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NFL Sack and Sack Yard Leaders: 2016 NFL Season

A statistic credited to a defensive players when physical contact with a quarterback causes him to be ruled down by contact behind the line of scrimmage. In order for a sack to be recorded, it must be obvious that the quarterback either intends to throw a forward pass, or is still in the "pocket" without a clear objective for the play.

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Sacks didn't become an official NFL statistic until the 1982 season.  Michael Strahan holds the record for the most sacks in a single season with 22.5.  

As of 2013, the player who ends the season with the most sacks is given the Deacon Jones Award.


CHANGE SEASON: 
Sack Leaders
RankPlayerTeamPositionSacksSack Yards
1Vic Beasley Jr.ATLLB15.593
2Von MillerDENLB13.565
3Danielle HunterMINDE12.5103
4Lorenzo AlexanderBUFLB12.574
5Markus GoldenARILB12.597
6Cameron WakeMIADE11.591
7Cliff AvrilSEADE11.584
8Erik WaldenINDLB11.064
9Chandler JonesARILB11.086
10Khalil MackOAKDE11.075
11Nick PerryGBLB11.077
12Ryan KerriganWASLB11.084
13Joey BosaSDDE10.572
14Brian OrakpoTENLB10.578
15Dee FordKCLB10.053
16Frank ClarkSEADE10.069
17Mario AddisonCARDE9.550
18Derrick MorganTENLB9.057
19Geno AtkinsCINDT9.063
20Trent MurphyWASLB9.055
21Olivier VernonNYGDE8.555
22Terrell SuggsBALLB8.062
23Everson GriffenMINDE8.071
24Yannick NgakoueJAXDE8.045
25Carlos DunlapCINDE8.045
26Shane RayDENLB8.044
27Calais CampbellARIDT8.068
28Melvin IngramSDLB8.062
29Kerry HyderDETDE8.044
30Aaron DonaldLADT8.054
31Whitney MercilusHOULB7.557
32Brian RobisonMINDE7.544
33Cameron JordanNODE7.552
34Julius PeppersGBLB7.548
35Willie YoungCHILB7.543
36Jason Pierre-PaulNYGDE7.041
37Gerald McCoyTBDT7.051
38Leonard FloydCHILB7.050
39Akiem HicksCHIDE7.049
40Bruce IrvinOAKLB7.037
41Trey FlowersNEDE7.045
42Leonard WilliamsNYJDE7.048
43Fletcher CoxPHIDT6.541
44Nick FairleyNODT6.544
45Malik JacksonJAXDT6.540
46Robert Ayers Jr.TBDE6.539
47Jadeveon ClowneyHOUDE6.045
48DeForest BucknerSFDT6.026
49Jerry HughesBUFLB6.056
50Benson MayowaDALDE6.043
51Ahmad BrooksSFLB6.036
52Kawann ShortCARDT6.031
53Emmanuel OgbahCLELB5.532
54Noah SpenceTBDE5.534
55Brandon GrahamPHIDE5.528
56Derek WolfeDENDE5.532
57Andre BranchMIADE5.535
58Maliek CollinsDALDT5.036
59Lavonte DavidTBLB5.039
60Jurrell CaseyTENDT5.038
61James HarrisonPITLB5.039
62Connor BarwinPHIDE5.052
63William HayesLADE5.028
64Michael BennettSEADE5.040
65Timmy JerniganBALDT5.036
66Kyle WilliamsBUFDT5.036
67Kony EalyCARDE5.023
68Robert MathisINDLB5.045
69Benardrick McKinneyHOULB5.031
70Clay MatthewsGBLB5.035
71Ndamukong SuhMIADT5.038
72Jabaal SheardNEDE5.034
73Bud DupreePITLB4.524
74Tyrone CrawfordDALDT4.526
