PROS: Has good speed and closing burst on the ball able to make plays in pursuit. Gives good effort and shows nice range. Has pop as a tackler and is physical for his size, and likes to hit. Willing to take on blockers, especially the fullback at the point of attack. Has good hips and shows smoothness moving in space and in zone coverage. Reads the quarterback well and does a nice job keeping things in front of him. Shows decent instincts and ability to sniff out screens.
CONS: Is undersized and it shows at times at the point of attack. Doesn't always break down well in space and doesn't consistently wrap up. Has some difficulty getting off blocks. And lacks any pass rush moves to provide upside as a blitzer.
OVERVIEW: An undersized guy that plays with a high motor and is physical despite his limitations. He started 18 games at Minnesota, after being a JUCO transfer. Combined for 18.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 2 picks, 7 pass breakups, and 151 tackles in those two years.
NFL FORECAST: Lawrence might be too small to really impact as a starter at the next level, but good luck telling him that. He's one of those guys that could overcome that, mainly because he has such good potential and ability to play and compete in coverage. And he's tougher than his size merits. He may never overcome his limitations at the point of attack, but he played at a size that was closer to 220. At the very least, he should have a nice long, productive career as a reserve on special teams. But a few years down the road, I think he can become a decent starter. I don't think anybody will build their team around him, but I could see him being a nice starter for a couple of seasons at the WILL spot for some 4-3 team.
ATL FORECAST: Lawrence would offer good depth in Atlanta, but doesn't have the great upside to think he is a good fit as a replacement for Peterson after this season. Instead, he's more the guy that will be the backup to whoever that player is. He could evenutally work his way into the lineup, but again I don't see the Falcons wanting him to be a starter. But is good enough that by his second season he could have replaced Wire as their top reserve at linebacker.
VALUE: The earliest he should go off the board is the beginning of the fifth round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
POINT OF ATTACK: 2.0
PASS RUSH: 2.0
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