With the pick the New York Giants received for the trade of Odell Beckham Jr, the New York Giants have selected Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence.
We knew all along that Dave Gettleman has an extreme love for both big men and the defensive tackle position, so the selection of Lawrence shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Lawrence is both of those things, at 6-foot-4, 342 pounds. But despite his size he was only at nose tackle for roughly 48 percent of his snaps at Clemson. Lawrence is stout against the run but didn’t offer much as a pass rusher at Clemson. Sports Info Solutions credits Lawrence with 4.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss over the last two seasons, though he did generate 45 pressures over that span.
There are questions regarding Lawrence’s stamina and ability to play a heavy load of snaps, but with a rotation of B.J. Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson, and Dexter Lawrence, the Giants should be able to keep all three of their big linemen fresh. Each of the three tackles has the ability to play multiple positions on the defensive line and it will be very difficult to run up the middle on the Giants when all three are on the field.
Lawrence is an impressive athlete, running a 5.05 second 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine (he did not complete the combine due to an injury suffered running the 40), and moves far better than a player who looks like a pure nose tackle should.
Lawrence is a good player, but now the question is how the Giants will address their pass rush, which was among the worst in the league without Olivier Vernon.
Dan Pizzuta and I ranked Lawrence as a fringe first-second round pick on the Big Blue View Big Board.