Demarcus Lawrence   DE   Boise St

TALENT BOARD ROUND 1

STRENGTHS
There arenít many players in this draft more underrated than Demarcus. He can play in multiple styles of defensive fronts. He has natural pass rush skills and is excellent at stopping the run in whatever he plays on the field. He doesnít burst off the line because he plays a lot of 2-gap, but once he identifies that the play is not a running play, he sheds blockers and with two long strides, is into the backfield pressuring or sacking the quarterback. He has natural strength to go along with some very long arms and legs. This strength allows him to play defensive end in a 3-4 defense. Because of his long strides and natural pass rushing skills, he also has the talent to be a strong side defensive end in a 4-3 defense. His ability to change directions and his football intelligence will also make him a fit as a rush linebacker in a 3-4 defense as well. He has excellent balance and shows the effort on every play to impact even if the play is away from him. Demarcus has remarkable shed techniques and changes the line of scrimmage on every play without the burst off the ball that you usually see from others who can do the same. This kid will be an impact player for the team that drafts him.

CONCERNS
You are going to have to do your homework on Demarcus. There are some issues that need to be addressed; however, if those issues are resolved to a teamís satisfaction, I believe it will be very hard for teams to pass on him in the first round.

BOTTOM LINE
Iím not sure why thereís no talk about this kid. Maybe itís because of some background issues that are affecting his draft status. He went to the combine and didnít put up great numbers, but the truth is Iím not sure he is going to put up very good numbers. Those long arms and legs that are his strength on the field will be his weakness in workouts. He wonít show a burst because he is more of a power rusher engaging, shedding and than making his move to make his impact. I know he has a burst because on film when you see him shed his block, he is cat quick to make a sack or tackle, but he is just not wired mentally to fly off the line of scrimmage and up the field on a speed rush. Workouts are not going show that burst. Maybe in his 3 cone drill, but still that will not show how he moves with strength and then in two strides will make an impact play. So you might not see Demarcus drafted in the first round but no matter what round he is drafted in, the team that selects him will put him on the field right away. He is the type of player who could wind up being the rookie defensive player of the year. He will have that type of impact.

Drew Boylhart
MAR/2014