We’re still knee-deep in rankings season, especially with no preseason games to pick apart this summer. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the trek from NFL training camps to opening day a longer and more arduous one, leaving football fans to direct their usual in-game emotions toward something else: player rankings!
Bears fans are going to love Pro Football Focus’ latest rankings venture: The top 25 edge rushers in the NFL.
Khalil Mack was slotted right where he deserves to be at No. 2 overall.
It says something about Mack’s quality that in a relative “down season,” he still earned an overall PFF grade of 86.2 and had 70 total pressures and four forced fumbles to his name. Mack is still a dominant force against both the run and pass, and he has two more seasons grading above 90.0 than he has below that mark over his career. The Bears have worked to get him more help this offseason, with the addition of Robert Quinn in free agency, so Mack should have a little more breathing room to get back to his dominant best, which is as good as the league has at the position.
The only player ranked ahead of Mack was Texans star J.J. Watt, who ironically had just four sacks in eight games last season. Like Mack, Watt was still effective despite his lacking sack total, and better production is expected from both players in 2020.
Mack’s 2020 running mate, Robert Quinn, didn’t crack PFF’s top 25 despite having 11.5 sacks for the Cowboys last season. The Bears could end up with two edge rushers with more than 10 sacks next season in what should be an exciting 2020 campaign for fans who love watching quarterbacks get harrassed.
Khalil Mack ranked 2nd-best edge rusher in NFL by Pro Football Focus originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago