The Giants may have suffered through one of their worst seasons in franchise history, but there were some individual bright spots. One of those came in the form of DT Damon Harrison, who was named Pro Football Focus' top run defender of 2017.
Harrison, 29, started all 16 games for the Giants and led the league in run stops (40), run-stop percentage (13.4) and finished tied for fifth with Carolina LB Luke Kuechly with 46 solo tackles against the run. His three-year total of 138 run stops is the highest in the NFL, 44 more than the next-highest total.
According to PFF, Harrison's pass-rush production has also taken a giant leap forward.
...In 2016 he posted a career-high 23 total pressures, and while he failed to top that with 20 in 2017, he had 31 fewer rushes this season and finished with a career-high 76.6 pass-rush grade. Combine that with his league-leading 94.1 run-defense grade, and Harrison, who has generally been considered a two-down player throughout his NFL career, posted a 90.4 overall grade, good for sixth-best among all defensive interior players in the league.
Harrison was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2012 out of William Penn University. He appeared in five games that year and has appeared in all 16 games in each of the last five seasons. He signed a five-year, $9.5 million contract with the Giants prior to 2016 and earned first-team All-Pro honors, accumulating a career-high 86 combined tackles.