Carolina Panthers' NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Shaq Lawson

On Thursday, Clemson's defensive end tweeted he was heading down the highway on his way to meet with the Carolina Panthers. While, he is expected to be drafted well before the Panthers are on the clock, we take a look at what type of player he is and how he might fit with the Panthers.

College Stats/Awards

Season Games Total Tackles Tackles for a Loss Sacks
2013 13 30 9.5 4
2014 12 34 11.5 3.5
2015 15 59 24.5 12.5

*Stats courtesy of


  • Consensus All-American (2015)

Combine/Pro Day Results

Event NFL Combine
40-yard Dash 4.70 seconds
Bench Press N/A
Vertical Jump 33 inches
Broad Jump 120 inches
3-Cone Drill 7.16 seconds
20-yard Shuttle 4.21 seconds
60-yard Shuttle N/A


  • Versatility

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.

  • Quickness

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.

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