One of the few bright spots in Dave Gettleman’s three-year tenure as general manager of the New York Giants was his selection of Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence with the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
A 6-foot-4, 342-pound monolith by a man, Lawrence has become more than just a space eater in the midst of the giants’ defense. He is an all-around playmaker and quickly becomes one of the league’s best home defensive lines.
In a recent ranking of all defensive players under 25, Tyler Sullivan from CBS Sports appointed Lawrence to his second team. To beat Lawrence out for first-team honors were Quinnen Williams of the New York Jets, and Tennessee Titans’ Jeffrey Simmons, who, like Lawrence, was also a first-round pick.
In his 32 games as a giant staring at 31, Lawrence has made 91 total tackles (54 solos. 9 for a loss) with 6.5 sacks, three passes defense, a forced fumble and 19 quarterback hits.
Lawrence played on 60 percent of the Giants’ defensive snaps in 2020, which is admirable for an inside lineman of his stature. He was also involved in 37 percent of the special team games – his main task is to put pressure on the middle on field goals and PATs.