Clemson run stuffer Dexter Lawrence draft profile

Run stuffer Dexter Lawrence

Clemson run stuffer Dexter Lawrence is a big man. At 6’4 350 he is a true clogger in the middle. Defensive tackle is a position that the Eagles could upgrade. Especially if Tim Jernigan leaves in Free Agency. Recently Miami Defensive tackle Gerald Willis was profiled and while he is smaller he certainly is a good option and could be a day one starter as well. With that said just how would Lawrence fit with the Eagles?

Anchoring the Tigers defense

Lawrence has been producing since the moment he got to Clemson. His freshman year he played 15 games and recorded seven sacks which is a Clemson freshman record. In addition to his 79 tackles, those numbers earned Lawrence ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. That year culminated with Clemson defeating Alabama 35-31 in the National Title game.

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The North Carolina native finished his career with 162 tackles, 20 for loss and 11 sacks. In 2018 he would be named First-Team All-ACC. With the Help of Lawrence Clemson would make the College Football playoff all three years he was there. Consequently, he was suspended for the 2019 Playoff due to failing a drug test.

Eagles D-Line needs

Defensive line is a position that the Eagles would love to upgrade. Hence from the edge rushers to the defensive tackles, you can never have enough depth. Jernigan played just 45 snaps last season last year. Furthermore, he is due 11 million dollars this offseason and while the team will try to work something out if not that opens up a starting spot.

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Whether Jernigan stays or goes drafting Lawrence lands the Eagles with a solid replacement. A man at 350 pounds is hard to move in the middle no matter how you cut it. With the ability to get to the quarterback him and Fletcher Cox in the middle would form a dangerous duo. If Jernigan stays and they can rotate it becomes even more dangerous. It’s all about depth and having fresh bodies up front.

Mocked to Philly

Several mock drafts including Todd McShay’s earlier mocks have selected Lawrence to the Eagles at 25 and the pick makes sense. The run stuffer has a chance to be a day one starter and bolster the strongest unit on the defense. Furthermore, learning from Cox doesn’t hurt either. At Clemson, Lawrence lined up with Christian Wilkins at his side and as a result, the two dominated. Furthermore, why not team him with Cox in Midnight Green.

The Eagles will have a lot of choices at number 25 but they certainly can’t go wrong with the Clemson big man. Hey, maybe he can be a goalline back as well.

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