Continuing our ongoing series of Scouting Reports, I am moving on to another defensive end prospect. Demarcus Lawrence was named first-team All-Mountain West Conference. He led the Mountain West Conference with 20.5 tackles for a loss, tied with Colorado State’s senior linebacker Shaquil Barrett, to put him in the same league as Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald. Demarcus Lawrence recorded 72 tackles this season and 10.5 sacks. Lawrence also forced three fumbles for Boise State.
Demarcus 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.”
Height | Weight: 6-3Â 245
College: Boise State
40 time: 4.73
Grade: 80 | Round: 2-3
Official Broncos Team Bio
BOISE STATE CAREER
RS SOPHOMORE (2012): Started each of his 11 games played during his debut season with the Broncos…named first-team All-Mountain West…recorded team highs with 13 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks…also led all Bronco defensive lineman with 48 tackles (24 solo)…sack average (0.86) led the MW and ranked tied for 18th nationally…TFL average (1.23) ranked tied for first in the MW, and ranked tied for 31st nationally…four forced fumbles on the season ranked tied for eighth nationally…interception against Colorado State (Nov. 17)…recovered two fumbles, returning one 25 yards for a touchdown against Hawaii (Nov. 10)…recorded the Broncos’ only blocked kick of the season against Wyoming (Oct. 27)…two quarterback hurries against Michigan State (Aug. 31)…season-high nine tackles against the Spartans…season-high 2.5 TFLs against San Diego State (Nov. 3)…season-high 2.5 sacks against Miami (Ohio), Sept. 15…named Boise State’s Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman…signed with Boise State in December 2011, and enrolled for spring 2012…participated in spring practice.
BUTLER CC CAREER
RS FRESHMAN (2011): Earned first-team JC Gridwire and second-team NJCAA All-America honors at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas…squad won the Jayhawk Conference and Region IV Championships, and finished the year ranked No. 2 in the final national poll…was named first-team All-Jayhawk Conference, finishing with 66 tackles, the second-most on the team…also registered team highs with 27 tackles-for-loss and 10 sacks…junior college coach was Troy Morrell.
FRESHMAN (2010): Redshirt season.
MAJOR – Communications
- Film Study
- Demarcus Lawrence has a tall thin frame with a wide upper body and long arms… Could use about 10 pounds more muscle… Extremely athletic…. Quick off of the snap… Good first step… Flashes quick twitch ability… Pure hybrid speed rusher… Prototypical LEO… Can play with his hand on the ground or standing up…
- Demarcus Lawrence is versatile and played all over the line… Sound against the run… Good bend… Good knee and ankle flexibility… Moves well laterally… Has a good initial pop and punch… Uses his hands well to fight off blocks… Good over arm swim and spin move, and rip and club, … On down blocks from the Tackle, he did a good job of getting hands on and trailing it… Doesn’t work too far up field and stays in the play…
- He has decent burst out of his stance and uses both a bull rush and a speed rush to attack the lineman… He uses his quickness to attack the upfield shoulder of the tackle… He has excellent change of direction to fight inside and get passed the tackle… When the tackle turns his hips, he throws a punch and cuts inside… Uses leverage well to get push and collapse running and cutback lanes for ball carriers… He understands his assignments and when engaged he forces his opponent off balance with a good punch and extend…
- Although he has a good pop and uses his hands well, he needs to get much stronger at the next level… He will get swallowed up by double teams… Doesn’t have the mass to get off of blocks once the lineman has his hands in his chest… There is a big jump in the level of strength at the next level and he will get pushed around when he exposes his frame… He can be too aggressive at times and lose contain… Needs to protect his legs better… Needs to do a better job of reading the offense… Needs more power in his pop… Needs to strengthen his legs…
If Demarcus Lawrence can add some bulk and strength he will be among the elite defensive ends in the NFL. I consider him among the top 5 of this class. He has the ability to consistently get pressure from the edge and stalk quarterbacks. He has a very high ceiling, but he is a scheme limited player. Luckily for the Cowboys, they run a Tampa 2 defense that exploits smaller, quicker, more athletic linemen. Once this kid bulks up, I see him as a multi Pro Bowl player. If I had to make an NFL comparison, it’s Von Miller.