75Bobby WagnerSEALB4.527
76Muhammad WilkersonNYJDE4.529
77Devin TaylorDETDE4.531
78Adrian ClaybornATLDE4.529
79Preston SmithWASLB4.532
80Matt JudonBALLB4.034
81David IrvingDALDE4.017
82DeMarcus WareDENLB4.022
83Will ClarkeCINDE4.015
84Landon CollinsNYGS4.039
85K.J. WrightSEALB4.07
86Stephon TuittPITDE4.030
87Dante Fowler Jr.JAXDE4.027
88Charles JohnsonCARDE4.025
89Robert QuinnLADE4.033
90Dannell EllerbeNOLB4.025
91Mike DanielsGBDT4.041
92Justin HoustonKCLB4.017
93Sheldon RankinsNODT4.032
94Chris LongNEDE4.024
95Zach BrownBUFLB4.017
96Star LotuleleiCARDT4.018
97Linval JosephMINDT4.022
98Rob NinkovichNELB4.024
99Pernell McPheeCHILB4.034
100Marcell DareusBUFDT3.513
101Jatavis BrownSDLB3.524
102Ryan ShazierPITLB3.529
103Michael JohnsonCINDE3.519
104Steve McLendonNYJDT3.517
105Sen'Derrick MarksJAXDT3.519
106Dominique EasleyLADT3.522
107Jason JonesMIADE3.512
108Arthur MoatsPITLB3.517
109Kevin MinterARILB3.528
110Clinton McDonaldTBDT3.515
111Alex OkaforARILB3.529
112Jack CrawfordDALDE3.515
113John SimonHOULB3.519
114Chris BakerWASDE3.536
115Tamba HaliKCLB3.525
116Eli HaroldSFLB3.05
117Cam JohnsonCLELB3.027
118Grady JarrettATLDT3.018
119Armonty BryantDETDE3.021
120Johnathan HankinsNYGDT3.017
121Cameron HeywardPITDE3.016
122Morgan BurnettGBS3.026
123David ParryINDDT3.07
124Jamie CollinsCLELB3.025
125Gerald Hodges Jr.SFLB3.010
126Sean SpenceTENLB3.022
127Elvis DumervilBALLB3.024
128Kwon AlexanderTBLB3.08
129William GholstonTBDE3.024
130Dwight FreeneyATLDE3.023
131Ronald BlairSFDT3.014
132Jared CrickDENDE3.018
133Cassius MarshSEADE3.029
134Malcom BrownNEDT3.028
135Carl NassibCLEDE2.514
136Damon HarrisonNYGNT2.526
137Lawrence TimmonsPITLB2.522
138Jordan JenkinsNYJLB2.516
139Eric KendricksMINLB2.526
140Christian KirkseyCLELB2.516
141Vinny CurryPHIDE2.515
142Anthony ChickilloPITLB2.522
143Stacy McGeeOAKDT2.514
144Damion SquareSDDT2.517
145Tyson AlualuJAXDE2.514
146Thomas DavisCARLB2.517
147Lorenzo MauldinNYJLB2.513
148Bennie LoganPHIDT2.512
149Wes HortonCARDE2.512
150Wallace GilberryCINDE2.521
151Adolphus WashingtonBUFDT2.516
152Denico AutryOAKDE2.59
153Arik ArmsteadSFDT2.55
154Eddie GoldmanCHINT2.516
155Eugene SimsLADE2.518
156Terrell McClainDALDT2.516
157Dont'a HightowerNELB2.522
158Zach KerrINDNT2.516
159Marcus SmithPHIDE2.54
160Denzel PerrymanSDLB2.08
161Demario DavisCLELB2.020
162Joel HeathHOUDE2.011
163Jerry AttaochuSDLB2.019
164Harrison SmithMINS2.015
165Dean LowryGBDE2.019
166Leon HallNYGCB2.021
167Luke KuechlyCARLB2.016
168Akeem AyersINDLB2.015
169Vince WilliamsPITLB2.03
170T.Y. McGillINDDT2.020
171Tre BostonCARS2.019
172Kyler FackrellGBLB2.015
173A'Shawn RobinsonDETDT2.05
174Trent ColeINDLB2.019
175Michael PierceBALDT2.09
176Nigel BradhamPHILB2.014
177Corey LemonierCLELB2.010
