Former Clemson DL rookie rated among best NFL linemen


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Lawrence has been a disruptive force. (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports)
Lawrence has been a disruptive force. (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports)

Dexter Lawrence has made quite an impression midway through his NFL rookie season.

Pro Football Focus has him as the No. 4-rated rookie in the NFL at this point, after a 17th-selection to the New York Giants in April:

"As a rookie, Dexter Lawrence is making a strong case for being one of the league’s best 0/1-techs in all of the NFL, ranking third in PFF grade at the alignment at 86.3. Regardless of where he is aligned though, Lawrence has been stout against the run with an 85.0 run-defense grade ranking ninth among interior defensive lineman. Moreover, Lawrence has only one missed tackle across his 21 tackling attempts — in other words, good luck getting past this 340-pound brick wall if you are a running back."

Lawrence has tallied 11 solo tackles, 22 total, with 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble this season.

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