Scouts Perspective Draft Preview: Final Rankings and Cowboys Mock Draft

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In this episode of A Scouts Perspective I am presenting my first round rankings and my Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft. I present who the Cowboys should take and who I think they will take with their 9 draft picks.

scouts perspective: Shaq Lawson

A Scouts Perspective is Your Daily Cowboys Football Fix’ brand new Radio Talk Show. It is hosted by our in-house scout, Mike Ray.

In our ongoing effort to provide the premier Cowboys’ fan experience, we wanted to be able to offer comprehensive coverage of the Dallas Cowboys, their opponents, their players, the NFL Draft as a whole and on potential draft prospects for the Cowboys. A Scouts Perspective will give you a unique insight on all things football.

First Round Draft Prospect Overview

Great things were expected from Shaq Lawson, who was the top-rated prep school player in the country out of Hargrave Military Academy after a successful high school career in South Carolina. He played well as a reserve for two seasons behind the ever-stacked Tiger defensive line, racking up double-digit tackles for loss each year (10 in 2013, 11 in 2014). With the departure of the likes of Vic Beasley and Malliciah Goodman, Lawson finally got a chance to start in 2015 and made the most of it, constantly exploding into the backfield to finish among the nation’s leaders in tackles for loss (25.5) and sacks (12.5). Lawson’s personal accomplishments (consensus All-American, first-team All-ACC) led to great team success, as he and fellow junior Kevin Dodd and sophomore Heisman Trophy candidate Deshaun Watson helped the Tigers to an undefeated regular season, ACC title, and national championship game appearance. (Official NFL Combine Bio)

scouts perspective: Shaq LawsonFilm Study:

  • Good burst off the snap, excellent ability to change directions smoothly and gives tackles troubles to keep up. Good bulk to hold the POA and doesn’t get pushed off the LOS. Struggles to disengage from blocks especially with tackles that have top length. Very good lateral mobility and can defend the zone read effectively. He has a spin move that left top prospect Ronnie Stanley grabbing at air leading to holding penalties. Reminds me of Dwight Freeney. He flashed ability to get under the pads and bull rush tackles into the QB. Flashes good inside move to toss tackles outside and cross face to slide in and get pressure.


  • Not polished with his technique especially on the speed rush, doesn’t show ability to drop the shoulder and turn the corner. He lined up at times at 3 technique but did not win match up vs guard as they got their hands on him and he lacks ability to disengage. Lined up in 2 point stance as well at Fox end type role, also saw time as spy LB which highlights his athleticism and comfort playing in space.


  • Lawson has tremendous potential to the next level fitting into both 4-3 and 3-4 schemes but best as a weakside rusher for a 3-4 scheme or a weak side pass rush end in a scheme that wants pass rush over all who can add the technique to take his game to the next level. Top 10 ability but he isn’t there yet. He is a top 20 overall prospect but will need coaching and work on his craft to add the tools to complete his game and become a top flight NFL pass rusher.

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