Cincinnati, Ohio--Paul Gunther, defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, said that he sees Carl Lawson as a wise selection for his football team.
On Saturday the redshirt junior from Auburn was selected by the Bengals in the fourth round of the National Football League Draft.
“He played a lot of defensive end and outside linebacker,” Gunther said of Lawson’s time at Auburn. “We will be able to use him both as a linebacker and a rush guy. He is a highly productive guy.”
The defensive coordinator pointed out that the Bengals did a lot of research on Lawson. “We felt we got great value with Carl with where we took him,” the coach said.
Asked if he was surprised that Lawson was still available in the fourth round, Gunther said, “I can’t answer that. The doctors here cleared him and felt good and where he was headed medically. He had a couple of bumps and bruises along his college career that set him back some, but at this point he is cleared medically and we felt really good about taking him there (fourth round).”
Carl Lawson led the Tigers in tackles for losses and sacks during the 2016 season.
Defensive line coach Jacob Burney noted he personally worked out Lawson. “I put it to him and he stood up every time,” Burney said. “This is a talented kid, a leader on that team and he was ready to go. Some of the other guys faded, but he was ready to go, which let me know how tough he is between his ears.
“Then with his talent and leadership qualities, a good football mind as a good football personality, we were fortunate to get him,” Burney added.