With the NFL Combine fast approaching, the work put in by NFL teams to find the next best addition to their respective teams hits full tilt. Information is flowing on the NFL Draft regarding certain aspects of evaluating prospects. The Houston Texans are in an interesting category when it comes to evaluating pass rushers coming out of the NFL Draft, which is a staple of how NFL defenses can be better than average units across the league.
Justis Mosqueda, who evaluates pass rushers coming out of the NFL Draft, came across some interesting information regarding the subject. The idea of pass rushers being ready to go from day one is far from the truth. It takes time and, as Mosqueda concluded, the bar could be set too high for top picks when it comes to rushing the quarterback.
What he pointed out is that, of players with multiple seasons of 8+ sacks, 38% of come from the 1st round, 14% are drafted in the second round, 17% in the third round, and 9% are picked the 4th round, making it a premium to find pass rushers early and not let pass rushers get away when they have shown the ability to sack the quarterback consistently.
More impressive is the work the Texans have put in finding pass rushers who can eclipse the 11-sack season mark. The Texans found three drafted by the organization in Mario Williams, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus.
Take a look.
The Texans lead the list with three players found in the 1st round, followed by the Dallas, St.Louis/Los Angeles, Oakland, Green Bay, and Washington who have found 2 players (per team) to hit the 11 sack mark.
A step further shows that the Texans have selected two of the most productive sack producers since 2005 in Watt and Williams and the only team with three players in the top 20.
More impressive is when the top three rounds are factored in, the Texans also drafted Connor Barwin, who checks in at #18 overall (on an average of each player's three best sack totals) on the list and gives the Texans four players in the top 26. Barwin is only one of 37 second round pass rushers from 2005-2014 to record a double digit sack season and one of only four players to record five sacks in at least three seasons.
The Texans are the ONLY team with 4 pass rushers in the top 26 followed by Washington, Detriot, New York Giants, San Francisco, Kansas City, and Oakland at 2 a piece.
If there is some consolation, it appears the Texans have an idea what to find in the pass rushing department coming out of the NFL Draft and the numbers are pretty clear.
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