Here’s NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein’s scouting report on Lawler:
Highly productive three-year starter who has used his strength and motor to whip inferior competition across from him in the American Conference. Lawler doesn’t have enough size to fit into an odd front and he lacks athletic rush traits teams want from 4-3 defensive ends. Lawler’s football character and production will get him a look, but he may lack the physical talent and athletic ability to last in the league.
I suppose he’d likely be a throw-in at 3-4DE. The starting DL of Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers and Ndamukong Suh take up the first two DE slots, but the rotation behind of Ethan Westbrooks, Dominique Easley, Morgan Fox and Tanzel Smart certainly isn’t locked in. I wonder if Lawler could get into that mix.
Hard to get much out of the seventh round. Lawler’s a fine flier to take.
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