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Red Birds NFL Draft Preview: Demarcus Lawrence, Defensive End

May 3rd, 2014 at 6:06 AM
By Steve Smith

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It's just days away now – the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Arizona Cardinals have the 20th overall pick n the first round unless they trade the pick (unlikely).

The player is defensive end Demarcus Lawrence of Boise State. The junior is a native of Aiken, SC and stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 251 pounds.

Let's take a look at his updated profile via cbssports.com:

STRENGTHS: Possesses broad shoulders, long arms and a lanky frame, overall, which appears capable of adding another 10 pounds of muscle. Highly versatile defender asked to play a variety of roles with the Broncos. Shows good (not great) initial quickness off the snap to penetrate off the edge or between gaps. Quick, active hands. Varied pass rush technique, including an over-arm swim, rip, club and even an occasional spin move. Surprisingly strong at the point of attack. Plays with good leverage and anchors well, slipping off blocks effectively to make tackles near the line of scrimmage. Good effort laterally and downfield in pursuit. Rarely asked to drop into coverage but appears to possess the quickness, fluidity and awareness to potentially convert to outside linebacker.

WEAKNESSES: While quick, does not appear to have the preferred straight-line speed for linebacker and does not possess the bulk normally associated with defensive linemen, making him a potential 'tweener in the eyes of some teams. Struggles to break free once blockers grab hold of his chest plate. Only average balance. Too often gets tripped up and knocked to the ground. Moved around a lot in Boise's scheme, presenting him with advantageous matchups.

COMPARES TO: Jason Babin, Jacksonville Jaguars – Like Babin, Lawrence projects nicely as a LEO defensive end due to his burst, length, tenacity and surprising strength. Impressive collegiate production is mitigated by the level of competition faced, as well as size limitations.

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