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Ranking the top 10 NFL edge defender for the 2020 season

A look at the best pass rushers in the NFL.

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While the debate rages whether pass rush or coverage is more important in today’s NFL, it’s impossible to deny the importance of edge rushers. You can see it simply by some of the biggest contracts in the NFL. Of the top 10 cap hits for the 2020 season, four of them are defensive linemen/outside linebackers, while everyone else is a quarterback.

The message NFL general managers are sending is simple: elite pass rushers are nearly as game-changing as quarterbacks.

So this week on the PODcast, we listed the top 10 edge defenders in today’s NFL. Spoiler alert: the Detroit Lions don’t have a player on the list, but three of their division rivals do. Our list features a lot of up-and-coming talent, and a few oldies, but goodies. Which Bosa brother is higher? And which top sack getter from 2019 didn’t make our list at all?

You’ll have to listen to this week’s episode of the PODcast to find out. This week, our guests were Jerry Mallory and John Whiticar.

Also on the PODcast this week: we answer all your questions about team ownership in light of Sheila Ford Hamp becoming the new owner of the Detroit Lions. Is the role of the owner overhyped? What’s one change we’d make as an owner? Is a change in Fords truly a change in ownership?

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