178Tony JeffersonARIS2.015
179Avery WilliamsonTENLB2.014
180Brooks ReedATLDE2.012
181Edwin JacksonINDLB2.00
182Ezekiel AnsahDETDE2.019
183Anthony BarrMINLB2.015
184Lavar EdwardsINDLB2.015
185Cornelius WashingtonCHIDE2.012
186Desmond TrufantATLCB2.017
187Jude Adjei-BarimahTBCB2.016
188Javon HargravePITDT2.017
189Shaq LawsonBUFLB2.017
190D.J. SwearingerARIS2.013
191Destiny VaeaoPHIDT2.013
192Ra'Shede HagemanATLDT2.021
193Orlando ScandrickDALCB2.02
194Vontaze BurfictCINLB2.011
195Wesley WoodyardTENLB2.07
196Tom JohnsonMINDT2.011
197Brent UrbanBALDE2.09
198Chris JonesKCDT2.019
199Ethan WestbrooksLADT2.07
200Alan BranchNEDT1.51
201Jonathan CasillasNYGLB1.54
202Paul KrugerNODE1.513
203J.J. WattHOUDE1.55
204Sheldon RichardsonNYJDE1.513
205Leger DouzableBUFDE1.511
206Vernon ButlerCARDT1.511
207Danny SheltonCLENT1.513
208Rodney GunterARIDT1.511
209Sean DavisPITS1.510
210Cullen JenkinsWASDT1.514
211Dontari PoeKCDT1.53
212Kyle LoveCARDT1.511
213Haloti NgataDETDT1.56
214Cedric ThorntonDALDT1.59
215Anthony HitchensDALLB1.512
216DaQuan JonesTENDE1.512
217Mario WilliamsMIADE1.59
218Karl KlugTENDT1.59
219Jarran ReedSEADT1.54
220Shaquil BarrettDENLB1.515
221Aaron LynchSFLB1.57
222Paul PoslusznyJAXLB1.517
223Ricky Jean FrancoisWASDE1.510
224Deon SimonNYJNT1.56
225Pat SimsCINDT1.57
226Hassan RidgewayINDDT1.57
227Eric WeddleBALS1.05
228Ahtyba RubinSEADT1.09
229Jordan HicksPHILB1.03
230Isa Abdul-QuddusMIAS1.02
231Jaye HowardKCDT1.08
232Randy GregoryDALDE1.08
233Janoris JenkinsNYGCB1.09
234Craig RobertsonNOLB1.06
235Cam ThomasLADE1.05
236Kevin ByardTENS1.08
237Demarcus LawrenceDALDE1.08
238Mark BarronLALB1.08
239Sam AchoCHILB1.03
240Sylvester WilliamsDENNT1.07
241Logan RyanNECB1.012
242D'Qwell JacksonINDLB1.012
243Frank ZomboKCLB1.05
244Michael MautiNOLB1.09
245Dominique Rodgers-CromartieNYGCB1.09
246Demontre HurstCHICB1.011
247Neville HewittMIALB1.09
248Glenn DorseySFDT1.011
249Korey ToomerSDLB1.01
250Daniel SorensenKCS1.08
251A.J. BouyeHOUCB1.06
252Lamarcus JoynerLACB1.07
253Ryan RussellTBDE1.06
254Darius PhilonSDDE1.00
255Aaron ColvinJAXCB1.07
256Kenny VaccaroNOS1.01
257Jarvis JonesPITLB1.04
258Maurice AlexanderLAS1.09
259Marcus WilliamsNYJCB1.09
260Christian CovingtonHOUDE1.02
261Jimmie WardSFS1.07
262Ricardo MathewsPITDE1.08
263Daryl WorleyCARCB1.07
264Tyrann MathieuARIS1.011
265Briean Boddy-CalhounCLECB1.010
266Mitch UnreinCHIDE1.03
267Telvin SmithJAXLB1.00
268Nick KwiatkoskiCHILB1.00
269Rodney McLeodPHIS1.07
270Kevin DoddTENLB1.06
271Bobby McCainMIACB1.011
272Aaron WallaceTENLB1.09
273C.J. WilsonCHIDT1.00
274NaVorro BowmanSFLB1.08
275Bashaud BreelandWASCB1.03
276Lawrence GuyBALDE1.09
277Derrick JohnsonKCLB1.08
278Khyri ThorntonDETDT1.07
279Ufomba KamaluHOUDE1.04
280Daimion StaffordTENS1.06
