NFL Sacks Leaders 2019

We have seen a lot of individual defensive performances over the years, and sacks are such an important stat because they occur more often than interceptions and fumbles. We can truly see who are the best pass rushers in the game and how they have an effect on their team’s overall defense. With the league being more pass happy these days, getting pressure on a quarterback is important. Within this page you can see who is generating the most sacks, but also who is pressuring the quarterback the most. While they may not get a sack, they might have still disrupted the play and it is important to see that. Check to see who is leading the league or conference in sacks. As we get deeper into the season you can see who is making an impact by sacks per game. Once the playoffs hit, swap over tabs and see who is dominating the playoffs with their pass rush.

We have seen a lot of individual defensive performances over the years, and sacks are such an important stat because they occur more often than interceptions and fumbles. We can truly see who are the best pass rushers in the game and how they have an effect on their team’s overall defense. With the league being more pass happy these days, getting pressure on a quarterback is important. Within this page you can see who is generating the most sacks, but also who is pressuring the quarterback the most. While they may not get a sack, they might have still disrupted the play and it is important to see that. Check to see who is leading the league or conference in sacks. As we get deeper into the season you can see who is making an impact by sacks per game. Once the playoffs hit, swap over tabs and see who is dominating the playoffs with their pass rush.

DefenseTotalPer Game
RANK NAME RATING TEAM SACKS HOME AWAY QB PRESSURES FORCED FUMBLES SAFETY SACKS HOME AWAY QB PRESSURES
Defense 1 Shaquil Barrett S. Barrett
86
Total 19.5 10 9.5 51 6 0 Per Game 1.2 1.2 1.2 3
Defense 2 Chandler Jones C. Jones
98
Total 19 7 12 40 8 0 Per Game 1.2 0.9 1.5 2
Defense 3 Cameron Jordan C. Jordan
95
Total 15.5 3 12.5 49 0 0 Per Game 1 0.4 1.6 3
Defense 4 TJ Watt T. Watt
88
Total 14.5 10.5 4 59 8 0 Per Game 0.9 1.3 0.5 3
Defense 4 Danielle Hunter D. Hunter
90
Total 14.5 8 6.5 36 3 0 Per Game 0.9 1 0.8 2
Defense 6 Za'Darius Smith Z. Smith
86
Total 13.5 3 10.5 50 1 0 Per Game 0.8 0.4 1.3 3
Defense 7 Aaron Donald A. Donald
99
Total 12.5 6.5 6 55 2 1 Per Game 0.8 0.8 0.8 3
Defense 8 Preston Smith P. Smith
82
Total 12 7.5 4.5 34 1 0 Per Game 0.8 0.9 0.6 2
Defense 9 Joey Bosa J. Bosa
92
Total 11.5 5 6.5 54 1 0 Per Game 0.7 0.6 0.8 3
Defense 9 Robert Quinn R. Quinn
80
Total 11.5 4 7.5 35 2 0 Per Game 0.8 0.6 1.1 2
Defense 9 Bud Dupree B. Dupree
80
Total 11.5 6.5 5 28 4 0 Per Game 0.7 0.8 0.6 1
Defense 9 Dante Fowler Jr D. F. Jr
82
Total 11.5 3 8.5 35 2 0 Per Game 0.7 0.4 1.1 2
Defense 13 Justin Houston J. Houston
87
Total 11 6 5 28 2 1 Per Game 0.7 0.8 0.6 1
Defense 14 Josh Allen J. Allen
80
Total 10.5 6.5 4 39 2 0 Per Game 0.7 0.8 0.5 2
Defense 15 Maxx Crosby M. Crosby
74
Total 10 6.5 3.5 31 4 0 Per Game 0.6 0.8 0.4 1
Defense 15 Arik Armstead A. Armstead
86
Total 10 6.5 3.5 35 2 0 Per Game 0.6 0.8 0.4 2
Defense 15 Myles Garrett M. Garrett
91
Total 10 5 5 29 2 0 Per Game 1 1 1 2
Defense 15 Markus Golden M. Golden
75
Total 10 3 7 44 0 0 Per Game 0.6 0.4 0.9 2
