Day One 49ers Draft Prospects: Demarcus Lawrence DE/OLB
We are officially inside of one week away from the 2014 NFL Draft. There have been some players that seemingly come out of nowhere to become first round selections from time to time. The San Francisco 49ers may be a team that picks such a player with the 30th overall pick. Let’s take a look at another of the day one 49ers draft prospects in Boise State defensive end, Demarcus Lawrence.
Lawrence is a complete pass rusher. He has an arsenal of moves that includes a spin move, swim move, club, rip and simply bull rush. His frame doesn’t suggest the kind of power that he can generate in his bull rush but once he puts it on offensive linemen, they feel it. Lawrence can generate a serious pass rush off the edge. He can also slash back inside and use his hands to clear the linemen and create surprise pressure on the quarterback.
NFL teams will be pleased with how Demarcus Lawrence will make the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker. He showed the ability to do so at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine when he took part in linebacker drills. His back pedal was smooth. His plant and drive transition was good also.
Another thing that stood out when watching Lawrence was his ability to play multiple positions on the line.He won’t play anywhere near the inside in the NFL but he showed a lot of heart playing as an interior lineman despite only being 6-3 245 pounds. Lawrence has a high motor that allowed him to make a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage and on the other side of the field.
How will he help the 49ers? Lawrence would help the 49ers as a situational pass rusher. If Aldon Smith misses any games due to suspension, the 49ers can use a combination of Lawrence and Corey Lemonier to get an edge rush. His high motor would fit right in with a team that flocks to the football such as the 49ers.
NFL Comparison: Bruce Irvin. Lawrence and Irvin are similar size players that can get off the ball quickly. Like Irvin, Lawrence was an undersized defensive end in college that will make the transition to a stand up pass rusher. Both of these guys are good at using their speed to create leverage when rushing the passer.
6-3 251 pounds
33 3/4 inch arms
11 inch hands
4.80 40 yd dash
4.31 20 yd shuttle
34.5 inch vertical
9.4 broad jump
20 reps bench press
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