and needs to be deployed with his hand in the dirt to effectively get after the quarterback. Steve Palazzolo consults PFF's free-agent rankings, 2021 NFL Draft Board and potential trade candidates to give you a quick-hitting breakdown of the best available edge defenders this offseason. Chicago's defensive front is still led by, Hicks' return should help with that. The team's defensive line depth is less spectacular, but rookie third-round pick McTelvin Agim has intriguing potential to steal some playing time. This defensive front likely relies on finding somebody beyond Trey Flowers to be a consistent force, particularly when it comes to generating pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Some of that can be contributed to his missed tackles and poor run defense. The new additions will be joining stalwart Kawann Short and last season’s first-round pick Brian Burns. Outside of that duo, the situation is a little less encouraging. He will move back inside for the Ravens, where he should prove to be an upgrade over Pearce. Combined, they were on the field for fewer than 750 snaps, and neither player graded particularly well, especially given their past performances. The interior options, such as Allen and Lawrence Guy, are solid yet unspectacular, but last year’s fifth-round pick Byron Cowart could be a dark horse candidate to earn some more playing time. Few players were as divisive as Brown in the pre-draft process. could be a dark horse candidate to earn some more playing time. Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul both return as the team’s primary pass-rushers, with Barrett agreeing to sign his franchise tag recently. If you are not familiar with PFF, the rankings are based on the on-field performance of the player for the 2020 football season. Allen notched 49 pressures as a rookie — though he had 388 rushes to get there — and his overall grade was more good than great. Buckner's departure potentially opens the opportunity of one last salvage mission for, Clark came into the NFL as a fairly one-dimensional player, but he has developed into a true every-down force. He improved each season of his career at Oklahoma and will push for snaps. The Bears need the best version of Mack possible given what they gave up to acquire him, and the key to finding that player might be surrounding him with a better supporting cast. [Editor’s Note: PFF’s advanced statistics and player grades are powered by AWS machine learning capabilities.]. 100-81 (Photo: Kyle Robertson/Columbus Dispatch, USA TODAY Sports) He has high-end athleticism and physical tools but is low on technique and polish at the position; he may take some time to transition to an effective force at the next level. all on the roster. The team also lost a useful reserve in defensive end Stephen Weatherly. 1 receiver, Best quarterbacks available in the 2021 NFL Draft and free agency, AFC-NFC Championship preview through the lens of Week 6 matchups, Analyzing the NFL teams with the worst QB situations entering the 2021 offseason, 2020 AFC-NFC Championship Preview: DFS advice, betting tips and matchups to watch. Stephen Weatherly was also added in free agency, and he has been remarkably consistent in his inability to pressure the passer at a high level. Lawson and Hubbard have the clearest path to doing that, but players such as Renell Wren or rookie Khalid Kareem could force their way into contributing roles. Ryan Anderson, another one of the few non-first-rounders on Washington's line, saw more snaps in 2019 than he saw in his previous two seasons combined, but he may be the first to lose playing time with Chase Young's arrival. 16 in the NFL. Nobody doubted his dominance and ability, but there were questions as to whether he could be an effective enough pass-rusher at the next level to justify a high first-round pick. And while he was more of a run defender than a pass-rushing force, he will hope to earn some playing time as a rotational body early on. Cameron Jordan is the star of this group and one of the most underrated players in the league despite near-universal agreement that he is an excellent lineman. Good Morning Faithful, Here are your top … Kinlaw was the most effective pass-rushing interior lineman in this draft, slotting in as the No. McCoy was solid in his first season outside of Tampa Bay, but he hasn’t had a PFF pass-rush grade above 70 in two seasons now and his overall mark of 72.0 was the lowest he has posted since 2015. Devon Kennard had the next highest pressure total, at 43. PFF's exclusive metrics provide matchup previews, position rankings, grades, and snap counts. Suh’s days as a dominant force may be gone, but he is still a very solid contributor. He has topped 40 pressures for six-straight seasons. The other side of the line is more of a question mark. Chicago's defensive front is still led by Khalil Mack, but he was something of a one-man band in 2019 — Akiem Hicks was limited to just 191 snaps of action, and nobody else was able to consistently dominate. Weatherly has three seasons of more than a couple of snaps, and all three saw him post a pass-rushing grade in the 50s. Sweat notched 27 total pressures last season on 274 pass-rush snaps. Unlock NFL Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft, Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS. Nick Bosa enters Year 2 of his NFL