Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Carl Lawson

Carl Lawson, Auburn
6-2, 261
Lawson played in 14 games as a freshman, and was named as a freshman All-American after collecting 20 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, four sacks, seven QB hurries, and two forced fumbles.
He missed his entire sophomore campaign after he tore a knee ligament in the spring.
He returned the following season, with expectations that he would be healthy and functional, but again, he missed several games with a hip injury. He recorded just 17 tackles, three TFLs, and one sack in seven games played.
He returned last season, and managed to stay healthy for 13 games. He finished with 30 tackles, 13.5 TFLs, nine sacks, 24 QB hurries, and one forced fumble.
The Good
Works with solid arm extension to push his way around the edge.
Solid work with his hands.
Can aggressively pursue kick out plays to the sideline.
Can play up or down.
Very explosive off of the snap and aggressive.
Takes the narrow direct path to the QB in the pocket, does not get pushed outside.
Has very intriguing power/speed combo.
Has played inside at DT and at ILB as well.
The Bad
He has missed a ton of games in college.
May be to oshort to play at DE, and lacks requisite size to play inside at DT. May have to move to LB.
Tends to get tied up by blockers with size.
Will not shed tackles. Rides the wave.
More powerful in his upper half than his lower.
Does not change direction quickly, and can get taken out of a play.
Tends to apply pressure to QBs, but rarely finished the play with a sack.
Not a great tackler.
Not exactly the most athletic guy on the field, and plays tight.
Final Overview
Lawson is a guy who is all potential and not enough production. He has lost a lot of time to injuries during his college career, and really never gelled as an athlete. He is lacking enough size to play down line on defense, and lacks enough athleticism to move to ILB, which is where he would generally translate to. Without really knowing what you would do with him, I would take a pass on him in this draft.

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