As this season of college football starts to come to a close, it also marks the close of the decade. Throughout the week, some of the writers here at PFN will be ranking who we believe are the players most deserving of being named to the All-Decade team. For this edition, we’ll be talking about the All-Decade Team: Pass Rushers.
We’ve had some historic talent at this position over the last decade. A new career sack record was set, and there have been 20 players drafted in the top-10 at this position in the 2010s. With that in mind, it was difficult to just narrow down the list to five names. I used a combination of production, accolades, and pro potential to narrow down the names of this loaded position.
If you don’t agree with my list, or if I left off someone you believe is more deserving, let me know by tweeting at me @AJDraftScout. Without further ado, here are the five pass rushers I believe are most deserving to be named to the 2010’s College Football All-Decade Team.
#5. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Clowney’s collegiate career can be best summarized by the GIF of his vicious hit against Michigan in the Outback Bowl. Clowney accounted for 24 sacks and 47 tackles for loss in three years at South Carolina, earning himself a unanimous All-American selection in 2012. Clowney was a freakish athlete and a force to be reckoned with on the football field. His sophomore season is one of the best in college football. Clowney went on to become the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
#4. Joey Bosa, Ohio State
Part one of the Bosa twins at Ohio State, Joey racked up the accolades and was a dominant pass-rusher at the college football level. Joey was a two-time All-American, including a unanimous selection in 2014. He amassed 51 tackles for loss, 26 sacks, and five forced fumbles in his career. Bosa was the 2014 Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year winner and went on to win a national championship with the Buckeyes before being selected third overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.
#3. Khalil Mack, Buffalo
If you only knew of Mack from the NFL level, you could imagine how much of a force Mack was on his competition at Buffalo. The three-time All-MAC, MAC Defensive Player of the Year, and All-American didn’t quite have the hardware other players on this list do, but Mack was perhaps the most dominant. He finished his career with Buffalo with an NCAA-record 74.5 tackles for loss, 28.5 sacks, and another NCAA-record 16 career forced fumbles. Mack went on to become the fifth overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft and became the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.
#2. Chase Young, Ohio State
Was there any doubt that Chase Young wouldn’t be on this list? Young is coming off of one of the best seasons in college football history, setting the Ohio State record for sacks in a single-season. He earned himself a likely unanimous First-Team All-American bid, the Ted Hendricks Award, the Bronko Nagurski Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award, and was the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year. Did I mention he was 4th in the Heisman voting too? With 30.5 career sacks, it was merely a matter of deciding where to put Young on this list. Young is just as good a pro prospect as any of these players on this list, and he’ll likely be a top-5 selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.
#1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
The only player I decided to put over Young is the first overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft: Myles Garrett. The biggest reason was that Garrett produced similarly not just for a single season, but over his entire career. Garrett amassed 30 career sacks with the Aggies, using his freakish burst and athletic ability to harass opposing quarterbacks as one of the most feared players in college football. Garrett was robbed of awards but earned himself two First-Team All-American spots, including a unanimous selection in 2016. Garrett cashed his collegiate career in to became the number one overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. His career dominance earned him the #1 spot on PFN’s All-Decade Team: Pass Rushers.
Honorable Mention: Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech; Bradley Chubb, NC State; Jarvis Jones, Georgia