Perhaps due to the dip in Boise State's win/loss record the past couple seasons, Demarcus Lawrence has become one of the forgotten prospects of this class. One who definitely looks to be playing on Sunday's and doing so for a long time.
Where He Excels
- First Step
- Stack & Shed/Strength at the Point of Attack
- Read & React Skills
Lawrence shows nice explosion and a willingness to engage blockers that are lined up over him. Instead of the bad Habit you see some college defenders have of trying to run around blockers.
Lawrence gets a good, low release, getting all of his weight forward and showing excellent ability to convert speed to power. This enables him to gain the early leverage advantage on his opponent, using momentum and his plus balance and body control to get blockers on their heels & either drive them back or get them to commit. That way he can use one of his counter moves.
being a bit undersized, Lawrence shows a definite room to grow and even improve in this area as he builds functional strength and filling out his frame. He's shown the ability to effectively attack from both sides, whether covered or uncovered, & does a really nice job selling fakes and setting up his pass rush moves. His most effective move is his inside arm over nice that has often left him with a clear path to the Quarterback.
As far as using his hands, Lawrence is crisp and technical. He strikes the chest plate to jolt the blocker back, using active hands to bat down the opposing hands trying to get a hold of him. He has very powerful hands. Many of his splash plays are of Lawrence stacking & shedding and beating a block to make a play. Not simply coming unblocked off the edge. Lawrence should make a smooth transition to the NFL because of his ability to use his hands and shed blocks. An area where most struggle at the college level.
Perhaps Lawrence's greatest selling point is his consistent ability to defend the run, in spite of his less than ideal size. Much of this is due to a terrific ability of reading aye and reacting quickly. You couple that with his discipline to stay with his assignment and not over pursue, and you have a good run defender. It's rare for collegiate rushers to do this, as they want to make the highlight play. Lawrence is an unselfish player who shows great second effort to keep pressing even when he's overpowered by offensive lineman.
What Could Hold him back at the next Level
- May be scheme limited