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Demarcus Lawrence | Defensive End

Team: Boise State Broncos
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 242

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Cowboys traded up with the Redskins to select Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
The Cowboys surrendered their second-rounder (No. 47) and third-rounder (No. 78) for the right to move up 13 picks. Owner Jerry Jones desperately needed to add a body to his league-worst front seven, but has paid a heavy price to do so. Lawrence (6-foot-3, 251) spent two seasons at Boise after transferring from JUCO and stuffed the stat sheet as a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end, notching 33.5 tackles for loss, 20 sacks and seven forced fumbles across 23 starts. He added three blocked kicks on special teams. Long armed (33 3/4") and athletic, Lawrence ran 4.80 at the Combine with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. Lawrence is a bit of a boom-or-bust prospect after facing three suspensions in college for violating team rules, but has the skill set to become an annual double-digit sack threat. Fri, May 9, 2014 07:22:00 PM

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Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence and BYU's Kyle Van Noy are now considered top-five OLBs by Mike Mayock.

In the analyst's newest positional rankings, Lawrence checked in at No. 4 and Van Noy followed at No. 5. The duo's entry comes at the expense of Trent Murphy (Stanford) and Marcus Smith (Louisville), who formally occupied the Nos. 4-5 slots. Lawrence and Van Noy had been moving up boards across the industry prior to Mayock following suit on Monday.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 10:01:00 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline said "trusted sources" inform him that Boise State edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence won't get out of the second round.

Pauline sounds surprised by this assertion, but we've heard Lawrence thrown out as a late first-round possibility. The analyst obviously isn't a fan, believing Lawrence to be a third-round prospect. Pauline's sources "point to his natural pass rushing skills and the ability to play standing up over tackle or with his hand in the dirt, as well as the fact the talent at pass rusher really falls off after the second round. I personally disagree with the last part and feel Prince Shembo, Ronald Powell, Devon Kennard and Kasim Edebali are last day prospects who can fill the pass rushing role as well as small school free agent types such as Colton Underwood and Anthony Larry."
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 07:59:00 PM

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reports that Boise State edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence had a pre-draft visit with the Steelers on Thursday.

The 6-foot-3, 245 pound pass rush specialist lacks the size to play defensive end at the next level and teams could look to convert Lawrence into a linebacker. Although he knows how to rush the passer, he'll have to work on his technique in coverage moving forward. With the ability to play in a three point stance, as well as play standing up, Lawrence could bring some flexibility to his game as a situational pass rusher. While there are rumors of Lawrence sneaking into the first round, it's most likely the second round is where we could see him coming off the board.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 06:22:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports that Boise State edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence has private workouts set up with the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints, amongst other teams.

While some evaluators believe Lawrence could sneak in the back end of the first round, Caplan thinks the disruptive edge rusher "is projected as a second to third round pick." Lawrence has the ability to fit in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense, which could add some value to his plate. Interested teams will have to figure out whether the off-field issues that led to three one-game suspensions, should be a concern moving forward.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 02:59:00 PM

Boise State edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence has visited, or is scheduled to travel to, the Redskins, Cowboys, Vikings, Steelers, 49ers, Jets and Saints.

Lawrence is a legitimate dark horse for the end of the first-round, and any of these teams (other than the Redskins or Vikings) could trade up to the early part of the second day to nab him. He did not test overly well in terms of lateral athleticism, but Lawrence shows more movement skills on tape than he did at the Combine.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 11:36:00 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that "disruptive talents" such as Boise State edge player Demarcus Lawrence "usually don't make it out of the top-32 picks."

More and more evaluators are getting behind the idea of Lawrence as a Day 1 pick, and Brugler's reasoning explains why. Though he has off-the-field concerns and perhaps was misused schematically in school, Lawrence could develop into a highly disruptive force off the edge, and mayhem like that doesn't grow on trees. Or in the French Quarter, as Brugler advises the Saints to take a look at No. 27: "A talent like Lawrence might be too good to pass up in the first round. The former Boise State rusher has a few character flaws (three separate one-game suspensions the past two seasons), but he has quick, active hands along with the natural athletic pass rush skills to create pressure. "
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 07:13:00 PM

Boise State edge player Demarcus Lawrence will visit the 49ers next week, according to Matt Barrows.

