CARL LAWSON (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Auburn Defensive End Carl Lawson Drafted In 4th Round by Bengals

Carl Lawson has been selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

Carl Lawson (above) makes a sack vs. LSU.

Auburn, Ala.--Carl Lawson, an All-American defensive end for the Auburn Tigers, has been selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2017 National Football League Draft. Lawson was taken as the ninth player in the fourth round on Saturday as the 119th overall selection.

Lawson is the second AU player selected by Montravius Adams, a third round pick.

Lawson finished his redshirt junior season with the Tigers as the team’s leader in quarterback sacks with 13 1/2 and quarterback hurries with 24.

He started all 14 games in 2016 and finished the season with 15 solo tackles and 15 assists.

An Under Armour All-American from Milton High in Alpharetta, Ga., he played in 14 games as a true freshman in 2013 for AU’s SEC Championship team. He contributed 14 solo tackles with six assists and 7 1/2 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Lawson added four sacks, seven quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles as a freshman.

CARL LAWSON (USA TODAY)

Carl Lawson is shown at the NFL Combine.

He missed the 2014 season with an injury and returned the following year, but was also limited by a hip injury that allowed him to play in just seven games. He made five solo tackles with 12 assists in 2015 while adding three tackles for losses, one sack and 11 quarterback hurries.

In 2016 he was a semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award and his 13 1/2 tackles for lost yardage rank in a tie for seventh in an AU single season since that became an official statistic in 1981. His career 24 tackles for lost yardage ranks in a tie for 15th with current NFL?defensive end Corey Lemonier and Auburn linebacker coach Travis Williams.

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