3 signs Roquan Smith was obvious Pro Bowl snub
1. Run Defense Stats
Roquan Smith is likely the best against the run. Micah Parsons lines up on the edge too much to really compare, but besides Parsons, Smith has 34 run stops. The other three have 26, 23, and 18.
His run stop rate is 9.5, which beats the others at 7.9, 7.7, and 7.1. Warner and Wagner miss fewer tackles, but White and Parsons miss nearly twice as many.
Lastly is the depth of the tackle. Smith does his work closer to the line. His depth of tackle against the run is 3.4 while the rest are at 3.6, 3.7, and 4.5.
When you put this all together, the reality is that Smith is the most complete of them all. White and Parsons are better as pass rushers, Warner is boom or bust, and Smith is better than Wagner in most if not all areas.
In contrast, it is almost like the pass rush stats of White and Parsons boosted them. Wagner gets respected more in coverage, and Wagner is the old-time name brand veteran. The consistency and all-around play of Smith did not have him stand out anywhere, but rather sit in as the best or second in most areas.