A few seasons ago, I introduced a metric for finding big play potential among DLs and LBs called Backfield Impact. Backfield Impact measures a IDP’s ability to get into his opponent’s backfield and be disruptive by factoring in sacks, QB hits, QB hurries, and tackles for loss (TFL).

For more on Backfield Impact (BI) and Backfield Impact per Snap (BI/S), check out this Intro to Backfield Impact.

Through BI and BI/S we were able to uncover some top-tier big play threats heading into the 2016 season. We targeted Jason Pierre-Paul as a sleeper from his BI/S, and felt good about Cameron Wake’s ability to keep dominating edges. It also showed that Fletcher Cox might have gotten a little lucky in 2015, which helped us temper expectations in 2016.

Let’s see if we can’t uncover some big play opportunity for 2017. We’ll dive in with a review of the top 20 in sacks in 2016 for defensive linemen:

Name

Sacks

Danielle Hunter

12.5

Cliff Avril

11.5

Cameron Wake

11.5

Khalil Mack

11

Joey Bosa

10.5

Frank Clark

10

Mario Addison

9.5

Geno Atkins

9

Olivier Vernon

8.5

Calais Campbell

8

Carlos Dunlap

8

Aaron Donald

8

Everson Griffen

8

Kerry Hyder

8

Yannick Ngakoue

8

Cameron Jordan

7.5

Jason Pierre-Paul

7

Leonard Williams

7

Gerald McCoy

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