Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State #8
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Size/Athleticism: Average height, but relatively long arms (33 3/4″) add to his length. Decent speed and overall quickness for a defensive lineman but modest athleticism for a linebacker.
Run Defense: Gives a great effort in pursuit. Does a nice job keeping offensive linemen from getting into his chest and shedding blocks quickly. Reliable wrap-up tackler.
Pass Rush: Quick first step and capable of winning with speed off the edge. Capable of lowering his shoulder and slipping past the line on the outside. Limited strength as a bull-rusher. Will occasionally get stonewalled by bigger offensive linemen and struggles to disengaged once they get into his pads.
Versatility: Primarily lines up on the line in the five-tech position, occasionally lining up wide in the seven-tech. Some experience playing with his hand off the ground. Limited experience dropping into coverage but shows enough athleticism to develop in that area. Participated in linebacker drills at the combine and looked relatively fluid.
Intangibles: JUCO transfer who was suspended three times in his two years at Boise State. Suspended on two separate occasions in 2012 for violation of team rules. Suspended again in 2013 for more undisclosed disciplinary issues.
Durability: No known issues.
Comments: Lawrence was fairly productive at Boise State but he’s not a finished product and he’s hurt by the red flags raised due to a series of suspensions. While the exact transgressions are unknown, three suspensions during just two years at Boise State is certainly not a positive sign. As of right now, he’s more polished against the run and does a nice job shedding blocks and gives a great effort in pursuit. But he does have upside as a pass-rusher and may be viewed as a 3-4 outside linebacker.