Cowboys defensive end prospect: Demarcus Lawrence

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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.

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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.”

Demarcus Lawrence 1Demarcus Lawrence, DE

Height | Weight: 6-3  245

College: Boise State

40 time: 4.73

Grade: 80 | Round: 2-3


Official Broncos Team Bio


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.


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

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  • 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.


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  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Wow Von Miller. That is a big statement. But I was waiting for you or Cas to have a report on him. He will be a beast. He probably has the quickest get off. Boise continues to churn out good quality players. Straight up beast, more of a RE than a LE. Sutton can be our LE though.

    • I hadn’t studied him yet, but when my uncle submitted his report, I went to the tape and was impressed

  • californy

    Boise player are well coach. I dont blame him for coming out Early, Boise will have a new Coach this year, and being a senior, it would just be hard on him to continue his development having to learn a new scheme the new coach will bring it

    • Ya that team will go to hell without Peterson

  • californy

    I like this player, I had him rated later in the draft. It seem like Boise player just dont get the recognition they are do. I know how Good Boise is having follow the program for a whiie

  • californy

    I still hoping we trade out of the first rd should a Good LT bot be there for us. We have multiple need beyond the number of draft picks we are allotted, and trading down is the only way we can properly and quickly feel those needs.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Think about Sean Porter for the Aggies last year. He played in the 3-4 and was a beast in that scheme. The program switched he was forced to play 4-3 OLB, and he had to drop into coverage a lot and his sack numbers went down, and it caused him to slip in the draft. I don’t blame a player if they want to come out early if it is a scheme issue for them.

  • californy

    I have been stunning the value of making trades, and this articles is the latest one to say trading out may be in our best interest. It supported by actual fact. I couldnt find the article where it said, the Cowboys overall draft value of trading up has actuially hurt them more than help them. This article is about trading out and not up.

    • californy

      Spell check not working for me, “Studying”

  • californy

    Cowboy rank like 24 best in terms of making trades. Most of their trades going up for higher picks have actually backfired on them.

  • Big Harb

    I like what I’ve seen from him but I keep seeing Shea McClellin’s college film when I watch him. I live in Chicago area and everything about him was the same things we’re hearing and talking about with Lawrence and he had Marinelli as his DL coach for 2 years. I hope for whoever drafts him it isn’t but that is a negative correlation for me.

    • Gabriel Carrasco

      Difference is that Lawrence is a quicker player than McCellan was.

      • Big Harb

        McClellan was a high pick precisely because of his quickness. Remember, the Bears drafted him for Lovie & marinelli’s defense. This kid may have Von as a comp for his ceiling but a balanced eval has to recognize Shea as a comp for his floor. That is the biggest issue I have with most evals. If the evaluator likes him they give the ceiling comp, if not they give the floor comp. I try to visualize both in order to better evaluate the risk & potential not just one or the other.

        • Gabriel Carrasco

          McCellan was over drafted though, and he didn’t have the quickness or power of Lawrence.

          • Shea has performed well, but Lawrence is more explosive

        • I think you are just trying to discredit my uncle: bad idea! He knows more about football than me and I almost never miss!

          • Big Harb

            Never that. I’m positive you both are far more knowledgeable about the draft than I. It’s just that sometimes an untrained eye might give a fresh perspective.

          • That makes sense

    • Shea was productive he is the one put Rodgers on IR

      • Big Harb

        I will assume this is sarcasm. You way too knowledgeable to really believe that.

        • there is a difference between being productive and being great. Shea was a developmental player. He can only get better. I wrote about him and Crawford before the draft. They both got drafted earlier than where I had them.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Another thing is that, sometimes, players are overhyped. McCellan, was meant to be a solid player, not everyone can be great. I would rather have 53 George Selvies than one Demarcus Ware in his prime. McCellan, I knew would be nothing more than a good starter, but fans hyped him up. I don’t hate Spencer, I always thought he was a solid player and worth a 1st round pick.