NAME: Dexter Lawrence
POSITION: Defensive Tackle
JERSEY: No. 90
RECRUITMENT RATING: 5-star
WT: 340 lbs
A 6-foot-4, 340 pound five-star recruit, Lawrence was the ACC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year as a freshman before talking home First-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore. There is plenty of buzz around his draft stock as a potential high first round pick in 2019, but there is growth needed from the talented junior for that to become a reality.
There’s a lot to like about Lawrence’s size, but it’s apparent from studying his film that it comes at the expense of quickness. Lawrence is slow off the ball and lacks the ability to change directions and extend his impact radius. Combining that with a lack of flexibility and Lawrence is limited to finding success outside of short areas.
As a pass rusher, Lawrence is a load moving forward and is capable of walking back interior blockers with his power. With that said, it’s slow-moving given his lack of initial burst off the snap. While he will occasional hit a club-swim combo, his pass rushing plan lacks nuance and variety in how he generates pressure.
When defending the run, Lawrence has flashes of sound gap control but he’s inconsistent. For a 340 pound man, he is too easily moved out of his gap and he must become more stout at the point of attack. In terms of stacking and playing through blocks, Lawrence needs to develop to become more of an impact player with playmaking potential at the next level.
A lighter and more explosive version of Lawrence with added play strength and technical growth is needed for Lawrence to be regarded as the prospect he’s perceived to be.