Demarcus Lawrence NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Cowboys DE

Darren PageFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2014

Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (8) closes in for a sack on San Diego State quarterback Quinn Kaehler during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State (HT: 6’2⅞” WT: 251 lbs.)

Dallas Cowboys (Cowboys trade 47th and 78th picks to Redskins for 34th pick)

Second Round: 34th Pick

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmHand
602725133 3/4"11"
NFL.com
Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeBench
4.801.6234 1/2"9'5"7.4620
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Positives

  • 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.

Negatives

  • 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.
Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesTFLSacksFFPD
2012Boise St.4813.59.541
2013Boise St.7220.510.531
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Personal Notes

  • 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.

 

Ratings Chart

Graph made at nces.com

 

Overall

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