Dexter Lawrence   #97 DT

Height: 6-4   Weight: 342   Age: 22

Born: 11/12/1997 Wake Forest , NC

College: Clemson

Experience: Rookie

High School: Wake Forest HS [Wake Forest, NC]









Draft 2019

Pick No.17

Selected By: New York Giants

Round: 1

Pick (Overall): 17 (17)

Pick Analysis: Clemson Defensive Coordinator Brett Venables has recruited many top-level talents, but Lawrence may have been the most heralded of them all. He was a top-five recruit nationally and was chased by every blue-blood program in the country after being named the North Carolina state Player of the Year by the Associated Press (91 tackles, 21 for loss, 13 sacks) at Wake Forest High School in North Carolina. It did not take Lawrence long to find the field as a freshman, starting 11 of 15 games to become a Freshman All-American by multiple outlets, ACC Defensive Freshman of the Year, and second-team all-conference after posting 79 tackles, 9.5 for loss, seven sacks, and two blocked kicks. He excelled during the team's national championship run, recording two sacks against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game and four tackles against Alabama in the title game. While his snaps (438 vs. 643 as a freshman) and statistical production (39 tackles, three for loss, 2.5 sacks) were down in 2017, ACC coaches still voted Lawrence first-team all-conference. Lawrence was first-team All-ACC again as a junior, starting 13 games for the Tigers (44 tackles, 7.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, three pass breakups). He missed the team's two playoff appearances, however, after testing positive for ostarine, a performance-enhancing drug. Lawrence maintained that he did not knowingly ingest the substance.


Video Playlist

  1. Giants select Dexter Lawrence No. 17 in the 2019 draft

    Published: April 25, 2019 at 10:25 p.m.

    Officer James Benecke joins from South Korea and announces the New York Giants' selection of Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence at No. 17 in the 2019 NFL Draft.

  2. Baldy: Why Dexter Lawrence makes any team that drafts him 'instantly better'

    Published: April 19, 2019 at 02:31 p.m.

    NFL Network's Brian Baldinger dives into Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence's college film to show why he's one of the top prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.

  3. 2019 NFL Draft: Breaking down Dexter Lawrence's college highlights

    Published: April 12, 2019 at 06:11 p.m.

    Watch a breakdown of Clemson defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence's college highlights.

  4. Dexter Lawrence runs an official 5.05 40-yard dash at 2019 combine

    Published: March 3, 2019 at 09:25 a.m.

    Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence runs an official 5.05 40-yard dash at the 2019 combine.

  5. Back 2 Campus: Dexter Lawrence goes to Clemson with Vic Beasley

    Published: April 3, 2019 at 12:36 p.m.

    Vic Beasley goes Back 2 Campus to offer draft advice to Dexter Lawrence.

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