<
>

Clemons, Hall top NFC West pass-rushers

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. ranks his 10 best pass-rushers -- and 10 more worth of honorable mention -- without listing anyone from the NFC West.

It's tough to claim Williamson erred. I probably wouldn't list any NFC West players among the 10 or 20 best, either.

But four games into the season, Seattle's Chris Clemons and St. Louis' James Hall have 4.0 sacks apiece, ranking tied for fifth in the NFL with Williamson's No. 1 pass-rusher, DeMarcus Ware, among others.

The Seahawks' move to acquire Clemons from Philadelphia for Darryl Tapp looks like a big win for Seattle. The Seahawks also acquired the Eagles' fourth-round choice, which Seattle used for E.J. Wilson. Tapp has 1.0 sack in two games for the Eagles this season.

Perceptions at the time of the trade suggested the Eagles were acquiring Tapp and Seattle was getting a lesser player, plus a pick. The reality is that Seattle needed Clemons more than the Eagles needed Tapp, and Clemons has outplayed Tapp to this point in the season. The Seahawks would be in trouble without Clemons, in my view. He is clearly their best pass-rusher.