By: Steve Johnson
Rashard Lawrence, IDL, LSU
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2016: 9 games. 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack
2017: 10 games. 32 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 pass break up
Accolades: 2016 Under Armour Game.
History: Five-star recruit from Monroe, LA. Won a 2014 State Title at Neville HS.
Strengths: Big body. Incredibly strong, hard to move. Has a good understanding of leverage, especially when taking on double teams. Good movement skills, for his size. Active and powerful hands. Shows a good swim move at times. Uses a good combination of power and quickness to penetrate right off the snap.
Weaknesses: Get off is inconsistent. Tightness in his hips hinders his lateral movement. Will over pursue at times, and his feet don’t allow him to redirect. Still raw, especially as a pass rusher. Was bothered by injuries in 2017, and overall hasn’t had the production expected from a Five-star prospect.
Overview: A big, stout, defensive one gap defensive tackle. Lawrence has good movement skills for his size, and has shown the ability to penetrate. Somewhat of a disappointment so far, in terms of production, Lawrence has battled through injuries and has good character. The former Five-Star prospect, projects as a more impactful player at the next level, ideally suited inside in a 40 front.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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