Defensive Rookie of the Year: Pass-rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux
Since being selected fifth overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux has been an absolute monster for the Giants defense, making him the obvious choice for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
In 14 games, Thibodeaux racked up 43 combined tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles, including one he took back for a TD, and 40 pressures. He may not have put up as many sacks as fans would have liked him too, but he did so much more than just putting up basic box score stats.
Thibodeaux was all over the field all season long, making plays in the run game, even gathering some impressive tackles at the second level. Alongside this, Thibodeaux made tons of plays while rushing the QB without getting the sack.
The hustle and effort Thibodeaux showcased this season makes us excited to see what he has to show in the coming years. Not only has he proven all of those who wrongfully doubted his commitment to football wrong, but he also showed that he is going to be a star in this league and all of his haters are just going to have to sit at home and watch him succeed.
Both Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari are going to wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines for years. Considering how many people dubbed Thibodeaux as a bust prior to his selection, or criticized him for his personality, fans have to be pleased with how he has turned out early on in his career.