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Dexter Lawrence | Defensive Lineman

Team: Clemson Tigers
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 350

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The Draft Network's Joe Marino believes Dexter Lawrence "headlines" the overrated prospects in 2019.
Lawrence is routinely projected to go within the top-5 pick in early mock drafts but Marino isn't buying it and said "Lawrence doesn’t have the mobility or pass rushing upside of such a high selection. And for a man of his size, there are too many occasions where he is worked out of his gap in the run game." Despite Marino's pessimism on Lawrence, he is still very likely to be selected in the top half of the first round. Aug 12 - 2:28 PM

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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Clemson junior DT Dexter Lawrence as a first-round prospect coming into the 2018 season.

There are four Clemson defensive lineman who get first-round grades from Pauline: Lawrence, Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant. Of that group, only Wilkins has a higher grade from Pauline. "Lawrence is an immovable force with great power and the ability to collapse the pocket," he writes. Those are the positives, but Pauline also notes that he doesn't play with great leverage, and that he'll take plays off. Still, the 6-foot-4, 330-pound defender should be a stout run-defender, and that makes it likely he goes in the first 32 picks if he performs in 2018.
Jul 27 - 7:33 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compared Clemson junior DT Dexter Lawrence to Minnesota Vikings DT Linval Joseph.

"(Like Joseph, Lawrence) has enormous size and he's immovable at the point of attack. He also is surprisingly nimble and disruptive against the pass," Jeremiah notes of the similarities between the two defenders. The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Lawrence essentially carries the exact same physical measurements of Joseph. DJ sees the real difference between the two prospects not coming in their game, but rather their public profiles. Understandably, Lawrence has a far brighter spotlight on him than Joseph did at East Carolina. We fully expect the Clemson star to be drafted much, much earlier than Joseph, too, as the latter player was not selected by the Giants until midway through the second round of the 2010 draft. Lawrence is a lock first-rounder for next spring.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 1:04 PM

NFL.com's Chad Reuter believes Clemson junior DT Dexter Lawrence presence is "feared in the run game."

Lawrence comes in at No. 16 on Reuter's list of 2018 players to watch and for good reason. He writes "If you want power inside, Lawrence has plenty of it. When guards or centers are one-up on this young man, they have to work with all their might to keep him from plowing into the backfield." He has been projected all over the board in early 2019 mock drafts but with another strong season in 2018 he should solidify his status as one of the top players in the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 16 - 12:20 PM

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread ranks Clemson junior DT Dexter Lawrence third on his list of future NFL defensive stars.

Goodbread notes that Lawrence (6'4/330) is "Lawrence is one of the college game's biggest and most fearsome defenders." He adds, "Double teams find him immovable, which allows Clemson linebackers to attack inside run plays with greater ease. But unlike most space-eating DTs, Lawrence is also a playmaker. He's made a whopping 118 tackles in just 23 career starts over two seasons with 9.5 sacks." Even in a loaded class of defensive lineman, Lawrence is a special talent that should be near the top of draft boards after this season.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 13 - 1:15 PM

NFL Spin Zone projects the Browns to take Clemson junior DT Dexter Lawrence with the second pick in their 2019 mock draft.

Lawrence would be the second player off the board in this scenario, and he'd also be the second defensive tackle to be drafted as they project Houston's Ed Oliver to go first to the Colts. Lawrence surprised many when he decided to return to school, but it could pay off in the long run. "Lawrence comes from a long line of defensive studs at Clemson and really broke out as a freshman with 62 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 2016," they write. "He was down in 2017, but a return to form in 2018 should get him atop many boards in the 2019 NFL Draft."
May 1 - 1:47 PM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar projects Dexter Lawrence to be selected by the Cleveland Browns No. 1 overall in his 2019 mock draft.

Kadar explains, "After trading Danny Shelton to the New England Patriots, the Browns could be in the market for a defensive tackle in 2019." He believes it would currently be a "coin-flip" between Lawrence and Houston DT Ed Oliver. Lawrence could fall down draft boards if he can't fully heal from foot and ankle injuries which limited him during the 2017 season and 2018 spring practices. Clemson HC Dabo Swinney said they are just playing it safe, but it's something to watch for this season.
Source: SB Nation
Apr 30 - 3:05 PM

Clemson junior DT Dexter Lawrence will be a limited participant in spring practice.

Lawrence (6'4/330) dealt with foot and ankle issues during the 2017 campaign and the Tigers are merely playing it safe this spring. Said HC Dabo Swinney, "He's made great strides. He's running well." This past season, Lawrence posted 39 tackles (3.0 for loss) and 2.5 sacks while making 13 starts for the Tigers. Due to his nagging injury concerns, that production was noticeably off what he posted as a freshman. Lawrence has the upside to land as the No. 1 overall selection in the 2019 draft should he declare after the upcoming campaign.
Source: The State
Mar 8 - 5:55 PM

NFL.com Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes that Clemson sophomore DT Dexter Lawrence is the best defensive player participating in the College Football Playoff.

Jeremiah says that Lawrence (6'4/330) has the highest upside of any defender playing in the playoff, and that's saying something when you consider how many first-round defenders there will be playing between Clemson, Alabama and Georgia. Even in a loaded defensive tackle class, Lawrence has to be the first interior lineman selected, and some have even mentioned him as a target for the first selection.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 07:34:00 PM

Clemson sophomore DT Dexter Lawrence had a screw inserted into his toe during offseason surgery.

Lawrence (6'4/330) indicated that he initially injured his toe in the spring. He is still wearing a little brace on the foot-digit. The junior defensive tackle is expected to be a full-go for the start of the season and does not appear to have any limitations in camp. Lawrence is one name to watch for draft purposes, as he could potentially land as the No. 1 pick in the spring.
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 06:03:00 PM

Clemson sophomore DT Dexter Lawrence was clocked by the school with a 4.90 40-yard dash at 340 pounds.

The massive 6-foot-5 Lawrence's game is more predicated on power than speed, and that strength shows up emphatically in his testing numbers. He can do 31 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, squat 550, and power clean 350.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 04:58:00 PM

An NFL coach speaking with FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman predicted that Clemson sophomore DT Dexter Lawrence will be the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

"Mark it down now: The No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 draft is gonna be Dexter Lawrence," he said. "There is nothing like him in this draft in terms of size and quickness. He’s ridiculous." The 6-foot-5, 340-pound defensive tackle has dominated since the moment he stepped onto campus. He's expected to declare for the NFL Draft following his true junior season.
Source: Fox Sports
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 02:31:00 PM

Wake Forest High DL Dexter Lawrence has committed to Clemson.

The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Lawrence is rated by Rivals as the No. 2 overall prospect in the country. Clemson HC Dabo Swinney was predictably thrilled, comparing the commitment to an early Christmas. Lawrence chose the Tigers over the likes of Alabama, Florida and Ohio State (among others). In his senior season at Wake Forest High, he recorded 91 tackles (21 for loss) with 13 sacks. HC Reggie Lucas gave a mini-scouting report of his stud senior, noting that "[Lawrence]’s a big kid who can run and who is quick and aggressive. He plays within our scheme. He made the other players around him better. What’s going to be a surprise is when you see that kid move. And he’s equally good against the run and the pass."
Source: The State
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 05:56:00 PM