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Just how good has Carlos Dunlap been?

During the 5 last 5 years, from 2007~2011 there have been 369 Defensive Linemen and Linebackers drafted.

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86 of them were drafted in a higher spot than Carlos Dunlap (2nd round, #54 overall). Ahead of him were drafted such coveted Defensive End sack artists like Vernon Gholston (#6 overall), Derrick Harvey (#8 overall), Brandon Graham (#13 overall), Jerry Hughes (#31 overall) and Phillip Merling (#32 overall) who have combined for a total of 15.5 sacks in 184 games....compared to the 14 sacks Dunlap has produced himself in only 24 games played.

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For these 369 defensive linemen and linebackers, I looked at the # of sacks per game they have generated as a way to compare them to see who the best pash rushers are that have entered the NFL over the last half decade.

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Carlos Dunlap is 7th out of 369 in sacks per game (in the top 2 %)

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The top 20 are listed below...

Draft

Name

Gm

Sack

Sack/Gm

2011

Aldon Smith

16

14.0

0.88

2011

Von Miller

15

11.5

0.77

2007

LaMarr Woodley

70

48.0

0.69

2010

Jason Pierre-Paul

32

21.0

0.66

2009

Clay Matthews

46

29.5

0.64

2009

Brian Orakpo

47

28.5

0.61

2010

Carlos Dunlap

24

14.0

0.58

2011

Jabaal Sheard

16

8.5

0.53

2008

Cliff Avril

57

30.0

0.53

2009

Connor Barwin

33

16.0

0.48

2007

Charles Johnson

63

30.5

0.48

2008

Chris Long

64

30.5

0.48

2011

Ryan Kerrigan

16

7.5

0.47

2011

Adrian Clayborn

16

7.5

0.47

2010

Ndamukong Suh

30

14.0

0.47

2011

Sam Acho

15

7.0

0.47

2011

Karl Klug

16

7.0

0.44

2011

Brooks Reed

16

6.0

0.38

2011

Pernell McPhee

16

6.0

0.38

2007

Jacob Ford

43

15.5

0.36

Every player listed ahead of Dunlap (outside of Aldon Smith) has been to at least 1 pro-bowl.

The top 2 listed (Smith & Miller) have only played 1 year, so their #’s may drop as their #’s fluctuate from year to year. If we only look at Dunlap’s first year, he would be at 0.79 sacks per game, which would rank him as #2 overall on this list. Wow! Regardless, Dunlap looks to be something of an elite pass rusher...especially since he’s not even been the starter for the Bengals over the last 2 years.

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Dunlap is also the lowest drafted player of everybody in the top 7. So definitely a good value there.

Conversely, I decided to take a look at Maualuga’s #’s also.

I looked at Rey’s tackles per game compared to all other LB’s drafted from 2007~2011.

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Rey Maualuga is 28th out of 130 with 3.0 Tackles per game.

This puts him well below the top 4 (P Willis 7.1, J Beason 6.5, J Laurinaitis 6.5, J Mayo 5.8).

It even puts him below Keith Rivers who has 3.4 tackles per game.

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Maualuga was the 16th highest LB taken (2nd round, #38 overall) from 2007~2011 but is not in the top 16 in tackles per game. He barely made the top 30. He is the 28th highest LB in tackles per game.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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