2014 NFL Draft profile: Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence

Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is expected to be drafted within the first three rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft.

Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was the most dominant defender in the Mountain West over the past few years, despite not winning a defensive player of the year award in his two years in the league. Lawrence led the league in tackles for loss during his two years and had a combined 34 tackles for loss, despite missing a few games each year. He also had the most sacks in this two-year span with 19.

In short, Lawrence is a playmaker as s defensive end and should make a very good pro, and his size helps him too by being 6-foot-3 and his 244 pound frame is good enough, but adding another 10 to 15 pounds might be needed. He can add this weight by being lengthy and broad shoulders to be a possible dominant player at the next level.

While Lawrence is not exceptionally quick off the line, but not slow either, he has multiple moves which include a swim move, rip, club and even has a spin move. He has good field awareness and while he didn't drop into coverage at all, Lawrence could possibly play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

His weaknesses are his straight line speed off the line and that could hurt if a team wants him to play outside linebacker. Weighing 244 pounds is also an issue for a defensive lineman and that will be a liability, but if he gains the weight then those worries will go away.

Lawrence has been shooting up the draft boards and is ranked the seventh defensive end from Mocking the Draft, and is the 35th rated overall. Looking at the various mock drafts Lawrence is slotted between the second and third rounds.

Here are Lawrence's stats from the NFL Combine:

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Here are highlights of Lawrence against Fresno State, and more can be found here.

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