281Danny TrevathanCHILB1.07
282A.J. KleinCARLB1.00
283Leonard JohnsonCARCB1.07
284Karlos DansbyCINLB1.00
285Malcolm ButlerNECB1.00
286Ziggy HoodWASDE1.08
287Robert ThomasNYGDT1.04
288Lardarius WebbBALS1.010
289Shawn WilliamsCINS1.04
290Jared OdrickJAXDT1.00
291Micah HydeGBS1.06
292Albert McClellanBALLB1.02
293Daniel McCullersPITDT1.08
294Quinton DunbarWASCB1.00
295Datone JonesGBDE1.03
296Brandon WilliamsBALDT1.03
297Nate StuparNOLB1.011
298Malcolm JenkinsPHIS1.010
299T.J. McDonaldLAS1.06
300Chris LandrumSDLB1.07
301Caraun ReidSDDT1.09
302T.J. WardDENS1.08
303Michael ThomasMIAS1.014
304Shea McClellinNELB1.07
305Courtney UpshawATLLB1.07
306Jayrone ElliottGBLB1.08
307Patrick ChungNES1.012
308Andre HalHOUS1.07
309Preston BrownBUFLB1.05
310Ryan DelaireCARDE1.05
311Blake CountessLACB1.00
312David Bruton Jr.WASS1.02
313Darius SlayDETCB1.07
314Buster SkrineNYJCB1.014
315Jerraud PowersBALCB1.011
316Kyle Van NoyDETLB1.08
317Tavon WilsonDETS1.05
318Tourek WilliamsSDLB1.00
319Jonathan BullardCHIDE1.03
320Vincent ValentineNEDT1.03
321Mason FosterWASLB1.01
322Kareem MartinARILB1.04
323Su'a CravensWASS1.04
324Rakeem Nunez-RochesKCDE1.08
325Chris SmithJAXDE1.04
326Kasim EdebaliNODE1.08
327Jay BromleyNYGDT1.05
328Steven MeansPHIDE1.05
329Dekoda WatsonDENLB1.07
330Jaquiski TarttSFS1.010
331Kurt ColemanCARS1.08
332Kendall ReyesKCDE1.04
333Romeo OkwaraNYGDE1.05
334Johnathan CyprienJAXS1.02
335James CowserOAKLB1.010
336Brock CoyleSEALB1.01
337Brian PooleATLCB1.08
338Ed ReynoldsCLES1.010
339Anthony ZettelDETDT1.07
340Za'Darius SmithBALLB1.09
341Vonn BellNOS1.08
342Nick BelloreSFLB1.011
343Justin SimmonsDENS1.09
344Corey GrahamBUFS1.09
345Brandon MebaneSDNT1.010
346Bradley RobyDENCB1.00
347Devon KennardNYGLB1.08
348Tyrone HolmesCLEDE1.00
349Blake MartinezGBLB1.05
350Sealver SiligaSEADT1.03
351Justin DurantDALLB1.02
352Jamie MederCLEDT1.03
353Rafael BushDETS1.09
354D.J. ReaderHOUNT1.08
355Sheldon DayJAXDT1.04
356William GayPITCB1.010
357Darron LeeNYJLB1.07
358Darryl TappNODE0.56
359Jordan PhillipsMIADT0.50
360Kyle EmanuelSDLB0.52
361Todd DavisDENLB0.53
362Michael WilhoiteSFLB0.54
363Austin JohnsonTENNT0.53
364Damien WilsonDALLB0.54
365Antonio SmithHOUDE0.54
366Chris DavisSFCB0.52
367Dan WilliamsOAKDT0.52
368Stephen PaeaCLEDE0.53
369Damontre MooreSEADE0.54
370Josh JohnsonJAXCB0.55
371Ha Ha Clinton-DixGBS0.53
372Beau AllenPHIDT0.54
373Andrew SendejoMINS0.55
374Robert McClainSDCB0.54
375David HarrisNYJLB0.53
376Josh MartinNYJLB0.56
377Joe SchobertCLELB0.53
378Kerry WynnNYGDE0.52
379Myles JackJAXLB0.50
380Reshad JonesMIAS0.51
381Terence GarvinWASLB0.54
382Akeem SpenceTBDT0.51
383Shilique CalhounOAKLB0.51
384DeShawn WilliamsCINDT0.51
385Will BlackmonWASS0.52
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