Nevin Lawson, CB

School: Utah State  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Lauderhill, FL
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 190 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.482.66-16 33-4.407.12
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.422.621.6316 3310'0"4.407.12

Player Overview

The Utah State Aggies had only two players drafted into the NFL in the 1990s but five players - including Seattle Seahawks' starting middle linebacker Bobby Wagner - have been drafted out of the program over the past two seasons. While lacking the size scouts are looking for, Lawson boasts the athleticism and confidence to continue the Aggies' impressive emergence as NFL talent producers.

Lawson traveled far to sign with the Aggies out of Lauderill, Fl. but once on campus he quickly proved he belonged, appearing in nine games as a true freshman and logging two starts. The scrappy defender hasn't left the field since, starting the next 39 consecutive games, earning All-WAC honors after each of the past two seasons. Over those three seasons, Lawson has showed a physicality that belies his size, averaging just over 64 tackles and 12 passes broken up per year.

Lawson's coverage and toughness in run support earned him an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game, where he record three tackles, including one for loss, a pass breakup and returned a fumble for a touchdown. That performance helped earn him a call-up to the Senior Bowl, where again he impressed with his confidence and athleticism.

Not every club is going to overlook Lawson's height but those considering a player like TCU's Jason Verrett in the early rounds could find this Aggie quite a consolation prize a few rounds later.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: While shorter than ideal, Lawson sports a compact, athletic frame with very good agility, fluid hips and the speed to turn and run with receivers. Very physical defender, especially as an open-field tackler, where he quickly closes on the ball-carrier and strikes them at the hips, encircling his arms and wrenching them to the ground emphatically.

Often asked to line up inside, showing the spatial awareness to handle playing the nickel and not relying on the sideline to protect himself. Highly confident defender, who varies his approach in man coverage, alternately punching the receiver to get a quality jam to impede their release or turning to run with them, demonstrating quick feet and a seamless turning motion. Good awareness in zone coverage.

Keeps his eyes peeled on the quarterback when in zone and breaks on the ball quickly. Times his arrival with the ball, showing the hand-eye coordination to break up passes, as well as developing ball-skills to pull off the interception.

WEAKNESSES: Obvious size concerns and won't fit in every scheme. Times his leaps well but will lose out to bigger receivers on jump-balls. Wraps his arms securely but is forced to 'wrassle' opponents to the ground because of his size. Improved ball-skills in 2013 but does not possess ideal hands for the interception, picking off just six of 37 passes defensed over the past three seasons.

COMPARES TO: Christopher Owens, Miami Dolphins - Nicknamed "Peanut," Owens has quietly enjoyed a very solid NFL career since earning a third round selection by the Falcons in 2009. Like Owens, Lawson's coverage skills and willingness to mix it up in the running game could help him beat the odds.

--Rob Rang

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