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With the 131st pick in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected LSU defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence.
An All-SEC second team honoree in 2019, Lawrence earned a permanent team captain spot before the season. Lawrence finished 2019 with 28 tackles (six tackles for loss), 2.5 sacks. Over his career, Lawrence has totaled 120 tackles (21 tackles for loss) and 6.5 sacks.
In the NFL, Lawrence projects as a future starter as a defensive tackle. Lawrence has plenty of anchor ability for the position and his competitive toughness makes him a tough and physical player that team’s will desire. Lawrence isn’t overly twitchy or dynamic, but his competitive toughness and power gives him a job at the next level.
Versatility isn’t a strength of Lawrence, but it isn’t necessary. He does his job well and he wins field at the point of attack, which is plenty for a lot of NFL teams who desire the power that he brings.
Plays with dog mentality and is ready to turn any rep into a street fight if he needs to. Lawrence’s leadership and toughness stand out on the defensive side of the ball. He plays with pain and never shortchanges teammates in the effort department. He needs to play with better control of his feet and motor to improve consistency and balance at the point of attack. -Lance Zierlein, NFL Network
The Cardinals need an interior presence on the defensive line and that’s what Lawrence will bring. Lawrence will not be versatile for the Cardinals but his power and enraged animal mindset makes him an intriguing piece to the Cardinals defensive line. The Cardinals have struggled with their presence on the defensive line. Lawrence is a solid fit in the long term.
Lawrence may not be asked to start immediately and that’s fine. His play style makes him an impact player immediately, even if it’s rotational.