Shaq Lawson was a 2015 Consensus All-American. He led the nation with 24.5 tackles for loss and was 4th in the nation with 12.5 sacks. He was 1st in the ACC in both categories.
Shaq Lawson had a good showing in the 2016 CFP National Championship game. Lawson Logged four tackles two sacks and several quarterback hurries.
Shaq Lawson sustained a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in the Orange Bowl on New Years eve, but if you watched him play against Alabama, it didn’t appear to slow him down. It had been reported that Lawson said his pain level was eight on a scale of ten. This is a good indicator of his toughness and willingness to face adversity by playing through injury.
Shaq Lawson, DE
Height}Weight: 6-3 270
40 Time: TBA
Round: 1 #2 on our board
In his first year at Clemson in 2013, Shaq Lawson saw action in all 13 games. He logged 35 tackles and four sacks. The four sacks tied William Perry and Ricky Sapp for the most by a true freshman in Clemson history. Lawson again saw action in all 13 games as a sophomore in 2014 and made one start. He logged 44 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Lawson finally became a starter his junior year in 2015 and instantly began to draw interest from scouts.
- Shaq Lawson has a thick powerful frame with a wide upper body and thick muscular legs… Strong fast hands… Get’s good arm extension and has a good punch that he uses to control the LOS… Powerful at the point of attack… Versatile: can play in a 4-3 or 3-4… Sets a hard edge… Solid against the run or the pass… Good tackler… Excellent snap anticipation and comes off the ball low with burst and forward lean… Uses his quick hands to shed blocks… Good instincts and understands his assignments… Quick for a big guy… Imposes his will on blockers… Has the bulk to sustain double teams… Good closing speed to chase down the QB…
- Shaq Lawson is raw and only has one season as a starter… Lacks elite athletic ability and hip flex… Needs to refine his technique… Despite having a decent sized bag of tricks, he needs to learn some more pass rush moves… Relies too much on his power at times… Needs to improve his first step when trying to beat the blocker to the edge… Plays too high at times…
Overall, Shaq Lawson has all of the traits I look for in a DE. Teams avoid running the ball to his side because he is so efficient at reading run plays and meeting the ball carrier in the backfield for a loss. Lawson is a projection pick and I believe that once he develops his technique and improves his get off he will be an All-Pro defensive end. NFL Comparison: Justin Houston.