Dexter Lawrence rooted for the Giants when he was younger, and now that they made him the No. 17 pick in the NFL Draft, the defensive tackle has lofty goals.
"I grew up a New York Giants fan. So, it's a great moment," Lawrence said after getting drafted. "My goal is to come in day one and challenge the defensive line as being the greatest unit in the world kind of thing. That's just kind of what my mindset is going to be and what is has been since I've been in high school. Let's not settle, let's go get it. Right now, I'm real happy to be a Giant."
Lawrence used to watch the likes of Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. He believes he can be a pass rusher.
"I just got to unlock it, that's all," Lawrence said. "A lot of times, I didn't set myself up for things. I know that'll be the difference, and that's a big focus of mine is to stop all the doubting."
The 21-year-old played against new Giants quarterback Daniel Jones in the ACC.
"I like him a lot," Lawrence said of Jones. "Playing against him when we played Duke, I gained a lot of respect for him. He did not quit and he's deceptively fast. His arm is really accurate, I feel like a lot of his balls were dropped so his stats weren't really there watching film, but I think he's really special."
Lawrence was suspended for both games of the College Football Playoff for testing positive for ostarine, a banned substance. He was asked about the suspension throughout the draft process.
"Every meeting, everywhere I went, every media source. But it was something I had to deal with," he said. "It was unfortunate that happened to me. I was innocent, but God had a plan for me and I felt like that helped people learn who I truly was. It got people to know me, I got to express myself. I had the choice to go to the media, I didn't have to, but I wanted to so that I make the narrative kind of deal and not let people put their little spin on things that they do. So I mean it was really unfortunate, but I had to change my role as a player and I had to become a coach and support my team and make sure their minds were right and just be there for them and just let them know that it's good, I'm still here and just play like you've been playing the whole season."