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New York Giants: 5 Way Too Early First Round Draft Picks

DE Shaw Lawson, Clemson

We just mentioned how good Ronnie Stanley is. Well, Clemson and Notre Dame faced off last year, as Lawson and Stanley went head to head. Lawson emerged victorious, recording 7 tackles, 3.5 for a loss. In just his first season as a starter, he led the nation in tackles for a loss (24.5) and recorded 12 sacks. Simply put, he doesn’t even know how good he can be.

Go back and watch the National Title game against Alabama. Lawson records 4 tackles and 2 sacks–on a sprained knee. If that doesn’t speak towards his motor and competitiveness, I don’t know what does.

The Giants could not rush the passer at all in 2015 (30th in sacks) and see defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul, Robert Ayers, and George Selvie all hitting free agency. The Damontre Moore experiment tanked, and the Giants desperately need a game changing pass rusher. Lawson played in a 4-3 scheme at Clemson and makes plenty of sense for Big Blue.

Several big name pass rushers will be available in free agency, so we’ll see if the Giants are still interested in drafting another. Given their past successes rotating players on the defensive line, they should be.