Defense 19 Mario Addison M. Addison
78
Total 9.5 4 5.5 22 2 0 Per Game 0.6 0.5 0.7 1
Defense 19 Jordan Phillips J. Phillips
78
Total 9.5 3 6.5 20 1 0 Per Game 0.6 0.4 0.8 1
Defense 19 Matt Judon M. Judon
82
Total 9.5 5 4.5 31 4 0 Per Game 0.6 0.6 0.6 1
Defense 22 Carlos Dunlap C. Dunlap
83
Total 9 7.5 1.5 32 2 0 Per Game 0.6 0.9 0.2 2
Defense 22 Nick Bosa N. Bosa
88
Total 9 7 2 45 1 0 Per Game 0.6 0.9 0.2 2
Defense 22 Chris Jones C. Jones
90
Total 9 3 6 27 1 0 Per Game 0.6 0.4 0.8 1
Defense 22 Harold Landry H. Landry
83
Total 9 5 4 32 1 0 Per Game 0.6 0.6 0.5 2
Defense 22 Cameron Heyward C. Heyward
89
Total 9 6 3 33 1 0 Per Game 0.6 0.8 0.4 2
Defense 27 Khalil Mack K. Mack
99
Total 8.5 5.5 3 45 5 0 Per Game 0.5 0.7 0.4 2
Defense 27 Bruce Irvin B. Irvin
76
Total 8.5 2 6.5 23 1 1 Per Game 0.5 0.2 0.8 1
Defense 27 Jason Pierre-Paul J. Pierre-Paul
82
Total 8.5 5 3.5 24 2 0 Per Game 0.8 1 0.7 2
Defense 27 Brandon Graham B. Graham
86
Total 8.5 5.5 3 30 1 0 Per Game 0.5 0.7 0.4 1
Defense 27 Sam Hubbard S. Hubbard
77
Total 8.5 5.5 3 19 1 0 Per Game 0.5 0.7 0.4 1
Defense 27 Matt Ioannidis M. Ioannidis
82
Total 8.5 2.5 6 35 0 0 Per Game 0.5 0.3 0.8 2
Defense 33 Jordan Jenkins J. Jenkins
76
Total 8 6 2 16 2 0 Per Game 0.5 0.8 0.2 1
Defense 33 Everson Griffen E. Griffen
92
Total 8 4.5 3.5 35 0 0 Per Game 0.5 0.6 0.4 2
Defense 33 Vic Beasley V. Beasley
75
Total 8 4 4 18 2 0 Per Game 0.5 0.5 0.5 1
Defense 33 Clay Matthews C. Matthews
80
Total 8 2 6 28 2 0 Per Game 0.5 0.2 0.8 1
Defense 33 Frank Clark F. Clark
80
Total 8 2 6 27 3 0 Per Game 0.5 0.2 0.8 1
Defense 33 Yannick Ngakoue Y. Ngakoue
83
Total 8 2 6 27 4 0 Per Game 0.5 0.2 0.9 1
Defense 33 Von Miller V. Miller
98
Total 8 3.5 4.5 37 0 0 Per Game 0.5 0.4 0.6 2
Defense 40 Brian Burns B. Burns
81
Total 7.5 3 4.5 23 1 0 Per Game 0.5 0.4 0.6 1
Defense 40 Grady Jarrett G. Jarrett
92
Total 7.5 3 4.5 26 2 0 Per Game 0.5 0.4 0.6 1
Defense 40 Whitney Mercilus W. Mercilus
85
Total 7.5 3 4.5 25 4 0 Per Game 0.5 0.4 0.6 1
Defense 40 Deforest Buckner D. Buckner
90
Total 7.5 3.5 4 20 2 0 Per Game 0.5 0.4 0.5 1
Defense 44 Montez Sweat M. Sweat
79
Total 7 2.5 4.5 27 2 0 Per Game 0.4 0.3 0.6 1
Defense 44 Ifeadi Odenigbo I. Odenigbo
71
Total 7 3 4 18 1 0 Per Game 0.5 0.5 0.5 1
Defense 44 Jamie Collins J. Collins
84
Total 7 4.5 2.5 16 3 0 Per Game 0.4 0.6 0.3 1
Defense 44 Derek Wolfe D. Wolfe
80
Total 7 5 2 18 1 0 Per Game 0.4 0.6 0.2 1
Defense 44 Benson Mayowa B. Mayowa
73
Total 7 6 1 15 3 0 Per Game 0.4 0.8 0.1 0
Defense 44 Trey Flowers T. Flowers
83
Total 7 3 4 35 2 0 Per Game 0.4 0.4 0.5 2
Defense 44 Melvin Ingram M. Ingram
91
Total 7 5 2 23 0 0 Per Game 0.4 0.6 0.2 1
Defense 44 Devon Kennard D. Kennard
74
Total 7 2 5 30 1 0 Per Game 0.4 0.2 0.6 1
Defense 52 Terrell Suggs T. Suggs
81
Total 6.5 5 1.5 17 4 0 Per Game 0.4 0.6 0.2 1
Defense 52 Shaq Lawson S. Lawson
79
Total 6.5 3 3.5 28 1 0 Per Game 0.4 0.4 0.4 1
Defense 52 Jamal Adams J. Adams
93
Total 6.5 2.5 4 16 2 0 Per Game 0.4 0.3 0.5 1
Defense 52 Calais Campbell C. Campbell
96
Total 6.5 6.5 0 33 2 0 Per Game 0.4 0.8 0 2
Defense 52 Michael Bennett M. Bennett
81
Total 6.5 1 5.5 24 0 0 Per Game 0.4 0.1 0.6 1
Defense 52 Derek Barnett D. Barnett
79
Total 6.5 1 5.5 26 2 0 Per Game 0.4 0.1 0.7 1
Defense 52 Kyle Van Noy K. V. Noy
85
Total 6.5 2.5 4 24 3 0 Per Game 0.4 0.3 0.5 1
Defense 52 Dee Ford D. Ford
86