career after setting the rookie record for most total pressures in a season (80). Clark came into the NFL as a fairly one-dimensional player, but he has developed into a true every-down force. is also in the midst of a contract standoff with the team, and while he is still only 25 years old, he hasn’t been a genuinely elite edge-rusher since his 2017 season. That unit has since been chipped away at, though, and the departure of Calais Campbell this offseason sees the best player from the group leave town. He’ll have Ndamukong Suh playing alongside him this year again, and while Suh is coming off his worst PFF grade (69.6) since 2011, he still posted 39 pressures and graded well against the run. Cardinals' defensive backfield ranked in bottom third of NFL in 2020. Joseph is now with the Chargers, while there remains the possibility that Griffen could return as long as he is on the open market still unsigned. The Bills are throwing many options at the wall along the defensive front, but this unit’s success will be determined by Hughes staying on top of his game and Oliver raising his to the next level. Last season the team experimented with deploying. The defense of the Minnesota Vikings has gone through quite the transformation this offseason. Lawrence — all 342 pounds of him — had the best pass-rush grade of the four, but it was just 64.5. Eagles finish at No. Pierce is a huge load in the middle (340-plus pounds at just 6-feet in height) and should give the Vikings a run-stuffing presence who is also able to push the pocket against the pass. Depth is a real concern for this defensive front, which has few consistent threats and nobody outside of the players already mentioned who posted a pass-rushing grade north of 65.0 in 2019. Watt getting back to his best play would be a huge boost for this team, and in 2019 he threatened to do exactly that before a pectoral injury sidelined him for half of the regular season. PFF - Defensive Pass Coverage Stats (CB, S, LB) - Yards Per Target - Best and Worst Posted by SummerOfGeorge on 12/9/20 at 10:16 am 2 0 Power 5 only Top 25, Bottom 25 Cornerback - min 21 targets (142 overall players) 3. Steve Palazzolo consults PFF's free-agent rankings, 2021 NFL Draft Board and potential trade candidates to give you a quick-hitting breakdown of the best available quarterbacks this offseason. That group will earn the bulk of playing time, with Chris Wormley likely to see the majority of snaps at nose tackle in base defense, but replicating the level of play they all reached last season will be tough to do in 2020. Maurice Hurst was the team’s best pass-rusher in 2019, and the former Michigan star may be about to enter a breakout year. Campbell has had four-straight seasons with a PFF grade above 90.0 and done so at multiple different positions along the defensive line for Arizona and Jacksonville. That pairing is joined by free agent acquisition, Reader was asked to play more snaps and rush the passer more than in any previous year of his career (due to injuries), and he responded with a career-best PFF grade and a dozen more total pressures than he had in any previous season. Vita Vea took a step forward in his second year, improving his PFF grade while playing significantly more snaps and more than doubling his pressure total from his rookie year. The Falcons have one of the best defensive linemen in the game in the shape of Grady Jarrett, but the issue is that they don't have much around him. “ … Rasheem Green saw north of 500 snaps a season ago but had below-average grades in all facets of play and just 30 total pressures from 376 rushes. ... finished at No. Young gives the team five former first-round picks along the defensive line, each of whom has shown flashes. Veterans Mike Daniels and Damon Harrison broke down with injuries and just weren’t the same players they had been in the past. David Onyemata is the other critical piece of the puzzle, and like Rankins his best season was in 2018. Matthew Judon led the team in sacks, total pressures and pass-rush grade but was still just 18th in the league in that last category. Houston had a top-10 pass-rushing grade (81.9) and generated 60 total pressures on the year despite playing nearly 150 fewer snaps than the year before and 300 fewer than the season before that. John Simon was solid in 2019, grading at 73.3 overall on just under 500 snaps, but it's unlikely that he has the upside to replace Van Noy’s production. In this article, Zach Segars looks at how PFF ranked Denver's secondary and spends some extra time on a superstar on the Broncos' defense that doesn't get enough respect. His pass-rush grade of 91.4 trails only Donald. Sam Hubbard was more effective but had a massive 412 opportunities to rush the passer en route to 49 pressures. William Gholston was solid last season but unspectacular, earning grades in the 60s across the board, while the departure of Carl Nassib opens some snaps up to be claimed. Van Noy set career highs in pass rushes (464), pressures (60) and pass-rush grade (72.1) last season, while also dwarfing his career best with an 83.7 grade against the run, fourth-best among edge defenders. The interior of the Chargers' line has been the issue in recent seasons, and they will be hoping that Linval Joseph helps shore up that group. For the seventh-straight year since joining the team in 2013, Jerry Hughes led