The Top NFL Defensive Rookie Seasons

Lawrence Taylor's 1981 season with the New York Giants is widely considered the best by a defensive rookie in NFL history.

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J.J. Watt had an impressive rookie season with the Houston Texans in 2011, recording 5.5 sacks and 58 tackles.

Aaron Donald made an immediate impact for the St. Louis Rams in 2014, finishing the season with 9 sacks and 48 tackles.

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Shawne Merriman had a dominant rookie season with the San Diego Chargers in 2005, recording 10 sacks and 57 tackles.

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Joey Bosa had a standout rookie season with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2016, recording 10.5 sacks and 41 tackles.

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Von Miller had a strong rookie season with the Denver Broncos in 2011, recording 11.5 sacks and 64 tackles.

Ndamukong Suh had a dominant rookie season with the Detroit Lions in 2010, recording 10 sacks and 66 tackles.