It's not as close as one would think. The numbers and the accolades are close, but (even with my obvious bias) it appears that Dawkins would have the edge...
- Lynch: 15 seasons, average of 3.3 tackles per game, 16 FF, 13 sacks, and 26 interceptions
- Dawkins: 13 seasons, average of 3.9 tackles per game, 29 FF, 20 sacks, 33 interceptions, and 3 TDs
In 2.5 fewer seasons, Dawkins leads in all of the significant statistical categories. To make the argument complete, we also have to factor in the awards. Lynch was a 9 time Pro Bowler and a 2-time first-team All-Pro. Dawkins is (still a chance for more) a 6-time Pro Bowler and a 4-time first-team All-Pro. Looking at both accolades, I call this area even.
I guess the only area that Lynch has the one up on Dawkins is titles. Dawkins can thank fellow S Blane Bishop for allowing Lynch to get his one ring.
So if only one of these guys gets in, I can't see how Dawkins would miss out.