Pro Football Focus' analysts have spoken, and they believe Miami Dolphins defensive end/edge rusher Cameron Wake was the No. 28 overall player in 2014.
The PFF site last week issued rankings 30 through 21 on its Top 101 of 2014 list, with Wake coming in ahead of Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson (No. 30) and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (No. 29). PFF's justification for Wake at No. 28 overall was simple and to the point:
"Still one of the top pure edge rushers, Wake started the season on fire, and outside of a surprisingly quiet effort against Denver, really didn’t slow down," the site write. "Graded positively for his pass rush in every other game, and while his run defense wasn’t up to much, you can look past that when you’re as productive getting after the quarterback as the Dolphin."
Pretty decent praise coming from PFF. According to the site, Wake's best performance was the +7.7 grade he earned against New England in Week 1. It also noted that Wake earned the highest pass-rushing grade of all 4-3 defensive ends. Well done, Mr. Wake. Well done.
You can view Wake's PFF Top 101 of 2014 entry here.