Carl Lawson NFL Draft Profile
Size: 6’2 261lbs
- Sets the edge
- Explosive burst
- Has NFL power
Analysis: While shorter than scouts would prefer for an edge rusher, Carl Lawson’s compact, powerful build makes him a difficult draw for opposing linemen. He possesses the explosive burst to challenge the corner and can overwhelm would-be blockers with strength as a bull-rusher once he senses them leaning. Lawson is quicker to the quarterback than his five career sacks would suggest, accelerating smoothly when he has a clear lane. Lawson’s power and balance show up in the running game, where he’s often able to lock-out against bigger opponents because of his knee bend, proper arm extension and core strength. Could play standing up or with a hand on the ground. Has NFL power and aggressiveness. Explosive get-off with some heat in his feet over first two steps upfield. Good forward lean into his rush. Slaps and chops at tackle’s punch to soften the edge. Takes tight, linear track to quarterback with big close-out burst once he turns the corner. Experience rushing from interior-line spot and stand-up inside backer. Finesse tackles will struggle to handle his speed-to-power bursts.
- Not the most sound tackler
- Block shedding
- Tight hips
Analysis: Injuries have side-tracked Carl Lawson’s playing time and production over the years. Missed 2014 with ACL tear and six games in 2015 with hip injury. Face-up rusher who struggles to get hip flip or shoulder turn at the top of his rush. Takes predictable tracks in his pass rushes and gets stuck on blocks. Needs creative rush attack with legitimate counters. Hips are tight and restrictive in lower half. Needs better knee bend throughout the rep. Lawson does not show ideal flexibility when turning the corner or changing directions. He is able to do so in part because his height allows him to dip under the reach of tackles but Lawson shows some stiffness in his hips (as many players with his bulked-up build do), raising some question as to whether how well he’d be able to handle a stand-up edge rusher role or drop into coverage.
NFL Comparison: If healthy, Dwight Freeney
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