Rashard Lawrence | DL | LSU
Lawrence is a big man who plays in the middle of the defense in that 1-technique role in a 4-3 defense. Could play some nose or a 5-technique defensive end in a 3-4. Another talented LSU Tiger who will like be selected in the the third-fifth round range. Will provide some depth as a rotational piece early on in his career.
Height | 6-2
Weight | 308
Class | Senior
Lawrence is a wide body in the middle of the defense that can be disruptive while also eating up blockers to allow the linebackers to roam. He can shed blocks with his constant work with his hands. Despite playing in the one technique, he provides plenty as a pass rusher. He recorded nine sacks over his four seasons with LSU.
He makes plenty of disruptive plays in the backfield. During his four years, recorded 20.5 tackles for loss. He is able to win off the line with his quickness and great first step. Lawrence does possess some pass rush moves that allow him to get free. High motor and high character player. Lawrence doesn’t give up on plays.
There are some durability concerns in Lawrence’s game with injuries in 2017 and 2019. Teams will wonder if he can stay healthy enough to count on him to be a contributor on the defensive front of a defense. Despite the knee injury in 2019, he still appeared in 12 games for the Tigers.
His footwork and balance are a concern. His leverage isn’t what some would expect it to be. He will need development on his technique as he can play a bit high which allows blockers to get the better of him.
Projection: Day 2