2017 Draft Prospects: Edge Rushers – Part 2

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ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 05: Michigan Wolverines defensive end Taco Charlton (33), linebacker Ben Gedeon (42), and linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) make a tackle during game action between the Maryland Terrapins and the Michigan Wolverines (2/2) on November 5, 2016, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 05: Michigan Wolverines defensive end Taco Charlton (33), linebacker Ben Gedeon (42), and linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) make a tackle during game action between the Maryland Terrapins and the Michigan Wolverines (2/2) on November 5, 2016, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 02: Baker Mayfield
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Carl Lawson

Auburn was certainly gifted these past few seasons by the presence of Carl Lawson. His natural ability at finding where the ball is heading, sniff out the play, and dominating the point of attack is incredible. Lawson is great at throwing people down while moving on to the next athlete. Overall he is a dominant athlete who not only knows what to do when it comes to stopping opponents but knows how to do it well. The main takeaway I get from Lawson is a general consistency in regards to how dominant he is.

One note I found interesting about Lawson was, for the colleges Auburn faced, most of the time Lawson was standing compared to having his hand in the dirt. For curiosity sake, I’d like to see more of Lawson with his hand down.

Overall, the main concerns I have with Lawson going forward are his general rushing technique and his timing. In regards to his rushing technique, overall, it isn’t that bad. I’d personally just like to see more variety.

Now, about his timing. The main reason why I bring this up is because it seems like no matter what team Lawson is facing, although he’s obviously more than capable of delivering a hard blow, it just comes after the ball has pretty much left the quarterback’s hands. Overall, I find Lawson translating well to the NFL, and still creating success in several ways, there are just a few things that need to be addressed.

 The final athlete I discuss takes the phrase,”Impact Player” to a whole new level. 

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