Biography: Junior college transfer who moved into the starting lineup upon arriving at Minnesota in 2008. Senior totals included 85/8/2 after 66/10/4 as a junior.
Positives: Athletic, weak-side linebacker who?s displayed a lot of skill the past two seasons. Fluid athlete, fires up the field in run defense, and displays a terrific burst of speed to the sidelines. Covers a lot of area on the field, smooth moving in space, and gets depth on pass drops. Quickly change direction and loses no momentum.
Negatives: Does more hitting than wrap-up tackling. Easily blocked from the action by opposing tight ends. Must improve his skills in coverage.
Analysis: Lawrence is an explosive linebacker yet undersized and can play only in certain systems at the next level. He's more of a chase and run down type of defender best suited in a one gap scheme.
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