Total 6.5 2 4.5 16 2 0 Per Game 0.4 0.2 0.6 1
Defense 60 Dawuane Smoot D. Smoot
69
Total 6 5 1 9 0 0 Per Game 0.4 0.6 0.1 0
Defense 60 Nicholas Williams N. Williams
67
Total 6 3 3 12 0 0 Per Game 0.4 0.4 0.4 0
Defense 60 Adam Butler A. Butler
74
Total 6 3 3 9 0 0 Per Game 0.4 0.4 0.4 0
Defense 60 Carl Nassib C. Nassib
76
Total 6 3 3 17 1 0 Per Game 0.4 0.4 0.4 1
Defense 60 Marcus Davenport M. Davenport
75
Total 6 3 3 26 3 0 Per Game 0.4 0.4 0.4 1
Defense 60 Shelby Harris S. Harris
74
Total 6 1 5 11 1 0 Per Game 0.4 0.1 0.6 0
Defense 60 Kenny Clark K. Clark
87
Total 6 4.5 1.5 15 1 0 Per Game 0.4 0.6 0.2 0
Defense 60 Vernon Butler V. Butler
70
Total 6 1 5 12 3 0 Per Game 0.4 0.1 0.6 0
Defense 60 Jonathan Allen J. Allen
80
Total 6 1.5 4.5 21 1 0 Per Game 0.4 0.2 0.6 1
Defense 69 Dont'a Hightower D. Hightower
89
Total 5.5 2 3.5 19 0 0 Per Game 0.3 0.2 0.4 1
Defense 69 Larry Ogunjobi L. Ogunjobi
74
Total 5.5 3.5 2 22 0 0 Per Game 0.3 0.4 0.2 1
Defense 69 Chase Winovich C. Winovich
77
Total 5.5 1 4.5 19 0 0 Per Game 0.3 0.1 0.6 1
Defense 69 Ryan Kerrigan R. Kerrigan
87
Total 5.5 4.5 1 25 1 0 Per Game 0.3 0.6 0.1 1
Defense 69 Emmanuel Ogbah E. Ogbah
76
Total 5.5 2.5 3 14 1 0 Per Game 0.5 0.5 0.5 1
Defense 74 Kamalei Correa K. Correa
72
Total 5 1 4 11 0 0 Per Game 0.3 0.1 0.5 0
Defense 74 Darius Leonard D. Leonard
85
Total 5 4 1 11 2 0 Per Game 0.3 0.5 0.1 0
Defense 74 Tyus Bowser T. Bowser
73
Total 5 5 0 14 1 0 Per Game 0.3 0.6 0 0
Defense 74 Demarcus Lawrence D. Lawrence
89
Total 5 3 2 29 2 0 Per Game 0.3 0.4 0.2 1
Defense 74 Vinny Curry V. Curry
75
Total 5 4 1 18 0 0 Per Game 0.3 0.5 0.1 1
Defense 74 Trent Murphy T. Murphy
79
Total 5 3 2 19 2 0 Per Game 0.3 0.4 0.2 1
Defense 74 Jurrell Casey J. Casey
87
Total 5 2 3 21 1 0 Per Game 0.3 0.2 0.4 1
Defense 74 Alex Okafor A. Okafor
75
Total 5 1 4 10 1 0 Per Game 0.3 0.1 0.5 0
Defense 74 Carl Lawson C. Lawson
81
Total 5 2 3 23 0 0 Per Game 0.3 0.2 0.4 1
Defense 74 Ed Oliver E. Oliver
83
Total 5 2 3 12 1 0 Per Game 0.3 0.2 0.4 0
Defense 74 Taco Charlton T. Charlton
68
Total 5 2 3 10 2 0 Per Game 0.3 0.3 0.3 0
Defense 74 Gerald McCoy G. McCoy
82
Total 5 2 3 22 0 0 Per Game 0.3 0.2 0.4 1
Defense 86 Lorenzo Carter L. Carter
74
Total 4.5 0.5 4 23 1 0 Per Game 0.3 0.1 0.5 1
Defense 86 Jerry Hughes J. Hughes
82
Total 4.5 2 2.5 17 0 0 Per Game 0.3 0.2 0.3 1
Defense 86 Trey Hendrickson T. Hendrickson
77
Total 4.5 2.5 2 17 1 0 Per Game 0.3 0.3 0.2 1
Defense 86 Oshane Ximines O. Ximines
74
Total 4.5 1.5 3 12 0 0 Per Game 0.3 0.2 0.4 0
Defense 86 Geno Atkins G. Atkins
85
Total 4.5 2 2.5 20 0 0 Per Game 0.3 0.2 0.3 1
Defense 86 Samson Ebukam S. Ebukam
78
Total 4.5 3.5 1 15 1 0 Per Game 0.3 0.4 0.1 0
Defense 86 Jabaal Sheard J. Sheard
79
Total 4.5 3 1.5 20 0 0 Per Game 0.3 0.4 0.2 1
Defense 86 Logan Ryan L. Ryan
87
Total 4.5 2 2.5 10 4 0 Per Game 0.3 0.2 0.3 0
Defense 86 Clelin Ferrell C. Ferrell
77
Total 4.5 3.5 1 15 0 0 Per Game 0.3 0.4 0.1 0
Defense 95 Maliek Collins M. Collins
74
Total 4 1 3 21 0 0 Per Game 0.2 0.1 0.4 1
Defense 95 Jourdan Lewis J. Lewis
76
Total 4 4 0 5 0 0 Per Game 0.2 0.5 0 0
Defense 95 JJ Watt J. Watt
99
Total 4 2 2 24 1 0 Per Game 0.5 0.5 0.5 3
Defense 95 Demarcus Walker D. Walker
72
Total 4 4 0 6 0 0 Per Game 0.2 0.5 0 0
Defense 95 Eric Reid E. Reid
78
Total 4 2 2 8 1 0 Per Game 0.2 0.2 0.2 0
Defense 95 Dontari Poe D. Poe
76
Total 4 3 1 7 0 0 Per Game 0.2 0.4 0.1 0

