Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State (HT: 6’2⅞” WT: 251 lbs.)
Second Round: 34th Pick
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- Quick feet to change directions with a flexible lower body.
- Instinctive defender with fine play awareness and ability to find the football.
- Explodes from his stance with significant acceleration.
- Consistently plays with low pad level into contact.
- Quick and efficient with his hands.
- Effective swim move to beat lunging blockers.
- Sufficient speed to press the corner and overextend tackles or run the circle.
- Can flatten out on the corner rush with fine flexibility, bends back to the inside very well.
- Feels blockers with awareness to spin back to the inside if speed rushes are mirrored.
- Relentless rusher with a track record of motor-related sacks.
- Rushes with fine gap discipline against mobile quarterbacks to keep contain.
- Lateral quickness to beat blockers into gaps and make plays in the backfield.
- Delivers a heavy punch that can reset the line of scrimmage and contain edge runs.
- Slippery defender who slides off blocks with regularity.
- Picks up the ball quickly in run defense and maintains gap discipline.
- Scrapes off blocks on the edge with relative ease to keep contain.
- Rangy to chase down ball-carriers in the open field, gets to the ball at a high rate.
- Played in multiple fronts and from both sides of the defense for Boise State.
- Doesn’t have optimal length as an edge-rusher.
- Has a lean frame that needs to be built upon.
- Inconsistent coming off the ball, a half-step slow at times.
- Can be over-reliant on his swim move and expose his chest to blockers.
- Doesn’t work a variety of pass-rushing moves or string them together to set up pass-blockers.
- Inconsistent at converting speed to power on the outside to compress the pocket.
- Not a true stack-and-shed run defender due to a lack of functional strength.
- Gets hung up on blocks and taken for a ride if he doesn’t win with his hands as a run defender.
- Needs to finish with more balance and power when shedding blocks to clear contact completely.
- Not a technically sound tackler, tends to strike too high and doesn’t maximize contact.
- Only has two seasons of Division I football experience.
- A 3-star prospect as a junior college recruit in 2011 according to Rivals.com.
- Signed with Boise State from Butler Community College out of El Dorado, Kan.
- Has been suspended for three games over his two-year career at Boise State, each its own separate suspension for violation of team rules or undisclosed reasons.
The untapped athletic potential of Demarcus Lawrence will have teams intrigued. He’s a multidimensional athlete with football instincts and surprisingly refined hand usage.
What has held him back is a lack of pass-rushing development in terms of moves and a body that still needs to be filled out. The rawness of Lawrence as a prospect is both scary and captivating, but it may be entirely due to lack of experience under high-level coaching.
Between the high ceiling and ability to play in multiple fronts, Demarcus Lawrence should be a sought-after commodity on draft day.
Draft Projection: Second Round
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