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Carl Lawson (born June 29, 1995) is an American football outside linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Auburn.

Carl Lawson
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Lawson in the 2017 NFL season.
No. 58 – Cincinnati Bengals
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1995-06-29) June 29, 1995 (age 24)
Alpharetta, Georgia
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:276 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school:Milton (GA)
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 4 / Pick: 116
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:22
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at


Early yearsEdit

Lawson attended Milton High School in Milton, Georgia. He had 87 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior and 78 tackles and 27 sacks his senior year. Lawson was a consensus five-star recruit and was ranked among the top recruits in his class.[1] He committed to Auburn University to play college football.[2]

College careerEdit

As a true freshman at Auburn in 2013, Lawson had 20 tackles and four sacks. He missed his sophomore year in 2014 due to a torn ACL.[3][4] In 2015, Lawson played in only seven games in his junior season due to injuries, recording 17 tackles and one sack.[5][6]

Professional careerEdit

Lawson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round, 116th overall, in the 2017 NFL Draft.[7] He played in all 16 games with one start, recording 16 tackles and 8.5 sacks. His 8.5 sacks finished second on the team behind Geno Atkins' 9.0 and first among all rookies, earning him a spot on the PFWA All-Rookie Team.

In 2018, Lawson played in eight games before suffering a season-ending torn ACL in Week 8.[8] He was placed on injured reserve on November 5, 2018.[9]


  1. ^ " Carl Lawson". Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Tennessee recruiting notebook: 5-star defensive end Carl Lawson sticking with Auburn". Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  3. ^ "Auburn's Carl Lawson healthy, eager to hit somebody". Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  4. ^ Ellis, Zac. "Auburn's Carl Lawson plans to make up for lost time in 2015". Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  5. ^ "Finally healthy, Auburn's Carl Lawson is ready to dominate". Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  6. ^ "Auburn's Carl Lawson eager for healthy, productive season". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Toback, Rebecca (April 29, 2017). "2017 NFL Draft picks: Bengals select Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson in Round 4, pick 116". Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  8. ^ Terrell, Katherine (October 28, 2018). "Bengals DE Carl Lawson out for season with torn ACL".
  9. ^ "Bengals put Carl Lawson on IR, promote Auden Tate, sign Clark Harris to extension". November 5, 2018.

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