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2017 NFL DRAFT

Kenny Lawler, WR

School: California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Pomona, CA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 203 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
107133-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.562.711.65- 319'3"4.207.13

Player Overview

Even from the start, Lawler proved to be Jared Goff's favorite target, tying for the team lead with five touchdowns as a true freshman and pacing the Bears as a sophomore (nine scores) and junior (13) before both elected to make themselves eligible early for the NFL.

Lawler capped his collegiate career in fine form, hauling in three touchdowns against Air Force to help Cal win the Armed Forces Bowl. It was the fourth game over his three-year career in which Lawler caught three touchdowns - a team record.

"We support Kenny in this decision and know that it is a decision that he has put a lot of thought into and wasn't easy for him to make," head coach Sonny Dykes said following Lawler's announcement.

"Kenny has been one of the most productive receivers in the history of Cal football and is looking forward to continuing his production in the NFL. He has a natural sense for the game of football and the receiver position that few possess as well as an uncanny ability to make plays in the end zone, which along with his excellent ball skills has led to some of the most unbelievable catches I have ever seen. Kenny has worked very hard to improve upon his natural abilities. We're going to miss Kenny, but I'm excited about the opportunity in front of him that he has worked so hard for and wish him all the best. I'm looking forward to watching him pursue his dream."

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Among the more gifted pass-catchers of the 2016 draft, boasting an exciting blend of body control, hand-eye coordination, long arms and strong hands to make the spectacular grab, including several one-handed touchdowns over his career. Tracks the ball well and can contort his frame in the air to win contested passes despite his lack of ideal bulk. Despite a relatively slim frame, Lawler doesn't shirk from contact, using his long arms to push free of defensive backs during his route running and after the catch. He remains a bit inconsistent as a route-runner but possesses the athleticism to ultimately excel in this regard, showing good initial quickness off the ball, the fluidity to change directions smoothly and enough top-end speed to challenge vertically. He possesses good vision and athleticism to generate yardage after the catch, including the stop-start quickness to elude in tight quarters and is a quick accelerator.

WEAKNESSES: While tall, Lawler sports a spindly frame (including narrow limbs) which could lead to questions about his ability to remain durable in the NFL. Looks like a stiff breeze could knock him down and lacks the strength to run though even arm tackles. Usually going down to first contact, though he does fight for additional yardage. He's light on his feet, eluding well and accelerating quickly but tops out quickly, as well, and may lack the top-end speed to ever be a true vertical threat. Drops an occasional easy one, typically because he's looking to make a defender miss before securing the catch.

IN OUR VIEW: If he can handle the jump in physicality, Lawler has the ball-skills to be a star. There are few receivers in the 2016 draft who can match his highlights. The list of thin receivers with limited top-end speed starring in the NFL, however, is a short one, giving scouts reason to be cautious.

--Rob Rang (@robrang) (2/16/16)

 
 
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Player News
01/05/2016 - California wide receiver Kenny Lawler will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Lawler announced his decision on Tuesday. He joins quarterback Jared Goff as Cal players leaving school early to go to the NFL. Lawler was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection this season. He had 52 catches for 658 yards and 13 touchdowns. In three seasons with the Golden Bears, Lawler had 143 catches for 1,706 yards and 27 TDs. With Lawler's departure, Cal will be without its six leading receivers from last season. - AP Sports
 

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