The cable commissars at ESPN used their iron handed power to predict the future this week. The subject of this crystal ball, which conveniently overlooked what will likely be a decline in cable subscribers as the cost of sports programming rises, was a look at the top pass rushers in the NFL. A pair of St. Louis Rams players made the list, but the order might surprise you.
Second-year end Robert Quinn came in at No. 4 on the list compiled by Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. He topped Chris Long, who checks in at No. 6.
Here's the write up on Quinn:
Choosing the top three pass-rushers on this list was easy to do. As it stands, there is a drop-off from Pierre-Paul, Smith and Miller to Quinn. But that is just because we haven't seen as much from Quinn, who has a chance to be a special player while showing impressive flashes during his rookie season. His adjustment to the NFL was more difficult than that of most rookies due to the lockout and the time he missed during his final season at North Carolina. But he is an extremely explosive player with terrific pass-rush potential. Amazingly, Quinn will be only 25 when the 2015 season begins.
And now, here's the poop on Long:
The 27-year-old Long erupted in 2011 and has begun to live up to his father's tremendous legacy. He has never missed a game over his four-year career, and Long's sack numbers have improved every season, culminating in 13 sacks last year. A much better athlete than he is often given credit for, the former second overall pick is a sound technique player and shows exceptional effort.
It's pretty amazing to think that Quinn will only be 25 when the 2015 season rolls around. That will also be the last year on his rookie contract. Based on the expectations for Quinn this season, we may not have to wait that long to see his name among the league's best pass rushers.
St. Louis already boasts one of the league's best pass rushers, if not the most underrated, in Long. Hopefully, he'lls still be a Ram in 2015.