4. Rashan Gary and Preston Smith, Green Bay Packers
Lost in the shuffle in Aaron Rodgers doing his best Brett Favre impression this offseason is the fact that the Green Bay Packers have one of the best edge-rushing duos in the entire NFL. Rodgers has often complained about the lack of help on offense and he should put some respect on his defense's name.
Preston Smith ranked a bit lower than both Landry and Autry in overall pressures but he was still one of the best edge-rushers in the league and would be the no. 1 guy on a handful of teams. He is the classic example of being an over-qualified "second-best" guy.
Meanwhile, Gary was one of the best edge rushers in the entire NFL last season. He may not get the recognition he deserves as he finished third among edge rushers in total pressures with 87, sacking the quarterback 12 times in the process.
Again, this is another example of two guys who may not be the biggest names in the grand scheme of things but together they tally up some of the best numbers of anyone in the league. It is the consistency between both guys that gets a team like this on the list as opposed to a team like the Pittsburgh Steelers, who had the Defensive Player of the Year in T.J. Watt but didn't have a good running mate on the other side.
That does raise an interesting question. Is it better for a team to have two solid players like the Packers, or perhaps the best edge rusher in the league in Watt but nobody good on the other side? For this ranking, the Packers get the nod.