By: Steve Johnson
Dexter Lawrence, IDL, Clemson
6’4 1/2″ 342lbs
34 3/4″ arms. 10 1/2″ hands.
5.05 40 DNP Vert. DNP Broad Jump. 36 Bench Reps.
DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle
2016: 15 games. 62 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 1 pass break up, 2 FR
2017: 12 games. 33 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 FF
2018: 13 games. 36 tackles, 7 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 int, 3 pass break ups, 1 FR
Misc. Stats: 1 rush att, 2 yard, TD in career
Accolades: 2015 USA Today All-American, 2016 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, 2016 Second-Team All-ACC, 2016 College Football Playoff National Champion, 2017 First-team All-ACC, 2018 First-team All-ACC, 2018 College Football Playoff National Champion (Did Not Play, tested positive for a banned performance enhancing drug)
History: Five-star recruit from Wake Forrest, NC. He chose Clemson over Alabama, Florida St., N.C. St., and Florida. Enrolled early, in January 2016. Also played basketball.
Strengths: Massive body. Space eater, constantly requires double teams. Size and length to play in one and two gap systems. Can push the pocket with ease. Shows flashes of a violent initial punch. Surprisingly good athlete. Is light on his feet and is just a good a mover as some guys 20-30 lbs lighter than him. Good tackler. Experienced, understands his role and sees the play. Productive player.
Weaknesses: Lateral agility is not bad for his size, but he’s so big. Get off can be slow at times. Needs to do a better job timing the snap. Lack of pass rush moves. Pad level and strength at the point of attack needs improvement, you expect more from a man his size.
Overview: Lawrence is a huge run stopping nose tackle, that constantly calls for double team attention. He shows flashes of solid hand usage and a bull rush. He is still putting it all together and has one of the higher ceilings at the position. I think he’s scheme diverse and won’t make it out of the first round.
Draft Projection: 1st Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.25
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