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Grade
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  • 4.68 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 40.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 33" Arm Length
  • 232LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Lawrence started in 2009 for the Gophers after transferring from Valley Forge Military Academy in 2008. He is an undersized, athletic linebacker who will need to be covered up to be effective at the next level. He doesn't anchor well when defending the run but will attack the line of scrimmage. He is best pursuing inside-out to the ball and using his speed and quickness to navigate through traffic. Lawrence can be explosive at times as a tackler but doesn't always maintain leverage in space. He needs to play with more control and wrap up better to be a more consistent run defender. He has the athleticism to be a good man- and zone-coverage defender. Lawrence is a bit of a 'tweener (linebacker/ safety) and likely will contribute on special teams and in sub packages as a nickel linebacker.

Analysis

Strengths

Lawrence is a fast, sideline-to-sideline player who can cover the deep middle in pass coverage. Possesses very good initial burst to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Fluid athlete who sticks with backs in man coverage and shows the ability to jump underneath routes in zone.

Weaknesses

Lacks the size and bulk for the linebacker position and is not stout against runs to his side. A bit slow reacting to the ball and takes poor angles in run support. Does not always set the edge and loses leverage. Inconsistent tackler who struggles to make plays in the open field.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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