Here, in Tweet form, are some sobering things I learned the other day.
Doing some research for an article, and here's a fun fact: Kroy Biermann has the most sacks of any #Falcons player drafted since 2006.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) February 3, 2016
Go back one more year and Babineaux is the leader with 27 compared to Biermann's 23.5. Kerney, with 82.5, only player higher since '99.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) February 3, 2016
If Babineaux somehow got five sacks in 2016, he would be tied for 5th on the #Falcons all-time sack list. Minus guys like Nobis, but still.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) February 3, 2016
As I note in that last tweet, we don't have recognized counts for players like Tommy Nobis and Claude Humphrey, which means you can probably move everyone on this list down 3-5 spots. That still would leave Kroy Biermann in the top 20 and Jonathan Babineaux just outside the top ten for the franchise, with 23.5 and 27 sacks, respectively. If Vic Beasley can put up just six sacks a year for six years, he'll be fifth on the all-time list by 2021. That speaks to both the lack of quality pass rushers the Falcons have had over the years, and the fact that even in that context guys like Biermann and especially Babineaux are probably underrated by the fanbase.
There is no larger, overarching point here. I just hope Vic Beasley is at the very top of this list when his career is over.