2015 NFL DRAFT

Demarcus Lawrence, DE

School: Boise State  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Aiken, SC
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 251 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3231-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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4.762.641.6320 34 1/29'5"4.317.46
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Arizona Cardinals | #20
    John Abraham led the Cardinals with 11.5 sacks in 2014 but next season will be his 15th in the NFL. Lawrence is a bit of a gamble. He was suspended three times in just two years at Boise State but is a gifted pass rusher who may just be scratching the surface of his potential.
  • Dallas Cowboys | #16
    The Cowboys could nab LB Ryan Shazier here with Anthony Barr and Donald off the board, but if they slide back with Cleveland, Lawrence is a nice fit. Lawrence gets the edge over Kony Ealy and Scott Crichton because he would play right end and the others are left ends in Dallas' scheme.
  • Buffalo Bills | #41
    They are said to be looking to beef up the defensive line. So why not take a pass rusher here?
  • No Analysis Available
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Possesses broad shoulders, long arms and a lanky frame, overall, which appears capable of adding another 10 pounds of muscle. Highly versatile defender asked to play a variety of roles with the Broncos.

Shows good (not great) initial quickness off the snap to penetrate off the edge or between gaps. Quick, active hands. Varied pass rush technique, including an over-arm swim, rip, club and even an occasional spin move.

Surprisingly strong at the point of attack. Plays with good leverage and anchors well, slipping off blocks effectively to make tackles near the line of scrimmage. Good effort laterally and downfield in pursuit.

Rarely asked to drop into coverage but appears to possess the quickness, fluidity and awareness to potentially convert to outside linebacker.

WEAKNESSES: While quick, does not appear to have the preferred straight-line speed for linebacker and does not possess the bulk normally associated with defensive linemen, making him a potential 'tweener in the eyes of some teams. Struggles to break free once blockers grab hold of his chest plate.

Only average balance. Too often gets tripped up and knocked to the ground. Moved around a lot in Boise's scheme, presenting him with advantageous matchups.

COMPARES TO: Jason Babin, Jacksonville Jaguars - Like Babin, Lawrence projects nicely as a LEO defensive end due to his burst, length, tenacity and surprising strength. Impressive collegiate production is mitigated by the level of competition faced, as well as size limitations.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Lawrence, who appears bigger on tape than his listed 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, signed with the Broncos two years ago after a tour with Butler Community College.

The native of Aiken, S.C. possesses good speed off the edge and was used in a variety of roles with the Broncos, lining up at virtually every position along the defensive line during his stay in Boise.

He started all 11 games he appeared in during the 2011 season, earning first-team All-Mountain West honors after racking up a team-high 13 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.

After leading the Mountain West with 10.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss in 2013, Lawrence declared he would enter the 2014 NFL Draft following Boise State's victory over Oregon State in the Hawaii Bowl.

"I am releasing this statement to inform everyone at Boise State University and all of the fans of Bronco Nation of my decision to forgo my final year of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

"For these last two years I have had the honor of being part of the Boise State family and have had an incredibly special group of teammates, coaches, trainers, and staff around me. While Coach Peterson's decision to take the Washington job had some influence on my decision I felt it was in the best interests of my family and myself to pursue my lifelong dream to become an NFL player.

"It is my hope in making this decision that my coaches, administration, teammates and the Broncos fans continue to support me both through prayer and encouragement in the pursuit of my dreams.

"Thank you all for your time and understanding in this matter and I wish everyone at Boise State University much success."

Lawrence is an interesting package of goods. College scheme found ways to create mismatches with him, which showed is versatility, but revealed no single trait that would be transcendent in the NFL. He will need to show that the sum of his parts can consistently add up to more than face value.

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05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 2/34 -- Demarcus Lawrence, DE, 6-3, 251, Boise State...The Cowboys trade their second-and third-round picks to move up 13 spots to get Lawrence. They ranked him as the third best pass rusher in the draft and they had to come away with one after going offensive line in the first round. He can get to the quarterback. - The Sports Xchange
 

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