After five years, who knew taking DeMarcus Ware over Shawne Merriman in the NFL Draft would end up being a good thing. Actually, make that a great thing.
Ware is one, if not the best, defensive players in the NFL. Standing 6'4" and 262 pounds, Ware might be the fastest linebacker in the league and also can hit hard. He also has incredible toughness. Last year against the Chargers, he got really badly injured. He was expected to be out the rest of the year. The next week he came back against the Saints and recorded two sacks and two forced fumbles, including one that helped seal the win.
In Ware's first season in the NFL, he recorded eight sacks, but not more than Merriman. It looked like Jerry Jones made another of his many mistakes.
Merriman might have been considered the best linebacker in the league a couple years ago. But then he was suspended for the use of steroids and that brought him down.
Ware is the best linebacker in the league since Merriman had his big drop. In their first five years, Ware has more sacks than Hall of Famer Bruce Smith. In 2008 Ware had 20 sacks, which was just shy of Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22.5. The other record that Ware almost broke was most consecutive games with a sack. He tied this record but he could not break it.
This season, Ware is averaging 1.5 sacks a game and is on pace to get 24 sacks, which would beat Strahan's record and increase his chances on breaking Smith's all-time sack record of 200.
Right now Clay Matthews has the most sacks in the league with 8.5 but I guarantee Ware will catch up.
All Ware is going to do over the next couple of years is get better. Ware has plenty of years left in him and he has plenty left in his tank. So watch out Bruce Smith, here comes DeMarcus Ware, the 2005 draft steal, because he is coming to break your record of 200 career sacks.