Sig Stats: PRP, Defensive Interior

Earlier today we reflected on who the most productive edge rushers were when it came to getting to the passer. Now for the players on the defensive interior.

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Sig Stats: PRP, Defensive Interior


2014-Sig-Stats-PRP-DIEarlier today we reflected on who the most productive edge rushers were when it came to getting to the passer. Well it only seems right to give those guys working on the inside their due as we see which defensive tackles and 3-4 ends topped the PFF Pass Rushing Productivity Signature Stat.

As with before, PRP looks not only at how many sacks a defensive player gets, but also the hurries and hits and compares that number to the amount of times they actually rushed the passer to see who was the most productive.

(To qualify for the study a player must have logged at least 200 snaps rushing the passer).

Rank Name Team Pass Rush Snaps Total Pressure PRP
1  J.J. Watt HST 632 119 15
2  Jason Hatcher WAS 333 40 9.6
3  Sheldon Richardson NYJ 434 52 9.5
3  Kyle D. Williams BUF 409 49 9.5
3  Jay Ratliff CHI 280 33 9.5
6  Gerald McCoy TB 381 45 9.4
6  Vinny Curry PHI 294 34 9.4
8  Mike Daniels GB 353 41 9.1
9  Stephen Paea CHI 418 47 8.7
10  Cameron Heyward PIT 501 54 8.5

No surprises who the top dog is. Our three-peating Stephenson Award winner for Best Player in Football J.J. Watt had another season for the ages, with the only challenge for us deciding to place him as an edge rusher or an interior one. His base position as a 3-4 end made the choice for us, but really you could have no qualms where you placed him such was his dominance wherever he lined up.

The most striking thing about him is just how much better he was than everyone else. He’s almost in a category of his own, pushing an understated but impressive first year from Jason Hatcher in Washington, into an extremely distant second spot.

Rookie Watch

In 13th spot overall comes the first rookie. A PFF All-Pro selection and our Defensive Rookie of the Year, Aaron Donald. With the kind of explosion off the snap that made him impossible to deal with whether running or passing the football, Donald quickly ensured that the coaches weren’t going to start him on the bench with a string of impressive cameos making way to a last half of the season full of plays.

You have to go a long way down for the next rookie, with Stephon Tuitt in 43rd spot, though it’s worth noting that with 13 more snaps Timmy Jernigan  would have qualified for the study and finished second overall.

Top on the Team

One last thing to look at is who was the most productive interior rusher on each team and where that ranked.

Rank Name Team Pass Rush Snaps Total Pressure PRP
1 J.J. Watt HST 632 119 15
2 Jason Hatcher WAS 333 40 9.6
3 Kyle D. Williams BUF 409 49 9.5
3 Jay Ratliff CHI 280 33 9.5
3 Sheldon Richardson NYJ 434 52 9.5
6 Vinny Curry PHI 294 34 9.4
6 Gerald McCoy TB 381 45 9.4
8 Mike Daniels GB 353 41 9.1
9 Cameron Heyward PIT 501 54 8.5
10 Frostee Rucker ARZ 239 25 8.4
10 Ndamukong Suh DET 530 57 8.4
12 Johnathan Hankins NYG 341 35 8.3
12 Aaron Donald SL 424 44 8.3
14 Henry Melton DAL 291 30 8.2
15 Jurrell Casey TEN 487 51 8.1
16 Tom Johnson MIN 301 30 8
17 Antonio D. Smith OAK 427 42 7.6
18 Jonathan Babineaux ATL 417 41 7.5
18 Sen’Derrick Marks JAX 411 38 7.5
20 Ray McDonald SF 409 39 7.3
21 Cory Redding IND 413 37 7
22 Corey Liuget SD 433 38 6.9
22 Jordan Hill SEA 249 21 6.9
24 Randy Starks MIA 240 20 6.8
25 Geno Atkins CIN 459 40 6.7
26 Kawann Short CAR 356 30 6.6
27 Jaye Howard KC 205 17 6.5
28 Desmond Bryant CLV 411 30 5.8
29 Akiem Hicks NO 391 27 5.3
30 Sylvester Williams DEN 248 16 4.8
31 Haloti Ngata BLT 306 18 4.6
32 Chris Jones NE 280 14 4

As ever with stats, they will not tell the full story. We’d recommend a PFF Premium package that takes more things into account such as nature and speed of pressure and whether it came blocked or unblocked. Find out more about a Premium Subscription here.

 

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  • Jaguars28

    Wouldn’t Ryan Davis lead the Jags, or did he not get enough snaps?

    • DRH

      Ryan Davis had a PRP of 9.8 on 220 pass rushing snaps. (Jaye Howard makes the list with 205 pass rush snaps)

      It might be harder to get people to sign up for a service if someone many people have never heard of (on a 3 win team even) edges out bigger name players for second behind Watt.

      Or it might be that he didn’t have enough snaps purely from the inside to make the list? I know he was a situational rusher, but at 9.8 PRP you think he could get a head nod in either the interior or the edge article.

      Then again Roy Miller had 206 snaps and a PRP of 5 and is also excluded, so who really knows how they chose the names for this list?

    • Ben Alfveby

      “Defensive Interior”

      • Jaguars28

        Okay, still had a higher PRP than Andre Branch, too

  • LightsOut85

    You know Watt is good when you yell at his video-game counterpart to live up to his real-life standards.

  • rogue

    Well, we now know that interior pass rush was not the reason for the Pats winning a SB.

    • Lord Mad

      When you have two run stopping DTs..it’s kind of common sense.