Cowboys Lawrence Not In Top-12 Pass-Rusher Rankings?

Mike Fisher
July 05, 2018 - 7:53 am
 DeMarcus Lawrence

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DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) - My Fan colleague Chris Arnold has famously said, "People do love lists.'' Not me. I hate lists.

I mean, I hate the false sense of orderliness that comes with lists, or some lists, anyway ... the appearance of "definition'' and "finality'' where none really exists.

But it's the NFL offseason. How are we going to survive conversations in the barrooms and the barber shops (or where we actually have conversations now, on social media) without lists?

Another respected colleague, Doug Farrar of Bleacher Report, has created his ranking of the top-12 pass-rushers in the NFL. The title, technically, is "Ranking the NFL's Most Unblockable Pass-Rushers." 

In any event, DeMarcus Lawrence didn't make the list.

Lawrence, of course, finished 2017 tied for second in the NFL in sacks with 14.5 and made his first Pro Bowl. He is, in the view of the Cowboys, the consummate "QB hunter'' who also disrupts the quarterback in other ways, plays hurt and with sacrifice, and understands the importance of playing the run, too.

"They go hand-in-hand,'' Lawrence recently told me of his desire to be tough to block both against the run and pass. "The idea is to win. You win by stopping both.''

But you make these sort of lists by racking up sack numbers ... or, in this case, you don't make the list by doing so.

Farrar's list, counting down 12 to 1: Ryan Kerrigan, Calais Campbell, Fletcher Cox, Melvin Ingram, DeForest Buckner, Joey Bosa, Geno Atkins, Cameron Jordan, Cameron Heyward, Von Miller, Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald.

Lawrence isn't the only snub here; Chandler Jones led the NFL with 17 sacks last season and isn't on the list,

Writes Farrar: "Sacks are important to pass-rushers, but more important is the constant stream of quarterback disruption by a player who finds his way through the offensive line to not only take the quarterback down but also to hurry his throws or move him from his ideal position."

The Cowboys agree with this, and think Tank Lawrence is the very definition of this ... but this is the offseason stuff barroom brawls and barber-shop brouhahas are made of. And the stuff social-media melees are made of, too.