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Ranking the top 25 NFL edge rushers

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  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Around The League Editor
  • Published: June 19, 2013 at 08:01 p.m.
  • Updated: June 19, 2013 at 09:35 p.m.

We've taken a crack at ranking the best quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers in the NFL this offseason.

Next up: The edge rushers. This is a list of the players we'd want on our team for this season, and this season only.

For the purposes of this list, we are not including interior rushers. So the list does not include great disruptive 4-3 defensive tackles like Geno Atkins or superhuman 3-4 defensive ends like J.J. Watt.

The best of the best

1. Von Miller

2. Clay Matthews

3. Cameron Wake

4. Terrell Suggs

5. DeMarcus Ware

6. Aldon Smith

7. Jason Pierre-Paul

Miller's speed is breathtaking. A lot of guys can run fast in a straight line, but Miller is football fast. He gets around the edge in an instant, and he combines that speed with great smarts and strength. Miller's already the best edge rusher and he might only get better. ... Matthews can be just as disruptive as Miller if fully healthy. He still should have a Defensive MVP season in him. ... Wake is the next most consistent pass rusher. Even when he doesn't get a sack, he's changing the play. ... Ware has declined slightly from his peak, but remains in elite form. ... Aldon Smith racks up sacks but is a little less consistent snap to snap compared to the players above him. ... JPP might have the highest ceiling of the whole group if he recovers well from back surgery and learns more veteran guile.

Next level

8. Chris Long

9. Jared Allen

10. Julius Peppers

11. Mario Williams

Long has slowly, but steadily improved thoughout his five-year career. He only is hitting his peak now. ... Allen's sack totals declined last year, but he was still an effective pass rusher. The same is true for Peppers; he's still great even on the other side of his career arc. ... Bills fans saw in Williams what Texans fans often saw: very good final numbers that masked streaky play.

Knocking on the door

12. Bruce Irvin

13. LaMarr Woodley

14. Charles Johnson

15. Chandler Jones

16. Greg Hardy

17. Justin Houston

18. Robert Mathis

19. Carlos Dunlap

20. Tamba Hali

Irvin remains a little rough around the edges, but he's a pure pass rusher. He could evolve into Seattle's counterpart to Aldon Smith. ... Woodley is coming off a brutal 2012 season, but he's too good and too young (28) to give up on. ... Charles Johnson quietly gets it done year after year in Carolina. His teammate Greg Hardy doesn't do anything quiet, and could pass Johnson as the best pass rusher on the team. Justin Houston and Tamba Hali also remain one of the league's better duos. ... Jones could be New England's most complete pass rusher since Willie McGinest. It wouldn't be a shock if he's a top-five guy before long. ... Dunlap is a fourth-year player we believe can take a significant leap.

Knocking on the door

21. Ryan Kerrigan

22. Robert Quinn

23. Paul Kruger

24. Anthony Spencer

25. Michael Johnson

Kerrigan is the king of the near-sack, which suggests a breakout is around the corner. ... Quinn is part of a dangerous front seven in St. Louis and still hasn't realized his potential. ... Kruger was a part-time player until breaking out last season and cashing in with the Browns. ... Johnson put up most of his production in just a few big games before getting the franchise tag.

Just missed: Cliff Avril, Trent Cole, Elvis Dumervil, Melvin Ingram, Everson Griffen, Brian Robison, Derrick Morgan, Lamarr Houston, Kamerion Wimbley, James Harrison, Dwight Freeney, Whitney Mercilus and Osi Umenyiora.

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How is Jared Allen not at the top of this list?

Double Digit sacks for last 6 straight seasons.

Only missed 2 games in a 10 year career.

1/2 sack shy of the single season sack record (with no help from Favre).

And the object of every teams double team every week.

Allens sacks declined last year? He had flipping 22 the year before. You didnt see a decline coming?

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How is Jared Allen not at the top of this list?

Double Digit sacks for last 6 straight seasons.

Only missed 2 games in a 10 year career.

1/2 sack shy of the single season sack record (with no help from Favre).

And the object of every teams double team every week.

Allens sacks declined last year? He had flipping 22 the year before. You didnt see a decline coming?

truth. jared allen is the #1 DE in the NFL.
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How is Jared Allen not at the top of this list?

Double Digit sacks for last 6 straight seasons.

Only missed 2 games in a 10 year career.

1/2 sack shy of the single season sack record (with no help from Favre).

And the object of every teams double team every week.

Allens sacks declined last year? He had flipping 22 the year before. You didnt see a decline coming?

It's a list of edge rushers. JJ Watt isn't on the list and he's the holy terror of pass rushers, especially with all the deflections factored in. Jared Allen gets a lot of sacks by bull rushing.

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When Justin Smith got hurt last year, when he wasn't eating up blocks on one side, Aldon Smith didnt look very special at all, I'm surprised to see him at 6 with some many vets ranked below him.

Heck, I think Abraham was the third best graded DE last year by PFF grades, even without a team and getting older, he should at least been on "just missed" at very least. He's been the only rush on Falcons for years and personally made many game changing plays. I would say he is responsible for one of Falcons 3 wins over Saints.

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It's a list of edge rushers. JJ Watt isn't on the list and he's the holy terror of pass rushers, especially with all the deflections factored in. Jared Allen gets a lot of sacks by bull rushing.

JJ Watt wouldnt be an "edge rusher" in a 3-4. That would be the OLBs. Jared Allen is an edge rusher for his defense.

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