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Tiering the NFL’s Best Pass Rush Duos in 2022

Best Pass Rush Duos

With mandatory minicamps on the horizon and the offseason calendar getting into full swing, here the NFL Insiders of The 33rd Team takes a moment to tier out each NFL team’s pass rush duos into 7 different tiers from Tier 1 to Tier 7. After our tiering of the starting quarterbacks in the NFL, their supporting weapons, and the league’s best offensive lines, here we transition to the defensive side of the ball.

Tier 1

Tier 1 includes the duos consisting of two top-flight pass rushers, and/or one elite, HOF worthy pass rusher. In the case of the first three on this list (although they are placed in no particular order within the tiers), an argument can be made for either player being the best pass rusher on their team. Each of the last two teams have an elite pass rusher complemented by another extremely disruptive force.

“An elite pass rusher is someone who is a difference maker that the other team has to gameplan for on every play,” says former NFL General Manager Mike Tannenbaum. “Interior pass rush is more effective, especially when it’s quick and can speed up the QBs decision-making process.

“The best pass rusher in the NFL is still Aaron Donald.”

Dallas Cowboys:

Demarcus Lawrence & Micah Parsons

Las Vegas Raiders:

Maxx Crosby & Chandler Jones

Los Angeles Chargers:

Khalil Mack & Joey Bosa

Los Angeles Rams:

Aaron Donald & Leonard Floyd

Pittsburgh Steelers:

TJ Watt & Cameron Heyward

Tier 2

Tier 2 consists of pass rush duos, with at least one superstar paired with a great supporting partner. Each star within this tier could easily see a season with 15-plus sacks this coming year, with their counterparts sporting reasonable expectations for double digit sack totals as well.

Cleveland Browns:

Myles Garrett & Jadeveon Clowney

New Orleans Saints:

Cameron Jordan & Marcus Davenport

San Francisco 49ers:

Nick Bosa & Arik Armstead

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Shaquil Barrett & Joe Tryon-Shoyinka

Tennessee Titans:

Jeffery Simmons & Harold Landry

Green Bay Packers:

Rashan Gary & Kenny Clark

Tier 3

Tier 3 is grouped as extremely solid complements to one another, or duos that can realistically combine for around 20 sacks this coming season. Both members of these tandem could be 10-plus sack contributors, and teams will need to specifically gameplan to stop each rusher. 

Buffalo Bills:

Von Miller & Ed Oliver

Cincinnati Bengals:

Trey Hendrickson & Sam Hubbard

Denver Broncos:

Bradley Chubb & Randy Gregory

Indianapolis Colts:

Yannick Ngakoue & DeForest Buckner

Washington Commanders:

Chase Young & Jonathan Allen

Tier 4

Tier 4 holds the consistent and slightly above average pass rush duos. Each player in these duos can be disruptive consistently, but rarely flash as a tandem beyond their expected level of play. This group does contain two duos that have second-year rushers who may make a leap this year, which would vault them up our list.           

Baltimore Ravens:

Odafe Oweh & Calais Campbell

Kansas City Chiefs:

Frank Clark & Chris Jones

Minnesota Vikings:

Danielle Hunter & Za’Darius Smith

Philadelphia Eagles:

Brandon Graham & Haason Reddick

New York Giants:

Leonard Williams & Azeez Ojulari

Tier 5

Tier 5 consists of one proven entity as a pass rusher and a partner who will need to either improve their technique, take a leap forward, or prove themself in some way in order to create a more balanced tandem. As of now, these pass rush duos are lopsided.

Carolina Panthers:

Brian Burns & Yetur Gross-Matos

Jacksonville Jaguars:

Josh Allen & Travon Walker

Miami Dolphins:

Jaelan Phillips & Emmanuel Ogbah

Chicago Bears:

Robert Quinn & Al-Quadin Muhammad

New England Patriots:

Matthew Judon & Deatrich Wise Jr

Tier 6

Tier 6 contains the tandems that employ one pass rusher who might be able to reach double digit sacks this season, though it may be unlikely.

Detroit Lions:

Aidan Hutchinson & Romeo Okwara

Houston Texans:

Jonathan Greenard & Jerry Hughes

New York Jets:

Quinnen Williams & Carl Lawson

Arizona Cardinals:

Devon Kennard & Markus Golden

Tier 7

Tier 7 consists of our bottom tier of pass rushers and are the units which we expect to be at the bottom of the NFL sacks list in 2022. If they are not among the bottom five teams in sacks by the end of the year, one of their younger, more unproven players will have taken a major leap forward, bringing the whole team with him.

Atlanta Falcons:

Grady Jarrett & Arnold Ebiketie

Seattle Seahawks:

Darrell Taylor & Shelby Harris