the Bills in pressures, finishing with 54. Houston is still likely to be the team’s primary source of edge rush pressure, though Kemoko Turay had absurd numbers in a tiny sample size last season before getting hurt, notching 14 pressures in just 69 pass-rushing snaps and registering a PFF pass-rushing grade of 91.3. The Panthers evidently believed he can be, and whether they were right will go a long way to determining how good this group can become. Steve Palazzolo consults PFF's free-agent rankings, 2021 NFL Draft Board and potential trade candidates to give you a quick-hitting breakdown of the best available edge defenders this offseason. He carried over his college profile of being better against the run than the pass, and he must improve his 58.6 pass-rush grade to justify his price tag. Vikings' defense at 22nd in PFF rankings. The depth on the defensive line has been an issue, and the Bengals would dearly love for one of their young players to take a big step forward and provide a consistent impact alongside the proven commodities they expect to be difference makers in 2020. The Bengals’ defensive line remains anchored by the best players it has featured over the past decade — Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap — but the team does have some more interesting pieces in 2020. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft may be the best pass-rusher to come into the NFL in a decade, and we have seen some excellent ones arrive over that time. The Baltimore Ravens continue to make smart personnel decisions that should make a significant impact on their team. The Seahawks' defensive line was hugely dependent on Jadeveon Clowney in 2019. He is still just 30 years old. 11. Second-year player Anthony Nelson graded extremely well against the run in limited snaps as a rookie and could be in line for an expanded role as the only option to have any significant snaps last season. Second-year player Zach Allen may be the player most likely to take a step forward and make an impact, but his rookie season lasted an underwhelming four games before injury landed him on injured reserve. Jarrett earned an overall PFF grade above 90.0 last season, and he racked up 40 defensive stops as well as 46 total pressures, but the next closest PFF grade among Falcons linemen who played more than 100 snaps was 71.7, and the player who earned that grade, Adrian Clayborn, is no longer on the roster. PFF ranks Seahawks offensive line 14th in yearly rankings Seahawks offensive line considered 14th best in latest Pro Football Focus’ rankings. The most intriguing additions to the team and the competition for playing time came in the draft, where the Patriots added Michigan’s Josh Uche and Alabama’s Anfernee Jennings in back-to-back rounds. Third-round rookie Terrell Lewis should have a good chance to start on the edge, but his PFF grade never matched the enticing physical tools he flashed in his lone season starting at Alabama. News & Analysis. Frank Clark also got the big-money deal when the team acquired him from Seattle, but his first season was a letdown, seeing him register just 47 total pressures in the regular season before an uptick in the playoffs. The biggest question mark for Denver heading into the season is whether Von Miller’s down year in 2019 was just a blip in a near-flawless career thus far, or whether it was the start of a decline that, at some point, is inevitable. Minnesota linebacker Eric Wilson was not on the list, which makes sense considering it was compiled by Pro Football Focus. had the next highest pressure total, at 43. 250+ three-page scouting profiles - advanced stats, 3-year grades, player comps, combine data and Senior Bowl grades - for the 2021 draft class. The Falcons also drafted Auburn’s Marlon Davidson in the second round of the draft, a player who ranked 44th on PFF’s Big Board. Watt ended the season with the highest pass-rushing grade (91.7) of any edge rusher in the league in addition to racking up 81 total pressures. Demarcus Lawrence has been the star on this defensive line since he broke out for the Cowboys, but the unit that takes shape around him has one of the widest range of outcomes of any group in the league. Tarell Basham, Jordan Jenkins and Kyle Phillips all topped 500 snaps in 2019, but none of them were able to generate more than 40 total pressures or earn a pass-rushing grade north of 70.0. He also forced eight fumbles and had two interceptions. Hargrave proved last season that he could step into an expanded role when Stephon Tuitt went down, generating career-bests in PFF grade (83.4), pass-rushing grade (76.9) and total pressures (49). Choose the subscription that suits you here. Tillery was incredibly productive in college and a first-round draft pick, but there have been no signs he can be that player at the next level yet. Collins earned a good pass-rushing grade in 2019, notching 48 total pressures, and he could provide a formidable interior duo with Hurst if the pair continue to improve their game. Brandon Williams remains and needs to return to his best play after seeing his run defense grade drop 10 grading points in 2019. According to Pro Football Focus, the Panthers’ pass rush ranked No. They will be hoping that changes this offseason or this line could be in for a significant regression. 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