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2016 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills select Shaq Lawson with the 19th pick

Pick AnalysisSuperb combo of value and need.  Lawson is a relentless force off the edge with violent hands and a great power to


Pick Analysis

Superb combo of value and need.  Lawson is a relentless force off the edge with violent hands and a great power to speed transition.  The Bills have a hole in the roster to fill with the departure of Mario Williams, and he will fit in perfectly.  Given that he arguably could have gone much earlier (it was a big surprise that the Falcons would pass on his for the safety they chose instead), the value is excellent.  Rex loves front seven players and he has a great opportunity to be an instant impact player to contribute as a rookie.  Well done Bills, this is one of the picks of the first round. (Rebecca Rennie)

Player Analysis

Lawson led the country in tackles for loss on the year with a fantastic 25.5 (just ahead of his teammate opposite Kevin Dodd).  Prior to this season, Lawson had been a backup, rotational player behind the likes of Falcons’ top pick Vic Beasley.  Expectations were high however as in little playing time he racked up 11.5 TFLs in 2014, and he didn’t disappoint in his first, and as it turned out, only year as a full time starter.  Lawson was dominant all year long with several elite left tackles among those unable to handle his relentless style, including Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley who will be a high draft pick himself this year.  Lawson doesn’t have prototypical length with a fairly short and stocky frame, but wins with his power, speed, non-stop motor and outstandingly fast and violent hands.  His combination of bull rush with a rip move is devastatingly effective.  As with Bosa, Lawson has more than just eyes for the quarterback, proving to be highly effective versus the run, getting off blocks and taking down the ball carrier.  Lawson’s game has no weaknesses, and he has earned the first round selection that he will assuredly receive in April.  There’s reports that some teams view Lawson’s teammate Dodd as the better prospect but outside of the length, Lawson is superior in every way, with much better burst, power and technique.  For me, it’s pretty easily and significantly in Lawson’s favour. (Rebecca Rennie)

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2016 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills select Shaq Lawson with the 19th pick

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