Because most rookies don’t get enough credit, we’ll be highlighting some top performances by the NFL’s next generation.
Defense: Week 13
B.J. Hill, DE, New York Giants
B.J. Hill wasn’t the first defensive lineman taken out of N.C. State in the 2018 draft. That would be his highly-touted former teammate Bradley Chubb, who went fifth overall to the Denver Broncos. Hill had to wait until the draft’s second day to hear his name called by the New York Giants. The powerful (6’3”, 303lbs) defensive end has worked his way into a starting job over the course of his first season, and if his performance in Sunday’s upset win over the Bears in any indication, Hill won’t be giving up the job any time soon. In week thirteen, Hill was a one-man wrecking crew, terrorizing Chicago backup QB Chase Daniel, sacking him three times for 16 yards as the Giants dealt a blow to the NFC North-leading Bears. He might not have buzz that his former teammate has, but Hill hasn’t disappointed, ranking third in sacks amongst rookies behind only Chubb and Colts Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate Darius Leonard. New York has struggled to pressure opposing quarterbacks this season, recording only nineteen sacks thus far this season, Hill has five of those, himself. If he can have a few more games like this where he’s shedding blockers and developing his bull rush, the Giants defense will be able to hold up their end of the bargain.
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