- AProjectionRound 1
- Hand10 ½
- Arm34 ¾
Strong Points: Huge man (not fat). Very athletic for his size, including great balance. Shows dominating ability inside and easily controls one-on-one blocks. Doesn't give ground to double teams. Quick off the ball and consistently gets penetration. Instinctive and quick reacting. Excellent run defender. Very good use of hands. Despite his size, he still chases the ball.
Weak Points: Sack production isn't that good. Probably won't test that well. Might only be a two-down player at the NFL level.
The Way We See It: Lawrence probably won't go as high as his talent level says because he isn't a pass rusher. His sack production is low, but he still is able to generate a push and collapse the pocket. He is also one of the better run defenders in this class. Totally controlled the line of scrimmage, eating up blockers. Very disruptive in the run game. He is best suited to play on the nose in a 3-4 but can also play as a 5-tech. Can play either DT spot in many 4-3 schemes, but it might be a reach for him to play the 3-tech because he isn't a top pass rusher. Lawrence reminds me a bit of Bears NT Eddie Goldman (39th overall pick in 2015), a dominant run defender who has also become an adequate pass rusher. Lawrence should go in the first round, but like Goldman, he might slip to early in Round 2. He will be a steal if he lasts that long.
Hub Arkush: Lawrence is a mountain of a man at 6-4, 340 pounds with tree limbs for arms and massive hands that threw up 36 reps on the bench press at the Combine. He has rare athleticism for a man his size (5.05 40-yard dash). If he sounds too good to be true, what's missing is pass-rush ability. In spite of his overwhelming advantages in size and strength at Clemson, he managed only 10 sacks and four PDs in 38 games. With coaching, if he can learn to collapse the pocket, he can be an All Pro, but if it just isn't there, he'll be a two-down tackle who dominates the line of scrimmage.
Best Fit: Giants, Bills, Packers, Browns, Seahawks, Cowboys, Colts, Chargers
Red Flags: Weak pass rush (two-down tackle?), Weight
NFL Comp: Damon Harrison