By: Steve Johnson
Dexter Lawrence, IDL, Clemson
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
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
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
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. Can push the pocket with ease. Shows flashes of a violent initial punch. Good tackler. Experienced, understands his role and sees the play. Productive player.
Weaknesses: Lateral agility is non existent. Get off is slow. Lack of pass rush moves, mostly due to lack of athleticism. 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, but ultimately lacks any type of agility of flexibility. He is best fit in a scheme that requires a big nose tackle that eats up blocks, freeing up linebackers to make plays.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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