6. Rob Ninkovich
The team’s veteran linebacker turned defensive end has provided the most consistent pass rush. He has tallied 18.5 sacks over the past three seasons, the most for the Patriots in that time period.
It’s Ninkovich’s versatility that makes him such an important piece of the Patriots’ defensive plans. He switches back and forth from being a 4-3 defensive end to a stand-up 3-4 linebacker. He’s one player that doesn’t seem to come off the field.