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Mock Draft Profile: Clemson DE Shaq Lawson

Posted Mar 1, 2016

Giants.com reviews the latest Mock Drafts and highlights players predicted to be selected by the Giants

Giants.com was in Indianapolis for the annual NFL Scouting Combine, a weeklong job interview for college football’s best players leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft. We’ve gathered all the mock drafts to date and took a look at the players projected to wind up going to the Giants with the No. 10 pick. Based off these draft experts, today’s profile is on Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson, who was included in mock drafts by Chris Burke (Sports Illustrated), Bucky Brooks (NFL Media) and Dane Brugler (NFLDraftScout.com/CBSSports.com)

SHAQ LAWSON
DE / CLEMSON


COMBINE MEASUREMENTS & RESULTS

Height: 6-3
Weight: 269 lbs.
Arm length: 32 ¾”
Hands: 10”

*40-yard dash: 4.70 sec.
Vertical jump: 33”
Broad jump: 120”
3-cone drill: 7.16 sec.
*20-yard shuttle: 4.21 sec.

*Top 5 among defensive linemen

WHAT HE BRINGS TO THE TABLE

After playing behind Vic Beasley, the No. 8 overall draft choice by Atlanta in 2015, Lawson took over a starting role last season as Clemson went undefeated in the regular season and claimed the ACC title and an appearance in the national championship game. Lawson recorded 25.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks in his final season in college to earn consensus All-America and first-team All-ACC honors.


WHAT THEY WERE SAYING AT THE COMBINE

“The Giants built their Super Bowl-winning teams with strong defensive lines, especially on the edges,” Brugler said. “Lawson will give New York a building block as the Giants rebuild the defense.”

“Super Bowl 50 offered the latest reminder that a potent pass rush can undermine just about any team in the league,” Burke said. “The Giants are lacking there, and Lawson is a force. He’s coming off a 12.5-sack, 22.5-tackle for loss season for Clemson.”

WHAT SHAQ WAS SAYING AT THE COMBINE

“I would like to be the best player to ever play the game, hopefully be a Hall of Famer one day when I leave the league,” Lawson said. “Just be the best I can be, that’s all I can ask for, and get better and better every day.”

BEST MOVE

Inside spin move. “Deadly, I love it,” he said. “I love that move.”


FUN FACT

The South Carolina native was rated as the No. 1 prep school prospect in the nation coming out of Hargrave Military Academy.

MIKE MAYOCK’S TOP 5 EDGE RUSHERS

1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State
2. Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky
3. Shaq Lawson, Clemson
4. Leonard Floyd, Georgia
5. Kevin Dodd, Clemson


NFL.COM SCOUTING REPORT

Built like a tank with thickly muscled legs and a broad chest. Clemson played him at 5-­technique and standing up on the outside. Scheme versatile and will likely appeal to be 3­-4 and 4-­3 teams. Very powerful at the point of attack. Able to punch, extend arms and control the line of scrimmage or set a hard edge. Able to shock and shed blockers and has the hand quickness to staggered block attempts. Power allows him to play on other side of the line. Finished second in the nation in "stuffs" for defensive linemen with 17. Comes off ball low and with forward lean into his rush. Has frame to handle a double team. Has plus instincts and feel for the game. Toughness in full display.