|Wake ranked fourth in the NFL in sacks in 2012. (Photo: ESPN)|
Wake has played in all 16 games in each of the last three seasons for Miami, has tallied 37.5 sacks over that span, and has been named to the Pro Bowl twice. Last season, Wake was recognized as a first-team All-Pro.
Wake's value however cannot be measured in sack totals alone. Last season, Wake was tied with linebacker Koa Misi and departed cornerback Sean Smith for the team-lead with three forced fumbles. Wake also seems to have a knack for drawing flags against opposing tackles and in some cases, guards and tight ends that attempt to slow him down.
Wake will draw his fair share of double-teams as well, which should open things up for Dion Jordan, Jared Odrick, Olivier Vernon or whoever plays at the opposite end position. Wake has shown to be a good defender against the run as well. Last season, Wake assisted on a career-high 15 tackles.
Wake gives great effort, is a high-energy player and received praise from defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle recently. Coyle claimed that there isn't a player in the league that he would give Wake up for. Wake is not only one of the better defensive players in the NFL, but he will serve as a leader for Miami in 2013.
With the Miami Dolphins facing a slew of elite quarterbacks this season, Cameron Wake will need to continue to be one of the NFL's premier pass rushers. Six of Miami's 16 games this season will be played against teams that ranked in the top 10 in passing a season ago. The Dolphins also have big questions in the secondary, but if Wake can continue to wreak havoc as a pass-rusher, the rest of the Miami defense will be able to breathe just a bit easier.
Mike Ferguson is a staff writer at Dolphin Shout and the founder and editor of Outside the Redzone. Like Outside the Redzone on Facebook!