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2016 NFL Draft: Player Profile – Shaq Lawson

6ft 3 – 269lbs – Clemson40 Yard Dash – 4.70 Seconds Bench Press – N/AVertical Jump – 33 Inches 3 Cone Dri


6ft 3 – 269lbs – Clemson 40 Yard Dash – 4.70 Seconds Bench Press – N/A Vertical Jump – 33 Inches 3 Cone Drill – 7.16 Seconds Broad Jump – 120 inches 20 Yard Shuttle – 4.21 Seconds Lawson is the definition of a beast, and he proves this every time he takes to the field. For his first two seasons with the Tigers, he was a reserve and played backup, however that didn’t stop him consistently getting into the backfield, with double digit sacks in his first two seasons. When given his opportunity to start, he didn’t look back. In his lone starting season, he led the nation in tackles for a loss, and hit double digits in sacks too. This helped to earn him All-American and ACC first team honours, as well as helping his team to an undefeated season. Lawson plays like he was born in the backfield, consistently appearing there, even against the top left tackles in the country. He has unbelievable power and speed which when combined with his vicious bull rush make him near impossible to stop. He is very quick and has an incredible motor which means he is literally non-stop. He is very hard to block straight up and he will command double teams from day one. While many look at his sacks as his main weapon, he has shown that once in the backfield, he has a nose for the ball carrier too, which gives him big play ability every time he sets foot on the field. He is absolutely relentless, and he will be challenge for anyone to stop from day one. Lawson has a very complete game, however no one is perfect. While he is strong and quick, he is fairly short and stocky. While this isn’t a huge problem, he doesn’t have the elite length that many look for in defensive ends at the top level. The other issue people may come up with, and this is very much clutching at straws, is that he only has one year as a starter under his belt, this means he is green to the spotlight, which could cause him growing pains on the big stage. Shaq Lawson has pretty much been on a country wide visit tours, speaking to no less than 18 teams throughout this process. Lawson’s combine was extremely busy speaking with the 49ers, the Bengals, the Bills, the Browns, the Cardinals, the Chiefs, the Falcons, the Giants, the Jaguars, the Lions, the Seahawks and the Steelers. He then had the Browns, the Jets the Saints and the Titans at his pro day. He had private workouts with the 49ers, the Falcons and the Panthers. He then had private meetings with the 49ers, the Bears, the Cowboys the Jets, the Lions and the Panthers. With this many teams interested in seeing him in some capacity, there is little to no chance he gets out of the first round. He has suitors all over the first round and could go at any time. With his abilities on full show he should go early, however if he somehow begins to fall, he won’t get past the Falcons at number seventeen.

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2016 NFL Draft: Player Profile – Shaq Lawson

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