Dexter Lawrence
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The New York Giants have drafted Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence with the No. 17 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

The pick is in, once again.

The New York Giants have officially drafted Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence with the No. 17 overall pick in the NFL Draft. To many Giants fans, this could be a great pick for Big Blue.

Lawrence was one of the more dominant defensive linemen in the country last year. Lawrence is a pure run-stuffing nose tackle who’ll immediately fill the void left by Damon Harrison.

Lawrence totaled 36 combined tackles, seven tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks for the National Champion Tigers this past year.

The newest Giant will now play alongside the likes of defensive lineman B.J. Hill and Dalvin Tomlinson, along with LBs Lorenzo Carter and Alec Ogletree. With that kind of depth on the front seven, along with an almost entirely new secondary, look for the Giants defense to improve immensely in 2019.

For a defense who was 24th in the NFL last year with 371.4 yards allowed per game, a selection like this was a must at this point for Big Blue.

Earlier in the night, the Giants drafted Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick. Jones will potentially be the eventual successor to Eli Manning, but it’s too early to say whether he will play much during his rookie season.

The Giants may try to implement the “Kansas City model” that the Kansas City Chiefs used for their MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Jones will spend the year learning the position behind Manning and will possibly get the nod by the 2020 regular season.

The New York Giants don’t select again until the No. 37 overall pick in the second round on Friday. Until then, Daniel Jones and Dexter Lawrence are your newest Giants.

Ryan Honey is a senior NFL analyst, betting writer, and podcaster for Elite Sports NY. He hosts the Wide Right Podcast, which serves as both a New York Giants podcast and sports betting show.