The Giants’ second first-round pick in 2019 was an instant-impact starter. Dexter Lawrence, the seventeenth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, was exceptional as a rookie. The Clemson product stands tall at 6-4 and weighs in at a hefty 340 pounds. And the young man is pretty nimble for his size.
Dexter received the honor of making Pro Football Focus’s 2019 All-Rookie Team. PFF states that Lawrence’s 76.3 run-defense grade ranked 21st among 117 qualifying interior defenders last season.
Big Sexy Dexy is a dominant run-defender, but he also made an impact as a pass-rusher. Lawrence logged 2.5 sacks, 9 quarterback hits, and 15 pressures this season. Additionally, his massive stature commands double-team blocks, freeing up pass-rush opportunities for other Giants defenders. Dexter Lawrence is an exciting young player to keep an eye on heading into 2020.