Sep 21, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) runs from pressure by New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (94) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Kiwanuka comes from a championship pedigree, earning two Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants in his nine seasons with the team. He played in 11 games last season, recording 2.5 sacks, but he was placed on injured reserve for the final five games of the season with a knee injury. The Giants released him this offseason as a salary cap casualty.
The former Boston College standout has 301 careers tackles and 38.5 sacks since entering the league. It is interesting that no team has picked him, especially the Giants potentially bringing him back with the uncertainty surrounding Jason Pierre-Paul. He’s just two years removed from a six-sack season, still showing flashes of brilliance at times even as he starts to age.
Kiwanuka has shown that he has the versatility to play both outside linebacker and defensive end and is younger (31) than the other two names who will appear on this list. He’s played in 120 regular-season games, making 51 starts at defensive end and 29 at linebacker. He never became the stud that you expect from a first-round selection, but he is a solid pro that could help out right away.
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