"A league source said the travel arrangements were made a week ago, before (Aldon) Smith was arrested at LAX for allegedly telling security personnel he had a bomb," Barrows writes. Lawrence is a fringe first-round pick, and could drop to around the 50 range, but his flashes of power and movement are very good.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:16:00 AM

ESPN's Bill Williamson could see the 49ers "using a premium pick" on a pass rusher in lieu of Aldon Smith's arrest.

Even with Smith's future in doubt, Williamson still believes San Francisco's top draft needs are cornerback and receiver. However, the 49ers own an NFL-best six picks in the top 100, and it appears likely that at least one of those picks will be invested in an edge rusher. ESPN draft analyst Steve Muench mentioned Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence and BYU's Kyle Van Noy as good fits in the second or third round, and pointed to Texas’ Jackson Jeffcoat, Alabama DE/OLB Adrian Hubbard and Stanford’s Trent Murphy as Rds. 3-4 options. "[Lawrence] will likely be gone and they may not want to take a player who has been suspended three times over the past two seasons but he has the length, quickness and flexibility to develop into an effective edge rusher in the NFL," said Muench. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler interestingly also fingered Lawrence when discussing the same Smith-centric topic on Twitter. Brugler added Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford as a fit for the 49ers.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 11:24:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler's believes Boise State edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence and Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford are good options for the 49ers.

"Considering Aldon Smith's situation, pass rushers Demarcus Lawrence (Boise State) and Dee Ford (Auburn) will be awfully appealing at number 30," Brugler tweeted. With Aldon Smith possibly facing missed time due to his latest arrest, the 49ers may look towards the draft to find an impact edge rusher. Both players would fill an instant need at the position if the 49ers decide to move on from the troubled Aldon Smith. If the 49ers made a move for Lawrence,they could possibly stay put at No.30. However, Dee Ford may require the 49ers to trade one of their middle round picks to move up to select him.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 12:56:00 PM

Boise State edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence visited the Falcons on Friday.

He also has upcoming pre-draft visitations scheduled with the Patriots, Jets, Saints and Cowboys, that's Ian Rapoport knows of. Lawrence, who hopped to the pros after his junior season, should go between the late-first and mid-second rounds. ESPN analyst Louis Riddick believes Lawrence was often misused at Boise State, and colleague Kevin Weidl called the Bronco "one of the most intriguing prospects I have watched on tape this offseason" last month.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 05:15:00 PM

Boise State edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence went No. 30 to the 49ers in CBS Sports' Dane Brugler's Monday mock draft.

Lawrence, who declared for the NFL draft after his junior season, has been considered a Day 2 prospect throughout the process, but perhaps the tide is beginning to turn in his direction. Brugler himself tweeted that the prospect was a first-rounder last week and Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl called Lawrence "one of the most intriguing prospects I have watched on tape this offseason" earlier this month. ESPN analyst Louis Riddick wrote in February that Lawrence was often misused at Boise State.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 10:59:00 PM

After watching coaches tape of Boise State edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes the prospect is a first-rounder.

"Lawrence had somewhat disappointing Combine numbers (7.46 3C) compared to the tape. Hopefully he re-tests at BSU Pro Day on Monday," Brugler added. Lawrence missed some time at Boise State but he has plenty of talent thanks to the combination of movement skills and length.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 10:13:00 AM

Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence is "one of the most intriguing prospects I have watched on tape this offseason," wrote Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

"His biggest upside comes as a pass-rusher," wrote Weidl. "Lawrence has ideal length, above-average first step quickness, active hands and most important displays tremendous flexibility throughout his torso. This allows him to not only transition speed-to-power but also provides him the ability to bend the edge and finish at the top of his rush which is not often seen at the collegiate level." The draft expert believes the Bengals, Cardinals and Saints, teams in need of pass-rushing help from an outside linebacker, could pull the trigger on Day 2.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 01:57:00 PM

Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence impressed Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench with his quickness, conversion of speed to power, and bend.

Muench noted he especially liked Lawrence's matchup with Nevada's Joel Bitonio. Lawrence is starting to draw more attention, thanks to his nice initial punch and closing speed. He will likely draw a top two round grade.
Tue, Feb 18, 2014 11:28:00 AM