|Season||Games||Total Tackles||Tackles for a Loss||Sacks|
*Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com
- Consensus All-American (2015)
Combine/Pro Day Results
|40-yard Dash||4.70 seconds|
|Vertical Jump||33 inches|
|Broad Jump||120 inches|
|3-Cone Drill||7.16 seconds|
|20-yard Shuttle||4.21 seconds|
Shaq Lawson showed incredible versatility while at Clemson and he has the skill set to not only play as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense but could pick his hand up off the ground and play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
Lawson showed great quickness, utilizing to not only get to the quarterback but stop run plays in the backfield. He finished fourth in College Football in sacks with 12.5 and finished first in in tackles for a loss with 24.5.
- Sets the Edge Well
He doesn't over-pursue and sets the edge very well against the run. He keeps the play in front of him and if the play is run towards his side, he typically is able to force the ball carrier back into the middle of the field and let his teammates make the stop.
- Plays Stiff
While watching Lawson, he does not look fluid out there and plays stiff. He has been able to overcome this thanks to incredible arm strength and heavy hands. It will be interesting to see if he is able to continue this at the next level in the NFL.
How he fits with the Panthers?
The Carolina Panthers run a 4-3 defense so Lawson would line up as a defensive end and potentially slide inside to defensive tackle on passing downs. He has shown an excellent ability of setting the edge against the run and this certainly would be an excellent trait to have. It would allow the play to be forced back inside and allow Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis to make the play.