Chicago Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack didn't have the kind of season fans were expecting in 2019, but to be fair, Chicago's entire defense went through a bit of regression last year. Mack ended 2019 with just 8.5 sacks. It was the first season that he failed to crack double-digit sacks since his rookie year (2014).
Still, there's no denying Mack's place among the NFL's elite players, regardless of position. Barring injury, he's a surefire Hall-of-Famer and certainly one of the 10-best players in the league.
According to Pro Football Focus, that may not be the case.
In PFF's ranking of the NFL's top 50 players, Mack ranks 18th.
No. 18 on the PFF50:— PFF (@PFF) June 1, 2020
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Pro Football Focus is counting down their top 50 on Twitter, and so far the following players have been ranked higher than Mack:
17: Bobby Wagner
16: Chris Jones
15: Fletcher Cox
14: Richard Sherman
13: J.J. Watt
12: Stephon Gilmore
11: Drew Brees
All of those names are worthy of being ranked in this range, especially following a 2019 campaign that brought Mack back to the pack.
2020 should produce different results for Mack and the Bears after adding Robert Quinn in free agency. The healthy return of Akiem Hicks will be a huge plus, too, giving Mack some much-needed help along the Bears' front-seven.