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Giants Now: ESPN ranks Giants' interior D-line No. 1


ESPN ranks Giants' interior D-line No. 1

ESPN's Mike Clay recently released his position unit rankings for all 32 teams, covering the 10 key offensive and defensive positions.

When it came to the interior defensive line, the Giants found themselves at the very top of the list.

"Leonard Williams is a certified superstar and Dexter Lawrence II was arguably better in 2022 (only Chris Jones had a higher PFF grade)," wrote Clay. "Rakeem Nunez-Roches and underrated A'Shawn Robinson were solid offseason additions and will play sizable roles."

Lawrence headed the D-Line last season, starting 16 games and collecting 7.5 sacks, 35 solo tackles and 28 quarterback hits. The 25-year-old earned Second-Team All-Pro honors last year while notching his first Pro Bowl selection. Lawrence was voted to the Top 100 Players of 2023 by his peers for the first time in his career, landing all the way up at No. 28.

Alongside Lawrence laid Williams, who over his 53 games with the Giants since 2019 has collected 183 combined tackles (89 solo), 21 sacks, 26 tackles for loss and 67 quarterback hits.

Robinson has played in 93 games with 61 starts for the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams. The 6-3, 320-pound lineman's career totals include 293 tackles (181 solo), 20 tackles for loss, 20 QB hits, seven sacks and five forced fumbles.

Nunez-Roches, over 102 games (38 starts) with the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has tallied 132 tackles (69 solo), 14 tackles for loss, 12 QB hits and 3.5 sacks. 

"He's just a great guy to bring into this building and to bring it to the defense," Williams said earlier in camp about Nunez-Roches. "He has great energy, and so far, he's been playing the run really well. I think he's going to be a great addition on the D-line."

The other position that saw the Giants land high up on the list was at tight end, where Clay ranked the Giants at No. 5. Darren Waller leads the group, which is rounded out by Daniel Bellinger, Lawrence Cager, Tommy Sweeney, Chris Myarick and Ryan Jones.

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