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Carl Lawson | Defensive End

Team: Auburn Tigers
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 261

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Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson said that he has changed the way that he works out this offseason.
Lawson has been waylaid by a torn ACL (2014) and a balky hip (2015) during his career. He is hoping for a fully healthy 2016 and said that in order to facilitate that, he has changed the way he exercises. "I’ve gotten bigger, faster, stronger from resting," he said, later adding that "[r]esting, plus taking your workout seriously, is way more effective than just burning your body out." The 6-foot-2, 261-pounder said that rather than simply lift and run at every opportunity, he now occupies his weekends with stretching, yoga and the like. A complete 2016 campaign would do wonders to shore up his draft stock. Jul 23 - 6:32 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson did not make Lance Zierlein's top 10 prospects at the position.

"I just need to see him do something. He's more of an urban legend than a guy you can count on to make plays at this point," the NFL.com writer tweeted. Zierlein's reasoning makes sense, as Lawson dealt with major injuries in both 2014 and 2015. However, we would make the argument that Lawson had the talent to be the No. 2 edge rusher in the 2016 NFL Draft if he elected to declare. That did not happen, as Lawson is set to return to college for one more season. More than sacks, Lawson likely needs to prove he can stay on the field. When in the lineup, Lawson impacts an offense on the edge and inside.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 9:04 AM

An SEC defensive coach told ESPN that Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson is a "difference-maker on third down."

Lawson was beset by a hip injury last season and played in just seven games. The coach called his healthy return a "serious" help for the Tigers. "If you can get people to third-and-long, he can win," he said. "You have to put two people on him. With those other guys freed up, they can wind up winning." The 6-foot-2, 261-pounder ranks as Mel Kiper Jr.'s No. 22 overall prospect for next spring's draft, though that initial Big Board figures to change, perhaps radically, as the 2016 season unfolds.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 6:51 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang believes that Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson is "an NFL-ready defensive end right now."

Rang describes Lawson as "[p]ossessing a compact, powerful frame and an explosive burst off the edge." The 6-foot-2, 261-pound redshirt junior lands as the No. 9 underclassman prospect for 2017 on the analyst's early rundown. A healthy 2016 campaign is a must for Lawson, as he missed the 2014 season with a torn ACL and was plagued by a hip injury which limited him to seven games in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
May 20 - 5:07 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper pegs Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson No. 22 on his Big Board.

"This is a big season for Lawson, who was working his way back from injury in 2015," Kiper wrote. "The pass-rush potential is there, but so far, he's better at pushing with power and controlling the blocker." We're higher on Lawson than he is. Rotoworld's Josh Norris slotted Lawson to the Buccaneers at No. 4 in an early 2017 mock draft. Norris believes Lawson could have been the first or second edge rusher selected in the 2016 NFL Draft had he entered.
May 16 - 11:47 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson may have been the first or second EDGE selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Lawson elected to return to Auburn for a fourth season. It's very likely to be his last, assuming he can remain healthy. Norris slotted Lawson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 4 in an early 2017 mock draft.
Source: Rotoworld
May 9 - 8:46 PM

Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson indicated that he chose to remain at the program because he believes he has room for improvement.

"I needed to get better as a football player. I've got a lot to prove to myself – nobody else – but I have a lot of stuff that I want to accomplish," Lawson said. The 6-foot-2, 261-pounder's been waylaid by many an injury over the last two seasons, missing the entirety of the 2014 campaign due to a torn ACL and playing in just seven games last season thanks to a hip injury suffered against Louisville in the season-opener. A healthy 2016 would likely do wonders in helping convince scouts that the ultra-talented edge rusher's health issues are behind him.
Source: al.com
Mar 11 - 8:48 PM

Both Ole Miss tackles said Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson was their most difficult opponent during their time playing in college.

Those tackles, Laremy Tunsil and Fahn Cooper, praised Lawson's ability. Lawson flirted with entering the 2016 NFL Draft and would have been a top three edge rusher in our rankings. However, Lawson missed a good bit of playing time over the last two seasons due to knee and hip injuries. He possess power and explosion, and also spends some snaps inside.
Feb 26 - 9:44 AM

Auburn redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson will return to school for the 2016 season.

Lawson broke the news on his Twitter account via pictures from the film "The Wolf of Wall Street" along with the hashtags #WarEagle and #2016-17. The decision was later confirmed through Lawson's father. We have considered Lawson one of the top edge players in this class (top four, at the very least), but he has yet to stay healthy over the last two years. That will be the key for next season. Lawson can be dominant on the field.
Jan 6 - 6:12 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore DE Carl Lawson will enter the 2016 NFL Draft, according to Tony Pauline.

Pauline says Lawson's father is "vetting agents and telling people son is leaving for the NFL." We love Lawson's game and think he could emerge as the No. 2 edge rusher in the class thanks to his combination of explosion and power. However, Lawson has battled through injuries over the last two seasons (knee and hip). He can win inside and outside, but the medical evaluations will be as critical as the on-field.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 09:30:00 AM

With Auburn redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson's returning to the field, he reminded "everyone why he's one of the best players in the SEC and the MVP of the Tigers' defense," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler noted.

"Lining up on the edge and inside, Lawson fires off the snap and keeps his entire body in sync to win one-on-one battles, using his lower body to win the corner and his upper half to grip-and-rip past blockers. He lacks ideal length, but has strong hands and timely placement with his counters to fight through blockers' punch," Brugler wrote. The Auburn prospect made his presence felt in his return, however, the stat sheet didn't prove it, as he recorded only 1 tackle on the day. The 6-foot-2, 261-pound Lawson was a disruptive force all day versus the Ole Miss offensive line, giving left tackle Laremy Tunsil a run for his money. Brugler adds that Lawson "is a true difference-maker when healthy and his infectious energy fuels the entire defense."
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 02:02:00 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn praised redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson's practice habits.

Lawson made an instant impact against Laremy Tunsil and the rest of Ole Miss' offensive line. The pass rusher returned from a hip injury after missing every game following the season opener. NFL teams will fall in love with Lawson's leadership.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 12:42:00 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson is listed as a starter for Saturday's game against Ole Miss.

Lawson was considered a game-time decision after returning to practice this week, but this is a good sign that he will play. Lawson was absolutely dominant in his one half of football this season, both from the inside and outside. He might see snaps opposite Laremy Tunsil in this game.
Source: AL.com
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 11:25:00 AM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that redshirt sophomore DE/DL Carl Lawson's return to Tuesday practice "was big."

"Having [Lawson] back out there dressed out was big, I think, for our team and our defense and I think it was big for him too," said Malzahn. The 6-foot-2, 261-pound redshirt sophomore injured his hip in the first half of Auburn's season-opening win over Louisville. He hasn't played since, but in that limited action, he recorded a pair of tackles for loss, a sack and three quarterback hurries. A report from auburnundercover.com has Lawson playing against Ole Miss on Saturday, but he should be considered a game-time decision until official word surfaces.
Source: al.com
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 07:38:00 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore DE/DL Carl Lawson is practicing on Tuesday.

Lawson only played two or three quarters this season, but it might have been the best performance by a single Tiger all year. Lawson looked dominant in the season opener but has been out since with a hip injury. Head coach Gus Malzahn stopped short of saying Lawson will play against Ole Miss, but it seems likely we will see him on the field this season.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 12:21:00 PM