Lawrence Sidbury, DE/OLB, Richmond

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Lawrence Sidbury, DE/OLB, Richmond

Postby Pudge » Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:03 pm

Lawrence Sidbury
6-2/266 Richmond
4.64 Senior

Pros: Has a good first step and flashes potential as an edge rusher. Works well down the line laterally and can make plays in pursuit. Has the speed and athleticism to work well in space. Has nice recognition and nice motor.

Cons: Not explosive enough to consistently turn the corner as an edge rusher. Gets upfield too quickly at times, taking himself out of plays. Needs to improve his awareness in space.

Overview: Sidbury is an undersized end that projects best as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme. Had 11.5 sacks as a senior end. Also had the fastest 10-yard split of any of the ends at the Combine at 1.53 seconds. Listed often as Lawrence Sidbury, Jr. but since I don't know that his father has accomplished enough in the sports, I'll leave it off.

NFL Forecast: He'll be a bit of a project as an outside linebacker, but has the potential to be a capable player. As an end prospect, can contribute as a situational pass rusher, but probably won't be anything special there. Would need to bulk and get bigger. If a team can bury him on the bench for a year or two though, I think he could make a fine 3-4 outside linebacker. May not be a star, but could be a nice rush linebacker that can serve even better as a situational guy in that scheme.

ATL Forecast: Sidbury doesn't really have the ability to excel in Atlanta since he'd likely be asked to stay on the line. He could help as a situational guy because he'd be quicker than everyone but Abraham, but he won't be a significant upgrade over players like Biermann there. He could be a nice reserve option in Atlanta, but that's all he'd ever be, and wouldn't likely excel enough to be a long-term fixture.

Value: Might be worth a sixth or seventh round pick for a 3-4 team, but a 4-3 team would be better off looking at him in the undrafted market.
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