There’s nothing flashy about Ryan Kerrigan‘s game. He doesn’t have a trademark spin move to leave defenders’ heads spinning. He’s not slow, but he doesn’t have elite burst. So what makes him so great? It’s simple. He gets the job done.
Workmanlike in his approach to the game, Kerrigan has very quietly been one of the best, most consistent edge rushers in the entire league over the past decade. He doesn’t get the name recognition that players like Von Miller and Khalil Mack receive, but his production is comparable.
Drafted by Washington at No. 16 overall in 2011 after posting 33.5 sacks, 57.0 tackles for loss and 14 forced fumbles over his college career, Kerrigan didn’t skip a beat in the transition to the pro game.
In seven seasons with the burgundy and gold, he’s logged 71.5 sacks, 274 total tackles and a whopping 22 forced fumbles. He also has three interceptions as a cherry on top. And he hasn’t missed a single game.
Coming off his best season, where he accumulated 13.0 sacks and three forced fumbles, Kerrigan is starting to get the recognition he deserves. With three Pro Bowls behind his name and a sack total creeping toward 100.0, Kerrigan has a chance to join very esteemed company. Only 32 players in NFL history have broken the 100.0 sack mark. 13 of those players are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Redskins will need to win more if Kerrigan is to join the ranks in Canton, but if he keeps up his current level of production, and churns out a few more peak years, he’ll make a compelling case on his own.