How To Read Sack Leaders Page

Every week the ranks will likely change as we are ranking defensive players solely on sacks. You can use tabs to narrow down what you are looking for with the overall NFL, AFC, and NFC. The slider is going to help you pinpoint who has the most sacks within a certain span of weeks. You can go from the second half of the season, or to just the last three weeks. This gives you more flexibility to see what you want to view. The Lineups Rating will sit next to the player to show their overall rating from a formula we have created based on defensive stats.

Getting into totals and per game numbers, you can see the splits between home and away. A player might have a noticeable difference in sacks at home and on the road. However you can’t really base this for future references if you are trying to project sacks. It is a small sample size of road and home games where the schedule might be more favorable for a player in home games or vice versa. So it is important to dig a little deeper and figure out why the numbers are the way they are.

QB pressures, forced fumbles, and safeties are also included here. QB pressures are much more frequent in comparison to the other two stats, so we just see their overall totals. However a player can have knack for forcing turnovers more frequently than others. Safeties are a rare play but we can see who leads the league in forcing them as well. QB pressures is an important stat because it can have an impact on the play without showing up in the box score as a sack. That is why we want to showcase it here and why it was created as well.

What Makes A Good Pass Rusher?

Each pass rusher is made up of a different mold of strengths and weaknesses, and the ones who have little to no weaknesses are going to be the ones to produce the big numbers because they can get by anybody. Starting with having elite awareness, this is a crucial thing to have when being a strong pass rusher. There is always a lot going on each play and pre-snap. Being able to take what has happened in the past and being able to use that when necessary is a big help. Pass rushers that can get off the line and read snap counts well have a slight edge, but it is just a small piece of the puzzle.

Reading offensive lineman is big to know what they are going to do. It is a battle all game long as often you will be matched up against the same name unless you flip sides more frequently. After they assess the offensive lineman, it is important for a defender to not get caught up with them, because they still need to find the ball and read the play. Whether that is a play action, a run, or a drop back pass, getting to where the ball or player is going to be is important. Getting past the blocker is only the first step, and it doesn’t do much good if you don’t know where the ball is after that.

