2017 Offseason: Toe (Required Surgery)
2018: Pittsburgh, Louisville, Duke, 2017: Alabama
A true behemoth of a man with athleticism to match, Dexter's skillset may be limited but his potential is out the roof. He's built like a brick S*** house, who moves like a locomotive, and plows throw would be blockers like a bulldozer. Lawrence's bullrush and ability to hold the point of attack against the run is arguably the best in the draft. Team's will highly value his already freakish power and the fact that he's only 21 years old, means he could only get stronger with age.
Dexter will never be the most agile lineman on the field and his technique is still quite raw. He'll need refinement at the next level and won't be able to consistently win with pure strength and power once facing bigger, better, more athletic offensive linemen. Lawrence also failed a drug test for performance enhancers and was forced to miss Clemson's National Championship game this season. He'll start his NFL career under the league's substance abuse policy.
Regardless of a failed drug test, Dexter Lawrence should be a highly regarded 1st round draft prospect. He's a 350 pound ball of claw, who's power, size, and agility for a big man is hard to come by. Team's in need of a 2-down run stuffer and rotational pass rusher will be seriously intrigued by the Clemson star. At the age of 21, his potential is limitless and if given the proper training and technique, he'll be one of the best 1-tech's in the league for years to come.
If grading on a curve for size and weight, Dexter be at the top of his class as an athlete. The 350 pounder can move quite well but he lacks a second gear or any form of top end speed. With massive like this comes comes with it's advantages but also severely limits overall flexibility. Dexter possesses some serious explosive power if able to gain momentum before contact and packs a punch once engaged. Lawrence is too big to be fast but is fast enough to play nose and stuff the run. Ultra coordinated and natural athlete who played both sides of the ball including RB in goalline packages.
Pass Rush Ability:
Big Play Ability
Use of Hands
Pass Rush Moves
"For his size" Dexter has a raw short bust quickness but is highly inconsistent accelerating out of his stance. The Clemson D-lineman has a reach advantage over a majority of his opponents on the interior and wizely uses his length and heavy punch to displace and shed blockers. Win never win low but keeps O-lineman at bay with his length and reverts to draw power when necessary. Dexter's very limited in his pass rushing ability and rightfully so. He'll be paid to do two things, push the pocket and don't go backwards. He's very good at both! Rarely the finisher but often the cause to a big defensive play. Whether it's forcing a QB outside the pocket, plowing through doubles, or short yardage stops; Lawrence will accel in a rotational/situational role very well in the NFL. Highly productive 1-tech who'll impact both facets of the offense. Lacks the overall sack numbers you'd hope for out of a potential 1st rounder but moves the pocket at a very high rate. Owns the trenches and dominates on runs between the tackles.
Against The Run:
Dexter uses his massive reach to control his blockers body positioning and drive them into the backfield with his elite lower body strength. Very aggressive hand fighter who often rag dolls offensive lineman on his way to the ball carrier. Strong at the point of attack and can power through double teams but lacks the foot quicks when shooting the gap to consistently beat his opponent to the punch. A true immovable object of an interior lineman that refuses to be driven off of the line of scrimmage. Dexter's presence dictates offensive play calls, as he can stuff 2-3 different gaps on any given play. Not the type of D-lineman who'll make a play more than 10 yards from where initially lined up and would rather save his energy than chase down a ball carrier. Delivers a hefty blow every chance he gets and although somewhat wild in technique, Lawrence rarely let's someone get away.
Play with Leverage
Stack and Shed
Gap Shooting Ability
Biggest, strongest, toughest guy on the field every play of his collegiate career. Played through foot injury all of 2017. Effort can be slightly inconsistent and should be considered a two-down defensive tackle and situational pass rusher.
Doesn't possess the most natural instincts and occasionally loses track of the ball carrier. True student of the game type who has plenty of room to continue to sharpen his craft. His presence in the center of the offensive line allowed backers and stunting D-linemen to feast on open lanes to the QB and RB.