Photo of Kenny Lawler
Drafted By: Seahawks

Combine Results

Grade
5.44 ?
  • 4.64 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 31.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 111.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.13 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.20 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.28 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Lawler was Jared Goff's favorite red zone target because of his large hands and catch radius. His athletic traits are average but his ball skills should be intriguing enough to compete for a spot at the bottom of the roster. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'2" Height
  • 33 3/8" Arm Length
  • 203LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/2" Hands

Overview

Lawler and quarterback Jared Goff made a great combination for Cal, helping the Bears increase their win total from one to eight over the past three seasons. As a redshirt freshman, tied for the team lead with five touchdown catches among his 37 receptions for 347 yards. Goff and Lawler left for the NFL after a strong 2015 season for both, with Lawler voted a first-team All-Pac-12 pick with 52 catches, 658 yards, and 13 touchdowns (ranking in the top ten nationally). He finished his Cal career with three touchdowns against Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.63 seconds
Vertical: 34 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 6 inches
Short shuttle: 4.18 seconds
3-cone: 7.03 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Touchdown maker at Cal scoring once every 5.3 receptions. Uses tight, sharp footwork getting in and out of his breaks. Has a feel for finding opening against zone. Runs routes with consistent play speed. Able to get to top speed early. Sinks into comeback routes and works aggressively back to the throw. Snatches the ball away from his body with impressive hand strength. Hands and body control to make the "wow" catch up top or down low.

Weaknesses

String­-bean body type. Play strength will always be a concern depending upon individual matchup. Will need to tighten up release against NFL press corners. Inconsistent route runner. Scouts question how he will run at combine. Tape doesn't show cushion-­eating speed to inspire fear in NFL corners. Average ability to create after the catch. Concentration drops have crept into his play at times.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4 or 5

Bottom Line

Tall, but thin possession receiver who produced impressive touchdown totals in Cal's "Bear Raid" offense. While Lawler's footwork gets him in and out of his breaks quickly, he will find that NFL cornerbacks will try and suffocate him underneath without fear of deep ball retribution. Lawler's short-area quickness and ability to snare the difficult catch could be an intriguing pairing from the slot where he could find the size matchups more to his liking.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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