Auburn, Ala.--A player who the Auburn Tigers were expecting big things from as a senior, defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence had a forgettable final season on the Plains with a knee injury cutting short his 2016 season.
Still unable to go through full workouts, Lawrence was able to give NFL scouts a taste of what he can do on Friday at Auburn’s Pro Day.
Doing 31 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, Lawrence noted that was a big deal for him. “It was real important for me,” Lawrence said. “It’s the only thing I could do, so it’s important.”
Measuring in at 6-2, 294 pounds, Lawrence is someone who will likely have to earn his shot to make an NFL team via a free agent deal.
That’s something that happens quite often and it’s that knowledge that has Lawrence hopeful about his future once he gets back to full speed.
“I’m real excited knowing I’ve got a shot,” Lawrence said. “Who wouldn’t be. I think I have the skills to help a team--no doubt about it.”
Recovering from surgery on his knee that took place late in the year, Lawrence said right now his focus is on being able to get healthy enough to work out for teams individually before the draft as long as he’s cleared by Dr. James Andrews.
“I feel good,” Lawrence said. “I’m just taking it a day at a time. I’m just trying to get my leg back underneath me and just keep rehabbing. It’s a day-to-day process.
“It’s just to rehab and get my knee healthy,” he said of his goals. “I’m just going to let God order my footsteps and just go from there. It’s one day at a time.”
Watch Lawrence's bench press from Pro Day: