Defensive Player of the Year: DT Dexter Lawrence
After three seasons of being one of the more solid and dependable defensive tackles in the league, Lawrence emerged as a superstar this year, dominating every opponent he faced. Lawrence was not only the best defensive player on the Giants this season, but he was also one of their best leaders, making a massive impact both on and off the field.
In 16 games, Lawrence racked up 61 combined tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles, seven tackles for loss, and an incredible 63 pressures, making both a Pro Bowl, and a Second Team All Pro this season.
Lawrence was the definition of dominant this campaign, which is exactly what the Giants needed considering the amount of holes they have on defense. Wink Martindale did an excellent job at unlocking the potential Lawrence had and turning him into one of, if not the best player at his position.
It would be nice if the mainstream media would realize how talented Lawrence is and the impact he had on this Giants defense, because it sure seems like the argument could be made that he deserved to be on the All-Pro First Team as opposed to the Second Team. An extension should be coming soon for him.