Cal wide receiver Kenny Lawler is drafted in the seventh round by the Seattle Seahawks

Cal wide receiver Kenny Lawler has been drafted 243rd overall, in the seventh round, by the Seattle Seahawks.

WR Kenny Lawler: Drafted

Round 7, 243rd
Team: Seattle Seahawks
Bio Info
Upland High School (Pomona, CA)
6-2
203

Combine Results:
4.64 40
33 3/8-inch arm length
10 1/2-inch hands
31-inch vertical
111.0-inch broad jump
11.28-second 60-yard shuttle
7.13-second 3-come drill
4.2-second 20-yard shuttle

Pro Day Results
40-yard dash: 4.63 seconds 
Vertical: 34 1/2 inches 
Broad jump: 9 feet, 6 inches 
Short shuttle: 4.18 seconds 
3-cone: 7.03 seconds

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
Three-star prospect
No. 18 quarterback in the draft
No. 144 overall prospect

Cal Career: Lawler was a playmaker, plain and simple. He scored every 5.3 times he caught the ball.

Lawler was an All-Pac-12 selection last year, as a junior with a team-leading 52 receptions for 658 yards receiving, Lawler set a career high with 13 touchdowns to lead the team, ranking second in the Pac-12 and tied for eighth in the nation. His baker’s dozen scoring grabs ranked tied for second on Cal’s all-time single-season list, behind 14 by Sean Dawkins in 1992. 

He registered career highs of 54 receptions and 701 receiving yards as a sophomore while adding nine touchdown catches.

Lawler played in 11 games with five starts and co-led the Bears with five touchdown catches as a redshirt freshman, catching 37 balls for 347 yards.

Lawler's catch radius and hand size are huge pluses, and he is a great value get for the Seahawks given his ball skills. Lawler's scoring grab against Sacramento State as a sophomore was the Pac-12 No. 5 Play of the Year, and his catch against and Arizona during his redshirt freshman season was the No. 8 ESPN Play of the Day.

Despite his thin frame, he’s never been afraid of contact, and he’s added to his thin frame, checking in at 6-foot-2, 203 pounds at the NFL Combine – 10 pounds heavier than his playing weight at Cal. Superb leaper with plus-plus ball skills and very sure hands. He’s had a tendency to get distracted at times, but he’s become more personally responsible and more team-oriented each of the past three years.

"I took in guidance from my coaches this offseason, and that helped me on and off the field -- it helped with my academics, and it translated to on the field," Lawler said. "My strength, my explosiveness, my willingness, it all translates, thanks to this last year, man. From when I stepped into this program to this last year, I've matured greatly."

After coming down with a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone against Oregon, landing hard on his right hip, Lawler was slowed by a deep bruise on his right buttocks for the final three games of the season, though he battled through the pain to lay a big block to spring Tre Watson for a touchdown against Oregon State, and he made another leaping grab in the back of the end zone for a touchdown, landing on that hip. Then he went out and caught three touchdowns in the Armed Forces Bowl for the fourth time in his career, setting a Cal bowl record.

He's a lot tougher than he looks.

"It was amazing rehab with our training staff; they care a lot about us as student-athletes," Lawler said. "I bought into the training, into the rehab. I was in there, wanting to get right, wanting to get 100 percent. I knew that this could be my last game, and I wanted to be 100 percent. I wanted to overcome the injury that I was facing."

Lawler finished his collegiate career tied for second on Cal’s all-time list for touchdown receptions and tied for 12th in the Pac-12 with 27 scoring grabs among 143 catches for 1,706 yards receiving over 35 games and 19 starts, with at least one catch in 34 of those 35 games. Lawler led Cal in both touchdown receptions and overall catches in both his sophomore and junior seasons in 2014 and 2015 while also pacing the club in receiving yards as a junior after co-leading the squad in touchdown receptions as a 2013 redshirt freshman.

Lawler is the only Bears player to have a school-record-tying three touchdown catches in a game four times -- against Arizona in 2013, against BYU in the 2014 season finale, and both in the season-opener of his junior season against Grambling State and Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. He owns four of the 16 three-TD catch games in school history.

Expert Breakdown: “Kenny redshirted a little bit, and then just became much more consistent in his approach, and his work ethic, and just his life. I was really proud of Kenny, this year. He got a little injured, dropped a couple of balls, which was out of character for him, but his work ethic and investment in the team was so much better than it has been. He really grew up, and I think he’s going to continue to grow up in the NFL. Guys go to the NFL and regress. I expect Kenny to go to the NFL and continue to progress. He’s got tremendous ability, and he’s got a really unique skill set. I’m really excited to see what he does and how it works. I think a big thing for him will be just having his lifestyle, where he’s got his meals and everything, I think that’s going to help him mature, physically, and really develop. Once he does that, he’s got a chance to be a really good player." – Sonny Dykes

“His hands, his catch radius are unbelievable … Kenny’s really a perfectionist.” – Jared Goff

“Tall, but thin possession receiver who produced impressive touchdown totals in Cal's "Bear Raid" offense. While Lawler's footwork gets him in and out of his breaks quickly, he will find that NFL cornerbacks will try and suffocate him underneath without fear of deep ball retribution. Lawler's short-area quickness and ability to snare the difficult catch could be an intriguing pairing from the slot where he could find the size matchups more to his liking.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com Draft Expert

In Lawler's Own Words

"My dad is a football coach, and he's sent players to the NFL, he has some friends in the NFL, so he gave me a lot of insight on what to expect and how to go about it, to remain focused and humble. I ended up getting back my grade, and I'm grateful for what the NFL had to say. I'm not going to get into details, but after the bowl game, I had another talk with my parents, and made the right decision, the best decision, I feel like."


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