Teams will often look for defensive players with a high motor, and not everyone is have that. It is also not something you can teach, it is more on the player to have that or develop that attitude of chasing down and going 100% on every play. Having that high motor can help make up for some of the other missed attributes of a player. Now going full blown for every play of the game is going to cause some durability issues, so it is still smart to harness energy and be able to know when to turn it on and off.

Being able to battle with your hands is important as that is what you are mostly going to be doing when you battle an offensive line. If you get caught up and have the offensive lineman’s hands inside your shoulder pads, it is going to be tough to get by him. There are a few different techniques like using a bull rush and shedding these blocking moves, but we will get into that in a moment. A player can also dip past a higher blocking offensive lineman and this is known as the dip.

Having multiple pass rushing techniques is big because if you are a one dimensional pass rusher, it is going to be tough to overcome once an offense figures you out. You will also not be able to beat every offensive lineman with one or two moves. The best pass rushers are able to beat you inside or out, bull rush you, or just simply beat you right off the line. Jumping snap counts is a bit overrated, but a quick defensive end is going to need to have some awareness built in just due to the vulnerability they will leave if it is a run play or they miss the quarterback.

After all is said and done, you must be able to bring down the quarterback right? Very few things are more frustrating than getting to the quarterback and not bringing him down when you have the chance. There is the mix of speed, physicality, strength, and size that must be possessed to go along with these traits. Very rarely does a player put it all together, but when they do, they are often one of the top pass rushers for a period of time or if the productions stays steady, it could be all-time.

Best Pass Rushers Of All-Time

Bruce Smith will go down as one of the best pass rushers of all-time, and possibly the best. He has the most sacks of any player in NFL history, and that record is looking very safe right now. He played most of his career in Buffalo, where he racked up over 120 sacks there. He also played in Washington where he continued strong numbers. Overall Smith was the heart of the Buffalo defense and they went to a few Super Bowls that ended in heart breaking fashion. Reggie White is just a few sacks short of Smith, and is second all time in sacks. He played with Philadelphia and Green Bay. White is one of the most dominating presences on the defensive side.

Lawrence Taylor will go down as the best defensive player to ever play, and added pass rushing to his game as an outside linebacker. He had seven straight seasons with double-digit sacks and was also a two-time Super Bowl champion who dominated the game on every front. Taylor jumpstarted what the linebacker position looks like now being able to get to the quarterback but also being a run stopping force and playing well in coverage. Another top linebacker, Kevin Greene had 160 sacks in his career, and was a monster with endless energy. No matter what team he played for, Greene’s production hardly changed.

The term “sack” actually started with Deacon Jones, and he had over 170 sacks that were calculated. The stat wasn’t officially recorded until after his career ended. Overall he was a Hall of Famer and one of the best defensive ends of all-time. Derrick Thomas was one of the best pass-rushers of all-time, but had a sad end to his career due to a car crash, and then died early at age 33. He holds the longest single game sack record with seven total sacks. He also had 126 in his career.

Getting into more recent years, Michael Strahan holds the single season sack record with 22.5, and ranks 6th all-time in sacks. If you watched Michael Strahan get that final sack, you have to say Brett Favre went down a bit too easy. Overall Strahan was an absolute force on the defensive side. One of the best undrafted free agent signings of all-time, John Randle had double-digit sacks in eight straight seasons. He finished with 137 sacks and went down as a hall of famer. The Colts had a dominant pass rush with Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney, who both rank inside the top 20 in sacks all-time.

Julius Peppers played for a long time, and is fourth overall in sacks. He played 16 years in the NFL, and has 159.5 sacks. Jason Taylor is another lengthy playing defenseman who ranks 7th all-time on the sacks list. We have seen a lot of names recently creep their way up the list. Terrell Suggs as 139 sacks all time and should move up a few with him still playing. DeMarcus Ware is another one who is 9th all-time in sacks. Von Miller and Cameron Wake are two active players still producing strong numbers. Both rank inside the top 35 in sacks all-time.

IDP fantasy football & Sacks

Individual sacks are something we can look at more for IDP fantasy football leagues, where overall team sacks can be considered non-IDP fantasy leagues. Now scoring systems are going to dictate how much a sack is worth. If a sack is worth the amount of a tackle, or slightly more, then, they are not as important as tackles because those are more frequent and easier to predict. Now if sacks are worth much more than tackles, then it is going to put more of an importance on getting players with a chance for sack production.

There are going to be a few things to look at when finding players who get sacks. The first is going to be a defensive scheme. A 4-3 or 3-4 system is going to change the way players get sacks,